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Stewart Island Place Names …… 

Mason Bay Islands

Moutere Mitini  …… “The Lapping of the Sea at the Island”.. The outter island of the group

Earnest Island …… Most Maps carry the name “Earnest Islands”, although it seems not known as to why, or who named them. Also quite confusing, as there is an Earnest Island outside the south Entrance of Port Pegasus

Mason (Bay) Islands ….. Again their is some doubt as who Mason was, although there is some claim that it was after George Mason, an early sealer.

If I had to choose I would opt for Mason Bay Islands to avoid confusion, as there is another Earnest Island off Port Pegasus


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