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ANOTHER NORFOLK ISLAND RESIDENT IN THE AUSTRALIAN MILITARY ... by Jemima

Friday, October 14, 2011


Denis (Pony) Christian is home at the moment and he is proud as punch that his son Daniel Christian has joined the Australian Army. Daniel recently graduated at Kapooka Army base. The photo’s show Denis with Daniel at his Passing Out Parade.

Daniel is the fourth generation of this Christian family to join the Armed Forces to serve Queen and Country. Daniel was born in Norfolk Island some 26 years ago and he finished his schooling in Brisbane Australia. Daniel has been home a number of times and remains proud of his Norfolk and Pitcairn heritage.

Daniel completed his schooling and went on to become a qualified Diesel Mechanic working on huge freight carrying trucks. He has also spent several years training in Martial Arts and doing fitness training in preparation for the Army. Daniel has the ambition to go on to the SAS but is currently training in the Search and Rescue area. He is currently based in Holdsworthy (Sydney) and is continuing his training with enthusiasm!

Daniel is proud to be another Norfolk Island military family member and follows his Great Grandfather Cornelius Stephen “Lerm” Christian (WWI - AIF), his Grandfather Holder Stanley “Hodder” Christian (WWII - AIF), and Father, Denis (Pony) Christian who was in the Royal Australian Navy.

Good luck Daniel and don’t forget to keep us all on Norfolk Island informed of how you are going. Daniel joins quite a few Norfolk Island residents who are at this time serving in the Military.

NORFOLK ISLAND PAINTING HOLIDAY ... by Annie Knight

Belinda Biggs has been hosting the Norfolk Island Painting Holiday for 13 visitors over the past week. This is the second successful tour she has conducted on Norfolk Island. Belinda is a botanical illustrator based in Lake Macquarie, NSW. She has been a teacher for over 8 years at the Tuggerah lakes Community College, as well as conducting regular workshops around NSW. She is a multi-award winner, including selection for the prestigious Margaret Flockton Scientific Illustration Award at the herbarium NSW.


The week long Norfolk Tour included painting and drawing at locations around the Island, including at Kingston and by Bloody Bridge. Although a wet weather venue had been organised, the beautiful weather this week meant that its’ use was unnecessary. The mediums used included watercolours, drawing and pen & wash. As always, beginners were more than welcome. The Holiday commenced with a Welcome Dinner held at Barney Duffy’s, included a Fish Fry, and a Farewell Dinner at Governor’s Lodge. Another tour is planned for 2012 with details available from the Travel Centre.

Belinda has also organised a Botanical Illustration Workshop through Community Arts which will take place this weekend. We wish Belinda all the best for the rest of her stay on Norfolk and look forward to welcoming her back again soon.


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EULOGY HAZEL VIOLET MARTIN - 1st June 1909 - 28th September 2011

Friday, October 07, 2011


Hazel Violet Martin born 1st June 1909 now at rest. A woman with great spirit and commitment. Hazel was one of 3 girls born to a Florence Turner and grew up in around Auckland New Zealand.

She married Alfred Robert Martin on 23rd October 1935. Hazel raised 2 daughter and is survived by them, along with 5 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

She played bowls in NZ but was more active in support of the local rugby and cricket clubs. Mum was chief scorer for the cricket team that Alf and 2 of his brothers were members of. When on Norfolk Island she was more active with bowls and also a bit of Golf.

Mums involvement in community and service groups were huge and always put her hand up to help. here on Norfolk been a charter member of the Arthur's Vale Lions Club and was the oldest active member in Australia at 102 years old and even recently expressed a desire to carry the Norfolk Island flag at the parade for the November convention.

she was a keen gardener and accompliced seamstress, great cook and wonderful host, loving wife and mother.

When the daughters required a dress to wear mum would set to and create one even if she had to work through the night to do so.

Sunday tea's were not to be missed, especially those delicious fresh fruit salads she made in the summer time.

Hazel also cared for her grandmother and other members of her extended family from time to time. her gardens were always of a high standard and back in New Zealand she specialized in growing orchids which were sometimes sold at the city auction markets. Here on Norfolk Island she won many prizes for her established gardens.

Mother loved a good party and excelled as a capable hostess.

About 43 years ago she arrived on Norfolk Island. here she stayed, soaking up the island life, ambiance and its people. She became one of you and simply loved everything about Norfolk.

She was a strong willed person as those that really knew her found out. For me and any family members it was probably just that look that told you "I am not happy"

Unfortunately some years back she broke her hip and this was the start of her demise. I know that she really wished to be at home and looking after herself, her mind was still active alas body not.

On her 102nd Birthday she recited the alphabet in reverse to me, not bad for a centurion. she told me she had plenty of time to practice. 

On behalf of the family may I thank the Norfolk Island hospital, Doctors and nursing staff for their wonderful care of Hazel during her time with you all.

May I also in particular thank Jan Saal, Leslie Lillico, Chris Pedal, Bonnie and Kik Quintal and families for their years of love and support to mum and also the many many other people of this wonderful place for their visits, concern and for simply caring.

Also to nurse Naomi Hallett who attended to hazel twice a week at home and going that extra mile to just sit and talk and tea make.

Thank you very much all of you.

Mum's legacy will live on here by way of her 100th birthday plaque and developing garden on the airport grounds.

Hazel is now at peace with her beloved Alf.


EULOGY JOHN GEORGE EDWARD (CHINA) -25th September 2011 - 22nd November 1937

Good afternoon everyone and thank you for coming to be with us whilst we pay our respects and remember China Edward.

China, whose real name was John George Edward, was born here on Norfolk on the 22 November 1937 to Bert and Bussy Edward. he had 5 brothers, Bill, Homed, Frank, Jim and Paul and one sister Ruth.

As a young adult China went to live in New Zealand where he worked for Winstones, a large building supply company. After 13 years he came back home for a little while and then moved to Australia where as a qualified boiler maker worked for a large company known as Containers LTD at Hurstville. He stayed in Australia for 20 years then in 1980/81 decided it was time to come home. On his return he met Fran and they have been together ever since.

On Norfolk he worked as a gardener at South Pacific, Hotel Norfolk and Hillcrest. For 16 years he worked as a baggage handler at the airport and also did security on the pier wherever the ship was unloading.

China has 8 children and over 20 grandchildren and great grand children. He was a very good sportsperson and in New Zealand excelled in rowing, football and competition swimming. He was also a keen golfer and played every weekend whilst living in Australia. Later in life he became a crossword fanatic and would often pick up his latest puzzle and pen and become totally engrossed in the puzzle especially when Fran was trying to make a point or when he knew there was not a hope in hades he was going to win the argument!!!!

With his love for beer and cigarettes China enjoyed going to the Leagues Club daily for a couple of beers and a little conversation. He had a crazy sense of humour and would often sit listening to people talk about anything and everything until he decided he had had enough at which time he would produce some memorable one liners which either stopped them talking rubbish or made them feel that they knew what they were talking about. Chucky still has a chuckle when we talk about this as he was often the target of China’s one liners at their weekly Thursday afternoon lunch.

China didn’t like leaving Norfolk over the last many years but he agreed to go to Noumea with Fran, Paul, Clare, Margie and Ernie for a holiday. Once there he decided him and Fran cold walk everywhere so refused to hire a car and was happy to walk from their unit to the beach and then to the bar and restaurant. One day they were all sitting on the beach and 2 lovely young island beauties decided to sit very close to China. God, he tull, myse luck se change but then he realized it was his cigarettes they really wanted not him so he tek his wonded pride en his cigarettes en walk back to dar hotel room to wait for Fran and dem other s to come back.

Over the last month China has been in Australia in hospital having many tests and treatments but sadly did not recover enough to come home to sit on his randah and watch the world go by. He will be sadly missed.

Fran and the family would like me to thank everyone that came from New Zealand and Australia to be with us today. Thank you to all the friends that have supported Fran since she came home with kind thoughts, deeds and wetls. Thanks to Shane and the grave diggers, the ladies at the shed for all the beautiful wreaths, the doctors and nurses at the hospital, David Buffett, Don Reynolds, Milton Bradley, Leonard Schmit, Jono at Greenways Press and the Police. Thanks to Annie Pledger for the use of her computer and looking after the house and car and thank to Chelsea for babysitting Fran’s cats whilst she was in Sydney.

There are a couple of very special thanks to be made today.

Firstly thanks to Debbie, Fran’s daughter for all your help both in Australia and here on Norfolk. Thanks to Bart Murray for all his help and kindness and making the unhappy task of bringing China home so much easier for the family. Thanks to Tony Gazzard for all he had done for both Fran and China in Sydney especially since Fran returned to Norfolk.

To Fran, you have been China’s rock and best mate for over 24 years and I know as you leave today you will remember China’s favourite blessing to you which I will not repeat but I hope it brings a smile to your face whenever you feel sad or lonely.

OUR ISLAND PEOPLE ... by Nicola Reeves

We are surrounded by people everyday, and united they created the personality of our communities. Slowly I will interview people around the island at random and introduce you to them.

So meet John Christian or Uncle John to me. As it is with many kids who grow up on Norfolk, we are constantly surrounded by close friends and just adopt the name of uncle or Aunty to them. Uncle John and his family have been apart of my life since before I can remember. He has taught me a lot about Norfolk culture, food and about being myself. I have spent many hours in the kitchen with him experimenting with, and creating, new recipes. He has also been my marshal arts teacher in Hap ki do, shown me the art of bone carving and most of all I see him as completely dedicated his family.

John was born in Auckland, New Zealand. He went to school there before coming to Norfolk Island with his family for a few years. John then returned to Auckland where he did a degree in microbiology and then worked making animal vaccines for ten years. He then moved into the medical business work in orthopedics and shipped over to Australia a year later to work. “Where I met my beautiful wife.”

What do you love about Norfolk Culture?

“Everything. I am proud to be a Norfolk Islander, proud of our culture. Its unique. We need to protect it but also let it grow. And of course a big part of Norfolk culture is food.”

How long have you been cooking for?

“I started cooking in my twenties, after a childhood of watching mum and dad cook up big meals to feed everyone.”

What do you enjoy about cooking?

“Creating but also the pleasure and enjoyment you get from feeding people a good meal.”

What inspires you about traditional Norfolk Food?

“The unique flavours, the taste of the pacific in the coconut, lemon, lime and banana flavours. The combination of those flavours produces some of the most amazing tastes, sensations and smells.”A lot of the enjoyment of traditional food is going and gathering it, things like hi-hi, wunna and plun. It’s a peaceful thing to do but its also exercise.”

How long have you been bone carving for?

“About twelve years now.”

Do you always do traditional Polynesian carvings?

“I was always inspired by the Polynesian symbols and meanings. I like to keep it as traditional as possible and like to work out new Norfolk designs and possible meanings.”

What made you get into bone carving?

“I always liked art and bone carving is an element of art that has always interested me. I like the meaning that bone has. Bone is a traditional material. It absorbs oil from your skin and so when you pass it on to people, there is a part of you that is always with them."

Marshal arts is a big part of your life, how did you get into that?

"I have been doing marshal arts since i was seventeen. I started off with karate and eventually ended up with a black belt. I then trained in Tae kwomdo. That was more concentrated on kicking techniques.

I then discovered hapkido. I really enjoyed it because it answered a lot of things that the other marshal art styles missed out on. It moves away from using strength to overcome an opponant, to using pure techniqueand self defence moves."

It was a priiviledge to interview Uncle John. I have observed his life for so long now and its amazing to hear the insights he has about how he spends his time. It is dedicated to four major things besides his work; his cooking, bone carving, his marshal arts and of course, his family.

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HIP HOP CLASSES - RILEY BOURNE ... by Annie Knight

Friday, September 30, 2011


Thanks to Norfolk Island Community Arts, we were lucky enough to have Riley Bourne from Auckland on the Island, conducting Hip Hop dance classes during the first week of the school holidays. Supported by his mother Trudy, Riley has been dancing since he was 6 years old. Initially attending a jazz class, Riley soon discovered hip hop, and has been taking classes now for 8 years.

During his week here, Riley has been conducting 3 classes per day catering for 3 different age groups: 5-8 year olds; 8-13 year olds and 13 years +. These classes attracted around 20 students per category and took place at the Uniting Church Hall. He also made an appearance at the Montessori Kinderhaus introducing the pre-schoolers to a few moves.

Riley teaches hip hop classes in New Zealand and has competed in, and placed well in, several high profile competitions. He placed 6th (2008) and 4th (2009) in the World Hip Hop Championships, with his Crew, in Las Vegas, and in 2010 won a scholarship to workshops in Los Angeles, as well as competing in Las Vegas for his solo dancing, winning the ‘Outstanding Hip Hop’ award. He also performed at Disneyland in 2008. With his current crew, Xhale, Riley recently competed in a New Zealand competition, qualifying for the ‘World Supremacy Battleground’, which will take place in Sydney in November.

To mark the end of their week of hip hop lessons, the students and Riley will be giving a short concert, followed by afternoon tea, at the Uniting Church Hall at 2pm this Saturday. All are welcome to see how far they have come in the past week.

Riley’s long-term goals are to start his own dance school, as well as to work in America with famous musicians on their music videos. He is already well on his way, having attended a workshop organised by Usher in New Zealand during which he won VIP tickets to one of Usher’s concerts. With his dedication to dance and the patience and perseverance he showed during his week here, we are sure Riley will succeed in following his dreams.

Thank you to Riley and Trudy for visiting Norfolk – we hope to see you here again soon!

EULOGY - CELEBRATION OF DR. WENDY BRAZIL LIFE ... by Bonnie Quintal

Over 200 people attended the Great hall University House on the 24th Septembe 2011 to celebrate the life of Dr. Wendy Brazil. Many had to stand at the back of the Hall, they were family, friends, fellow professors, teachers and students [present and past] and Allen Kerr who always attended hers and Norman [Wendy’s husband] Sunday mornings teas. It was at one of these teas that I first met Owen Walsh; I had known Bianca his wife of course.

Her son David Brazil acted as MC. There were a number of Tributes, many humorous of how she rushed into a class she was teaching, French, Greek or Latin, with books under her arm and her academic cape flying, after humorous greetings, class started on time.

Interspersed with songs from the choir that she had sung and/or trained with. David also showed a very quick slide show which featured scenes of Wendy on Norfolk Island.

Later we gathered in the Common Room where we were able to talk with all those who had gathered to farewell Wendy.

I felt it was a very fitting end to a wonderful and popular person, my sister.

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THE DIFFERENT FACE'S OF NORFOLK ... by Annie Knight

Friday, September 23, 2011


When looking at the demographics for Norfolk Island it is interesting to delve a little further and consider who really makes up these statistics, and what may have brought them here. One small sector of the community comprises those posted here in Government positions, and their families. These positions contribute to the Norfolk Island infrastructure, and include teaching positions at the school, positions within the Norfolk Island Government and some of the positions within the Norfolk Island Police Force.

Penelope Munro is one such member of the community. Penelope’s  husband,  Leading Senior Constable Robert Munro, is two years into his three year posting with the Norfolk Island Police Force. Penelope was born and bred in Canberra, and married Robert in 1990. They have two sons, Thomas (19 years) and Andrew (14 years).

•         What made your family decide to accept the posting to Norfolk Island?

My husband Rob rang me one day while I was at work and asked if I would go to Norfolk Island if he got a transfer with the Australian Federal Police.  Of course I said yes as he had always wanted to go and I had already researched the island a while back to see if I would perhaps like to live there one day.

•         Did it take you long to adapt to living in such a small community?

No, it’s the people that make this island paradise such a lovely place to live.  It is the first time I had lived in such a small community but I have never felt anything other than welcomed by everyone on the island

•         How did your children find the transition to a much smaller school?

Our eldest son Thomas came over with us, but he found the transition difficult and he returned to Canberra after the first term.  Our youngest son, Andrew has settled in very well and has thrived in his new school.  He has made such lovely friends.

•         Have you had the opportunity to do any of the tourist activities?

Yes, I have been to many of them.  I have done the Puppy's Point Fish Fry twice, Wonderland By Night, Trial of the Fifteen, Murder Mystery Dinner, Half Day Tour, History in the Making and, of course, the Cyclorama.  They were all such fun and I recommend them all.

•         What is your favourite place on Norfolk Island?

I think Emily Bay is the prettiest place on this island

•         What is your favourite restaurant/café?

I love Hilli’s for dinner and Sublime for lunch.  These places both have beautiful menus but Sublime has a gorgeous view to enjoy during your meal.

•         What will you miss most about Norfolk Island when you leave?

The people are what I will miss the most

•         Describe Norfolk Island in 25 words or less.

Norfolk Island is a paradise for those who like the quiet life.  The people who live here are very gracious and generous in spirit. 

EULOGY FOR LAWRENCE WAYNE CHRISITAN ... 9th October 1957 - 11th September 2011... by Moochie Chrisitan


This is indeed a sad day for all of us. We have lost such a great person and much loved Island personality. I hope that sharing our grief will ease the pain.

Born on Norfolk Island on the 9th October 1957, Lawrence Wayne Christian was the 3rd son of Dalyell and Dolly and much loved brother of Tate, Meg and I.

During his early schooling years at Norfolk Island Central School he developed a keen passion for carpentry, so much so that we recall the days when Lau was inseparable from a special hammer which went with him everywhere – including to bed! To this very day if Laurie was asked for help with fencing or other jobs he would always have to call in home for his own hammer. He developed a keen interest in fishing but it was mostly from land because Lau would almost get seasick even if the boat was still parked in the shed.

As a kid if you wanted to find Lau you often didn’t need to go any further than the Mill where he spent a lot of time logging with Howard and his father Dalyell. Or carting groceries from the ship to Foodlands with Dad in the truck. 


At the age of 25 Laurie’s passion for motorbikes began when helping Wayne and Midge Prentice at their property in Cascade Road and following a suggestion from Wayne, Laurie got his license and moved from pedal power to motor power with a Chappy they loaned him. As we all know he became a proficient rider who could and would ride in any weather conditions, day or night and all the ladies on the Island are going to miss Lau’s special little waves and toots. Slack and myself will probably remember more his knack of looking the other way to pretend he hadn’t seen us in case we called him in to give him a job, preventing him from whatever mission he was on at that time.

Lau’s days were always busy with his many jobs as unofficial Security Guard, Usher, Barman, Glassy, Caddy and all round Gopher. Tasks he was happy to do since he was rewarded with a beer and free meal at the end of it. Lau was at every aircraft landing and takeoff, unloading of the ship, on hand to make sure all passengers got on and off the Cruise ship and that everything was okay for the Sunday markets. He did a check of both Cascade and Kingston piers at dusk every day, so I’m sorry to all the fisherman out there but you’re gonna have to start cleaning up your own crap.

At about the age of 32 Laurie decided he needed his own space and independence, so he packed his things and moved a whole 400 metres from the family home to Meg and Slack’s Granny flat, taking his Dorby Corner sign with him. He had a great life with Meg and Slack and made the flat his own, plus half of their garage and another shed too with all of his little treasures and momentos.

A week that Laurie looked forward to every year was the Country Music Festival, he was involved in every aspect from Day 1 where he’d help to put up the Tents, then throughout the Festival he’d be seen patrolling each night wearing his official t-shirt and armed with his torch, belt buckle and key chain.

I know my Brother meant something to each and every one of you. He had the gift of brightening many a situation with his innocence and quick wit. And an uncanny ability to always be at the right place at the right time. Laurie’s passing will no doubt be felt by all of us the next time we look to our side and miss his smiling face, eager to run and grab whatever you need.

Our heartfelt thanks go to the Norfolk Island Bike Riders Club, Fire Service and RSL for their participation in this service, plus the Hospital staff, Ambulance Officers, Police, Works Depot, Gravediggers, Sexton, Pallbearers, the ladies at the usual place and the kids that have stepped in and done Lau’s job today handing out the service sheets, Lau would have been extremely proud and appreciative of such a fitting farewell. On behalf of Dolly, Tate, Meg, Slack, myself and our families thank you to those who sent beautiful flowers, food and to Laurie’s friends who’ve traveled from overseas to be here. Thanks to all for coming to help us celebrate and remember Lau’s life and we extend an invitation for you to join us at the RSL to have a beer for Pop.

EULOGY FOR LAWRENCE WAYNE CHRISTIAN ... by Kim Davies

Sadly Norfolk Island has lost one of its true gentleman in the passing of Laurie. Laurie was a legend on Norfolk Island and will be sadly missed by all of us that got to know him closely. 

Laurie loved being involved in all that was happening on our Island and any event was not complete without Laurie’s presence. For weeks prior to the Country music festival he would be knocking at my door to see if his security shirt was ready and this he would proudly wear all week. The festival just wont be the same without our head of security and you will be sadly missed by our committee.

Laurie was a quite achiever and had his days well planned. This ranged from watering Moochies cattle, to Debbies Technical advisor for Paw Paws Pump shed, which involved bleeding the compressor and any other chore that Debbie had for him. When he wasn’t doing this he was helping Slack, Meg and Dolly with chores around their houses.

Laurie was also Robin Butterfields backstop around the house and helped her with all of her household chores. He did however insist on Robin using the push mower while he used the sit down.

In 2005 Laurie’s voluntary efforts to our community was officially recognised and he was the recipient of an Australia Day award for “Appreciation of Voluntary Services”.  

We had the pleasure of taking Laurie to Lord Howe with us on a golf trip a few years ago where he put his push bike skills to good use pedalling the length of the Island each day and was always the life of the party. I can rember early one morning while on Lord Howe, Laurie and I go for Hi Hi and I tried to explain to him that things were different on Lord Howe and we weren’t supposed to pick Hi Hi because it was illegal. Well by the time we had finished our first round of golf that day Laurie had told the whole Lord Howe golf club that, “Me en Kim fine 2 bucket of hi Hi down at old settlement”. Luckily for us Laurie being the lovable person that he was we got away with it.

As he does here on Norfolk Laurie got on well with all the girls on Lord Howe and I can clearly recall when we were leaving Laurie came up and said. “Kim you thort I ell tek dar Electricians wife back to Norfolk with uwuw. Me think she like me en wuntu come”. Laurie loved the trip with us to Lord Howe and we laughed and spoke about it many times afterwards.

I will miss Laurie knocking on my office door for a chat and it would always start with me asking him. “Wuthing bin happen des day Laur ?” and he would always answer. “I car waa – must be something bin but I car wuts et yet.”

I will miss you Lolliepop, you were a true blue friend to me and many others that got to know you closely, we will miss you on the dance floor and on stage at our band nights and you will leave a big hole in our hearts.

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AFP DEFENSIVE SKILLS TRAINERS ... by Annie Knight

Friday, September 16, 2011


Names: Federal Agent John Higgins and Senior Protective Service Officer David Blackbourne. 

What is the purpose of your visit? All police are required to undergo a defensive skills requalification every 12 months, so we came over primarily to carry this out. We also conducted a Training Needs Analysis on the Norfolk Island Police Force (NIPF) to enable us to identify and address any other training requirements.

What are the methods/techniques you use? We primarily look at Police safety and the best techniques to utilise with the minimum of force. Conflict de-escalation, tactical communication and negotiation training is provided using scenario based training methods. We also address legislation and look at up to date policing methods utilising case studies where possible.

What are your thoughts on Norfolk Island and our local police force? We have been very impressed by the skills of the NIPF, they are all very experienced and professional. Their duties are the same as any police officer on the mainland (be they anywhere from Kings Cross to the suburbs of Canberra), they are required to be prepared for any encounter. The NIPF also contend with the additional issues of isolation and the lack of any immediate back-up. If anything, in many ways their job is actually harder.

The Island itself is a beautiful place. We have managed to find time to see a few of the sights but both intend to return and bring our families so we can really explore all the Island has to offer. We have enjoyed some great food and coffee, and would particularly like to thank the friendly staff at Governor’s Lodge and The Olive who were all so welcoming.

Have you seen there is a fishing rock at Buck’s Point called Blackbourne?
Yes, I certainly have, and intend to research the history to find any personal links with the Island. The staff at KAVHA suggested that Gidley King’s Diary might be of assistance.

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SUZIE IS BACK ... by Pauline Reynolds

Friday, August 19, 2011


Susie Warburton, one of our most frequent visitors to Norfolk Island was here recently for Don Reynolds’ 60th birthday, and has come back again for another week of family fun. Susie first came to our island paradise over 20 years ago to visit her daughter (yours truly). 

Since then she has come here many times, renewing old friendships and making new ones. Over the years, Susie has watched the island expand and sometimes contract in various ways; but most of the evolution on the island she feels is positive.  She has noticed a great improvement in the number and quality of accommodation houses available.  This change for the better has accompanied a similar situation with restaurants.  She has enjoyed revisiting iconic shops (Max’s and the shoe shops for example) and seen some great new businesses start up over the years. She considers that the shopping experience on Norfolk is still very good considering the economic climate in the world at this time.  She hopes the quaintness of the buildings will never change saying with conviction, ‘don’t make Burnt Pine like other places – keep your own style’.  She feels the picture theatre is a great addition to the island’s services. Susie is a successful businesswoman in her own right and her observations are always astute and sound.  Listening to her thoughts about our situation here on Norfolk is quite an eye opener.  She thinks it is wonderful that Norfolk Island has its own airline – ensuring there is always a way for islanders and tourists alike to come and go.  She firmly believes that if we were dependant on an external airline, we could not guarantee planes would come as often as they presently do, and these planes are our lifeline, bringing tourists to feed our biggest industry. 

An external airline would only come at their convenience, which of course makes good business sense. Susie’s favourite thing about Norfolk is the friendliness of the people: she loves the warm reception at the airport on arrival and farewells on departure.  Such warm greetings are rare in the world today. Some changes have been brought in recently, seatbelts being one example.  Susie doesn’t believe they should be made compulsory because for the most part people drive slowly and carefully.  Purely from a visitors point of view, people take memories away of a place and the non-wearing of seatbelts is just another remarkable tale people tell of their holiday here.  On a lighter note, she loves that we still don’t lock our cars and leave the keys in the ignition. These are some of the things that make Norfolk such a special island to visit. Susie has two Norfolk Islander grandchildren, and she loves that they are being cared for by such a generous and kind community.  The school also provides a caring environment for children to blossom due to very devoted teachers and the wonderful community spirit that surrounds every school event.  She happened to arrive on Cross Carnival Day and was amazed at the supportive spirit as each of the participants crossed the finish line. She asks, ‘where in the world can you leave your car unattended, or let your children walk home from school?’ Another beautiful thing is our custom of waving at each other from our cars – she has noticed that this is happening less and less – she muses that if we want to remain a special place, these are the little things we must not lose. There are a few things she would love to see here, to help visitors take a wholly positive picture away with them.  She would like to see some streetlights because it is so very dark when driving at night. 

Another thought, having travelled extensively, is the lack of internet access in accommodation places.  It is an unfortunate oversight that the vast majority don’t provide free or pay-as-you-go Wi-fi access.  Business people (the very people who would be desirable clients perhaps) or just the average holiday maker often like to just check their emails once a day.  The internet cards available around the island are not always effective, and she feels this would be a great addition to the already terrific quality of accomommodaiton available. Another experience she has had over the years is people asking her, ‘are you a local?  Where is the fruit and vege shop?’ 

She feels we could make a better effort to tell people about our small fruit and vege stalls scattered around the island with their honesty boxes.  Those late night arrivals are another case in point.  Tourists who arrive from Australia on night flights aren’t to know that once they get here there is a real possibility that there may be no restaurants open.  What kind of services are we providing for those visitors? Basically, Susie wants to pass the message to those of us doing our best to provide a positive experience to visitors.  She feels it is imperative that we restrict the negative things that people take away with them – we need them to go away from their visit with positive images that they will want to share with their friends and acquaintances.  It is in our hands. See you next time Susie!  It’s always a pleasure!

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MAAD SALAN ... by Pauline Reynolds

Friday, July 22, 2011


Donald Reynolds is a real shaker and mover in the cultural world of Norfolk Island.  You’ll find him there behind the scenes at concerts and setting up microphones and amplifiers at public meetings and the school.  You’ll find him on Saturdays practicing with the Ukelele band, on other days jamming with Norfolk’s local talent and always there at Community Arts activities.

Don is a man of ideas - the wonderful Multicultural Festival, which was always a fabulous success, and recently lead a team of young dancers to Tahiti for the training of their lives with professional dance teachers.

The weekend just passed was his 60th birthday party and his Tampali shed was filled to overflowing with friends and family – some travelling from New Zealand and Australia for the event.  His party, as many are on Norfolk Island, was a royal fancy dress affair – and Donald, of course, was His Royal Highness for the night. 

 Happy birthday Donald, and thank you for the gracious and generous work you do within the community, which often happens behind the scenes.  May your 60th year be the best of your life!

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MERALDA WARREN SE BACK ... by Pauline Reynolds

Friday, July 01, 2011


After a quad bike ride down the Hill of Difficulty, a two day journey aboard the Claymore cargo ship, a stop over at Mangareva, a flight to Tahiti, another flight to New Zealand, then another flight to our shores, she‟s finally back, our beloved Meralda Warren.

Meralda is a 7th generation descendant of the Bounty mutineers and their Polynesian wahines. She was born on Pitcairn Island. Her contribution to the Pitcairn Island community has been great. She has variously worked as the island‟s nurse, a politician and councillor and was the first Pitcairner policewoman.

Meralda‟s contribution to Pitcairn culture should serve as an inspiration to us all. She is an accomplished songwriter and has recorded three CDs. She shares her knowledge teaching the children on Pitcairn about their history and culture and in recent years wrote a beautifully illustrated bilingual book with them.

Her career had a change when in 2007 she began making tapa from paper mulberry (aute) and breadfruit (‘uru) and has since been reviving this artform, which had disappeared in the 1940s. She has gone from strength to strength since then, exhibiting her work in Tahiti in 2008, here on Norfolk Island in 2009 and her work has been collected by people as far afield as Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, the USA, Norway, New Zealand and of course here on Norfolk Island.

Recently, Meralda was the keynote speaker at the Te Papa Pacific and Maori Textile Symposium in New Zealand, and absolutely blew the attendees away with her ground-breaking and grass roots research into dyes used by her ancestors on Pitcairn, and her innovative techniques in her tapa making process.

How fortunate we are then, that her latest works are now on display at the REO Café – an exhibition which will stay in place for another week – after such a long voyage artistically and geographically, these artworks are rare treasures. Call into the REO Café and view them in the Norfolk-Pitcairn room.

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