Story: Chatham Islands

Nairn House

Nairn House

After most Māori left the Chatham Islands and returned to Taranaki in the 1860s, they leased their land to Pākehā sheep farmers. These new settlers built houses and other structures, some of which have survived and are now designated historic places. A grand example is Nairn House, built in the 1880s. Visiting dignitaries often stayed there. The building now has category one status on the Heritage New Zealand list.

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Rhys Richards, 'Chatham Islands - Chatham Islands from the 1860s to the 1980s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 April 2024)

Story by Rhys Richards, updated 1 May 2015