Episode 4 - Mining
About the show
Mining in New Zealand began with Māori who prized the strength of argillite stone which was ideal for making tools. They quarried the stone by lighting fires to heat the rock faces, then throwing water onto the face in order to fracture the rock.
Mining played a fundamental part to the making of New Zealand. Some regions were forever changed by the fruits of mining. The landscapes were altered, and communities grew close by. Whole towns were made and lost, and made again.
Mining was, and still is, a gamble. The early explorers set out to tame the earth, to use the earth and its resources for their own means. They found that the earth could be reaped of its treasures, but what we are starting to realise is that the treasures don’t last forever, and the earth, by its very nature, is a force to be reckoned with.