Story: Rock, limestone and clay

Drainage gang

Drainage gang

These workers are cutting drains using nothing but shovels and muscle. Many such drains in rural areas were lined with red clay pipes. Hundreds of thousands of kilometres of clay piping lies buried alongside New Zealand roadways and underneath paddocks, where they help drain away excess water.

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Carl Walrond, 'Rock, limestone and clay - Clay', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/5243/drainage-gang (accessed 18 February 2020)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006