Story: Wellington region

Wellington Harbour before the Haowhenua earthquake

Wellington Harbour before the Haowhenua earthquake

This view of Wellington has been modified to show the shoreline as it was before the Haowhenua earthquake, probably in the 15th century. At that time, Miramar Peninsula was the island of Motukairangi. The present-day coastline is marked by the dotted line.

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Photograph by Lloyd Homer

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Chris Maclean, 'Wellington region - Creation stories and landscape', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/13180/wellington-harbour-before-the-haowhenua-earthquake (accessed 25 September 2020)

Story by Chris Maclean, updated 1 Aug 2015