From the archives: Watch this from 1966

Wednesday 4 Sep 2019

The ‘Young Giant’ is Kaingaroa Forest - Its the largest plantation in the Southern Hemisphere, and one of the largest exotic forests in the world. 1,300 square kilometres produce “50 million cubic feet of timber a year” for pulp, paper, and building.

Directed by Brian Cross, and made by the National Film Unit for the forest’s then-managers — the New Zealand Forest Service — this documentary showcases the industry in the pines: scrub clearance for forest extension, burn-offs, machine planting, pruning, felling, grafting, and kiln-drying cones to extract seeds for sowing.

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