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Opening Rakiura National Park

The newest national park, Rakiura, was opened in 2000, and protects Stewart Island’s diverse natural landscapes. The prime minister, Helen Clark, and Sir Edmund Hillary walk through the park entrance at the opening ceremony. The entrance symbolises an anchor chain, and recalls the story of how the demigod Māui fished up the North Island, using the South Island as a canoe which he anchored to Rakiura (Stewart Island).

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'National parks - Lower South Island parks', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 December 2021)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Aug 2015