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Stewart Island,island, 674 sq mi (1,746 sq km), S New Zealand, 20 mi (32 km) S of the South Island across Foveaux Strait. Halfmoon Bay is the main settlement. A mountainous and scenic island, it is a summer resort. Frozen fish and granite are exported. Seen by Cook in 1770, it was proved to be an island by American sealers in 1804. The MaoriMaori
, people of New Zealand and the Cook Islands, believed to have migrated in early times from other islands of Polynesia. Maori tradition asserts that seven canoes brought their ancestors to New Zealand.
..... Click the link for more information. called it Rakiura, "Island of the Glowing Sky."
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the third largest island of New Zealand, in the SW Pacific off the S tip of South Island. Pop.: 387 (2001). Area: 1735 sq. km (670 sq. miles)
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