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History of Mana Island
Mana Island is said to have been named by Kupe around 900 AD. Some time later Maori used the island and its resources and later occupied it.
James Cook named the island Table Island. Ngati Toa occupied the island. Whalers arrived, processed whales and used high elevations for whale spotting.
Sheep farming was begun in the early 1800s and continued until 1971 when the island became a sheep research station. Clearing of remaining bush seems to have happened in the early farming stage. Maori had already cleared parts of the island for gardens.
In 1987 Mana Island became a Scientific Reserve, administered by DOC and replanting began.