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Stewart Island Place Names …… 

Stewart Island / Rakiura

Te Puka a Maui …..   “The Anchor of Maui” refers to the legend of Maui fishing up the North Island from his waka


Rakiura  …… “Land of Glowing Skies … refers to the embarrassment of a Maori chief when rejected by a wahine

South Island …… An early European name… North, Middle and South Islands

New Lienster ….. Bestowed by the English Parliament period 1840-52  never in common use

Stewart Island …….  After William Stewart, mate vessel “Pegasus” who arrived Port Pegasus 1809, and drew a first competent chart of Port pegasus and the east coast of Stewart Island. Published in the “Oriental Navigator, 1816

Stewart Island Place Names, Sails Ashore Lodge

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Sails Ashore, Kowhai Lane & Sails Tours

11 View Street,
Stewart Island, 9846

+64 3 219 1151
Email: tait@sailsashore.co.nz
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