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Matiu/Somes Island is the largest of several islands in the northern half of Port Nicholson (Wellington Harbour, New Zealand). It lies three kilometres south of the suburb of Petone and the mouth of the Hutt River
It became part of Lower Hutt City in 1989 and came under the full control of the Department of Conservation ("DoC") in 1995. The island is largely predator-free, an unusual state for an island so close to an urban centre. The island is a sanctuary for Tuatara.
The island was known for over a century as Somes Island until it was renamed to restore an ancient Maori name for it.
To the north of the island lies a much smaller island, Mokopuna Island.
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