Yes, another post from my retroactive journal of our tour of New Zealand (December 2011-January 2012) and yes, we are still in the Kauri Museum.
In this post I’m looking at some amazing logs… and in particular and how they sit within the annals of history.
Unlike other parts of the world New Zealand doesn’t have a long history of human inhabitation stretching back thousands of years (it is estimated that Maori only arrived in New Zealand between 500-800 years before the white settlers did) but amazingly it does have these massive trees which have a long and enduring history of their own.
Dating this particular tree tells us that it was a sapling in roughly the year 1100, so many events have happened in history whilst it lived and quietly grew into the giant it was when it was felled.
Some smaller Kauri stumps are also on show to give and idea of how weather conditions, both good and bad, effected the speed of growth, and to give an idea of how big the trees were at various stages of their life.