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Covering 180 km2, Te Whanga Lagoon dominates the geography of Chatham Island, in the South Pacific Ocean off New Zealand's east coast. Chatham Island is by far the largest island of the Chatham Islands group, in the south Pacific Ocean off the eastern coast of New Zealand, named after the survey ship HMS Chatham which discovered the island in 1791. ...

It is the outflow of several small rivers in the island's hilly south, and drains to the Pacific via gaps in Hanson Bay on the island's east coast.

 It contains many fossilized Sharks Teeth that can be collected from the edges of the Lagoon 

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The main island of the chain is dotted with numerous lakes and lagoons, notably the large Te Whanga Lagoon.
The Te Tai Tonga Māori seat (held in 2004 by Mahara Okeroa) also includes the Chatham Islands.
Pitt Island and Kaingaroa are staffed by sole charge principals while Te One has three teachers and a principal.These schools cater for children from Year 1 to 8.
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