Secrets revealed: tree rings and climatic events
A reference library of wood is being constructed worldwide to look at periods of extreme climate change. With a rapid cooling of the earth over 5 to 10 years, huge glaciers formed in England and Europe. The limited growth of trees that were on earth at that time confirmed there was a mini ice age during this period.
- There is now a worldwide research program using a reference library based on kauri
- The Kauri averages 35 mm growth a year but that varies due to climate
- Measuring the tree rings and growth patterns can determine past climate change far beyond meteorological records
- Present growth patterns include changes in girth over a day due to photosynthesis and transpiration
Early European pioneer settlement on the Kaipara
- The challenges that the Albertlanders faced when carving out an existence in a new land
- Meet the locals: A day in the life of a pioneer settler
- A lesson with Miss Strict in the pioneer school
- A significant textile collection that charts fashion trends over a hundred years
The history of European trade in the Kaipara and greater Northland
- Early transport networks in the Kaipara and the advent of the boarding house
- The Kauri Timber trade
- Gumdigging, Northland’s version of the Otago goldrush
- Kauri Industry and the impact on non-renewable resources
The impact of early technological revolutions
- Kauri Industry: equipment that was used for felling trees, transporting logs, milling timber and processing kauri gum.
- From Bullock to Bulldozer: The introduction of the Cat-60 tractor
- The era of internal combustion power: An introduction to the operational machinery that became indispensable on any rural farm
World War I & II through the eyes of a soldier
- When was World War One, who was involved in the war and where fighting occurred?
- What life of a solider was like? What did they wear? What did they eat? How did they communicate with people at home?
- The North Auckland Mounted Rifles