Story: Nearshore islands

Kapiti Island

Kapiti Island

About 10 kilometres long and 2 kilometres wide, Kapiti is one of the few sizeable islands off the southern part of the North Island. In the early 19th century it was the main base for the Ngāti Toa chief Te Rauparaha, and was also a prominent whaling station. Later it became a nature reserve and today, after the eradication of possums and rats, it is home to some of New Zealand’s rarest birds.

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Photograph by Jock Phillips

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Nearshore islands - A nation of islands', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/13006/kapiti-island (accessed 18 January 2018)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 24 Sep 2007