Author(s): Catherine Ballard
The fascinating story of Whangarei's dry stone walls, the origin of the stones and the people who built them. Based on recollections of living people, who give an overview of how the walls were built, and historical records. The Whangarei District has hundreds of kilometres of dry stone walls. They are a defining feature of the landscape in several areas around the city and it is no accident that those areas are dominated by small volcanic cones. The walls have become as much a part of the landscape as the volcanic cones from which they originated.
A graduate in horticulture from Massey College in the 1960s, Catherine Ballard has been involved in horticulture, including writing, all her life. In 2006 she published a biography of internationally recognised plant collector and hybridizer, Oswald Blumhardt. She has lived in Northland, farming and growing plants, all her adult life.
Origin of the stone -- Construction, Wallers, Work Schemes, Maintenance -- Maungatapere -- Whatitiri -- Maunu -- City, Kamo and Three Mile Bush -- Kiripaka and Glenbervie -- Maungakaramea.