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Title   Akaroa Cocksfoot : King of Grasses 

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Author   WOOD Vaughan  ISBN   9781927145630  Add to shopping cart   
Publisher   Canterbury University Press  Group   New Zealand View shopping cart
Binding   Paperback Category   NZ Natural H  Terms and conditions
Edition   1 Type   Go back
Publication Year   2014 
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Synopsis Soon after the introduction of cocksfoot to Banks Peninsula in the mid-19th century, Akaroa cocksfoot grass seed conquered the market - first in New Zealand, then in Australia, and finally in Europe. At the height of the industry, Akaroa cocksfoot was one of the most significant industries in Canterbury, with annual earnings for Banks Peninsula of more than $10 million per annum. It was responsible for the loss of almost all the Peninsulas unmillable forest. And yet, a generation or two later, the Akaroa cocksfoot seed industry had almost entirely disappeared. More than a century after the industry reached its peak, Vaughan Wood celebrates its remarkable story.

The history of Akaroa cocksfoot is one that embodies many facets of Canterbury life: the farmers and harvesters, the seed merchants, and the engineering and transport firms. It was shaped by the science, politics and world-trade patterns of the time and is thus a story with more than just local interest.

Featured in the 15 December 2014 New Zealand newsletter.
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