History - The last major Pacific Islands to be settled, the Chatham Islands are thought to have been first occupied by Polynesians about 800 to 1000 years ago.  In isolation they developed a unique culture and became a people who called themselves Moriori.  They named their island home Rekohu, and developed a sacred covenant of peace - a world record for peace keeping!
The Chatham Islands were discovered by Europeans in 1791 by the English ship HMS Chatham.  Eurpean settlement dates from the early 1800's with sealers, then whalers and farmers.
Later Ngati Tama and Ngati Mutunga arrived, and made their home on these islands they called Wharekauri.
Merging their heritage and living together on this remote outpost; these people are the Chatham Islanders
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