Story: Waikato region

Peat fire

The menace peat fires posed to farming is described in this 1946 newsreel. Peatlands, formed of slowly decomposing plant material, could burn underground if fire from farm burnoffs spread down through tree roots. Peat fires were once a regular occurrence in farmland around Hamilton.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: Weekly Review 237. National Film Unit, 1946

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Waikato region - Plants and animals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/27060/peat-fire (accessed 16 August 2020)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, updated 1 Jul 2015