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Being Controlled


Sir,


As a resident of Norfolk Island, I feel compelled to make comment on the article published in the Canberra Times on 3 October 2018 under the name of Paul O’Connor, Hawker. Mr O’Connor’s reference to Norfolk Island being “a five-square-kilometre or so plot of vacant land” clearly indicates he has not been a visitor to the island, which is by no means “vacant land”. Historically, Norfolk Island’s lush lands supplied Port Jackson with abundant food during the early years of settlement when starvation was an ever-present threat, and to this day our farmlands supply a wide range of produce to support our community. In fact, one could live a self-sufficient lifestyle here and many do.


Referring to our community as “around 2000 unruly citizens …many of [whom] are descendants of mutineers and are probably difficult to control” further indicates Mr O’Connor’s lack of understanding of the community here. At the last Australian census (the first to include Norfolk Island into Australian statistics), we had 1,748 residents with 20% identifying as being Pitcairn descendants and 22% identifying Norfolk Island as their “country of birth”. Whilst some members of the Bounty Mutiny families dispute these data, nonetheless the demography of the community has substantially changed particularly in recent years.


Some 23% of the community are educated to Advanced Diploma level or above, being only slightly below the Australian average of 30.9%.  Given that the community has no local access to TAFE or universities as do those living on the Australian continent, educational advancement depends on leaving the island to seek further education and career advancement. With education comes robust debate including that round the “hot” political issues of current times, but I can assure you that unruliness is far less prevalent in this community than in many communities around Australia, as any investigation of local crime statistics would show. One of the most common observations of our visitors is the lack of graffiti and litter in our public spaces, the pervasive sense of safety, and levels of trust so high many people leave the keys in their cars and doors of their homes unlocked.


Like any populace, we engage in animated debate about the issues of the day with opinions along a wide spectrum, and this includes those identified as “descendants of mutineers”. Tarring us all with the same brush and assuming there is universal commitment to a particular viewpoint indicates Mr O’Connor’s lack of understanding of the ecology of social groups. We all express our opinions in our own ways, some vociferously and some by taking quiet action behind the hedges. However our opinions are shared, the common denominator is passionate commitment to preserving the lifestyle we share and which give our homeland – whether by birth or by choice - its identity.


All Norfolk Islanders, regardless of their heritage, are immensely proud of this place we call home and want only the best for our people and the environment. Our right to engage in constructive dialogue about actions designed to impact our future is enshrined within the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.

 

Therefore submitting to “being controlled” is not something I believe any twenty-first century populace would passively accept without objection, as we are seeing globally. So if the ACT government is, as is suggested, struggling with its own internal challenges, by all means don’t enter into the vision-building partnership needed to ensure the long-term prosperity of Norfolk Island. But rather than denigrate, a gracious “thanks but no thanks” is all that is needed.


Sincerely,

Dr Kate Lemerle

PO Box 996

NORFOLK ISLAND 2899

M: 67 23 52112 (Norfolk Island)

E: bushtucka@iinet.net.au

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"Canberra Guide to Consultation"?


Dear Editor

When the Minister visits, will she come armed with her little "Canberra Guide to Consultation"? I imagine it will read something like this:

  • You, the Minister, are totally in charge of the agenda. The Norfolk people have no elected body to represent them or negotiate on their behalf.
  •  Arm yourself with a list of people who will tell you what you want to hear.
  • Quickly fill your program with appointments with these people, and do not leave room in your schedule for meetings with the larger representative groups and stakeholders on the island.
  •  If you feel you can front up to a public meeting, just remember that the overflowing crowd in the hall is only the noisy minority, and should not be taken seriously.
  • Steer clear of those long time residents, particularly those of Pitcairn/Polynesian heritage. They are biased, and do not properly understand the concept of “Australian.”
  •  When consulting, only present a limited range of options. It does not matter that none of them are palatable to the locals.
  • Congratulate yourself that your government did away with Norfolk Island’s Referendum Ordinance. It was easy to dismiss the results of the last referendum. Another one may have presented more of a challenge.
  •  If you get asked awkward questions, just refer people to the Regional Council, the Administrator, or other Government departments. Then look away quickly so you do not see the eyes rolling.
  •  Give more weight the opinions of new settlers. They will have a better knowledge of what they left behind when they moved to the island.
  •  Let the Administrator steer you to the success stories, and believe it when you are told that these are the result of the Australian Government reforms. They have nothing to do with the resourcefulness of Norfolk Islanders in the face of difficulties and challenges.
  •  If you meet with responses that do not fit with your pre-conceived ideas, you have a special kit of spin, distortions and lies you can use. Everyone is used to it and will not notice.
  •  Just block your ears if anyone mentions “United Nations.” Australia will have to face up to it some time, but meanwhile just let the Norfolk people pour out their time and resources, and save Australia the trouble.
  •  You may hear quaint terms like “indigenous” “Local knowledge” “common sense” “self determination” “democracy” and “human rights” being bandied around. Just ignore them like your predecessors did.
  •  You will come across a fair degree of ingratitude on the island. Keep reminding them of how generous Australia has been and how much better off they are.
  • If you still have trouble engaging in genuine consultation, don’t let it bother you. The Australian Government is always going to have the last say. What the Norfolk people want doesn’t matter. It never has.
  •  We have been trying to change the island so it resembles a suburb of Canberra, and looks as if it will “fit”. It is a work in progress. Meanwhile, just treat it like a part of regional Australia, and pretend all that ocean is Lake Burley Griffin.
  • You will of course have all your travel expenses met as part of your Ministerial allowances. It will go into the books as money being spent on behalf of the Norfolk Island people.
  • You don’t have to live on Norfolk Island to have an opinion on what is good for the people there. For instance, there are many “experts” attached to DIRD and other government departments. You may be able to save yourself a trip.
  •  If you do visit, enjoy your time on Norfolk Island. The people seem to be hospitable, respectful and law abiding. That one has us really scratching our heads, so we will supply plenty of security and bodyguards for appearance’s sake, to show who is boss.

With tongue in cheek, and genuinely hoping for something better.

Mary Christian-Bailey

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Government deception


I am disappointed the way they have been treating Norfolk Island and the Islanders,but it's to be expected,the Federal and State Governments are renown for caring less for the smaller country towns and Shires than for the major populated centers on the mainland ,Norfolk Island was to be no different,with one exception.Its history, partial independence and unique Culture.It is for this reason I supported your fight with Hands Off campaign.


The Australian Governments Commonwealth or State will only see N.I.as a tiny distraction,a small dot in the ocean useful only for the area of Territorial Waters,extended exploration and fishing reserves.


You will never have good solid representation as long as you are an "add on"to a mainland seat of Parliament.


You require independents.


I wish I could do more to see Norfolk Island reach its tourism potential and self priority governance,we can only hope and pray.


I hope to return to your paradise soon.


Kindest Regards.

Ross Winzer.

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Federal Government spending of Taxpayer Funds


Dear Sir,

In December 2016 I provided details of Federal Government spending of Taxpayer Funds on our Island hoem. I am sure the public would be most interested in knowing that during the last Financial Year (mostly) a further $100,000,000.00+ has been spent on the Island. The public can decide for themselves if it is money well spent, are the results of this spending clearly evident & if it has been of significant benefit to the Island as a whole. Are we any better off (my opinion is no we are not)? For a $4,000,000.00 Budget Deficit back in 2016, the Federal Government saw fit to INVADE our Island hoem and have since spent $200,000,000+ on the INVASION. Notably missing from these figures is the cost of Junkets by DIRD to check on awaa and the costs for Medivacs (believed to be $2,000,000+ in just over 2 years) the Federal Govt decided to close down our operating theatre at the Hospital. Surely they would have been better off supporting what we had (yes things needed to change at Government and Administration levels), supported the numerous initiatives proposed by our Assemblies over the years.

This information can be found on the Austender web site - https://www.tenders.gov.au


 Below are a considerable number (but only a small part) of contracts that have been let by the Australian Government and can be found on the Austender website Ports Traffic Management Plan for Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Project administration or planning

Contract Period: 11-Sep-2018 to 30-Nov-2018 Contract Value (AUD): $59,950.00

Supplier Name: CONSULT MARINE PTY LTD

 

Facilities Management services for Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Property management services Contract Period: 1-Oct-2018 to 30-Jun-2019 Contract Value (AUD): $450,000.00 Supplier Name: BROADSPECTRUM PROPERTY

 

Removal Expenses

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Relocation services Contract Period: 24-Aug-2018 to 28-Sep-2018

Contract Value (AUD): $25,000.00 Supplier Name: LOCAL BUSINESS

 

Wellbeing Services on Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Health programs  Contract Period: 30-Aug-2018 to 21-Jun-2021

Contract Value (AUD): $351,561.00  Supplier Name: KEY ASSETS THE CHILDREN'S SERVICES

 

National Blood Authority -Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Comprehensive health services Contract Period: 15-Aug-2018 to 30-Jun-2019

Contract Value (AUD): $30,000.00 Supplier Name: NATIONAL BLOOD AUTHORITY

 

Norfolk Island Ambulance Services

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Comprehensive health services Contract Period: 18-Aug-2018 to 30-Jun-2019

Contract Value (AUD): $271,140.00 Supplier Name: St John Ambulance Australia (NSW)

 

Norfolk Island Public Prosecutions MoU

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Law enforcement Contract Period: 10-Aug-2018 to 30-Jun-2021

Contract Value (AUD): $53,900.00 Supplier Name: C'WEALTH DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECU

 

Norfolk Island Interim Childcare Fee Relief

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Community and social services Contract Period: 25-Jul-2018 to 31-Jan-2019

Contract Value (AUD): $165,000.00  Supplier Name: BANYAN PARK PLAYCENTRE INC

 

Wellbeing Services on Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Health programs Contract Period: 22-Jun-2018 to 21-Jun-2021

Contract Value (AUD): $3,515,614.00 Supplier Name: KEY ASSETS THE CHILDREN'S SERVICES

 

Delivery of the Norfolk Island Health and Residential Aged Care Service

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Business administration services Contract Period: 16-Jul-2018 to 30-Jun-2019

Contract Value (AUD): $12,380,600.05 Supplier Name: NORFOLK ISLAND HEALTH AND RESIDENTI

 

Labour Hire services for ancillary staff at Norfolk Island Central...

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Temporary personnel services Contract Period: 9-Jul-2018 to 5-Jul-2019

Contract Value (AUD): $585,000.00

Supplier Name: EFFECTIVE PEOPLE PTY LTD

 

Norfolk Island Regional Council Service Delivery Arrangement

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Business administration services Contract Period: 29-Jun-2018 to 30-Jun-2019

Contract Value (AUD): $5,317,487.00 Supplier Name: NORFOLK ISLAND REGIONAL COUNCIL

 

Vessel Procurement for Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Marine transport Contract Period: 10-Jul-2018 to 30-Jun-2019

Contract Value (AUD): $10,884.00 Supplier Name: BIRDON PTY LTD

 

Agent Services

Agency: Department of Human Services

Category: Administrative agencies services Contract Period: 1-Jul-2018 to 30-Jun-2019

Contract Value (AUD): $43,817.30 Supplier Name: Norfolk Island Business Solutions

 

Norfolk Island Regional Council Service Delivery Arrangement

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Business administration services Contract Period: 26-Jun-2018 to 30-Jun-2019

Contract Value (AUD): $240,000.00 Supplier Name: NORFOLK ISLAND REGIONAL COUNCIL

Norfolk Island Education Services

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Business administration services Contract Period: 4-Jun-2018 to 30-Jun-2018

Contract Value (AUD): $855,586.00 Supplier Name: NSW DEPT OF EDUCATION & COMMUNITIES

 

Norfolk Island Public Prosecutions MoU

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Law enforcement Contract Period: 4-Jun-2018 to 30-Jun-2021

Contract Value (AUD): $83,100.00 Supplier Name: C'WEALTH DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECU

 

Grounds maintenance for Government House, Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Grounds maintenance services Contract Period: 28-May-2018 to 27-May-2019

Contract Value (AUD): $112,371.96 Supplier Name: LOCAL BUSINESS

 

Construction Works for Extension to Cascade Pier on Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Building construction and support and maintenance and repair services

Contract Period: 31-May-2018 to 19-Oct-2018 Contract Value (AUD): $106,879.00

Supplier Name: WATERWAY CONSTRUCTIONS PTY LTD

Norfolk Island Child Wellbeing Service Provision

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Management support services Contract Period: 22-May-2018 to 29-Jun-2018

Contract Value (AUD): $25,212.00 Supplier Name: ICENI GROUP PTY LTD

 

Freight Flights mainland-Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Mail and cargo transport Contract Period: 22-May-2018 to 23-May-2018

Contract Value (AUD): $109,250.00 Supplier Name: AERGO INTERNATIONAL PTY LTD

 

Norfolk Island Ambulance Service

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Medical training and education supplies Contract Period: 20-Apr-2018 to 30-Jun-2018

Contract Value (AUD): $37,500.00 Supplier Name: St John Ambulance Australia (NSW)

 

Vessel Procurement for Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Marine transport Contract Period: 4-May-2018 to 30-Jun-2019

Contract Value (AUD): $70,844.00 Supplier Name: BIRDON PTY LTD

 

Norfolk Island Capital Works Program

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Building support services Contract Period: 1-May-2018 to 31-Aug-2018

Contract Value (AUD): $313,130.00 Supplier Name: MANTEENA SECURITY (AUST) PTY LTD

Repairs and stabilisation of veranda at New MIlitary Barracks, Kingston,...

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Building construction and support and maintenance and repair services

Contract Period: 17-Apr-2018 to 1-Jun-2018 Contract Value (AUD): $14,090.60

Supplier Name: NORFOLK ISLAND REGIONAL COUNCIL

 

Norfolk Island Regional Council Service Delivery Arrangement

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Business administration services Contract Period: 19-Feb-2018 to 30-Jun-2019

Contract Value (AUD): $1,342,000.00 Supplier Name: NORFOLK ISLAND REGIONAL COUNCIL

 

Education Services for NorfolkIsland

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Business administration services Contract Period: 26-Mar-2018 to 30-Jun-2019

Contract Value (AUD): $7,515,000.00 Supplier Name: NSW DEPT OF EDUCATION & COMMUNITIES

 

Norfolk Island Capital Works Program

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Publish Date: 29-Mar-2018 Category: Building support services Contract Period:

26-Mar-2018 to 31-Aug-2018 Contract Value (AUD): $68,738.00 Supplier Name: MANTEENA SECURITY (AUST) PTY LTD

Construction Works for Extension to Cascade Pier on Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Building construction and support and maintenance and repair services

Contract Period: 26-Feb-2018 to 19-Oct-2018 Contract Value (AUD): $277,370.00

Supplier Name: WATERWAY CONSTRUCTIONS PTY LTD

 

Norfolk Island Capital Works Program

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Building support services Contract Period: 15-Feb-2018 to 31-Aug-2018

Contract Value (AUD): $359,559.00 Supplier Name: MANTEENA SECURITY (AUST) PTY LTD

Adviser extend Telco Act to Norfolk Is

Agency: Department of Communications and the Arts

Category: Professional procurement services Contract Period: 24-Jan-2018 to 30-Jun-2018

Contract Value (AUD): $144,000.00 ATM ID: DCON/17/86 Supplier Name: Incyte Consulting Pty Ltd

 

Norfolk Island Cemetery Road resurfacing works

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Roads and landscape Contract Period: 23-Feb-2018 to 15-Jun-2018

Contract Value (AUD): $45,847.00 Supplier Name: NORFOLK ISLAND REGIONAL COUNCIL

 

Bathroom plumbing for 8 Quality Row & Government House, Kingston,...

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Building construction and support and maintenance and repair services

Contract Period: 22-Feb-2018 to 30-Mar-2018 Contract Value (AUD): $12,450.00

Supplier Name: LOCAL BUSINESS

 

Policing Services on Norfolk 2017-18

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Law enforcement Contract Period: 1-Jul-2017 to 30-Jun-2018

Contract Value (AUD): $461,976.13 Supplier Name: 9080 AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE

 

Cleaning and Other Services at Government House Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: General building and office cleaning and maintenance services Contract Period:

2-Jan-2018 to 31-Aug-2018 Contract Value (AUD): $102,239.84 Supplier Name: XXXXXX

 

Gardening Services Government House

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Building construction and support and maintenance and repair services

Contract Period: 1-Jan-2018 to 30-Mar-2018 Contract Value (AUD): $27,794.00

Supplier Name: LOCAL BUSINESS

Vessel Procurement for Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Marine transport Contract Period: 30-Nov-2017 to 30-Jun-2019

Contract Value (AUD): $116,109.00 Supplier Name: BIRDON PTY LTD

 

Facilities Manager Commonwealth Sites Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Publish Date: 27-Nov-2017 Category: Property management services

Contract Period: 21-Nov-2017 to 31-Mar-2018 Contract Value (AUD): $50,000.00

Supplier Name: ADEGON

Construction Works for Extension to Cascade Pier on Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Building construction and support and maintenance and repair services

Contract Period: 9-Nov-2017 to 19-Oct-2018 Contract Value (AUD): $19,187.00

Supplier Name: WATERWAY CONSTRUCTIONS PTY LTD

 

Review Financial Assistance Grants Methodology - Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Management advisory services Contract Period: 30-Oct-2017 to 1-Dec-2017

Contract Value (AUD): $50,000.00 Supplier Name: KPMG

Construction Works for Extension to Cascade Pier on Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Building construction and support and maintenance and repair services

Contract Period: 9-Oct-2017 to 19-Oct-2018 Contract Value (AUD): $73,130.00

Supplier Name: WATERWAY CONSTRUCTIONS PTY LTD

 

Administrative Services for the Office of the Administrator of Norfolk...

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Business administration services Contract Period:  2-Oct-2017 to 30-Jun-2018

Contract Value (AUD): $34,500.00 Supplier Name: XXXX 

Norfolk Island Barge Project

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Management advisory services Contract Period: 11-Sep-2017 to 18-Oct-2018

Contract Value (AUD): $24,378.20 Supplier Name: WORLEYPARSONS SERVICES PTY LIMITED

Policing Services on Norfolk 2017-18

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Law enforcement Contract Period: 1-Jul-2017 to 30-Jun-2018

Contract Value (AUD): $1,670,000.00  Supplier Name: 9080 AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE

 

Construction Works for Extension to Cascade Pier on Norfolk Island...

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Building construction and support and maintenance and repair services

Contract Period: 4-Sep-2017 to 19-Oct-2018 Contract Value (AUD): $130,797.00

Supplier Name: WATERWAY CONSTRUCTIONS PTY LTD

Historic Shipwrecks Program Delegated Services Agreement

Agency: Department of the Environment and Energy

Category: Environmental protection Contract Period: 18-Aug-2017 to 30-Jun-2020

Contract Value (AUD): $60,000.00 ATM ID: 2000002233 Supplier Name: Norfolk Island Regional Council

Heads of Agreement with New South Wales for services to Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Business administration services Contract Period: 1-Jul-2016 to 30-Jun-2021

Contract Value (AUD): $43,207,586.00 Supplier Name: Department of Premier and Cabinet

 

Norfolk Island Public Prosecutions MoU

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Law enforcement Contract Period: 4-Aug-2017 to 30-Jun-2021

Contract Value (AUD): $826,333.00 Supplier Name: C'WEALTH DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECU

Construction Works for Extension to Cascade Pier on Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Building construction and support and maintenance and repair services

Contract Period: 9-Aug-2017 to 19-Oct-2018 Contract Value (AUD): $52,968.00

Supplier Name: WATERWAY CONSTRUCTIONS PTY LTD

Norfolk Island Legal Expenses

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Legal services Contract Period: 14-Aug-2017 to 31-Dec-2017

Contract Value (AUD): $10,000.00 Supplier Name: 9690 OFFICE OF PARLIAMENTARY

 

Lease of Storage Facility on Norfolk

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Containers and storage Contract Period: 1-Jul-2017 to 30-Sep-2017

Contract Value (AUD): $22,500.00 Supplier Name: LOCAL BUSINESS

 

Completion of Residual Works on Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Building support services Contract Period: 21-Jul-2017 to 30-Sep-2017

Contract Value (AUD): $25,000.00 Supplier Name: ADEGON

 

Construction of Driveways at No 6 & 7 Quality Row, Kingston, Norfolk...

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Concrete work Contract Period: 21-Jul-2017 to 11-Aug-2017

Contract Value (AUD): $16,740.00 Supplier Name: NORFOLK ISLAND REGIONAL COUNCIL

 

Stage 1 Capital Works on Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Building support services Contract Period: 28-Nov-2016 to 28-Jul-2017

Contract Value (AUD): $200,000.00 Supplier Name: MANTEENA SECURITY (AUST) PTY LTD

 

Norfolk Island Jetty Design Finalisation

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Management advisory services Contract Period: 6-Jul-2017 to 31-Dec-2018

Contract Value (AUD): $99,851.80 Supplier Name: WORLEYPARSONS SERVICES PTY LIMITED

 

Agent Services

Agency: Department of Human Services 

Category: Administrative agencies services Contract Period: 1-Jul-2017 to 30-Jun-2018

Contract Value (AUD): $42,750.64 Supplier Name: LOCAL BUSINESS

 

Gardening Services Government House

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Building construction and support and maintenance and repair services

Contract Period: 1-Aug-2017 to 30-Sep-2017 Contract Value (AUD): $46,320.00

Supplier Name: LOCAL BUSINESS

 

Audit of Norfolk Island Administration FY15-16

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Internal audits Contract Period: 2-Jun-2016 to 11-May-2017

Contract Value (AUD): $236,500.00 Supplier Name: AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL AUDIT OFFICE

 

Stage 1 Capital Works on Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Building support services Contract Period: 23-Jun-2017 to 28-Jul-2017

Contract Value (AUD): $250,000.00 Supplier Name: MANTEENA SECURITY (AUST) PTY LTD

 

Vessel Procurement for Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Marine transport Contract Period: 21-Jun-2017 to 30-Jun-2019

Contract Value (AUD): $4,742,733.56 Supplier Name: BIRDON PTY LTD

Supply of Mechanical equipment for Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic...

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Construction and maintenance support equipment Contract Period:

9-May-2017 to 30-Jun-2017  Contract Value (AUD): $20,000.00

Supplier Name: NORFOLK ISLAND REGIONAL COUNCIL

 

Construction Works for Extension to Cascade Pier on Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Building construction and support and maintenance and repair services

Contract Period: 26-May-2017 to 19-Oct-2018 Contract Value (AUD): $467,254.00

Supplier Name: WATERWAY CONSTRUCTIONS PTY LTD

Services to Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Management advisory services Contract Period: 1-May-2017 to 30-Jun-2017

Contract Value (AUD): $18,600.00 Supplier Name: OFFICE OF THE CHILDREN'S GUARDIAN

 

Kingston and Arthurs Vale Historic Area - Construction of ceilings

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Building construction and support and maintenance and repair services

Contract Period: 15-May-2017 to 30-Jun-2017 Contract Value (AUD): $15,137.00

Supplier Name: NORFOLK ISLAND REGIONAL COUNCIL

 

Freight flights to Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Freight forwarders services Contract Period: 15-May-2017 to 31-May-2017

Contract Value (AUD): $139,750.00 Supplier Name: Toll Remote Logistics Pty Ltd

 

Refurbishment of kitchen at property on Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Finish carpentry or cabinetry Contract Period: 8-May-2017 to 30-Jun-2017

Contract Value (AUD): $18,270.00 Supplier Name: LOCAL BUSINESS

 

Cockpit Platform, Norfolk Island - Concrete Supply

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Concrete work Contract Period: 26-Apr-2017 to 28-Jul-2017

Contract Value (AUD): $12,000.00 Supplier Name: LOCAL BUSINESS

 

Strategic Asset Management Plan for Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Management advisory services Contract Period: 10-Apr-2017 to 30-Jun-2017

Contract Value (AUD): $209,872.00 Supplier Name: GHD PTY LTD

 
Construction Works for Extension to Cascade Pier on Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Building construction and support and maintenance and repair services

Contract Period: 10-Apr-2017 to 19-Oct-2018 Contract Value (AUD): $83,035.00

Supplier Name: WATERWAY CONSTRUCTIONS PTY LTD

 

Business Continuity Plan Services - Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Components for information technology or broadcasting or telecommunications

Contract Period: 3-Apr-2017 to 30-Jun-2017 Contract Value (AUD): $67,540.00

Supplier Name: OAKTON CONTRACTING & RECRUITMENT PT

 

Medical equipment for Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Medical Equipment and Accessories and Supplies Contract Period: 28-Mar-2017 to 30-Jun-2017 Contract Value (AUD): $10,415.87 Supplier Name: ROCHE DIAGNOSTIC AUSTRALIA PTY LIMI

 

Medical equipment for Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Medical Equipment and Accessories and Supplies Contract Period: 28-Mar-2017 to 30-Jun-2017 Contract Value (AUD): $44,385.00 Supplier Name: REM SYSTEMS PTY LTD

Air Conditioning Works - Norfolk Island office

Agency: Department of Home Affairs

Category: Project management Contract Period: 24-Mar-2017 to 30-Jun-2017

Contract Value (AUD): $103,000.00 Supplier Name: MANTEENA SECURITY AUST PTY LTD

 

Medical equipment for Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Medical Equipment and Accessories and Supplies Contract Period: 24-Mar-2017 to 30-Jun-2017 Contract Value (AUD): $18,100.50  Supplier Name: INVERNESS MEDICAL INNOVATIONS

 

Medical equipment for Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Medical Equipment and Accessories and Supplies Contract Period: 24-Mar-2017 to 30-Jun-2017 Contract Value (AUD): $27,280.00 Supplier Name: ABBOTT DIAGNOSTICS DIVISION

Medical equipment for Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Medical Equipment and Accessories and Supplies Contract Period: 20-Mar-2017 to 30-Jun-2017 Contract Value (AUD): $30,580.00 Supplier Name: BECKMAN COULTER AUSTRALIA P/L

 

Construction Works for Extension to Cascade Pier on Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Building construction and support and maintenance and repair services

Contract Period: 22-Mar-2017 to 19-Oct-2018 Contract Value (AUD): $101,984.00

Supplier Name: WATERWAY CONSTRUCTIONS PTY LTD

 

Construction Works for Extension to Cascade Pier on Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Building construction and support and maintenance and repair services

Contract Period: 1-Mar-2017 to 19-Oct-2018 Contract Value (AUD): $93,500.00

Supplier Name: WATERWAY CONSTRUCTIONS PTY LTD

 

WHS services Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Occupational health or safety services Contract Period: 7-Mar-2017 to 10-Mar-2017

Contract Value (AUD): $22,082.50 Supplier Name: COMMUNICORP GROUP PTY LTD

 

Medical equipment for Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Medical Equipment and Accessories and Supplies Contract Period: 14-Feb-2017 to 30-Jun-2017 Contract Value (AUD): $25,118.50 Supplier Name: ARROWSMITH AND GRANT

 

Norfolk Island Retaining Wall Consulting Services

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Professional engineering services Contract Period: 14-Feb-2017 to 30-Apr-2017

Contract Value (AUD): $36,437.50 Supplier Name: WORLEYPARSONS SERVICES PTY LIMITED

 

Stage 1 Capital Works on Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Building support services Contract Period: 13-Feb-2017 to 30-Jun-2017

Contract Value (AUD): $4,011,000.00 Supplier Name: MANTEENA SECURITY (AUST) PTY LTD

 

International Toll Free Numbers to Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Health

Category: Data Voice or Multimedia Network Equipment or Platforms and Accessories

Contract Period: 21-Oct-2016 to 14-Aug-2017 Contract Value (AUD): $40,000.00

Supplier Name: MNF Group Limited

Norfolk Island Jetty Design Finalisation

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Management advisory services Contract Period: 6-Jan-2017 to 31-Dec-2018

Contract Value (AUD): $96,348.20 Supplier Name: WORLEYPARSONS SERVICES PTY LIMITED

 

Construction Works for Extension to Cascade Pier on Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Building construction and support and maintenance and repair services

Contract Period: 6-Dec-2016 to 19-Oct-2018 Contract Value (AUD): $13,833.00

Supplier Name: WATERWAY CONSTRUCTIONS PTY LTD

 

Stage 1 Capital Works on Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Building support services Contract Period: 28-Nov-2016 to 30-Jun-2017

Contract Value (AUD): $250,000.00 Supplier Name: MANTEENA SECURITY (AUST) PTY LTD

 

Norfolk Island Capital Works Stage 1

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Plumbing and heating and air conditioning Contract Period: 1-Oct-2016 to 22-Oct-2016 Contract Value (AUD): $10,532.50 Supplier Name: LOCAL BUSINESS

 

Norfolk Island Health and Residential Aged Care Services

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Management advisory services Contract Period: 14-Nov-2016 to 31-Mar-2017

Contract Value (AUD): $25,000.00 Supplier Name: PETER L BELL AND ASSOCIATES PTY LI

 

Director Norfolk Island Gaming Authority

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Management advisory services Contract Period: 16-Oct-2016 to 30-Dec-2016

Contract Value (AUD):  $100,000.00 Supplier Name: KPMG

 

Norfolk Island School - WHS and Training

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Business administration services Contract Period: 15-Sep-2016 to 30-Nov-2016

Contract Value (AUD): $55,000.00 Supplier Name: NSW DEPT OF EDUCATION & COMMUNITIES

Airline Services to Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Air transportation support systems and equipment Contract Period:

1-Aug-2016 to 31-Jul-2021 Contract Value (AUD): $8,500,000.00

Supplier Name: Air New Zealand Ltd

 

Cleaning Services on Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category:  Cleaning and janitorial supplies Contract Period: 1-Oct-2016 to 30-Sep-2017

Contract Value (AUD): $23,430.00 Supplier Name: EUGREY PARTNERSHIP

 

Norfolk Floor Sanding

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Floor coverings Contract Period: 16-Sep-2016 to 23-Sep-2016

Contract Value (AUD): $18,740.00 Supplier Name: LOCAL BUSINESS

 

Norfolk Island Gaming Authority - Model

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Information services Contract Period: 29-Aug-2016 to 29-Sep-2016

Contract Value (AUD): $17,600.00 Supplier Name: CENTIUM GROUP PTY LIMITED

 

 

Medical equipment for Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Medical Equipment and Accessories and Supplies Contract Period: 19-Aug-2016 to 30-Nov-2016 Contract Value (AUD): $415,432.43 Supplier Name: HOLOGIC (AUSTRALIA) PTY LTD

 

Medical equipment for Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Category: Medical Equipment and Accessories and Supplies Contract Period: 18-Aug-2016 to 30-Nov-2016 Contract Value (AUD): $22,664.00 Supplier Name: MEA DENTAL PTY LTD

 

Shipment of goods to Norfolk Island

Agency: Department of Home Affairs 

Category: Mail and cargo transport Contract Period: 4-Jul-2016 to 21-Jul-2016

Contract Value (AUD): $12,169.40 Supplier Name: LOCAL BUSINESS

 

Yours

Bebs

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Roundup and Monsanto


Dear Editor,


I remember a conversation years ago where it was mentioned that “RoundUp stops working when it hits the soil (therefore, it was presumed to be ‘safe’)”.

Indeed, that was the major selling point and headline when Monsanto launched RoundUp, what they didn’t advertise was the retraction in the scientific journal three weeks later, on the third page, in font size 8.


No-one reads the retractions on page three, everyone reads the headlines and accepts them as ‘truth’, especially if it’s published and peer reviewed. Give me a break.


So, they knew it didn’t ‘inactivate’ when it entered the soil, it changed composition. The second argument for its safety when it came to human health was that it only destroyed what is known as the Shikimate pathway, which is a pathway not used in animals. Case closed right? Safe as houses. Well, no, because as has been repeated ad nauseum throughout history which we continue to ignore; we don’t operate in isolation, humans are not mechanical, we operate in tandem with our wider environment. The Shikimate pathway is used by bacteria and fungi, the beneficial guys which helps us, and our food, to metabolise numerous components and communicate via cellular expression. RoundUp also changes the way bacterial genes turn ‘on and off’, with the implications being that glyphosate may be contributing to antibiotic resistance, it being an antibiotic in itself. The proponents for RoundUp will continue to support its use, but when you have a recent court case, the first in history which allowed scientific evidence, (yeah I know, how ridiculous), where Monsanto is ordered to pay $289M in compensation, then you can guarantee others will follow. It looks very similar to the cigarette companies fighting for decades in defence of their product. Well, when the WHO comes out (2015) and classes glyphosate as a ‘probable carcinogen’, that’s a welcome death knell for a horrific product which is insidiously destroying our environment and soil health.


What you use in your garden, matters. What you spray around your fruit trees, matters. Pick up a copy of ‘The Secret Life of Plants’ to blow your mind. You can’t continuously poison plants and then expect that we all of a sudden can step away from the cycle of life and remove ourselves from the equation and its after effects. But then, I’m an Herbalist, so I’m biased. Unlike Monsanto.


Sincerely against human hubris, Gab Beaumont BHSc MNHAA.

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Boat People


Dear Sir

 

           Australia paid Cambodia 40 Million to take  Turnballs boat people. Where is Norfolk’s payment for taking Eric and his cronies.

 

Ernie Christian Jnr

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In the words of John Adams - August 30th, 1866


Dear Editor


During the Minister's visit next week, we will no doubt be reminded that our period of self-government was regarded as just an "experiment" that conveniently failed. The letter below, written by John Adams in 1866, reveals that  the relocation of the Pitcairn people to Norfolk Island was also regarded as  an experiment which did not live up to the expectations of the colonial authorities of those days. As a result, our forefathers were subjected to bad press, racial slurs, cultural ignorance and slander. All this came on top of a string of broken promises and commitments. And the Norfolk Island people were still expected to show grovelling gratitude. It all sounds so familiar today.


But the people of this island are not laboratory rats. They are a people, a community that has always sought to sustain itself, to look out for one another, and to care for their island home and its resources. We continue to be subjected to unreasonable and inappropriate expectations, and suffer the imposition of systems and values that have no relevance to life on a small remote island, peopled by a race that had espoused values of equality and fairness while Australia was nothing more than a penal colony.


When you read letters like the one that follows, you cannot help feeling that we cannot allow this sort of thing to continue any longer, with history repeating itself always to the detriment of the Norfolk Islanders.


Yours etc

Mary Christian-Bailey


Norfolk Island, August 30th, 1866.
TO THE EDITOR OF "THE EMPIRE."


Sir, —In the Auckland Daily Southern Cross, of the 15th instant, I notice a paragraph, copied from a leading article in the Sydney Morning Herald, respecting the experiment of removing our community from Pitcairn's Island to this place to better our condition.


The paragraph referred to states that:—"After all this, we regret to learn that the experiment has turned out most miserably; that the people have sunk into a state of utter indolence; that, having had so much done for them, they have declined to do anything for themselves; that their land is unfenced; that the divisions of property are disregarded; that they live in dirt; that they have permitted the dwellings which were handed over to them in excellent repair to fall into dilapidation; and that they are fast sinking into sum of the vices which distinguish their maternal ancestors." Will you kindly allow me space in your valuable columns to say a word or two in our defence, and will you, sir, kindly bear with me if, in endeavouring to refute these statements, I should take this very complimentary paragraph to pieces and analyse it, bit by bit, to ascertain how much of truth it contains?


As to the experiment having turned out most miserably, I, not knowing what was expected of us when we came, shall have nothing to say; we may possibly have fallen far short of the anticipations of the writer of that article. As regards the next item, of having fallen into a state of utter indolence, allow me to ask what meaning did the writer of this article intend to convey by "utter indolence?"


I presume most of the readers of the article in question would infer from this statement that we live on from morning till night doing nothing at all. This is such an absurd statement that I am almost at a loss how and where to grapple with it first. Let those who make it, aye, and those of the industrious labouring class in Sydney, or any of the colonies, come here and chalk out for themselves the same routine of work we have to and do perform, from the beginning to the end of the year, and then see if they would not be in- clined to alter their tune. Just take, for instance, this season of the year, with less than forty working hands all told, between the ages of 10 years and 70 years. We man three boats whaling; and since the commencement of this season (20th of July) we have succeeded in taking 20 tuns of oil, working night and day, and very often after standing night watches over a blazing fire and steaming pots for four and five hours night after night, off again at daylight every suitable morning, and very often striking a whale and killing him some distance off shore, would be all night nearly in towing him ashore. I fancy people sunk into a state of utter indolence would be loath to follow up this sort of work, week after week, and day after day, at times, and would not be able even to get their produce to market in a state fit to be seen; but (and I say it with honest pride) ours always went to the Auckland market in as good a condition as any, and better than some.


Another very good standard to measure our indolence by is the fact that we have had men — Englishmen, mind you, among us, men who bore very good charac- ters for industry, men sent to teach us how to work, and what it is to work — leave the island, declaring that the manual labour performed here is enough to kill horses. In addition to this, we export cheese, butter, pork, and other produce, and since the commencement of this whaling season, we have freighted away four of the New Zealand coasting vessels, with cattle, sheep, oil, potatoes, pork, wool, and whalebone. Does that look like the work of a people sunk in a state of utter indolence?


And now for the next — "That having had so much done for them, they have declined to do anything for themselves." To the first part of this clause, I plead guilty ; and I trust that myself and all of my fellow islanders feel deeply grateful for all that has been done for us. As to the latter part, if we have declined to do anything for ourselves, who does do anything for us? We manage to live very comfortably without asking for a penny subscription from any one; but one thing is certain, we have been done for to the tune of £200 or £300 sterling, by parties in New Zealand and Aus- tralia, who, it seems, have found it harder to got on without us, than we have found it to get on without them.


As to the next clause "That their land is unfenced," is simply such an absurd statement that were it not to show how widely the writer of that article has wan- dered from the truth I would not have noticed it. Let me ask any one, possessing common sense, how, in a small island like this, well stocked with sheep and cattle, horses and pigs, we could raise maize, potatoes, yams, and other garden produce, without having our lands secured; we have quite enough for home consumption, and for customers to take almost at their own price, and that, I am of opinion, would not have been if the cattle, &c, is allowed to run riot over the island.


As to the divisions of property being disregarded, this is such a monstrous piece of untruth that were it not for the sake of proving the whole thing to be false I should pass it over. To what property had the writer reference. Cattle, horses, pigs, and poultry are all marked and allowed to roam together; and I am free to assert that individual property is as much respected here as in any part of the civilised world. We did not come here to amass — for the strong to oppress the weak — for one neighbour to be grinding another, and saying your flocks shall not come here, and you shall not go there. No ; we came to live peaceably together, and upon our arrival we adopted the plan which we supposed would lead to that end, and, as far as existing circumstances goes, we find it answers best of any. In all probability, as years roll on, and our numbers increase, a different mode of living will be found to answer better; but at present I think those who seem to be most ready to find fault with us, must allow us to be the best judges of ascertaining how and in what way we can live together peaceably. And as to the charge of our living in dirt, our houses and bedding will bear com- parison with those of our own class in either Sydney or Auckland. True there is not an over abundance of furniture, but what there is is clean, and in proof of this assertion I appeal to any impartial visitor who has been among us.


When the writer of the article in question states that we have permitted tho dwellings which were handed over to us in excellent repair to fall into dilapi- dation, was he aware in what state they were handed over to us? Was he aware that when we came the houses all required shingling: that we have roofed all the houses in use from shingles which we cut our- selves. None of us ever saw a shingle before we came here; no one showed us how to make shingles; and yet we have succeeded in doing every house in use on the island, from shingles cut from the largest and best trees to be found on the island. Does that look like being sunk in utter indolence. Tho fact is the houses we occupy are like so many millstones above our necks. Built and kept in repair in former times by convict labour, the occupants in those days did not, I presume, find it very difficult or expensive to keep them in good condition; but to do so now would take up all our time and attention, and more funds than we can afford. Our houses altogether, took on an average £100 of our hard-earned wages yearly to keep even in decent repair.


Government, I allow, has done much for us; but if the experiment of removing us here has turned out to be a miserable failure, I charge it to them : it is they who defeated the ends for which we came. Had we been left to ourselves, as we were led to suppose would be the case, when we left Pitcairn's Island, affairs here would have been in a far different state from what they are now, and none of the discontentment which now prevails, and for which we have cause, would have existed. In order to make this plain, it would be as well to take a retrospective view of the past, and follow it up from the commencement.


When I say we have cause for being discontented, I had reference to the manner in which we were induced to leave Pitcairn's Island. There we were contented and happy, for we were "monarchs of all we sur- veyed." We were "lords of the fowl and the brute;" every inch of land was our own, and no interloper would dare to set his foot on shore against our wills. It is not so here, now. They come, and when we re- monstrate with them for doing so, we are quietly told. "most of the island is Crown property, and I have as much right to it as you." What have we to say, and who have we to appeal to? You must bear in mind that this is our second removal from Pitcairn's Island.


The first being to Tahiti in 1831. When the question of removing us to this place was first mooted, we were quite undecided whether to come or not; the disappointments and misfortunes experienced at Tahiti being still fresh in the minds of the older members of our community, they were afraid lest the same fate would befall them here, and it was not until Sir William Denison wrote to our chief magistrate officially, stating that the whole island, with the exception of seven hundred acres, to be reserved as glebe lands, and all left upon it would belong to us, did we decide upon coming. When we came here there were two sappers and miners here, ready to portion out the land among us, but we having a different plan in view, stated it to Captains Fremantle and Denham, of H.M. ships Juno and Herald, and our ideas meeting with their approval, the sappers were sent off and we were left for a short time in full possession of the island. Had we suffered them to proceed with the division of the island and taken our allotments of 300 acres to each family, as we were told we might do if we chose, would there be any land now on Norfolk Island known as Crown land? It may be as well to mention here that about this time Bishop Selwyn applied to the Imperial Government for leave to establish a Melanesian college here, but the plan not meeting with the approval of our friends in England, and consequently of the majority here, fell through. It was then we first began to have confidence in the promises made to us; but, alas, how soon afterwards were we doomed to dis- appointment, our hopes and plans for the future blighted — and our worst fears realised — gradually were their promises retracted. First the sheep, cattle, and horses, which were not divided, and which were left as common stock for the rising generation were taken and given in charge to a Government agent, as Crown pro- perty; then the houses, not occupied, and everything else were given into his hands, and our chief magis- trate politely told he had nothing to say in the matter; and, as if to convince, us of the fact, 1000 acres of the best part of the island was sold to the Bishop of Melanesia without our being once con- sulted in the matter. Bishop Patteson, in 1864, spoke to us about establishing a branch school of the Melanesian College in Auckland, to which, proposal we agreed, thinking it would aid the Bishop in his good work; but if the branch school requires 1000 acres, how thankful ought we to be that the plan of locating the whole establishment here was frustrated.


And now for the last clause of the paragraph— "They are sinking fast into some of those vices which distinguish their maternal ancestors." What are the vices that distinguish the race of our paternal ances- tors? Let Christian and civilised Sydney answer me. Let the author of that statement come here and see for himself, and I will be bound to say that, when visitors from Auckland, Sydney, or any of the colonies happen to be here, aye, and visitors, too, who in this enlightened age would call themselves gentlemen; he would see and hear more of the vices which distinguish our paternal ancestors in one week, than he would those that distinguish our maternal ancestors in a twelve month. Let me assure the writer of that article, that when I compare the two races from which I sprung, and view them, both from a moral and physical point of view — the one hospitable, gentle, and unassuming, the other haughty, grasping, and domi- neering — I blush not to own it, I am infinitely more proud of my maternal than I am of my paternal race. I was born and bred on Pitcairn's Island, and had never left it until I did so to come here, and did I know then, as well as I do now, how little confidence is to be placed in the promises of the race of my paternal ancestors, nothing whatever would have induced me to leave it.


When I noticed those remarks in the Southern Cross, stigmatising our community so undeservedly, I confess I could not content myself silent, incompetent as I felt myself to write on the subject. My maternal grand- mother was a Tahitian, and what I know of her claims my highest respect and esteem; and, all untutored as she was, she could put to shame many a Christian bishop, even of the present day. I can assert of her what could be said of few others—"When her enemy smote her on the right cheek, she turned to him the other also."


If we are fast sinking into some of the vices which distinguish our maternal ancestors, may God preserve us from falling into some of those which distinguish the race of our paternal ones, is the sincere prayer of yours, &c.,


JOHN ADAMS.Norfolk Island, August 30th, 1866.



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Update from Snobbles


“To All Myse Norfolk Family”

Wael I car side fe start? Moosa kill me but we se ya! Doctors had a look on myse latest x-ray photo and yorlye nor gwen belewe et but he had the cheek fe tull wuthing any yorlye would tull, “Ooney es horse se daed”. But he nort know the half. Ef wasn’t fe the likes of all yorlye orn Norfolk, I gut no bout a doubt et, I se plunt et by now.

We like a thank all dem bin pray fe ucklun. We do belewe een God and he surely bin part of myse life da much time I car starn fe larn, es jus I nor high up ar ladder as plenty, but thank you gain fe yorlyes thoughts and prayers. And as for the many yorlye that ‘se time had some manners’, ketching Beck and me at uckluns weakest by shuwen a money  lorngfa card een uckluns harn…..we se jes lors fe words. En fact, dar thing f Shankie, “that’s unbeleweable”. 

Thank you jes nor cut et, fact I still ya poodlen…I did tulla Beck, fuddet, we’ll beat de thing and keep gwen roun da werld! I nor mean et, but truly many, many thanks. We nor moosa deserwe dea. God bless en luw all yorlye from uckluns heart. 

Snobbles en Beck

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