For those in denial that there ever was a genocide perpetrated against the Moriori, do some research and look at what constitutes genocide. There are supposedly 8 recognisable stages to Genocide. By the way, google “genocide stages moriori” and go and look at some of the results. Very interesting. Not always accurate, but certainly interesting … More Genocide


The process of subjugation through alienation and marginalisation continues unabated on the islands of Rekohu. Moriori; those resilient people that lived here at the edge of the world, undisturbed for centuries until the blundering European discovery of their misty isles took them down a pathway of horror and hatred that few New Zealanders even know … More Irrelevant?

Marginalise, frustrate, eliminate

Hokotehi Moriori Trust is the mandated legal body entitled and empowered by its members to represent the Moriori people in everything from Treaty claims to commercial activities. Hokotehi owns Chatham Lodge and Kopinga Marae and operates a number of commercial and cultural ventures around these facilities. Hokotehi also is partially responsible for administering finances designed and … More Marginalise, frustrate, eliminate

Taking aim

But providing wider education choices is not the answer. It is merely a possible consequence of getting it right. What we need to create on the Chatham Islands, is the perception that it is an awesome place to live, work, raise kids and retire too. That it is the next land of milk and honey. … More Taking aim

Carvings and other Cultural Treasures of the Tchakat Henu

Tena Ko In response to a question from “Scott” I have to add these comments about the book ‘Manu Moriori’. Whilst it is an exceptionally beautiful book, and full of wonderful photographs of Hokairo or more appropriately: rakau momori,  it seems to me to be yet another example of someone making use of the (cultural) … More Carvings and other Cultural Treasures of the Tchakat Henu

Who to blame?.

Interestingly enough over the past nearly a year or so, many people have said to me, “whats the point in blaming anyone for what happened a 170 years ago?” And to a certain point I would have to agree. There is absolutely no point in blaming anyone for something that happened 170 years ago. Absolutely! Besides, … More Who to blame?.

Have you ever considered that the Chatham Islands might be the best “out of the way” spot for a holiday this summer? The beaches of Rekohu are spectacular and the scenery is delightful. If you dont believe me, have a look at this site then. While you are there check out the ‘culture’ page as … More

Under New Management

Congratulations to Joan Prendeville, newly appointed manager of Chatham Lodge. Chatham Lodge was purchased in 2007 by Hokotehi Moriori Trust from John and Denise Sutherland. John and Denise created Chatham Lodge during the 1980’s and slowly and carefully built the business up, maintaining a high standard of quality and service. Joan has been at the … More Under New Management

Moriori today

Despite the events of the previous century, Moriori resumed positions of prominence on Rēkohu (Chatham Island) in the 20th century, through to today.. Tame Horomona Rehe (Tommy Solomon) was a successful businessman and farmer in the 1920s and early 1930s. Other descendants of Moriori, notably the Davis and Preece families, were influential in local government and … More Moriori today

Editorial Oversight.

One of the sadder aspects of the Moriori story is the generations of personal attacks, lies and slanders perpetrated against this people. The question needs to be asked: For what? What, for example did people have to gain from discrediting the very existence of Moriori, in the past and still, today? What purpose is there in … More Editorial Oversight.


So what did happen way back in 1835? Well the situation on Rekohu at the time was something like this: There were some 1700 Moriori living there, and some 30 odd European sealers, two or three New Zealand Maori and one or two ‘others’ of mixed ancestry or origin. Either way the peaceful Moriori were … More Invasion

In 2005 The Prime Minister of New Zealand, The Right Honourable Helen Clark, opened the new Kopinga Marae. This was the first time that Moriori have had such acknowledgement of their place in society, history and in the culture of New Zealand. For over 160 years, Moriori have suffered from enslavement, vilification, death and despair. Today the … More

Me Rongo

Map of Rekohu Welcome to this first blog of the new Chatham Islands site. On this site and in future blogs you will find information on the history, cultures and environment of this exciting and unique island group. Known to the Moriori, who have lived there for many hundreds of years, as Rekohu, the Chatham … More Me Rongo