Story: Wellington region

Kapiti Island

Kapiti Island

Kapiti Island is one of New Zealand’s most important nature reserves. As early as 1870 it was identified as a possible site for a bird sanctuary, and in 1897 the government set it aside for this purpose. Much of the 20th century was spent ridding Kapiti of pests such as possums and rats. This was finally achieved in 1996, and the island was declared predator-free. This view shows the eastern face of the island at dusk.

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Chris Maclean, 'Wellington region - Overview', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 October 2019)

Story by Chris Maclean, updated 1 Aug 2015