Most of Porirua is on New Zealand' second-largest island, but a significant square mile of it is an oval-shaped flat-topped island. It was the site of one of the country's first sheep farms, but is now government-owned and used for regenerating endangered species since it was made predator-free.


Most recent notable item of history made front-page news all over New Zealand. A diver, Robert Hewitt, failed to surface just off the north-west tip of the island and was feared dead. Three days later he was found swimming about 500 metres to the east. Being a brother of ex-All-Black Norm Hewitt probably helped him get more publicity than he might have got.

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