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Thank you beautiful Norfolk Island 2019

Friday, August 30, 2019

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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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Putting Norfolk Island on the Map

Friday, August 09, 2019

Last weekend was a hive of activity as locals were entertained by the Melbourne International Comedy Roadshow and Weather presenter James Tobin, known as J.T., from Channel Seven Sunrise Breakfast Show.  It is so fantastic that Norfolk Island has included by these amazing entertainers and putting Norfolk Island on the map for all the viewers to see our beautiful piece of Paradise.

Sunrise is an Australian breakfast television program, broadcast on the Seven Network.  Presenter J.T. and the TV crew have visited Norfolk Island many times in recent years.  Their passion for Norfolk Island was shown as they worked their magic showcasing Norfolk Island on their weekly breakfast show.

During the morning TV film footage, I saw Helen Brackin presentation at the Sirius Museum, one of the Norfolk Museum.  Helen spoke with J.T. and inviting viewers to visit and learn about the Norfolk Island history.  Eric Hutchinson spoke about the Polynesian history and archaeology Emily Bay digs.  Chelsea Evans spoke about the Norfolk Island history and her passion for Norfolk Island. The beautiful Bounti Beauties danced along with showcasing our local foods and plaited hats.

Thank you to the local publicity teams who have supported and assisted with the TV film team and those how promoted and organised the Melbourne International Comedy Roadshow to visit our community.  I have seen photos on social media, and they looked like they all had a great time.  I was not able to make it to the comedy festival night, but I heard that everyone had a fantastic night.

Thanks for everyone who came and helped to promote our little piece of paradise and hopefully we see your lie again soon.

Betty Matthews

August 2019

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Kingston Walkway Upgraded Bridges

Thursday, August 01, 2019

The Norfolk Island tradesmen have been busy at Kingston area during the past month or so.  There has been many tradesmen busy repairing and rebuilding bridges and picnic area tables and fences.

The Kingston wetland area, known as the Serpentine and Kingston Swamp, has many small foot bridges crossing the streams which make pleasant walks around the Kingston historic area.

These bridges are looking smart, the tradesmen have removed the old walkway bridges and replaced them with lovely new wooden bridges.

Also, down at Kingston there are new wooden barrier fences. During the past weeks I have reported on the new safety barrier at Emily Bay and the old Crank mill.   There is also a new small fence by the cattle grid by the old civil hospital.  Many of these fences have been built to protect the historic structures from vehicles and for safety concerns for those using the areas.

Down near the Emily Bay steam the picnic table has been maintained.   It is a popular picnic spot in the summer months, as there is also a public BQQ next to the picnic table.

If you get a chance, head down to Kingston and take a walk around the World Heritage Site.  Take your camera and capture the beautiful landscape and birds that reside in the old Norfolk pine trees and in the wetlands, and enjoy exploring the old convict ruins.

Betty Matthews

August 2019

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March on Sunday

Thursday, August 01, 2019

On Sunday 4th August at 9.00am the Athletes that went to the Pacific Games in Samoa will be marching in uniform with jackets and wearing medals that were won from Rawson Hall to the Bowling Club.

Come down and support the very successful team and great ambassadors for Norfolk Island while in Samoa

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Community presentation on Breast Health

Thursday, August 01, 2019

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Mammogram Screening Clinic

Thursday, August 01, 2019

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The 2019 Samoa Pacific Games are Closed 20 July 2019

Friday, July 26, 2019

All good things must come to an end and last Saturday, 20 July, the 2019 Samoa XVI Pacific Games wonderful closing ceremony held at Apia Park Stadium.  Norfolk Island team members, as one of twenty-four Pacific Nations, joined the thousands of athletes, officials, volunteers and the stunning performers and celebrated and farewelled Samoa at the closing ceremony.

It was exciting to connected to the live streaming on Saturday evening as I prepared to watch the closing ceremony.  I was please to connect to the link just in time to capture a few images of our Norfolk Island team members as they entered the stadium for the evenings event.

Proudly holding the Norfolk Island Flag was Doug Creek, the winner of three bronze medals in pistol shooting.  Congratulations to the shooters, another great games with Doug and Ken being rewarded with Bronze medals.

Norfolk Islander team members attending the closing ceremony were the Netball team, Squash team, shooters and Garry Bigg the silver medal winner from the Men’s Fours Bowls.  They all enjoyed the night of entertainment and honoured to be parted of the Norfolk Island team.

I have found a couple of images of our team on Facebook as well as a few blurry photos I took on my computer while live streaming.

It felt emotional to watch the games closing ceremony.  I was one of the Norfolk Island team members who had attended the amazing opening ceremony.  It would have been great to still be in Samoa for the closing ceremony, but I was one of the Norfolk Island lawn bowls team who returned home to Norfolk Island on Friday 19 July.  Also, members of the Archery team have also departed from Samoa after the first week of competition.

Now that everyone is heading back home to Norfolk Island, the thoughts of the next Pacific Games will be on the mind of many.  The Pacific Games are held every four years and the next host will be the Solomon Islands in 2023.  The games logo is “Challenge, Celebrate and Unite”.  The Pacific Nations were invited to join in 2023 in Solomon Islands for the XVII Pacific Games.

Thank you, Samoa, wonderful host of the XVI Pacific Games.  Congratulations Team Norfolk on a successful 2019 games.

Betty Matthews

July 2019

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Team Norfolk Return Home from Samoa

Friday, July 26, 2019

Last week members of Team Norfolk sports teams and Mal Tarrant, the president of Norfolk Island Amateur Sports, started returning home from Samoa 2019 XVI Pacific Games.  It was exciting to be part of the Norfolk Island lawn bowls team who flew back to Norfolk Island on the Sydney flight on Friday 19th July.  The flight crew were also excited that were medalist on the flight and congratulated the team as we landed in Norfolk Island.

The welcome home was overwhelming, with family and friends and bowls club members at the airport cheering and clapping our arrival.  This was followed with a fantastic reception at the Norfolk Island Bowling Club on Friday evening.

Thank you to the community and bowling club members from the wonderful evening.  It was fantastic to be back home with everyone, sharing our experiences from the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games.  The medal winners enjoyed showing their shiny medals to everyone and I took many photographs during the night.

Teddy Evans spoke to each of the team members who won medals.  This had been an amazing successful international event.  All the Norfolk Island bowlers played in finals and the teams won two gold and two silver medals and 9 out of 10 bowlers returning with medals.


Petal Jones, Gold Ladies Fours and Gold Ladies’ Pairs

Shae Wilson, Silver Ladies Singles, Gold Ladies’ Pairs

Ann Snell, Gold Ladies’ Fours

Tess Evans, Gold Ladies’ Fours

Tracey Wora, Gold Ladies’ Fours

Garry Ryan, Silver Men’s Fours

Garry Bigg, Silver Men’s Fours

Stephen Matthews, Silver Men’s Fours

Trev Grow, Silver Men’s Fours

Phil Jones played in the finals of the Men’s Singles

Also added to the excitement of Team Norfolk was the great sportsmanship of all our representatives and the shooters were rewarded with three Bronze medals.  Congratulations Doug and Kev with your amazing achievement in the Pistol shooting competitions and Doug Creek was also the Norfolk Island Flag Bearer at the closing ceremony.

The Team Norfolk members have also continued returning to Norfolk Island during the last few days.  Everyone will feel excited to be back home and to share their stories of Samoa.  Also returning this week was Sheryl Yelavich, our Chef de Mission during the Pacific Games.  Thank you, Sheryl, for taking care of everyone in Samoa.

Thank you to the Norfolk Island Bowls Club, manager Tim Sheridan and kitchen and bar staff for our welcome home celebration.  Thank you to Norfolk Island Amateur Sports and everyone for supporting the teams and assisting in making it possible for the Norfolk Island teams attend the Samoa 2019 XVI Pacific Games.

Betty Matthews

July 2019

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Norfolk Island Flora & Fauna Society National Tree Day 2019

Friday, July 26, 2019

This weekend we celebrate National Tree Day, cofounded in 1996 by Planet Ark and Olivia Newton-John as an initiative to help combat deforestation and the loss of natural habitats for local native wildlife and flora.

The day is essentially a call to action for all of us to get our hands dirty and do something to support our native species. Over the last 23 years, Norfolk Islanders have participated by planting in coastal reserves and the National Park, counted among the 300,000 people here and across Australia, volunteering their time to engage in environmental activities together, sharing knowledge and information which help to create a better understanding us. While Planet Ark promotes every day as ‘Tree Day’, the day is officially celebrated on two dedicated days – Schools Tree Day and National Tree Day fall on the last Friday and last Sunday in July. This year, Schools Tree Day is Friday 26th July and National Tree Day is Sunday 28th July.

There are not many native trees available for a planting yet, as stocks are just getting growing at the Parks’ native plant nursery. Instead of supporting a planting this year, the Norfolk Island Flora & Fauna Society is proud to announce the imminent unveiling of the Norfolk Island Significant Tree Register as the first part of our new website. This initiative is the culmination of years of data gathering and observations, and aims to protect significant trees around Norfolk Island as an ongoing project. It will also be a record of lost trees, which had iconic status for their age, beauty, position or stories around them. The trees that will be entered on the Register initially meet at least one of nine significance criteria:

a.            it is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of Norfolk Island’s history

b.            it demonstrates rare, uncommon or endangered aspects of Norfolk Island’s cultural heritage

c.             it has potential to yield information that will contribute to the knowledge and understanding of Norfolk Island’s history

d.            it is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a particular class or classes of cultural places

e.            it is important because of its aesthetic significance

f.             it is important in demonstrating a high degree of creative or technological achievement at a particular period

g.            it has a strong or special association with the life or work of a particular community or cultural group for social, cultural or spiritual reasons

h.            it has a special association with the life or work of a particular person, group or organisation of importance in Norfolk Island’s history.

i.          Lost Iconic trees

As this is intended to be an ongoing project, we encourage residents to nominate trees which they feel meet one or more of the above criteria. Trees can be nominated for addition to the register by emailing a photograph and the reason you think it should be added, to the Society via President Margaret Christian ( or Helen Brackin (, or by post at PO Box 702.  

A number of already nominated trees are yet to be added, so please be patient as we work through the list, or nominate them again if you like.

The Society meets at 6.00pm on the first Monday of each month at the A&H Hall, behind Rawson Hall, Taylors Road. Visitors and new members are always welcome.

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