|Kaimaumau [February 13, 2010]|
The drought of summer
2009-10 brought misery to farmers and a seemingly endless series of
wildfires to New Zealand's Far North. The biggest blaze of the summer
covered more than 100 hectares and burnt deep into the peat swamp of
Kaimaumau, north of Kaitaia. Here exhausted rural firefighters Shelley
Smith and Tawhai Matiu catch their breath before heading back into the
smouldering scrub. The fire took six weeks and $1,000,000 to put out.