Story: Nearshore islands

Motuara Island

Motuara Island is in the Marlborough Sounds. British navigator James Cook claimed the South Island in the name of George III when he raised the Union Jack on Motuara on 31 January 1770. Click to see the plaque there.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Nearshore islands - Early inhabitants', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 May 2022)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 24 Sep 2007