Story: Protected areas

Rakiura National Park entrance

Rakiura National Park entrance

Rakiura, created in 2002, is New Zealand’s most recent national park. These chain links at its entrance symbolise the anchor chain of the demigod Māui. In Māori tradition, Māui fished up the North Island. The South Island was his canoe, and he anchored it to Rakiura (Stewart Island).

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Les Molloy, 'Protected areas - National parks', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 September 2023)

Story by Les Molloy, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Sep 2015