Drifting sands bury mānuka and flax (foreground), and pasture and stockyards behind, in Northland in 1926. A western-style movie, Riders of the red manuka, was filmed here with the dunes as a backdrop. Grazing livestock and burning in coastal areas during the late 1800s and early 1900s cleared vegetation in many coastal areas, making it easier for the wind to blow sand about.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.