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Updated at 11:41 pm on 24 June 2013
Once a base for the famous chief Te Rauparaha and the Ngati Toa tribe, with up to 3,000 occupants, Kapiti Island is now a wildlife sanctuary, where the eradication of pests has allowed kiwi, takahe, kokako and other rare birds to flourish.
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Wednesday 11 January 2012