Story: Chatham Islands
For around 400 years Moriori lived on the Chatham Islands without contact with other peoples. They developed their own way of life, including the outlawing of war, but that was disrupted by the arrival of European sealers and whalers, and by invading Māori in 1835. In the 2010s many Chatham Islanders are descendants of these ethnic groups. The islands’ rugged landscape and unique plants and animals draw tourists to visit.