A Short History of Farming in New Zealand

A Short History of Farming in New Zealand

Another title in Gordon McLauchlan’s hugely successful ‘Short History’ series, this time we pay homage to our farmers and the farming industry – the backbone of our economy and an integral part of our evolving identity as a nation.

From the early migrant farmers and regional produce trading, to the revolution of refrigeration – opening up global opportunities for our fast-growing export markets in wool, produce and more, McLauchlan covers the development of our country’s farming culture in this accessible and informative read.

  • Details the farming culture and methods of early Polynesian and Maori settlers.
  • European farmers adjusting to the temperate zone crops and wildlife of New Zealand.
  • The birth and development of regional trade industries in rural areas.
  • Refrigeration and exporting to the British and European markets.
  • The development of leading global trade exports in wool, dairy products and Kiwifruit.


Gordon McLauchlan Well known for many decades as a journalist and broadcaster, Gordon McLauchlan is also the author or contributing editor of more than twenty books, including A Short History of New Zealand and A Short History of the New Zealand Wars. His interests embrace New Zealand’s political, social and cultural history. In 2019 he was appointed an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit for his services to historical research.

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