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Aerial Baiting for Argentine Ants

Thursday, August 29, 2019

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Mayor's Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Thursday, August 29, 2019

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CSIRO Norfolk Island Water Resource Assessment Project update – Aerial lidar

Thursday, August 29, 2019

During the week of the 9th September residents and visitors to Norfolk Island may notice an airplane flying over Norfolk Island (weather permitting). The plane will be flown by Landpro, a New Zealand based company with specialised skills in high resolution aerial photography and lidar mapping. CSIRO has commissioned Landpro to acquire ‘lidar’ over Norfolk Island as part of the Norfolk Island Water Resource Assessment (NIWRA) project.

Lidar is the acronym for ‘Light Detection and Ranging’. It is a remote sensing method that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to generate precise, three-dimensional information about the shape of the Earth and its surface characteristics.

As part of the NIWRA project, aerial lidar will be acquired to provide a high-density topographical map of the island’s terrain, helping to inform the hydrological assessment. It will be a high value legacy dataset for future use by the people of Norfolk Island.

Lidar data has already been acquired for many urban and coastal areas of Australia and New Zealand, large parts of the Murray-Darling Basin and other major river systems, and many other parts of the world. It is now considered a fundamental baseline dataset and has a wide variety of uses including hydrological assessments and modelling, agriculture, urban and infrastructure planning and design, archaeology, ecology and natural resource management, including high resolution erosion mapping and vegetation mapping. To make the most of the lidar activity in September, Phillip and Nepean islands are being included to create a valuable dataset for future use by Norfolk Island for heritage and environmental management purposes.

Residents may recall previous aerial survey activity using lidar. In 2015-16, the Royal Australian Navy’s Hydrographic Service used Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) to acquire bathymetric data in the vicinity of Norfolk, Phillip and Nepean islands for the purposes of improving nautical charting in the area for safe navigation of coastal and commercial shipping. This project did not include Norfolk Island itself and was not focused on fresh water resources.

Our colleagues from Landpro, Andy Burrell, Mike Borthwick and Grant Bissett, are looking forward to visiting Norfolk and Philip islands. If people would like to have a chat with Andy, Mike and Grant they intend on having dinner at the Bowling Club on Thursday 12th September from about 6:30 pm. They would love to meet some residents of the island and talk about their work.

For more information on the NIWRA project, including copies of the Fact Sheet, please visit our website If you have questions regarding the lidar activity please contact our local team member Snowy Tavener on 50558 or email the NIWRA Project lead

The CSIRO NIWRA project is funded by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development.

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Bowls report by Missed Kitty

Thursday, August 29, 2019

The Terence Grube Sponsored NIO Triples came to a dramatic close last Friday with the two finals (men & ladies) played in conditions more suited to the Eskimos. With wind gusts up to 80km per hr, overcast skies, very cool temperatures and 10mm of rain throughout the day, the players found it very difficult to perform at their normal levels. During the morning the semi-finals were played and the winners were the composite team of Marg O’Brien, Ruth Gordon & Sue Moore, who defeated Tess Evans, Marg Buffett & Ann Snell (Norfolk Island) 17-14. In the other semi-final the team of Petal Jones, Ester Sanchez & Vivian Bigg (Norfolk Island) defeated Kitha Bailey, Jackie Ryan & Joy Bishop (Norfolk Island) 28-10.

In the Men’s semi-finals, the team of Dave Smith, Mick Godfrey & Moochie Christian (Norfolk Island) defeated Ryan Dixon, Matt Bigg & Haydn Evans (Norfolk Island) 24-13. With the other semi going to the composite team skipped by Graham Pernell, Harry Wicks & Norm Trickey, who defeated Trevor Allwright, Mike Walker & Alan Pritchard (Pialba BC) 19-16.

The finals of the Terence Grube sponsored NIO triples were played last Friday afternoon in very trying conditions, with the conditions not great for spectators watching the bowls, who mainly stayed indoors and supported the bar. The players themselves struggled through the conditions with the Ladies final cut short (9 ends of 18) when players were unable to bear the conditions any longer. The Men faired a little better and lasted the distance over 18 ends.

Final results were in the ladies game, the team skipped by Petal Jones, Ester Sanchez & Vivian Bigg defeated the team skipped by Marg O’Brien, together with two visitors Ruth Gordon & Sue Moore by 15-2, with Marg’s team conceding after 9 ends of play.

In the men’s final the well disciplined team led by Dave Smith, Moochie Christian & Mick Godfrey defeated the team of Graham Pernell, Harry Wicks & Norm Trickey 18-11. The game was played in excellent spirit not withstanding the atrocious conditions and with Dave’s side leading 7-1 after 3 ends and then 14-1 after 8 ends, it looked like the lads were going to join the ladies at the bar. Graham’s team dug deep to win the next 5 ends to only be behind 14-8 with 5 ends but to no avail as Dave’s side then won the next 3 and the game was over.

The whole week was thoroughly enjoyed by all the visitors and the presentation night was a hoot, with Karaoke sounds filling the bar and bowls players singing like ABBA.

After the solid week of bowls the Club got straight back into its club competitions with the quarter-finals of the Open Pairs being played last Sunday, with the results being: Annie Pledger & Jan Williams defeating Esther & Norm Trickey in straight sets 15-6, 9-9; Mick Godfrey & Mark Carroll defeated Tim Sheridan & Shae Wilson in straight sets 9-7, 7-5; Dave & Kate Smith defeated Neil McWaters & Marg Buffett 10-5, 12-10. In social bowls played last weekend the results were: John Groat, Brent Johnstone & Steve W (visitor) drew with Trev Gow, Stephen Mathews & Bob (visitor) 14-14 all; Peter Tonkies (visitor) & John Kane defeated Haydn Evans & Kitha Bailey 22-11.

On Wednesday social bowls were played and results were: Haydn Evans, Stephen Mathews & Tracey Wora defeated Graeme Woolley, Sue Moore (visitor), & Betty Hertwick 22-17; Neil McWaters, Brent Johnstone & Tom (visitor) defeated Garry Ryan, John Groat with Tom playing swinging lead 17-12; Ester Sanchez, Ann Snell & Tess Evans defeated Petal Jones, Stephen Mathews & Vivian Bigg 21-16.

The Club Championships continue this week/weekend with the commencement of the Major Singles for both the men and ladies. Draw is on the noticeboard and players are asked to find their own markers.

Of note is that the Club has accepted an invitation to play a Multi-nation Competition during 18-24th Nov 2019, as a trial for World Championships next year. Countries who will be competing will be Australia, New Zealand, Malta, South Africa, Ireland, Canada, Wales and Norfolk Island. The Club will be selecting players to play and the information is on the Club Noticeboard with nominations from Members closing on the 10th September 2019. A terrific chance to trial for the World Championship next year.

The Club’s Bistro continues to draw large crowds of diners each day, esp. with the Bistro open for both lunch and dinner until 8pm each evening.

See you all on the greens soon.

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NI Junior Rugby League match report for Saturday 24th August

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Midget B’s.

NIDS/Car Beat Et Greens 32 defeated Christian Bailey Agencies Reds 4.

Try scorers for Greens – Xavier King x 3, Cooper Eales x 2, Teo Magri x 1, Jack McGillycuddy x 1, Timmy Ratelevu x 1.

Try scorers for Reds – Tyler Pashley x 1.

Refs Player of the day – Cooper Eales.

NIDS/Car Beat Et Greens 16 defeated Central Service Station Golds 12.

Try scorers for Greens – Xavier King x 2, Teo Magri x 2.

Try scorers for Golds - Connor Henderson x 1, Ruben Mietzel x 1, Daniella Randall x 1.

Refs Player of the day – Ruben Mietzel.

Central Service Station Golds 28 defeated Christian Bailey Agencies Reds 20

Try scorers for Golds – Connor Henderson x 3, Slater Schmitz-Quintal x 2, Daniella Randall x 1, Axel Nobbs-Boudan x 1.

Try scorers for Reds – Tyler Pashley x 3, Elijah Ratelevu x 1, Harrison Nobbs x 1.

Refs Player of the day – Axel Nobbs-Boudan.

Midget A’s

Slick & Sons Blacks 34 defeated Paradise Reds 20.

Try scorers for Blacks – Mia Pashley x 3, Wendell Fell x 2, Tighe Judd x 1. Conversions – Wendell Fell x 2, Mia Pashley x 2, Tighe Judd x 1.

Try scorers for Reds – Aly Miller x 3, Mali Garden x 1. Conversions – Toby Christian x 1, Lachie McCoy x 1.

Refs Player of the day – Vilikesa Ratelevu.

Paradise Reds 30 defeated Castaway Greens 20.

Try scorers for Reds – Aly Miller x 3, Mali Garden x 2, Toby Christian x 1. Conversions – Lachie McCoy x 2, Eroni Kaniatoma x 1.

Try scorers for Greens – Bailey Miller x 1, Callum Clay x 1, Zya Quintal x 1, Max Mietzel x 1. Conversions – Nate Christian Bailey x 1, Asher Garden x 1.

Refs Player of the day – Aly Miller.

Slick & Sons Blacks 30 defeated Castaway Greens 16.

Try scorers for Blacks – Mia Pashley x 3, Rocco Menghetti x 2, Mitch Randall x 1. Conversions – Tighe Judd x 2, Mia Pashley x 1.

Try scorers for Greens – Bailey Miller x 2, Callum Clay x 1. Conversions – Max Mietzel x 1, Nate Christian Bailey x 1.

Refs Player of the day – Bailey Miller.

Girls League Tag

NIO Pinks 36 defeated The Butcher in the Mall Greens 24.

Try scorers for Pinks – Mali Garden x 4, Carolynn Morgan x 3, Erin Christian x 1, T’Sharn Evans x 1.

Try scorers for Greens – Chayla Williams x 4, Tiana Randall x 1, Tamara Buffett x 1.

Refs Player of the day – T’Sharn Evans.


Junior A’s

Norfolk Online Blues 22 defeated Bedrock Golds 16.

Try scorers for Blues – TK Morgan x 1, Will Buffett x 1, Kyran Randall x 1, Cameron Christian x 1. Conversions – TK Morgan x 2, Will Buffett x 1.

Try scorers for Golds – Nathaniel Kalsrap x 2, Saxon Snell x 1. Conversions – Nathaniel Kalsrap x 1, Regan Christian x 1.

Refs Player of the day – Jai Nicholson.

Junior B’s

Hot Krust Purples 28 defeated Jolly Roger Blues 26.

Try scorers for Purples – Brandon Borg x 4, Tony Martinovich x 1. Conversions – Tony Martinovich x 3, Stephan Kalangis x 1.

Try scorers for Blues – Padrick Eyre x 3, Cameron Christian x 1, Taj Quintal x 1. Conversions – Tom Kelly x 1, Taj Quintal x 1.

Refs Player of the day – Riley Quintal.

NIJRL Game times for Saturday 31st August at the Bicentennial Oval.

3:00pm        Midget B’s training

3:30pm        Midget B’s – Gold v Red, Green v Red, Green v Gold.

4:30pm        Midget A’s – Green v Black, Red v Black, Green v Red.

5:45pm        Girls League Tag – Pink v Green.

6:30pm        Junior A’s – Golds v Blues.

7:00pm        Junior B’s – Purple v Blue.

Could all players please be at the ground 30 minutes before kick-off.

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The Golf Report

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Another great week at the Golf Course this week, with the running of the 2019 “Hardys Wines” Pro-Am Golf Classic.  The weather has been perfect for all 4 days. Another Professionally organized tournament by Andrew and Kylie Umlauft and judging by the happy faces of all the competitors all will be back for another crack at it next year.  Great to see so many faces from years gone by back again. With a full field of 144 players participating some great golf was experienced by players and spectators alike.  Naomi and her “Olive Branch” kitchen staff have done a great job of keeping everybody fed with good local food. The Golf Course has been maintained in great condition by Jason and Neil and well done to both of you.  A big thank you to all players, who stopped play on Wednesday afternoon during the funeral, with respect to the Randall family. A Tradition of respect that we have on Norfolk Island. The Presentation & Dinner evening was held last night at the Paradise Hotel and all results from the week of Golf will be found elsewhere in this issue.

Competition Results:

Last Saturday the “Administrators Cup” Rd 1 was the play of the day, a 2-person Aggregate Stableford.  A big thank you to Eric Hutchinson for his generous sponsorship of this event. Caroline Miratana & Dave Magri combined well to win the day with 74 pt’s on a c/b to Fred Howe & Eric Sweeney. Fintan & Kealan Tierney came in 3rd place with 70pt’s on a c/b to Danny & Jeht Nobbs on a c/b to Sean Ellard & Shane Evans.

The Pro-Pin 4th went to Richard Lee, the Ladies 3rd shot to 7/16th Belinda Grube, the Men’s 2nd shot to 8/17th James Rogers [an Eagle] & the All-In 9/18th Glen Kelly.

There was no “Island Plumbing & Gas” Putt Off due to the Welcome Party commencing at the Castaway Hotel and everybody wanting to get away for that. Today it will be worth $30.

With the Hardys Wines Pro-Am Golf Classic on during the week there has been no other Golf played to report on.

What’s on this Week:

Today’s Golf is the “Accredited Pest Control” Day, a 4 BBB Stableford event with choice of partners. Tee Off times 8.30am & 12.30pm. You will be all able to have a sleep in today after all the early starts during the week. Players are asked to have their cards into match committee no later than 15 mins prior to tee off. With many players still around after the Classic, it should be a large field, so even more important to have cards in early. A phone call to the Pro Shop is all that is required to get your card in early. Any visiting golfers with an official club handicap are always welcome to come down and play.

Tuesday - Veteran’s Golf - 9 holes - 2.30pm

Wednesday - Individual Stableford [bonus pt’s “2 Drips” Ansbury Christian Trophy]  – 1pm

Friday - “N I Mechanical” Chook Run - very social 7 holes - 3pm

Saturday - “Olive Cafe” Monthly Medal & Lisner Trophy - 8.30am & 12.30pm

Our Club is open Monday to Saturday from 11am and Sundays from 12pm.  Lunch and afternoon nibbles are available at ‘The Olive Branch’ Tuesday to Saturday from 10am-4pm. 

Enjoy fabulous golf course and ocean views while sampling something from The Olive Branch’s menu, which changes regularly to take advantage of our fantastic local produce. 

Tea, coffee and gourmet cheese plates are available every day along with a great selection of beer, wine, cider, pre-mixed drinks and spirits.

Finally,                  ‘ A Thought for the Week

          “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new”.

Good Golfing everyone,


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Norfolk Island Fitness and Health News

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Commence an 8 WEEK BODY BLITZ in September and receive a Pedometer as part of the inclusions.
Track your steps and activity daily in "STEPTEMBER" and record this with your Trainer.
You will have a chance to then win a 1 MONTH GYM MEMBERSHIP (valued at $145).
Aim for 10,000 activity "steps" per day to reap the Health and Wellness benefits.
Why not join our Group Exercise Programs to help increase your daily "steps".

  • "Pump Thursday" ... First Thursday STRENGTH Class of the month will be a PUMP class.
  • Several SPIN Classes and PILATES Classes throughout the week.
  • CLASS FOR THIS WEEK: "Cardio Boxercise" ... Wednesday mornings at 6am (50 minutes)
  • NEW CLASS starting soon, Monday evenings at 5:15pm (45 minutes). More details soon.
            Remember ... "This is not your practice life. Live it well."


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Understanding Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Thursday, August 29, 2019

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22nd Norfolk Island Theatre Festival

Thursday, August 29, 2019

NATS is pleased to present the 22nd Norfolk Island Theatre Festival of plays for the enjoyment of all. The adjudicator for this year is Mr. Michael Beh from Brisbane.

Participants from Australia, New Zealand and Norfolk Island will be competing for the Trans Tasman Trophy and the major prize of $1,000.00 sponsored by The Bounty Centre.  Preparing a play for the Festival means a lot of hard work and we like to give encouragement to the contestants by offering as many prizes as possible.  For this we rely on the generous support of the local community.

Can you help us?

        -  a donation of cash, goods or a gift voucher can be used as an incentive prize

        -  a gift voucher or goods can be included in our lucky door prizes  

        -  a cash donation will help with our many expenses

All contributions will be acknowledged in our programme. 

Please write to P.O. Box 158, to our email address, drop your donation in to World Traders or call Monica on 22115 if you can help us.

We hope you will support the Festival participants by watching the wonderful plays being performed for your entertainment at The Ferny Lane Theatre on Monday, 30th September, Tuesday, 1st October and Wednesday, 2nd October.  A detailed program will be published in the Norfolk Islander.   Tickets $20.00 are on sale at World Traders.

From everyone in N.A.T.S. – thank you.

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Relax and Unwind... at Aloha & Tudor Apartments

Thursday, August 29, 2019 comfort and privacy at Norfolk Island’s ‘Home Away from Home’.

Norfolk Island is an idyllic holiday location in the South Pacific Ocean. Surrounded by gorgeous views of the ocean, with safe bays, a seaside golf course and an incredibly unique botanical garden, it is the perfect getaway for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life or just take it easy and relax with friends or family. Norfolk Island has it all ,  except traffic lights!

What better place to stay while relaxing on our Island Paradise than at Aloha & Tudor Apartments.

We pride ourselves on our warm welcome, friendly staff and the excellent facilities that will help ensure your stay with us is a happy and memorable experience. Whether you are planning to travel alone, as a family, or as a group, we can provide you with the best accommodation option to meet your requirements.

ALOHA is our premier property located in the centre of Burnt Pine, consists of 34 x 1 or 2 Bedroom Ground Floor,  Self-contained units.  Close to the Bowling Club, Supermarket, most of Norfolk’s retail stores and a large variety of quality restaurants and cafes. It is perfect for those looking for an easy, laid-back holiday in our private grounds complete with shaded BBQ area and swimming pool.  A Park with a playground is right next door - great for the kids to play or the whole family to have a picnic lunch in the sun .

TUDOR is located at the other end of Burnt Pine and offers  4 x 1 or 2 bedroom apartments and 1 x 3 bedroom unit.  All units are Ground Floor ,  Self-contained and located in a comfortable setting, Tudor offers all the advantages of proximity to town on a smaller, more intimate scale. This property has privacy, comfort and a central location for the holidaymak­er looking for accommodation at a great price.

All apartments consist of a comfortable lounge room, a well-equipped kitchen, a bathroom with a shower, and bedrooms with the option of either a Super King or two Single beds.

As well as full kitchen facilities, each apartment has a television, telephone, insect screens and patio. 
There is internet access at Aloha Apartments and also at the High Tide Kitchen Our Tudor guests have full use of the swimming pool located at Aloha Apartments.

 We also provide umbrellas, picnic baskets, beach towels, picnic blankets and a lot of other little necessities you may need.

Other facilities include gas barbecues, self-use laundries at both properties.

We have a Function Room which our guests or groups can book for that special get together or for an event.

Our departure Lounge is located at Aloha for our guests to relax when they are waiting for the transfer bus to collect them and take them back to the airport .

Both properties are situated within walking distance of Norfolk Island’s clubs, shops, cafes, restaurants and supermarkets or a 5-minute drive to the beautiful Norfolk beaches.

All Aloha and Tudor guests are provided with free return airport transfers and a complimentary half-day tour. This orientation tour explains Norfolk’s rich and complex history, culture and wildlife.

We can arrange a rental car , which can be hired at an additional cost that includes all fees, taxes and a full comprehensive insurance.

High Tide Kitchen, is a buzzing little café which is located onsite beside the reception of Aloha Apartments and is very popular amongst our guests and locals alike.

The team is committed to ensuring our guests have an enjoyable dining experience offering a great menu using fresh local produce and with our Chef’s Daily Specials, you are always spoilt for choice.

We cater for all dietary requirements , just let our front of house aware and the chefs will be more than happy to look after you.  

We are licensed too! So feel free to get yourself a beer or a glass of wine and enjoy the slideshow of pictures highlighting Norfolk Island in the good old days.

High Tide Kitchen caters for Breakfast , Lunch & Dinner

Opening Hours

Mon , Tues , Wed, Fri , Sat            7.30am – 8pm

Thurs, Sun                                           7.30am – 3pm

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Or you can give us a call and we will be more than happy to answer  any questions you may have +672 3 22325 

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