Story: Hawke’s Bay places

Sheep muster on Portland Island, 2006

Portland Island was once home to a Māori whare wānanga (school of learning) and, later, a small community of lighthouse keepers. Since 1984, when the lighthouse was automated, sheep and dotterels (birds) have been the only permanent residents. The owners of Oenui Station on the mainland run sheep on the island and staff come over to shear them, which was the subject of this Country calendar documentary.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Hawke’s Bay places - Māhia', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 September 2019)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, updated 30 Nov 2015