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Remote access: Chatham Islanders on their windswept character

Sunrise over Waitangi Bay, Chatham Island. Photo / Juliette Sivertsen

How much do you know about the Chatham Islands and the people who live there? It takes a special type of person to reside in such an isolated and remote part of New Zealand - resilient, resourceful and content with a slower pace of life.

But not one of them would have it any other way, surrounded by the beauty of this windswept and rugged archipelago. And they all have a common goal - to protect the land, the sea and its resources for future generations to enjoy.

Juliette Siversten retells the colourful tales of those who call the Chathams home, after a memorable trip this year.

This story was first published in the New Zealand Herald Travel on 3 November