IN AMONGST A CLOUDY MIST,
A GROUP OF ISLANDS FEW KNOW EXIST.
THE CHATHAM ISLANDS.
A lost paradise at the edge of the world.
This timeless and almost forgotten sprinkling of islands lie 800kms to the east of New Zealand in the south pacific ocean.
It is the worlds most eastern inhabited land mass making it the first place to greet the sunrise.
Known as Rekohu in Moriori and Wharekauri in Maori this isolated outpost is
surrounded by heavy oceans, fresh sunshine and antarctic winds.
The Moriori are the indigenous people there having navigated their way from East Polynesia some 1000 years ago.
Settling these ungovernable lands they named them Rekohu which means to gaze at the sun through misty skies.
A rich bio-diversity and an eventful volcanic history has helped shaped this distant place into a vibrant and weather beaten land.
Equally rich is the islands history which is laden with colourful tales and peppered with darkness.
In the 1800s it was a major whaling and sealing destination which brought new trade, shipwrecks and new bloodlines.
The people of the Chathams are of mixed lineage and still bare the traits of their hunter gatherer ancestors.
The main economy is fishing and farming and they have a population of around 600 people.
Life moves very slowly on this earthly paradise and it has no cell phone reception,
no dentist, one policeman and majority of the population are related.
The days are governed by the weather and its flora and fauna are much like the locals, hard, resilient and full of character.
This photo collection speaks of the beauty and raw uniqueness that is life on the Chatham Islands.