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Life in Early Poverty Bay

Burning of Makauri Bush

Burning of Makauri Bush.

The Makauri bush supplied us with white-pine for building. Shingles were used then, not iron, for roofing and white pine split easily into the light shingles. We also had kauri from Auckland, also from as far as “Hobartown” (Hobart now). I remember well the hot Sunday the bush was cleaned up by fire. It was an awe inspiring sight to me as a child, and I shall never forget it.