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Journeys Across Latitude 45 South (part one) - Changes Television (Full Length Episode) – 1985 Nature Documentary

Journeys Across Latitude 45 South (part one) - Changes

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1985 Nature Documentary

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The first leg of Peter Hayden’s journey across latitude 45 south takes him across the Waitaki Plains and up to Danseys Pass. He visits the site of a moa butchery and the sunken circular umuti (cabbage tree ovens) of early Māori. Guided by colonial literature, he visits New Zealand’s tallest tree (a eucalypt, which he finds horizontal). Drought busting desperation of 1889 and the provenance of Corriedale sheep is also covered. In a riparian side trip, Hayden heads up the Maerewhenua River where gold miners succeeded only in ravaging the landscape.