Story: Fire and agriculture

Tussock-burning, 1959

From the 1930s there was increasing criticism of burning in tussock grasslands and high country. This 1959 clip presents the case against burning and proposes that firing the tussock, in association with overgrazing, led to mass erosion. Since the mid-1970s, scientists using evidence from pollen, botanical and landform studies have shown that high-country erosion pre-dates European settlement.

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Reference: Mountain land in jeopardy. National Film Unit, 1959

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Robert Peden, 'Fire and agriculture - Burning and erosion', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/15218/tussock-burning-1959 (accessed 22 October 2019)

Story by Robert Peden, published 24 Nov 2008