Kōrero: Wellington region

Matiu (Somes Island)


Before European settlement, Māori occupied the island of Matiu for generations. It was later named Somes Island, and in the 19th century became a quarantine station for people and livestock. During the two world wars, people identified as ‘enemy aliens’ were interned there. Since 1995 the Department of Conservation has administered the island as a sanctuary for endangered species. It is now home to tuatara (lizard-like reptiles) and a number of rare bird species, including kākāriki.

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Private collection
Photograph by Chris Maclean

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Chris Maclean, 'Wellington region - Plants and animals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/13189/matiu-somes-island (accessed 28 September 2023)

He kōrero nā Chris Maclean, updated 1 Aug 2015