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The Poor Knights Islands are a group of uninhabited islands off the east coast of the Northland Region of the North Island of New Zealand. They are located 50 kilometres to the northeast of Whangarei, and lie 22 kilometres offshore half way between Bream Head and Cape Brett. The Northland region, on of the regions of New Zealand, is, as the name suggests, the northernmost of New Zealands administrative regions. ... The North Island is one of the two main islands of New Zealand, the other being the South Island. ... Whangarei is the largest urban area in the Northland region of the North Island of New Zealand. ... Bream Head is a promontory on the northern North Island coast in New Zealand. ... Cape Brett is a promontory on the northern North Island coast in New Zealand. ...

The chain consists of two large islands (Aorangi and Tawhiti Rahi) with a group of smaller islets between the two, the largest of which is called Motu Kapiti. The name Tawhiti Rahi is also used as a name for the entire chain by Maori. The total area of the chain is 24 km2. Te Puni, Māori Chief Māori is the name of the indigenous people of New Zealand, and their language. ...

They are well known as a popular diving locations due to the varierty of the marine fauna found there, and are popular also for their intriguing landforms, which include natural arches and caves. Most bodies of water can and are used for recreational diving including: seas and oceans - consist of salt water and a huge variety of flora and fauna. ... Fauna is a collective term for animal life. ...

The origin of the name is said to derive from the Island's apparent resemblance to Poor Knight's Pudding, a bread-based dish popular at the time of discovery by Europeans. French toast is popular as a breakfast main course in North America. ...

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The Poor Knights Islands Flora (733 words)
Ngaio, taupata, karo, mahoe, coastal karamu, Poor Knight's mapou and Poor Knight's kawakawa form a tight scrub where the exposure to salt winds is the greatest.
Gannets (takapu) nest on the Poor Squires Islands (Sugarloaf and the Pinnacles).
Also found on the Poor Knights is the flax snail with a long spiral shell and several weevils which enjoy nibbling away at the juicy edges of the native flaxes.
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