YEAR 12 FORMAL 2015 ... by Rowan Peterson

Friday, November 27, 2015

4:00pm Friday afternoon of the 20th November saw 19 very excited Year 12 NICS students assemble at Bounty Lodge.  They were joined by 2 former students Nathan and Andre.  Jo Snell did an amazing job as the photographer as she followed the bus around the island from 100 Acres down to the Kingston Pier, onto the Salt House and then the obligatory stop at the Roundabout before arriving at Bounty Lodge to be greeted by 150 guests. (At this point I must add the amazing job the bus driver did of reversing the bus and doing a 3 point turn amongst all the cars.  There may have been 1 or 2 nervous onlookers!)

The young men and women of the NICS class of 2015 all looked stunning; the girls in beautiful, full length formal gowns in an array of colours and styles and the boys certainly scrubbed up well looking very dashing in their fashionable formal attire.

A big thank you to Jo Elliott and all at Bounty Lodge for providing such a beautiful setting and tasty food and to the Year 11 waiters and waitresses for the fantastic job they did of getting the food around to so many people.

It has been an absolute pleasure being Year Adviser to this group and we at NICS all wish them the very best in the next step of their futures. Lots of love and happiness always Year 12.



A fun night was enjoyed by over seventy chocolate lovers at the Norfolk Island Ferny Lane Theatre on Wednesday evening.  The movie was played as part of the Norfolk Island Food Festival Week.

On arrival at the theatre we were welcomed with a flowing chocolate fountain with strawberries and marshmallows to dip.  Everyone was given a lucky ticket to win a basket of chocolates donated by Jes Himii Handmade Chocolates Norfolk Island.

We were able to purchase handmade chocolates and chocolate desserts were also served by Naomi from the Olive.  Hot Chocolate drinks were also available and a dash of Baileys was on offer at the bar.

The movie “Chocolat” was filmed in 2000, it is a classic love story, a French drama.  “Chocolat” tells the story of a young mother, played by Juliette Binoche, who arrives at the fictional, repressed French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes with her six-year-old daughter and opens “La Chocolaterie Maya”, a small chocolaterie.  Her chocolate quickly begins to change the lives of the townspeople.  The acting cast included Juliette Binoche, Johnny Depp, and Judi Dench.

I had not seen the movies for many years, so it was lovely to it again on a big screen.  Everyone enjoyed the movie and loved the chocolate treats during the night.

During the week I have also photographed local chocolates available here on Norfolk Island.  We are very lucky to have our own Chocolate Shop “Sweeties”.  Also have so many talented food venders mixing up delicious treats.  The Handmade chocolates “Jes Himii” make lovely Christmas treats so don’t forget to purchase some Norfolk Island chocolates next time you feel like some chocolate indulgence.

Hand Made Chocolates – Jes Himii.  These are melt-in-your-mouth amazingness right here. Handmade and hand-dipped chocolate that looks beautiful and tastes wonderful.  Jes Himii produce a range of chocolate dipped fudges, handmade individual chocolates, flavoured chocolate bars, and a range of other goodies that will have your mouth-watering.  You can pick these beauties up at the local Sunday markets, and at various outlets around town.

Thank you to the Norfolk Island Ferny Lane Theatre for the fun night and to the organisers of the Norfolk Island 2015 Food Festival.


Norfolk Island is one of the few countries outside of America and Canada who annually celebrates “Thanks Giving Day”.  It is the link to the American whalers which dates back to the generations on Pitcairn Island.

When researching the history of “Thanks Giving Day on Norfolk Island” I learnt that the first thanks giving on Norfolk Island was possibly held by the Pitcairn Islanders in the upper room in the Soldiers Barracks.  Later the Pitcairn Islanders built a church in Kingston in 1870 named All Saints Church.  This church was destroyed in a major storm in 1874. The following “Thanks Giving Day” service was held in the courtroom which was filled with seats.  Then after the completion of converting the Commissariat Store into the All Saints Church in 1874, services have been held here ever since.

The tradition continues strongly to this day.  The day is spent with family and friends, the public holiday is observed with many businesses closing for the day.  Picnics are held, many families swim at Emily Bay and sports club have fun events such as trophy bowls.

“Thanks Giving Day” is observed on the last Wednesday in November every year on Norfolk Island.  On Wednesday this week locals gathered at the Norfolk Island All Saints Church and the Uniting Church to celebrate “Thanks Giving Day”.

I attended the service at Kingston, and arrived just in time as the All Saints Church bell was about to be rung.  When I entered the church it was filled with many local Norfolk Islander families and visitors.  The corn and sugar cane decorated the isles, along with fresh vegetables and fruits, it was a great sight to see.

The “Thanks Giving Day” church service was given by our local Reverend David Fell and Rt. Rev. Robert Forsyth visiting Bishop of South Sydney.  Rev Robert Forsyth was on his final visit to Norfolk Island, after fifteen years, he is due to retire in a few months.

Everyone enjoyed a morning of hymns, the organ playing and singing was wonderful and we all appreciated the guest mezzo soprano Lynne Anderson from New Zealand.

Kim and Charles Christian Bailey’s son Liam, proudly carried the church processional cross into and out of the All Saints Church.  After the prayers and readings where finished, the service ended with Tom Lloyd leading the congregation in the Pitcairn Anthem.

The sale of produce and baking was held in the All Saints Church courtyard.  It was a lovely sunny day and it was nice to enjoy time saying hello to friends.  Everyone enjoyed the fresh sweet corn and so many other freshly harvested vegetables and fruits.  A leg of local lamb was also auctioned off, what a lovely roast dinner that will be for the lucky bidder.

So with only a month to Christmas, everyone has enjoyed a day relaxing on our beautiful Norfolk Island and the bounty of fresh food shared with good friends and family.

Thank you for all that we have here, what a great community there is on Norfolk Island.

Happy Thanks Giving Day Everyone.



Being held on Thurs 17Dec 2015 this year; the Christmas Pageant will include all the same great features and a few new ones.


Why not dress up in Christmassy clothes and costumes and help add to the atmosphere of the night?


The road will close from the Roundabout at 6pm. That will be the start of a new event called the Running of the Santas. We’d love all the young ones that wish to dress as Santa and compete in this race which ends at the Swiss House corner. There’s a few age divisions and great prizes to win. We could do with a few helpers to run this event – please contact us if you could assist.


Following this will be our Christmas parade. As usual it will include floats, old cars and Santa on the fire engine. This year we are very lucky to have the FMX and BMX riders on island and they will join in the parade and do a few tricks for us. If you have a groovy or unusual vehicle or act you can add to the parade we’d love to hear from you.



There’ll be outside entertainment, kids play equipment, great food, late night shopping for great specials and gifts, Christmas Hamper raffles, Santa Claus and of course the Christmas concert featuring our school performers and possibly some adult ones too.


Unfortunately there was no interest this year so we will not be holding the Christmas Beauty Pageant.


Could people wishing to operate market or food stalls please contact me?



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On Thursday evening at the Paradise Hotel and Resort the scene was set for the 2015 Rotary Public Speaking evening. This event is an annual competition run in conjunction with the Rotary Club Norfolk Island and the staff and students of Norfolk Island Central School. The tone for the evening was set with a warm and sincere welcome from David, the President of Norfolk Island Rotary. Guests, parents and community members were treated to a musical opening by the incredibly talented Sienna McRitchie, signing three tunes Flashlight, Happy and Fight Song.

The speeches for the evening commenced with the junior category; five brave and outstanding young speakers from Years 5 and 6 at Norfolk Island Central School delivered their speeches confidently and with maturity. Lucy Ellem started off with a humorously delivered, engaging speech about her time on Norfolk; Joel Hay followed with a speech that allowed adult Lego fans to stand up and be proud, while Sera Sadrata delivered a mature and competent speech about the plight of young children around the world. The final two speakers in this category tackled two contrasting topics; Ella Borg bravely stood before the room and articulated her opinion on the governance of Norfolk Island, while Zander Nisbett perfectly captured the median age of the audience with a highly entertaining talk about his love for musical icon Bruce Springsteen. After some time adjudicating the judges, Maureen, Melissa and Cherise announced the three place recipients in the junior category; 3rd place went to Lucy Ellem, 2nd to Sera Sadrata and 1st place to Zander Nisbett.

As the audience munched on a platter of desserts after a delicious buffet meal, they were treated to further musical items from Sienna McRitchie and also talented High School musicians Rachel Ratulevu, Arki Nobbs, Yasmin Coombes and Courtney Grube.  This was followed by the Intermediate category, arguably the most fiercely contested of the evening, with three experienced and seasoned junior High School public speakers taking to the stage. The first speaker was Joni King, speaking passionately and eloquently about bullying, an issue that impacts so many teens, followed by a highly entertaining Sam Cribb presenting his ‘typical tennis speech’. The raucous laughter that filled the room indicated that this was far from a run of the mill speech! The final speaker in this category was Harry Hayes, speaking passionately and confidently about the world’s silent killer; sugar. After painstaking adjudication, the panel awarded 3rd place to Joni King, 2nd place to Harry Hayes and 1st place to Sam Cribb.

After another musical intermission, the final and most passionately presented category of the evening, the senior category commenced.

First up was Gina Ford, setting the bar incredibly high with her through-provoking speech on the media’s selective reporting of atrocities that are committed on a global scale.  The multi-talented Courtney Grube followed, speaking about an all important issue that many people face; anxiety, while the night fittingly ended with an emotional, inspiring and personal speech presented by Karla Finch. Karla’s personal account of her younger brother Tyler’s battle with meningococcal did not leave a dry eye in the house and was presented with a maturity and passion that was far beyond her years. The judges adjudicated and awarded 3rd place to Courtney Grube, 2nd place to Gina Ford and 1st place to Karla Finch.

The successful evening displayed the many and diverse talents of the students at Norfolk Island Central School and could not have taken place without the students, parents, community members, the assistance of the staff at NICS and the Rotary Club of Norfolk Island. A big thank-you to the team at Paradise Hotel and Resort for their warm hospitality, outstanding food and superior facilities. This is just one of the many evenings where one could not be prouder to call Norfolk Island their home.

Here is a copy of Karla Finch speech that won her first place in the senior category and Joni Kings speech which we really enjoyed hearing. We hope you enjoy both as much as we did but make sure you have a box of tissue beside you before you start to read.


Boxing Day in our family is just like any other day, the only difference is the gift and leftovers that surround us from the day before. The joy and excitement from Christmas Day continues to overwhelm all of us kids and we feel on top of the world.

Boxing Day of 2011 was no different; we went about our normal day, playing with our Christmas presents, enjoying the company of our newly born brother, Tyler, who was only 3 weeks old. Tyler had been miserable all weekend with a fever and upset tummy. The weekend had been horrible and humid, raining non-stop.

Later on that morning Tyler’s fever was getting a little worse, thinking little of it we ran him a Lukewarm bath to try and calm him down.

 I can remember this day so clearly.

As we put him down in the lukewarm bath, he screamed. This wasn’t just any scream. A scream of pain, a scream of what mum described as agony.

After he settled we went for a drive looking at all the Norfolk roads that were flooded by the rain. Only then when he needed changing did we notice the rash that covered his body, the rash looking similar to a heat rash. Concerned, as parents are, they took him to the hospital. They were at the hospital for ages as the nurses monitored his temperature and rash. Later that evening, what was a rash turned to large red spots.

At 1am the next morning a medivac was starting to be organised as the condition of my brother worsened. Later that morning, me and my younger sister confused of the situation went to the hospital worried for our little brother.

The medivac took hours and hours to arrive, due to the bad weather conditions, trying again and again to land, the condition of Tyler worsened. Finally it landed12noon. The plan was for his dad to fly alongside him and for mum to later fly to him on the regular airline. Although at this point we had no idea what was wrong, we knew that something was really serious.

My sister and I were brought into the hospital, we were told to say goodbye. Mia, my younger sister didn’t fully understand the situation, as far as she was concerned she was saying goodbye because they were going on the plane; I knew that we were both saying goodbye for different reasons.

The medivac left that night at about 5pm. The last 24 hours seemed like forever, but our family knew that we were in for much more and we had to be strong for Tyler’s sake.

There were many problems on the flight over, bad weather, not enough oxygen supply, and the stubbornness of our little fighter.

The next few days consisted of waiting by the phone, tears and bad news. The hardest thing was knowing that you had to be strong but yet it felt nearly impossible.

Tyler was diagnosed with meningococcal and meningitis. My sister and I were continuously being prepared for the reality of what possible outcomes that could come out of this situation, though Hope was the most frequently used word at the time.

Mum and Pash recall the experience like an emergency scene of a movie. Looking around the ICU wards and seeing hope in every child that would make you stronger yet the less fortunate cases that make you feel like it was one massive bad dream. The best way I could describe the time was that it was one of those situations where you say ‘that will or could never happen to me’, But it did.

Today four years later we couldn’t be more grateful for the lives that we live and the people we share it with. 

And now from a 3 week old baby fighting for life, two collapsed lungs, many blood transfusions and many medical scares, tomorrow he is turning 4 years old and is healthier and happy than ever before.

From fighting for life to fighting with his sisters.

What a long way we have all come since that boxing day of 2011.

BULLYING ... by Joni King

My stomach is aching and here comes one of those burning headaches. I wonder if those girls have spread that rumour about me around the school yet. They have probably told everyone by now. Just another awful day! Is there really something wrong with me? Am I really who they say I am?

Bullying is unwanted aggressive behaviour that can be found among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behaviour is repeated or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious problems.

Ladies and gentlemen, if you haven’t realised, tonight I will be addressing you on the topic of bullying.

Have you been a victim of bullying? Has it happened to someone you know? Or have you just heard about it somewhere? Regardless, we all know bullying exists. We all know the negative effects it has on every single one of us and yet we still choose to ignore its existence, blinded by our preoccupation with ourselves.

Not even caring or considering the victims pain and deep utter anguish, we all just melt away into the crowd, not helping others in need. Is this really how we want it ladies and gentlemen?

Imagine everyday feeling like you are walking on a tightrope, barely holding on and you are terrified of that one slip because you have no – one there to catch you or feeling that pain in your gut in which you tell yourself that you just can’t take it anymore. But I suppose it’s Ok.  I mean as long as it is taking someone else’s heat, it is cool right…? (Pause for effect) Wrong! This is everyone’s business and everyone’s problem.

I think of bullying as a fire. The bright sparkling fire is the victim and the water is the bully. The more water that is poured on the fire the more it burns down, lower and lower, until the flames and sparks dwindle into a dull pile of ashes. If one spark, just one spark, refuses to die this could start a wildfire. We can help the victim to retain their spark by speaking up and offering support when they are being bullied. By saying something one person could do so much.

There are six types of bullying: Physical, verbal, social alienation, indirect, intimidation and, last but not least, cyber bullying. Although verbal bullying is most common, cyber bullying is catching up due to the rapid expansion in technology. There are too many ways to hurt someone.

The major effects of bullying are very severe, and they include: anorexia, depression, loss of self-esteem or self-confidence, poor learning and social skills, mental disorders and in extreme cases, unfortunately, suicide. The fact that someone chooses to end their life because they feel like they have no other way of escaping the constant intimidation shows how cruel and unnecessary bullying is and how quickly these situations can escalate.

Did you know that three point two (3.2) million students are bullied each year? And that one hundred and sixty thousand (160,000) children skip school daily worldwide because of bullying?

We need to be the voice for the voiceless. We need to stand up to bullying. So ladies and gentlemen, people may hate you, rate you, shake you and try to break you but how strongly you stand up for the less vulnerable is what makes you.


Thanksgiving is definitely an American tradition that goes back a long way. In the late 1800’s, Norfolk Island was to have a great deal of contact with American people and culture through the visits of American whalers, and their wives, who often stayed on the island for an extended time.

Isaac Robinson was a trader who had settled on the island in the early 1860’s, and married one Hannah Quintal.  Although he was of British stock, he had a fair bit of contact with the American visitors, perhaps because his home was so close to the pier where they came ashore (the present Lions Club.) He eventually held the title of “American Consul”, although no one is sure that this was an official position. Nevertheless he formed strong relationships with the American visitors and settlers, and looked after their interests.

No doubt some of the whalers and their wives, feeling a little homesick, shared stories of their Thanksgiving celebrations back home, and Robinson decided to try the idea here, Back in the states, Thanksgiving coincided with Autumn harvests, but in Norfolk’s milder climate, it was still possible to hold a sort of Harvest Festival in November, which was the island’s late Spring.

The first record of Thanksgiving on Norfolk Island is in an entry in John Buffett’s diary in 1896. A service was held in All Saints. It is said that Robinson actually hoisted an American flag on the occasion, but was taken to task and forced to lower it.

It is probable that Thanksgiving services were also held in the other churches on the island from those early years, because both the Methodists and the Seventh Day Adventist churches were founded under American influences. On Norfolk Island, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the last Wednesday in November, while the United States observes it on the fourth Thursday.

Thanksgiving was to become firmly embedded in the island’s calendar and culture as an important tradition. It would be the one day of the year when most people wanted to go to church, even if they were not regular attenders for the rest of the year.

And so it is to this very day.


Our family always attends the Church of England service at All Saints. The church is transformed with  cornstalks, laden with fully formed cobs, tied alongside each pew. That corn is a story in itself. There is a group of farmers and growers on this island for whom planting the Thanksgiving corn is a most important traditional task, almost a sacred duty. The seed needs to be sown at exactly the right time so that it is ready right on the day, and they rarely get it wrong. However, they have been heard to complain that when there are five Wednesdays in November instead of four, it can throw their timing out.


Along with the corn, there are stalks of sugar cane, magnificent urns of flowers, and the aisles and foyer are filled with piles of fruit, vegetables and baked goods. The setting up is carried out by a loyal band of helpers the day before. It is an activity that is almost as traditional as the Thanksgiving itself. During the afternoon, people arrive with contributions – bunches of bananas, boxes of fruit, sacks of potatoes, the best that Norfolk gardens and farms can produce.

The day itself is very much a family occasion, and many folk really make the effort to get there and enjoy the celebration of our island, its people and its produce. This year, we had a visit from Bishop Rob Forsyth, whose pastoral care we have been enjoying for 15 years. This is his last visit in his official capacity, and he reminds us that he has a great deal to be grateful for, because 7 years ago he had a heart attack while on the island, and believes the prompt and skilled treatment he received here saved his life.

As the Bishop and our Chaplain Rev.David Fell entered the body of the church, they were led by young Liam Christian-Bailey carrying the processional cross. The congregation struck up the Doxology, and everyone was in fine voice. Actually, the order of service and the hymn  remain much the same from year to year, because people seem to like the occasion to remain familiar and traditional.

In his message, Bishop Rob stressed the importance of developing a habit of thankfulness in a world that is sometimes stressful and uncertain. He said that during these difficult times of change on Norfolk Island, we should still be conscious of our blessings and of the goodness of God. The Bishop noted that back in Sydney nowadays, a harvest festival type service would mainly involve donations of tins and packets of groceries. Here we are blessed to be close to the soil and appreciate where God’s provision comes from, and also value the labour of those who have produced it. It is most important, he said, to give thanks for each other.


A special treat during the service was when visiting soprano Lynne Anderson sang “How Great Thou Art” for us, and this was greeted with an enthusiastic applause. Peter Randall played the organ, as did his grandmother Edie Randall for previous generations. In fact, the sense of continuity and tradition was strong. One lady said she could not help thinking about sitting in the same pew with her parents and siblings more than 70 years ago!

At the end of the service, Tom Lloyd led us in the singing of the Pitcairn Anthem.

The Bishop and the Chaplain were led out, and the congregation remained seated while helpers carried the goods and produce to the tables outside, where over the next busy half hour most of it was sold to both visitors and locals. The fat fresh corncobs were especially popular, and the children had fun with the stalks of sugar cane.




The Uniting Church auctions their produce, and our Chaplain decided to take a leaf out of their book when someone donated a beautiful leg of locally-produced lamb! We must find more items for him to auction next year – he did a magnificent job!

What was left was taken to the hospital. The cornstalks were loaded onto the back of the truck, a treat for someone’s cattle, no doubt!

Back in the church, a couple of the menfolk vacuumed the church, and all was restored to normal.Although times have been hard for many on our island, we were overwhelmed by people’s generosity, with their gifts of both produce and cash.

We know the other churches had successful days too. Because the Adventist have their service in the afternoon, many folk took the opportunity of attending two services during the day. Others  had celebratory lunches with friends and family, and made the most of the beautiful weather with picnics and barbecues.

Now that our Food Festival occurs in Thanksgiving week, we are doubly grateful for what our island provides, and for the people who share their skills and talents to bring it to our plates.


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Friday, November 20, 2015

Judith Davidson is the Research and Interpretation officer for the KAVHA Research and Information Centre based in No 9 Quality Row. (Note: KAVHA - Kingston and Arthurs Vale Historic Area).  Judith has recently returned from a tour of the Australian World Heritage Convict Sites.  This excursion was made possible with the assistance of a 2015 Churchill Fellowship.

On Thursday, 19th November, Judith presented a report of her trip around the Australian sites.  The aim of the tour was to develop an understanding of the convict systems and how it is represented by the eleven sites.  The Norfolk Island’s KAVHA area is part of the World Heritage listed Australian Convict Sites.  Judith explored the past and present aspects of the varied sites.  She investigated the heritage interpretation and the valuable community asset of having these historic areas preserved for future generations.

It has been five years since the Australian Convict Sites were inscribed into the World Heritage listings (31 July 2010).  There are the eleven sites. Judith started in Norfolk Island, and then explored the ten sites in Australia, meeting the managers and staff at the sites.  During the talk she described what she saw and learnt and the diversity of the various sites.

Judith and her husband Peter (Cec the photographer) spent four weeks in September exploring and photographing the stunning varied settings and displays at each of the convict sites.  She was very interested in the signage and ways the interpretation of the sites were presented.  For the Tasmanian sites it was obvious a consistent style of pamphlets with colours and fonts helped to connect the sites.  Non-intrusive heritage site signage were also an amenable design.  The wide range of Interpretive and wayfinder signage created ideas for materials and effective designs that can be utilised on heritage sites.  Technology such as interactive media and audio guides and sound scapes were other techniques for re-creating the historic past.

Some of the convict sites are in busy developed areas and others are in the wilderness or farming areas.  The eleven sites have been chosen from over three thousand convict sites from around Australia.  Each represent an aspect of the meticulously managed British convict system from which a nation was developed.

The sites are:

  • New South Wales:
  • Old Government House and Domain (Parramatta)
  • Hyde Park Barracks (Sydney)
  • Cockatoo Island Convict Site (Sydney)
  • Old Great North Road (near Wiseman's Ferry)

  • Tasmania:
  • Port Arthur Historic Site (Tasman Peninsula)
  • Cascades Female Factory (Hobart)
  • Darlington Probation Station (Maria Island)
  • Coal Mines Historic Site (via Premadeyna)
  • Estates (near Longford)
  • Western Australia:
  • Fremantle Prison
  • Norfolk Island:
  • Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area (KAVHA)

Together the sites represent the global phenomenon of convictism - the forced migration of convicts to penal colonies in the 18th and 19th centuries - and global developments in the punishment of crime in modern times. The Australian Convict Sites are the preeminent examples of our rich convict history, with more than 3,000 convict sites remaining around Australia. This is unique in the world today. In 2007 the importance of the Australian convict memory to all humankind was recognised when some of Australia's convict records were included in UNESCO's Memory of the World Register.

Judith Davidson completed her report with the conclusions she had formed after her visits of the Australian Convict Sites.

  • Each of the sites has multiple layers of history.  Fremantle Prison from its 1855 convict origins until its closure as a prison in 1991. Hyde Park barracks has been a prison but later became a female immigration depot and a government asylum for infirm, destitute women. At one time Government House Parramatta was a boarding house for Kings private school.  Here on Norfolk Island, we have the Polynesian history, followed by the First and Second British Penal Settlement, then the Pitcairn Islander’s 159 years of history and up to the current day history.
  • An established, well designed branding for a site sets the style for interpretation products of all sorts from brochures to signage to website. It conveys the essence of the site to the public and the market place.
  • There are many imaginative ways to interpret a site that don’t intrude on the integrity of the site. They must be research based, accurate and built up from what is there.
  • Well thought out commercial enterprises can be built around heritage creating opportunities to increase tourism to create employment and money for future development.
  • There is great value in increasing connectedness between the Australian Convict sites which can lead to sharing resources, expertise and marketing between the sites.

If anyone is interesting about learning more about the convict sites contact the Norfolk Island KAVHA Research and Information Centre, at Number 9 Quality Row, Kingston Norfolk Island.  Phone +6723 23003.

Thank you Judith for the interesting report on the tour of the Australian World Heritage Convict Sites.  One day I hope I can visit some of these fascinating historic areas.


During the afternoon of 11 November 2015, the rear section of VH-NGA, which contained the flight recorders, was lifted onto the deck of PMG Pride. Both the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder were removed from the wreckage and placed into sealed containers in preparation for transportation to the ATSB’s technical facilities in Canberra. The part numbers and serial numbers of the recorders agree with the maintenance documentation for the aircraft. The recovery and storage of the recorders was witnessed by an officer of the Australian Federal Police. Examination of, and data recovery from, the recorders is expected to commence during the week of 16 November 2015.


In Cambridge, Massachusetts, a Norfolk Island resident is working to make real change in the American political landscape. Shaun Kennedy, who was born on Norfolk and educated in New Zealand, has moved to the United States — where he was employed as the Deputy Campaign Manager for Nadeem Mazen, a Cambridge City Councillor who recently won his re-election bid. As Shaun says, “we didn’t just win: we were the underdog, we beat all odds, and we topped the ticket in a 23 candidate race.” Cambridge, which uses a Standard Transferrable Vote system, voted resoundingly in favour of Nadeem, electing him in a landslide. 

It was a victory that’s unprecedented for an American Muslim, even in a historically liberal city like Cambridge, Massachusetts. This was Shaun’s first political campaign, and he credits the win to a highly collaborative team, “It was a group effort — we relied heavily on resources created specifically to encourage unlikely voters to turn out. 

Our overall approach relied on authenticity over polish, and I think that that combination of smart tech and honest rhetoric is what won it for us.” Now, with the campaign season over for another year, Shaun and select staffers from Mazen’s campaign are looking ahead to see what they can do for other minority candidates, and they’re starting a “super-PAC” to do so. “Community is everything in politics, or it should be. But the underserved communities, the people who need the most help, they don’t have the resources to affect the change they need. The political landscape of the community I grew up in is evidence of that. So we’ve started Jetpac to fill that gap and provide resources to people who would otherwise be unable to run for office. 

It’s a chance to make a real difference in American politics.”


PARIS, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Tuesday announced the composition of an inspection team, which will verify the reforms programme in Russia to enable the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) to gain reacceptance for IAAF membership.

"After consultation with WADA, we will set the verification criteria. The five-person inspection team, led by a renowned anti-doping expert Rune Andersen, has an extraordinary amount of experience to ensure ARAF meets the criteria and is eligible to once again enter athletes into international competition," said IAAF President Sebastian Coe.

The IAAF Inspection Team has an independent Chair, Rune Andersen, a Norwegian international anti-doping expert. Prior to joining WADA in 2002, Andersen served as head of the Department for Ethics, Sports Medicine, and Anti-Doping at the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports (NIF) and was Member of the Monitoring Group for the Council of Europe's Anti-Doping Convention," read a statement by IAAF on Tuesday.

Joining Andersen on the team are four IAAF Council Members, namely Canadian Abby Hoffman, Italian Anna Riccardi, Namibia's Frank Fredericks and Geoff Gardner of Oceania's Norfolk Island.

According to IAAF, Hoffman is a Senior Executive in the Ministry of Health of the Government of Canada and has been the co-ordinator of the IAAF Anti-doping Task Force since 2004, Riccardi is a Technical Delegate for the Rio Olympic Games and is Italian NOC CONI's Head of Team Services Sport and Olympic Programme Area, Fredericks is an IOC Member, Chairman of the IAAF Athletes' Commission and a former Chairman of the IOC Athletes' Commission, and Gardner is President of the Oceania Athletics Association and formerly Chief Minister, Speaker and Member of the Legislative Assembly of Norfolk Island.

"I'm honored to have been asked by Sebastian Coe to head the verification process. I have devoted my life to clean sport and it's on behalf of the innocent athletes who are Russia's athletics future that we begin our task to ensure that fair and honest competition is guaranteed," commented Andersen.

The athletics' world governing body voted almost unanimously to suspend Russia from all international competitions last Friday after last week's revelations by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

According to the punishment, all Russian athletes and support staff will be forbidden to participate in any international events including World Athletics Series competitions and the Olympic Games under the suspension.

AFTER LIFE OF A TYRE ... by Betty Matthews

Where do your tyres go after they wear out?  What happens to all of the Norfolk Island’s used tyres?

Norfolk Island Waste Management Centre has a recycling sorting areas.  The used tyres are on the left hand side when you enter the drive through shed.

I have sometimes wondered what happens to the used tyres.  Are they burnt? Are they taken back to the mainland for recycling?

This month I learnt more about the after-life of a tyre.

EcoNorfolk Foundation and the Norfolk Island Waste Management team welcomed visitors from Rarotonga at the beginning of November.  George, John and Jerome are from EcoReset Pacifika and they had a busy week at the Norfolk Island Waste Management shredding, bundling and bailing recycled tyres.

Locals also enjoyed the musical talents of George, John and Jerome.  The dynamic trio the "Three Fat Brothers" from Rarotonga played at the Leagues Club and also played at the EcoNorfolk headquarters earlier in the week.

I visited the Norfolk Island Waste Management Centre and Hans showed me the work the team had completed.  The shredded tyres where all bundled in recycled postal service mail bins and most have been strapped ready to be shipped.  They will be quarantined sprayed before they depart for New Zealand.

The large shredder machine, which is used to shred the rubber tyres, is at the rear of the Norfolk Island Waste Management shed and there are still a pile of tyres piled up at the entrance area to be recycled.  Norfolk Island sometimes burns the tyres, but this is not desirable and can only be burnt if the wind is blowing out to sea.  Recycling is the preferred way to deal with the backlog of used tyres.

Hans also showed me the other recycling projects.  The aluminium cans have just been shipped off on a resent ship including steel cans and copper and the batteries will be the next section to be cleared.  The asbestos will be another project for 2016.

Norfolk Island have many fascinating ways of recycling.  I have been searching the internet for “reuse and recycling of used tyres” and came up with many garden uses from flower planters to vege gardens.  They look great painted up.  The old fashion use is a tyre swing for the children to play on.  Always remember to drill a few holes so water doesn’t sit and become smelly, you don’t want mosquitoes annoying everyone.

Recycled tyres after life is interesting.   Once they have been shredded, they can be made into rubber mats, these can be used for children’s playgrounds, synthetic playing fields and sports grounds, plus they are effective in all climates.

Rubber crumbs are mixed with asphalt and used for roads and paving, which creates a safer and longer-lasting road systems.

It makes sense to recycle tyres because rubber came from living trees, and there are so many worldwide used tyres waiting to be reused or recycled.

Thank you George, John and Jerome for all the assistance they have given to the Norfolk Island recycling challenge and thank you EcoNorfolk Foundation for all of the support of this important Norfolk Island community project.

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During the past week there was been lots of model planes buzzing around Norfolk Island.  On 11th November, Wednesday afternoon, I stopped and enjoyed watching the skills of the pilots flying the model aircrafts.  The visitors were from Australia, the “Tingalpa Model Aero Club”.  This year’s gathering of model airplane enthusiast is very special.  The group have come together to remember a good friend and club member and have named the trip after their friend.  “Allen Danvers Challenge” - “Norfolk Island Fly In”.

The visitors enjoy flying a variety of model planes, most of them were motorised, but one was a glider, and it gently floated on the sea breeze on the foreshore at Slaughter Bay.  They have been flying their models all round Norfolk Island and they also planned to fly the faster models near the airport on Thursday if weather conditions were suitable.

The group are here on Norfolk Island for a week, from Tuesday 10th November to 17th November.  The week promoted the chance to meet the locals Norfolk Island Model Aero club members, who share their favourite flying spots around Norfolk Island.

The visitors were invited to bring their big planes, indoor flying and gliders to cover all conditions.  All model aero plane fans are invited to join the Tingalpa Model Aero Club in Norfolk Island Fly In for a week of flying and socialising and joining in the fun among local club members and visitors.

They have all enjoyed their time exploring Norfolk Island and its beautiful landscape.  Plus they have appreciated the time they have spent with the local Norfolk Island Model Aero Club.

If anyone is interested in joining the Norfolk Island group, the local contact is Gary McCoy 51259.

To find out more about the week, and coming events, check out he Norfolk Island Travel Centre site.

I have taken a few photos of the group flying their planes at Kingston and the Norfolk Island Travel Centre took the group photos.

THE RESPECT FOR WOMEN ... by Mary Christian Bailey

With White Ribbon Day coming up this week, this little snippet from our history serves as a reminder that the forebears of this community, back on Pitcairn Island, had been aware of social issues such as respect for women well ahead of many so-called "enlightened" places.

In 1838, Russell Elliott, Commander of HMS "Fly", was asked by the Pitcairners for assistance in establishing a code of laws on the island.

Elliot wrote to Rear Admiral C.B.H. Ross that the islanders were "tired of being taunted by crews of whale ships, their women being propositioned, and their crops threatened with destruction.  He told Ross that immediate action needed to be taken "especially to meet the difficulties and dangers they had already experienced and were again threatened with by lawless strangers in whale ships;there having been cases of recent occurrence, where half the ruffian crew of a whale ship were on shore for a fortnight, during which time they offered every insult to the inhabitants and threatened to violate any woman whose protectors they could overcome by force, occasioning the necessary concentration of men's strength for the personal protection of the females, and thereby great damage to their crops, which demanded their constant attention;taunting them that they had no laws, no country, no authority that they were to respect - American vessels denying that they were under the protection of Great Britain, as they had neither colours or written authority..."

As well as allowing for election of a magistrate, the new regulations provided that all those who were over 18  should have a vote, and that children between the ages of six and sixteen should attend school.

One of the laws also stated that now woman should go aboard any foreign vessel without the permission of the magistrate, and unless they were"chaperoned" by four men.

So it would appear that the forebears of our community were not only enlightened with regards to female suffrage and compulsory education, but respect for and protection of women was also enshrined in legislation.


Since the mid 1890’s the community of Norfolk Island have been decorating All Saints Church and celebrating Thanksgiving together (this year the festivities begin at All Saints from 10am). But how did the most American of holidays end up on a remote island in the middle of the South Pacific?



According to the current churchwarden, Mr. Tom Lloyd, the Pitcairners had always celebrated the English Harvest Home festival, but it was not until Isaac Robinson came to the island that All Saints Church was specially decorated for the service.


Robinson was an American trader who settled on Norfolk as agent for Burns Philp & Co Ltd., later becoming Norfolk’s Registrar of Lands and the island’s first (and so far only) United States consul. “The idea of Norfolk having an American consul does sound slightly absurd today” Lloyd says, “but in those days American whalers made frequent calls, and Robinson proposed dressing the church up American-style for Thanksgiving.”


Three of Robinson’s friends helped him decorate All Saints Church in the capital, Kingston, using only palm leaves and lemons, and though he died and was buried at sea the next year, his notion caught on. For Norfolk’s second Thanksgiving service, the parishioners brought down all sorts of produce to decorate the church. “The tradition became to tie corn stalks to the pew ends and pile flowers on the altar and the font. At first, each family took home its own fruit and vegetables after the service, but today they are sold to raise money for church preservation.”



This year we are looking forward to welcoming back New Zealand Mezzo Soprano Lynne Anderson, who will be singing "Thanks Be To God". Bishop Robert Forsyth will be preaching in what will be his last official visit to Norfolk Island ahead of his impending retirement. Everyone is welcome to join in the festivities at All Saints from 10am (Wednesday, 25th of November)


See you at All Saints!


Burnt Pine Travel was proud to be major sponsor of the 2015 Norfolk Island Squash Masters Championships. Games were played from the 9-13 NOV with entrants in age groups for men and women from 35 upwards with players attending from Australia and New Zealand. Some of the divisions had some strong competition with the youngest player being 35 and the oldest being 82.

Apart from the squash and the usual ample Masters social activity, this year’s special guest for her first time to the event was 5 times World Champion Sarah Fitzgerald. Sarah had a busy week of playing in the competition, running coaching clinics, playing against the 40-45 year old blokes, an exhibition match against the current Club Champion, singing Karaoke and then fitting in some of the activities Norfolk has to offer including sea kayaking and bushwalking. Guests were also treated to a rare dinner interview with Sarah at the Castaway Hotel on the Wednesday night where she talked in depth about her sporting life, greatest achievements and life after Squash followed by questions from the crowd.

The tournament was a great success and we are now getting ready for a bigger and better Masters Tournament in 2016. The tournament will be run on Norfolk Island from 7-11 November. Sarah will be returning to play, coach and host a group. Packages from Australia and New Zealand to the event will soon be available. Available will be straight airfare/accommodation packages from Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne plus any other departure point on request.

If you are looking for something a little more than the usual, we will be releasing a 7 day exclusive group package which will be hosted by Sarah Fitz-Gerald. More details will be posted as they come out, or alternatively contact us by email on or toll free numbers from Australia 1800 501 128 or from New Zealand on 0800 480 345 to register your interest.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Having gone head-to-head over 4 rounds against fellow Hospitality students and earning the now prestigious title of My Kitchen Rules (MKR) winners, Ruby Menzies-Thompson and Paige Adams have worked tirelessly with Kerri-Ann Brooks from Governors Lodge to plan a Gala Dinner that would showcase their culinary skills and wow the senses of guests.

On Thursday night all of their hard work paid off and 60 guests were treated to a scrumptious 3 course meal which would have given the contestants on the television show a run for their money.  Supported by the other MKR contestants and under the guidance of Kerri-Ann and her fantastic Food & Beverage Team, Ruby and Paige impressed with the sophisticated flavour combinations and careful presentation of prepared dishes. 

The pair was greeted with applause as they entered the dining area to officially be crowned MKR winners for 2015 and they are a credit to themselves and the school with what they achieved. They have certainly set the bar high for the 2016 Gala Dinner.

NICS would like to thank Governor’s Lodge for the investment of time that was made into this event as well as all of the sponsors and judges who contributed throughout the year to the success of the program.


Norfolk Island is very proud of Ada Nebauer.  She just returned from the Gold Coast Australia where she competed SQ zone regatta, Gold Coast Wavebreaker event.  This was Ada’s first regatta, and Ada was the only member of the local club to attend the Gold Coast competition.

She competed in 3 events.  14U V6 (6man) outrigger canoe she competed for Brisbane Outrigger Canoe Club and they came 3rd and won the bronze medal in that event.

12U V6 she steered for Bayside Outrigger Canoe club and she was quite disappointed because they came last...but had a few problems.  They didn't reach the start line by the start of the race and had to turn the canoe around.  All a great learning curve.

Her best result was in the 2km V1 (individual) 12U where she came first in her category, (beat the 2015 SQ zone champion convincingly) and beat all of the boys except 1 as well.

Her race time results are as follow, thank Louise for emailing the information:

  • Race times for the U12 V1 (individual) race over 2km was 12:41.4secs, beating the current zone age champion by nearly 1min: 49 seconds. 
  • Race time for the U12 V6 Bayside team no2, which Ada steered was 14:42 over 2km. 
  • Race time for the Under 14 V6 Brisbane Outrigger Canoe Club 4km race was 23mins 57seconds.

Her Mum, Louise Donald, has been one of the Norfolk Island coaches, assisting with the training our junior paddlers.  She is extremely proud of Ada paddling in her first regatta, and she is so delighted with Ada’s win in the V1 race, and achievements in all of her races.  Her Dad, George Nebauer, travelled with Ada to the Gold Coast, and must have been so excited to be there with Ada.  Visiting coaches have been impressed in Ada’s outrigger skills, at twelve years old, there will be many junior outrigger competitions for her to attend.

It is under a year since the shipment of outriggers arrived on Norfolk Island and what an amazing first year it was been.  January 2016 will be the second Outrigger competition.  Once again Norfolk Island Waa Outrigger Club will host another outstanding week with international team’s competition in races around Norfolk Island coastline.  Keep the dates marked on your calendar, Sunday 17th – Thursday 21st January 2016.

If you are interested in joining the Norfolk Island Waa Outrigger Club, have a chat with the local members when they are down at Emily Bay.

Thank you Louise for sending the photos of Ada with her medals.  Congratulations Ada.  We are all very proud of your achievements.


Eleven Australian Convict Sites making up one World Heritage listing in just four weeks equals an awesome Churchill Fellowship experience.  From my starting point at Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area (KAVHA) to the five Tasmanian sites, four Sydney sites and finally Fremantle Prison near Perth -what a journey! The meticulously designed convict system solved a social problem and provided an unpaid labour force for an expanding British Empire but these disparate, often beautiful places are part of an amazing whole on which a nation was built.


My aim was to develop an understanding of this system and KAVHA’s place within it both past and present. I also wanted to learn how heritage can be imaginatively interpreted to create a valuable community asset.


Some Tasmanian highlights: the hidden gem of the Cascade Female Factory tucked into the foothills of snow-capped Mount Wellington where so many convict women made a significant but grim start to the life of a new country; the sparse white simplicity of Port Arthur separate cell block with open fires burning at  each end of the cold stone corridors, the tumbled stones and eerie underground isolation cells of the Coal Mines settlement  contrasting with the stunning blue seascape; wild Maria Island with wombats contentedly grazing the convict settlement  square of prison buildings; and a glorious scarlet pink sunset over the pastoral landscape of Woolmers/Brickendon where assigned convict labour helped establish the Archer dynasties.


The Sydney sites are even more diverse in both their roles in the convict system and how they are interpreted to their communities now. In the grounds of Hyde Park Barracks in the heart of Sydney CBD, school groups made mock brick walls to match the tally marked bricks of the convict built barracks. On the top floor dark metal silhouettes stared out the windows. A sound scape evoked the longing of the imprisoned about to be reassigned, tried or released.


In contrast the isolated section of the Old Great Northern Road in the bushland of Darug National Park was a fascinating time capsule of steep intact stone embankments and culvert systems little changed since the leg ironed convict road gangs built it. Whereas Old Government House Parramatta in its green parkland is a reminder of the genteel headquarters for the Governors managing the early convict colony.


Cockatoo Island, surrounded by the blue of Sydney Harbour, was a punishment prison constructed by those who lived in it from solid rock. It went on to become a maze of industrial histories. Now visitors can take an audio tour, party, or camp out in this stunning setting.


“Freo”was different.  Further west than Norfolk Island is east, Fremantle prison is vast and scary. Its beautifully proportioned four storied prison block was built by the same convicts who went on to supply the labour and skills that established Western Australia. Still surrounded by razor wire, the prison’s grim history started in 1866 and only concluded in 1991.


Judith is currently Research and Interpretation Officer for the KAVHA Research and Information Centre. If you would like to know more about this Churchill Fellowship project and KAVHA’s place in this significant World Heritage listing you are invited to a Australian Convict Sites presentation by Judith  to be held as follows:


When:             Thursday 19th November at 5.00pm

Where:           KAVHA Research and Information Centre No 9 Quality Row


Please call 23009 to make a booking. Bookings are advised as space is limited.

Admission free


Excitement on the Norfolk Island on Sunday was when the locals found “Mushrooms” at Foodland Supermarket in the Mall in town.

It has been over four years since local mushrooms have been commercially grown on Norfolk Island and for mushroom lovers, they were looking forward to a treat for dinner this week.

The Avoca Fresh locally grown mushrooms were attractively packaged in purple labelled paper bags and cost $13.95 for 500gm.

I’ve been told the mushrooms are great marinated, served in salads or pan fried or barbequed with your dinner.

The first batch of mushrooms sold in under two hours, I hope the mushroom lovers enjoyed the mushroom treat.  I’m sure everyone will eagerly keep an eye on the supermarket shelves for the next batch of mushrooms


On the weekend the 7th and 8th November, Norfolk Island enjoyed hosting the Channel 7 Television Weekend Sunrise presenter James Tobin and camera and sound crew.

The weekend was busy for the Channel 7 team as they filmed and had live crosses to the breakfast show.  What a great promotion for Norfolk Island.  The history and island beautiful scenery was shared with all of the viewers.  The weather was fine and settled on the weekend and show cased Norfolk Island at its best.

On Saturday I enjoyed time at Caption Cook Memorial, photographing the birds, and while I was there I met up with JT and this camera crew Wayne McKulvie and Jarod Pinder.  They had a drone and were filming the stunning coastal views.

The links below show some of the footage they shot while they enjoyed their time on the cliff top look outs.

I took photos of them flying the drone and a group photo with some visitors, who also enjoyed chatting to the TV crew.  Cec Hungerford, Neil Johnston and Alan Soper were enjoying a week on Norfolk Island and were here with visiting bowlers from Queensland, Australia.

Thank you Channel 7 for promoting Norfolk Island again this year.  The internet page has a video of the cross over links, from Emily Bay, Kingston and also the island’s history and wonderful food.

Also thank you to Spacifica Travel for promoting Norfolk Island.  Check out for travel promotions for Norfolk Island

Follow these links to see the cross over TV coverage.



As we approach White Ribbon Day on 25 November, below is an extract from Sergeant Catherine Tye’s speech for International Women’s Day 2015:


Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations has said:


“Violence against women and girls is a global problem.  It harms women, families, communities and societies. We can only stop it by working together.  Men and women.”


And it is a global problem, but it is also a problem that is very close to home.


As Police, we often talk about Domestic Violence in terms of numbers and statistics so we can better understand the magnitude of the problem.


But I sometimes think this takes us away from the reality of seeing women with black eyes, missing teeth, broken arms, and broken spirits.


It also takes us away from the reality of the effect this has on our children; The ones who live in fear of violence occurring every day. Who tiptoe around the house - just in case. Who don't argue with or answer back to their parents like normal children - just in case. Who grow up thinking it’s OK to assault women. Or to be assaulted.


Violence against women is not OK; it is not acceptable.


It’s a major issue for every police agency across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. It’s also not just a policing problem: violence against women is a public health problem; it is an education problem. Police cannot stop family violence on our own.


One in three women will be abused or assaulted in her lifetime. Whether we know it or not, every single one of us in this room knows a woman who has suffered the effects of violence.


It’s a terrifying statistic for the women and girls in our community, because it means that if you are female, you are unsafe. It is also a collective shame on all men, because we know they are better than that.


However, the violence doesn’t have to be physical.  There are many forms of violence.  These can include controlling a partner's finances, turning friends and family against them, as well as psychological violence. 


So this is a problem that has profound consequences for the individual and our community. We owe it to women who experience violence themselves - and to ourselves - to do something about it. We need to be looking at our own backyard and taking responsibility perhaps, for some of the behaviour we may not recognise as damaging.


Rosie Battye, the family violence advocate whose son was killed by his father last year was recently named as Australian of the Year for 2015.  She has said in the media “What we have to continue to remind ourselves is that violence is a choice." 


She said that things like drugs, alcohol and mental illness could exacerbate violence but "they are not an excuse and they are not the reason". 


So what can we do?  We can educate.  We can offer better support services to victims and families of victims.  We can offer education programs for offenders.  We can offer counselling services for families in trouble, people with substance abuse problems, anger management issues.  We can push for stronger legislation which will assist the Police in doing our job, to provide more safeguards for victims, and provide more accountability to offenders.


One avenue we can go down is through our schools.


White Ribbon, Australia’s national, male led Campaign to end men’s violence against women, has rolled out a program into schools called “Breaking the Silence”.


Breaking the Silence is a program for principals and teachers that support them to embed models of respectful relationships in school culture and classroom activities. These models give students the opportunity to learn and experience respectful relationships, preventing the perpetration of violence against women and girls.


It is essential that we target kids at school age with messages of respect - and practical tools for gender responsibility - before their attitudes around gender are set in stone.


However, it’s a huge job. The White Ribbon Report, “Assault on Our Future”, showed some really troubling attitudes amongst school kids:

-      Did you know, for example, that one in seven boys aged 12 to 20 believe that it’s alright to force a girl to have sex if she was flirting?

-      Or that one in three boys believes that most violence against women occurs because the woman provoked it?

-      Or that one in three Year 10 girls who have had sex, have had unwanted or coerced sex?

And with so many kids experiencing violence in the home as a normal and legitimate way of resolving grievances, it’s no wonder so many have such distorted attitudes.


But these girls are our daughters. These boys are our sons. And they need to know that there is a better way of negotiating relationships with the opposite sex, so that they can protect themselves against harm and against making mistakes they may regret for the rest of their lives.  And that they will get the most out of relationships that are built on respect.


It is my hope that as a society, the issue of domestic violence continues to receive the attention it deserves, not just because it’s THE topic of the moment, or the politicians use it as a re-election platform.  Putting an end to violence against women requires that every single one of us rises to the challenge and plays our part. I hope we can all work together as a community to eliminate violence against women, wherever it may be.


The PNG Pride crew have recovered the flight data recorder and the wreckage of the Pel Air Care Flight and they are ready to head back to Townsville, the journey will take about ten days.

This week the ship PNG Pride, from Townsville, Australia has been assisting the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) in the recovery of the Pel Air Care Flight which ditched six years ago, on the western side on Norfolk Island on a stormy night on 18th November 2009.

The team on the PNG Pride have anchored the ship out from Headstone coast area and their challenge has been to be to lift the plane, which lay in 50 metres of water, and to find the black box data recorder.  The information recovered, will be able to assist with the enquiries into the air-crash.

There had been concern that the investigation had been closed without recovering the information from the black box.  It has been agreed to re-open the investigation, and the ATSB excepted to complete the recovery this week. (November 2015)

I read on this internet site

The re-opened investigation, Dolan provided this update.

"The information-gathering stage of the reopened investigation is essentially complete, and so the work is now going through to assess all the additional information that has been acquired to draw conclusions so that a draft report can be prepared before Christmas."

I also found this photo of the rear of plane underwater picture

Flight details

On 18 November 2009, an IAI 1124A Westwind II conducted an air ambulance flight from Apia, Samoa to Melbourne, Australia on behalf of Care Flight.  The aircraft was scheduled to land at Norfolk Island to refuel, but weather conditions deteriorated while it was en route.  The aircraft did not carry enough fuel to divert to an alternate destination.

After not being able to make visual observation of the runway after four instrument approaches, the crew ditched the aircraft in open sea 6 kilometres (3.2 nautical miles) west of Norfolk Island in darkness and bad weather.  A pocket torch that the captain had in his possession and used as a distress signal was spotted from land in an area of the sea where the search and rescue effort was initially not concentrated; all six occupants were rescued by local fishermen after 90 minutes in the water.

Attached are also photos I have taken this week of the ship PNG Pride, from Townsville, anchored at Kingston Pier, when staff had arrived to join the investigation team.  There is also a photo from half century reserve showing the ship working off the western coast on Norfolk Island this week.


This Sunday, members of the Norfolk Island Bowling Club will be leaving the island to participate in the Asia Pacific Games in Christchurch, New Zealand. The Tournament starts on the 24th November. Here is a list of the Norfolk Island Bowling Club representatives. 

Men’s representatives:

Singles   Ryan Dixon

Pairs      Ryan Dixon & Brent Pauling

Triples   Moochie (John Christian), Tim Sheridan, Phil Jones

Fours     Moochie (John Christian), Brent Pauling, Tim Sheridan, Phil Jones

Ladies’ representatives

Singles   Carman Anderson

Pairs      Carman Anderson & Petal (Christine Jones)

Triples   Chris Pauling, Tess Evans, Annie Pledger

Fours     Tess Evans, Annie Pledger and Petal (Christine Jones)

We wish the team success in New Zealand and safe travels this weekend

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Friday, November 06, 2015


We will gather at the cenotaph war memorial at Kingston on the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in respect and remembrance of those how went to war and did not return, a minutes’ silence will be observed and dedicated to those soldiers who died.

Locals and visitors are invited to join the service on Wednesday 11th November.  At 10:30am the serviceman will be assembled ready for the observance.

The memorial in Kingston is at the cross roads of Country Road, Middlegate Road, Pier Street and Quality Row, across the road from the Commissariat Store Museum and All Saints Church.

The RSL is very supportive to local and visiting returned serviceman and families.  If you would like any more information contact the Norfolk Island RSL Branch in town.

11th hour, 11th day, 11th month

We will remember them.

Lest we forget.

We Nawa Gwen Forget Dem

THE BIG RACE ... by Betty Matthews

Prince of Penzance has won the 155th running of the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse.

The Melbourne cup is held on the first Tuesday of November.  It is the day when sweepstakes are sold at the clubs and the Red Cross volunteers assist with the annual fundraiser and everyone one is in with a chance to pick a winner.  The RSL was busy also on “Cup Day” with the TAB links set up on a computer.  I heard a few $$$$ was taken and the largest win was just over $900, so there will be a couple of happy punters out there.

Lunch time parties were held at many of the Norfolk Island restaurants and it was an opportunity for dressing up and having a fun day out.

I checked out the horse’s names for a lucky pick and the name “Kingfisher” took my eye.  “But I think it is still running”.  But I did get lucky with a sweepstake win.

This year was one lady jockey riding in the Melbourne Cup.  Well done Michelle Payne, making history, the first lady jockey to win the Melbourne Cup.  The winning horse number #19, Prince of Penzance, is a 6 year old gelding, he was breed in New Zealand and trained by Darren Weir.

So now the hat fascinators and hair pieces and race day clothes will be put away until the next big race.  Hope everyone enjoyed the days entertainment and great food provided by the local chefs and their staff.



The sight of rain clouds over Philip Island did not deter this years entrants in the Around the Island Relay and the Walkers were set and ready to go by the official start time of 5.15am.

Eleven individuals chose to walk the entire course with an additional 6 Walks teams making up the field. Joining the Walkers this year, by request, was Angela Pinson (better known as a champion power lifter and very new Mum) who was the only female entrant in the individual run.

As occurred last year the entire Walks field started “en masse” at 5.15 am, to ensure all walkers were back at Kingston in time for the sausage sizzle and prize giving. The final positions therefore were not to be known until the handicaps had been applied after the completion of the race.

Team “Smellems”, a mother and daughter team of Mandy and Sophie Ellem, powered off the line and took an early lead that was only challenged in the early part of the race by Karen Buffett and Tina Nisbet. As the race entered its second leg from the school the Ellem’s had begun to extend their lead over the field and the trailing athletes were not to sight them again until the finish line.

Past individual Walks champion, Jenny Donaldson, took a more relaxed approach to this years event choosing to spend some social time with the “elders” of the race, Paul Crookwell, Phil McDowell, Brett Martin and Wayne Richards for most of the first half of the race. Lisa Richards had joined husband, Wayne, but her competitive streak saw her take her pace up a few notches during the latter legs of the course to match it with Karen and Tina until the end.

Tania Anderson backed up from last years race, with a “steady as she goes” approach, in a determined effort to improve her time for the 25km course eventually shaving just on 4 minutes off her time for 2014. Well-done Tania. Surely a certain starter for the 2016 event!

The team walkers impressed with some great performances from “Shanks Pony”, made up of our Hospital staff, led out by Corrine Parsons. The “Xtian Brothers Cheese” team, outfitted in their smart sponsored shirts, looked like the team to beat and provided endless entertainment during the morning, however, despite an early promising start, the overindulgence in all things cheesy took its toll, which saw them cross the line as the 5th placed team.

“E.T & Thunder”, an all female team of Teresa Langusch, Emma Wright and Sarah Randall worked hard through the morning and achieved the second fastest time for the course of 3 hours 36 minutes, before handicaps were applied, which placed them 4th overall. A great effort ladies.

Team “ Free Spirits” made a strong start with Nicola Kennedy putting her team solidly in contention for the title and ably supported by team mates Toppy Wilkinson, Michelle Hayes, Kerry Robertson, Heather Munro and Mike Collings, they unfortunately could not make up the time needed and had to settle for 3rd placed team behind the “Smellems” (with the fastest team time of 3 hours 32 minutes), who, after handicaps were applied fell just 5 minutes short of taking the team winners title from the team “ 3 UKLAN” of Celia Bigg, Olivia Cooper and birthday girl, Karenne Gatehouse.

The Individual walks title for 2015 went to 13 year old Sophie Ellem, having walked the entire course with her mother, Mandy. Handicaps applied saw defending champion, Jenny Donaldson, take second place ahead of Paul Crookwell, Lisa Richards in fourth place and Mandy Ellem relegated to 5th spot.

The walks were very competitive this year with only 30 minutes separating the first place finisher with last across the line. What better way to spend a Sunday morning than enjoying a leisurely stroll around some of Norfolk’s roads and through the National Park, past some of our greatest scenic vistas? It only takes 31/2 to 4 hours and is a lot of fun. Start planning your team for 2016.


With just 2 individual entrants in the run this year, and with Angela Pinson starting early with the walkers, it was Richard Cribb who led out the competitors at 6.30 am in the running relay on his lonely campaign to post an individual time of 2 hours and 18 minutes, to take out this years title with another strong display of distance running. This was an 8-minute improvement over his winning time last year. Angela secured second spot on the dais with a very gutsy performance for a very new Mum…well done to both runners for a great effort.

The team title was again going to be an exciting competition with 7 teams entered this year, including 4 teams of school students, “Riley’s”, “Cool Running”, “Student All Stars” and “The Runners”.

Early favourites and last years champions, the school teachers team “Teachers” featuring Deb Johnston, Michael Vaughan, Felix Bachmann, Ben Hayes, Mark Millett and Carl Pinson looked strong from the start despite starting last in the pack due to handicap. It was a straight race to the finish for the teams to determine eventual places and no team knew this better than “Candice’s Team”, past champions and always very competitive. A new face in this team, Meri Sadrata, had a great race leg and her supporting teammates of Glenn Robinson, Jamie Donaldson, Aaron Graham, Candice Nobbs and James Walden pushed hard through the morning and reeled in most of the teams that started in front of them. The “Teachers’ sneaked past them and opened a big lead, but a very strong final leg run by Jamie Donaldson saw the two teams cross the finish line with the “Teachers “ winning that duel by just a nose, and taking second spot, after 25kms.

The dark horse in this year’s event was the team “Marshmahonys”, of Sue Mahony, Tracy Marsh and Paul Marsh. Made up of the oldest competitors in the race they enjoyed a healthy handicap advantage at the start and quickly secured the race lead before the second leg changeover at the school. It was “clear air” for the remainder of the race and a great display of seasoned running from this new team to the Around Island Relay. First across the line gave them the title on handicap, and an actual time of 2 hours and 8 minutes. Second placed team on handicap was the “Teachers”, with the fastest time of the day of 2 hours and 2 minutes with third place on handicap going to “Candice’s” team, who had an actual time of 2 hours and 5 minutes.

The best of the school students’ teams was the “Student All Stars” of Kai McKenzie, BB Morgan, Kyran Randall, Mason Wilkinson, Jacob Millett and TK Morgan. Finishing in 4th place overall, with an average age of 13, their actual time to run the 25 km course was 2 hours and 16 minutes.

Just after 9.30 am the last of the walkers and running teams had crossed the finish line and the mornings event was rounded off with a sausage sizzle in the compound for all competitors, family and friends before the prize giving with Brentt Jones, President of Athletics Norfolk Island, making presentations to the winners and place getters in each of the run and walks categories.

Athletics Norfolk Island would like to thank all those who assisted in making this years event another success particularly Rose Evans for managing entries and catering, Pauline Gardner, Jason Ellem, Rose and Brentt Jones on the water stations and of course the competitors, friends and families for their support. A special thanks to “Teddy” Evans for his outstanding culinary skills in preparing and delivering a champions sausage sizzle and refreshments.

Future dates for the Around Island Relay and Race have been confirmed and will be the first Sunday in November each year. So for 2016 please make a note in your diaries for Sunday 6 November 2016.

A note for athletes and supporters, the Norfolk Island “Gift” will be conducted on Saturday the 5th of December beginning at 2.00 pm at the Malcolm Champion Oval. Events will include the Norfolk Island Gas Centre 100metres, the World Traders 400 metres and the Middlegate Mile. With almost $3000 in prizes this is an event not to be missed. Entry to this event is free and open to all-comers. All competitors are age and sex factored to give everyone an equal chance of winning a great array of prizes.

For entries or additional information please contact Rose Evans (51151), Geoff Gardner (23050) or Brentt Jones (22355). Entries will need to be received by Rose Evans no later than Friday the 3rd of December.


The theme was set… A Day on the Green – A Melbourne Cup Warm Up…and we were off and racing for the inaugural Banyan Park Fun Golf Day held on Sunday 1st November.  The Golf Club was transformed with a sea of yellow roses to resemble Flemington on Cup Day and was filled with race-goers, jockeys, strappers and trainers for an afternoon filled with fun and laughter.  Close to 100 people filled the Club for the Calcutta and were kept well entertained by our MC and Auctioneer Extraordinaire Stephen ‘Cooky’ Gardiner.  Everyone was involved (whether they liked it or not), with Cooky catching bids from every angle.  Husbands were outbidding wives, parents and grandparents were bidding for their teams and many were bidding ‘just for a good cause.’  We had some expert drawers on the case being some of this year’s Banyan Park boys and girls carefully digging deep for the tickets (under close supervision of course).  Congratulations to all who won a prize!

Following the Calcutta, drinks and nibbles, it was then time for the golfers to hit the course and the spectators to enter the Gold Class marquee for high tea and VIP service. 

Over the next few hours the players battled it out on the course, and it certainly wasn’t your average game of golf with obstacles like a steeplechase, teeing off with ‘blinkers’ (or more accurately a blindfold), and competing in a horse race!  With everyone up for the challenge and completely immersed in the theme, it was a great time had by all.  It has been described by numerous visiting golfers as ‘the most fun ever had playing 9 holes of golf!’  

The fun didn’t stop there, following golf we had the running of “The Banyan Park Cup” where the 4 fastest ‘horses’ throughout the day took to the track again for the final.  Taking out this year’s Banyan Park Cup was Alan Bruschweiler (who has proudly carried his cup around all week).  Alan and his wife Leigh returned for their second Governor’s Cup this year and have now vowed to return again next year for Alan to defend his title!

Winning the 4 person Ambrose competition was the team of Errol Wilson, David McCowan, Geoff Wilson and Ian ‘Hussa’ Harris.  They were followed by  Mal Tarrant, James Walden, Jedd Gardner and Tony Watts in second place and Tanya Randall, Tane Cottle, Moonie and Diesel in third.  Play of the day went to Mandy Ellem and Gill Brown who teed off on the last hole and then retired to the verandah and left their team mates to bring it home for them…well played girls!  There were too many ‘best dressed’ to award just one, but special mention must be made to Jas and Karina…although some have suggested that Jas could qualify for best and worst!

A chocolate wheel loaded with prizes completed the festivities and ensured that (almost) everyone was a winner.  Apart from being a successful fundraiser, the day was also a fantastic display of community spirit, amazing support for our Preschool and a fantastic display of Norfolk hospitality for our visitors.  Due to popular demand the day will become an annual event so we look forward to seeing you all again next year!


Norfolk Naturals is a new venture by Maria Massey (with the help & support of my fantastic husband & beautiful son), making homemade natural soaps. I wanted to make an all-natural product with no nasties, no fake perfumes and no fake stuff, just beautiful oils that are good for the skin.


Our story is similar to so many, our son got eczema as a baby, fully covered from head to toe with this horrible skin condition. As it was so bad, we tried to help him with cortisone prescribed for him, after a few weeks it helped a bit but I didn’t want my 6 month old baby having all this chemical lotion on him. I started to research, looking for a natural solution. I tried countless natural lotions that helped for a little while or didn’t help at all, this brought me back to basics of natural oils. I discovered Castile Soap for the shower and along with natural oils being rubbed into my son’s skin, I managed to get rid of his eczema.


After moving home to Norfolk Island and not having access to the mainland shops (except mail order), this made me think what could I do to help my son continue to be eczema free with what I had readily available.  After doing more research I decided to make my own soap, as this is a big part of keeping the skin free of chemicals. After months of testing recipes, I have come up with some beautiful soaps and my son can use any of them without flare ups. Since selling my soaps at the markets and talking to people, I hear of so many people with skin problems that can’t use commercial soap.


First in the range of my homemade pure vegetable oil soaps was non-scented soaps for those with skin problems and for people that can’t tolerate smells or perfumes. I now also have scented soaps with essential oils & exfoliates for those that like natural but want smell, also in the range is “Shampoo Bar” made with Avocado & Flaxseed oil which is good for eczema & psoriasis, “Make-up Remover” which is totally natural and great at getting your face clean and leaving it moisturized, “Dirty Hands”-this soap has a natural coconut exfoliant and really gets the dirt off (tested for me by a very good friend who is a mechanic).


To buy online, please visit shop and if you are visiting the island, come see me at the Sunday markets or visit the shops that stock my soaps – Island Creations, Pharmacy in the Mall, Niow and Expressions. Dirty Hands soap can be found at Foodlands.


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