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The Chatham Islands form an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean about 680km southeast of mainland New Zealand. It consists of about ten islands within a 40km radius, the largest of which are Chatham Island and Pitt Island.The archipelago is called Rekohu ("misty sun") in the indigenous language Moriori, and Wharekauri in Māori. It has officially been part of New Zealand since 1842 and includes the country's easternmost point, the Forty-Fours.GeographyThe islands are at about, roughly 840km east of Christchurch, New Zealand. The nearest mainland New Zealand point to the Chatham Islands is Cape Turnagain, in the North Island at a distance of 650km. The nearest mainland New Zealand city to the islands is Hastings, New Zealand, located 697km to the North-West. The islands cover a total of 966km2, almost all of which is on the two main islands.The islands sit on the Chatham Rise, a large, relatively shallowly submerged (no more than 1000m deep at any point) part of the Zealandia continent that stretches east from near the South Island. The Chatham Islands, which emerged only within the last four million years, are the only part of the Chatham Rise showing above sea level.
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