Story: Whenua – how the land was shaped

Kapiti Island

Kapiti Island

According to legend, when the ancestor Kupe arrived in New Zealand there was only one island. He created the North and South islands by standing on the ground and pushing his feet apart. Kapiti Island is named after this event: its name in full is Te Kapiti Waewae (legs spread apart).

Using this item

GNS Science
Reference: CN42462
Photograph by Lloyd Homer

Permission of GNS Science must be obtained before any use of this image.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Whenua – how the land was shaped - Kupe', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/6724/kapiti-island (accessed 21 October 2019)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 12 Jun 2006