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  • proper n. The northernmost of the two major islands making up New Zealand.

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  • n. the smaller but more populous of two main islands of New Zealand; separated from South Island by Cook Strait


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  • Stephens Island is a dot of land between the North Island and the South Island of New Zealand, and the extinction of this endemic wren, Xenicus lyalli, is just one more instance among many, tiny in its own scope but emblematic.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • Reaching California in early September 1950, Armstrong served ten weeks with Fleet Aircraft Service Squadron (FASRON) 7—based at NAS San Diego (NAS North Island as of 1955).

    First Man

  • And there was Gillanbone, up toward the top left-hand corner; about the same distance from Sydney as Wanganui was from Auckland, it seemed, though the dots indicating towns were far fewer than on the North Island map.

    The Thorn Birds

  • Serving temporarily at NAS North Island as officer-in-charge of a brand-new jet transition unit JTU for flyers from reserve F4U squadrons that had been recalled to active duty, Lt. Commander Beauchamp not only saw the records but also observed the performance of a large number of pilots.

    First Man

  • The staff had done him proud, setting the white damask with flowers from the warmer North Island — rich apricot and cream roses with a softly intimate perfume.

    The Rich Man's Royal Mistress

  • Some of them were captured and lodged in jail by the Provost Marshall, but the example I fear will be extensively followed, tho 'the report of a Santee negro (who was forcibly taken by the Yankees and made his escape from North Island where they are assembled) should be a warning to the rest.

    Elliott and Gonzales Family Papers. Personal Correspondence, 1861-1865.

  • They just naturally assumed New South Wales was the same size as the North Island of New Zealand.

    The Thorn Birds


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