Matiu/Somes Is­land facts

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Euro­pean set­tlers named the is­land af­ter Joseph Somes, the New Zealand Com­pany’s deputy gov­er­nor.

About 40 peo­ple are buried there and most of the buri­als took place be­tween 1872 and 1876.

In 1942 the is­land was for­ti­fied with anti-air­craft gun em­place­ments, but these were never used.

The is­land opened to the pub­lic in 1995.

Somes Is­land was re­turned to iwi own­er­ship in 2008.

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