Chatham Islands

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Chatham Islands

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.

Chatham Islands

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(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)

Chat′ham Is′lands


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a group of islands in the S Pacific, E of and belonging to New Zealand. 372 sq. mi. (963 sq. km).