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Encyclopedia > Pitt Island

Pitt Island or Rangiauria is the second largest island in the Chatham Islands, territorially part of New Zealand, the mainland of which lies 800 kilometres to the west.

Pitt Island lies to the south of its larger neighbour, Chatham Island. It covers an area of 62 km2, and has a population of less than 100 people. A hilly island, it rises to about 300 metres above sea level.

The island was first sighted by the crew of William R. Broughton's ship HMS Chatham in 1790. It was named for William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham.

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The Chatham Islands (1598 words)
The Islands were first discovered by Europeans on the 29th November 1791 when Lieutnant Broughton in the HM Brig "Chatham" landed and took possession.
High School children are flown home to the Islands on the mainland and a few remain on the Island and complete their education by correspondence.
The Islands have a population of 753 (1991 Census: Population usually resident in Chatham Islands County)
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