This page includes journals that cover the commercialisation of natural products from the districts by both first and second nation people as the harbours became accessible by sailing ships, which in turn allowed for the export of these riches to the far corners of the world.  This main journal looks in detail at the harvesting of Northland’s ‘gold’ – Kauri gum/resin.  The second file follows the story of several Bosnian Muslims who worked in the gum fields.

To read the main journal, click here: Nature’s Riches – Kauri Gum

To read about the characters that worked in the gum fields, click here: Kaihu/Maropiu Gum Diggers – The Story of a Small Group of Bosnian Muslims

To return to the full list of journals, click here.

Gum diggers - Journal 9

Looking for Northland’s ‘gold’ – Kauri gum diggers beside Kauri trees