This weaving and the clay works above were based on a road trip I made through Tokoroa in 1997. I had seen this area of man-made forest growing ever since I was a child.
With the forestry cleared up to the roadside only a few metres either side of State Highway 1, and the clear-felling finally revealing the contours of the land, it all seemed very violent.
The visual effect was raw and profound. The steep hills were completely stripped bare to finally reveal the starkness of emaciated land.
It is little wonder the people of Coromandel are so precious about their natural heritage.
It appears there is renewed interest in providing government support for mining this area.