The Forty-Fours are a group of islands in the Chatham Archipelago, about 50 kilometres (31 mi) east of the main Chatham Island. They are called Motchuhar in Moriori and Motuhara in Māori.[1] The group includes the easternmost point of New Zealand, whose South Island is located about 800 kilometres (497 mi) to the west.

Motchuhar (Moriori)
Motuhara (Māori)
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Forty-Fours/Motuhara from the North
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Map showing location of Forty-Fours/Motuhara
Coordinates43°57′44″S 175°50′01″W / 43.96222°S 175.83361°W / -43.96222; -175.83361Coordinates: 43°57′44″S 175°50′01″W / 43.96222°S 175.83361°W / -43.96222; -175.83361
ArchipelagoChatham Islands

The region is one of only two breeding sites for the Chatham fulmar prion.[1] It has been identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International due to it also supporting colonies of Buller's and northern royal albatrosses.[2]

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  1. ^ a b Government of New Zealand, Dept. of Conservation (1999) Chatham Islands Conservation Management Strategy Archived 7 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed on 2012-07-13.
  2. ^ "Chatham Islands (The Forty-Fours)". BirdLife data zone: Important Bird Areas. BirdLife International. 2012. Archived from the original on 10 July 2007. Retrieved 18 November 2012.