This dramatic map reveals just how much of the North Island’s forests disappeared between 1850 and 1938. Some of the most extensive areas of loss were in the Manawatu and lower Hawkes Bay. In fact there was once a vast forested area stretching from Norsewood down to Masterton. This bush frontier was known as the 70 mile bush and by Māori as Te Tapere Nui o Whatonga, (strong winds). Many Scandinavian pioneers settled in this area. They were promised subsidised travel and free land in return for clearing the bush and creating productive farmland.
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