Aerial Shot of Coastal Farm and Beach Chatham Islands New Zealand
Kahunene. Waitangi. The Chatham Islands (Moriori: Rekohu, Māori: 'Wharekauri') are an archipelago and New Zealand territory in the Pacific Ocean consisting of about ten volcanic islands within a 40 kilometres (25 mi) radius, the largest of which are Chatham Island and Pitt Island. Their name in the indigenous language, Moriori, means Misty Sun. These remote islands, over 800 kilometres (500 mi) east of southern New Zealand, have officially been part of New Zealand since 1842.
Chatham Islands, New Zealand by eriagn, via Flickr. The Chatham Islands form an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean about 680 kilometres southeast of mainland New Zealand and consists of about ten islands.
The Chatham Islands
In 1791 William Broughton became the first European to discover the islands east of New Zealand which he named after his ship, Chatham. This view of the Chatham Islands was taken by Robin Morrison.
Moriori - "In the first half of the 20th century it was thought the Moriori were a separate race who died out after the arrival of Māori. It is now accepted that Moriori settled the Chatham Islands from mainland New Zealand some time after 1300, possibly around the 1500s, and developed a distinct culture there. This drawing, by Rita Angus, depicts the clothing worn by a Moriori man." (From sourced site.)
"When the Maoris overcame the gentle Morioris of the Chatham Islands, not only did they keep the captives penned up like live-stock waiting to be killed and eaten, but one of the leading chiefs of the invaders ordered a meal of six children at once to be cooked to regale his friends."
Lutheran mission and Maunganui bluff
Lutheran missionaries Johann Baucke and Johann Engst from central Europe established a mission on the north coast of Chatham Island, at the foot of Maunganui bluff, in the late 1860s. Burnt pipi shells were used to provide mortar for the construction, which was of local stone and akeake timber. ...