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This is a view of Pitt Island showing the location of the proposed construction site for the Pitt Lifehaven. It is about as remote from any militarily valuable target as it is possible to find while at the same time easily inhabited. Mangere Island, seen to the left, would also be a good site but it is presently a bird sanctuary and part of the goal of this Lifehaven project is to preserve all life forms into the distant future.  Because Pitt Island has been inhabited for hundreds of years there are probably few remaining endangered species there.

Pitt island

Pitt island as viewed from the south in Google Earth

A closer view of Pitt Island and the proposed building site for the Pitt Island Lifehaven.

Pitt Island from the south showing the proposed site.

Pitt Island from the south showing the proposed site.

This particular site is located away from the current structures, at the north end of the island, and away from their fenced in properties which is desirable for maintaining these people’s autonomy. The site also has a good harbor close by which could shuttle materials to the beach from larger ships. It is seen just above the site marked with latitude and longitude ( -44.295 -176.235 ). The landing beach is at ( -44.271 -176.240 ) only a few hundred meters away. On all oceanic sites there is a potential of a tsunami and it appears that there may have been some in the past which are still evident from the color of the vegetation running up from the undercut beach even at ( -44.257 -176.243 ). This would be a rare event but it must be considered with a permanent survival site. Part of the problem for a Lifehaven is that it presumes a war waged with H-bombs, and some of these might be intentionally exploded in such a way as to maximize a tsunami wave. The proposed site itself is located at an elevation of 162 meters which should be well above any such problem.

To build this site it would be necessary to contact those people who have built large hotels in remote regions.

Much of the power for the haven could probably be derived from the wind because this is in what is known to sailors as the roaring 40s. It is described as windy, damp and cool with an average temperature of 52°F

Chatham Island history.

Lots more history of the early Pacific voyages with a mention of  Chatham Island.


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