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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 (500 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°58′S 175°45′W / 43.967°S 175.750°W / -43.967; -175.750
ArchipelagoChatham Islands

It 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 because it supports breeding colonies of Buller's and northern royal albatrosses.[2]


  1. ^ a b Government of New Zealand, Dept. of Conservation (1999) Chatham Islands Conservation Management Strategy. 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.

Coordinates: 43°58′00″S 175°45′00″W / 43.96667°S 175.75°W / -43.96667; -175.75