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An island group of New Zealand in the southwest Pacific Ocean east of South Island. The original inhabitants were conquered and assimilated by Maori invaders in the 19th century.
(Placename) a group of islands in the S Pacific Ocean, forming a county of South Island, New Zealand: consists of the main islands of Chatham, Pitt, and several rocky islets. Chief settlement: Waitangi. Pop: 609 (2006 est). Area: 963 sq km (372 sq miles)
a group of islands in the S Pacific, E of and belonging to New Zealand. 372 sq. mi. (963 sq. km).