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THIS WEEKS RAVE - Two Sets of Rules?

Friday, November 01, 2019

I overheard a conversation in a local shop this week about a shipment of ginger that had arrived on Norfolk Island with dirt on it. A staff member was cleaning each tuber to ensure they were clean before they could be released and sold. Kudos to biosecurity for looking after us.

And yet, the pallets that arrived recently off the barge had dirt attached underneath them but no action was taken. This raving reporter wonders what inspections took place for said freight received off the barge.

What about the disappearing dead turtle mystery? One can safely assume that if you own the cameras, you don't need to worry about who is watching.


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Headstone Fluorescent Green

Friday, October 11, 2019

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Where do we stand now? A timeline of political events for Norfolk Island

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Norfolk Island is located in the South Pacific, with its closest neighbour New Caledonia situated 800km north. The island sits between New Zealand, 1120km North West of Auckland, and Australia, 1400km east of Brisbane. An island of only 5km by 8km (34km2 ) Norfolk has a population of 1,795 ordinary residents (Norfolk Island Administration, 2011, p.35), a multicultural community consisting of the original Pitcairn Island descendants, New Zealand and Australian citizens, as well as other nations like Fiji, America, and Russia. Norfolk Island has a rich history, with four distinct settlements – an early Polynesian settlement, two convict settlements and the current Pitcairn settlement. In 1856, after the abandonment of the British penal settlement, Her Majesty Queen Victoria’s Order-In-Council declared that Norfolk Island was to become a distinct and separate colony for the Pitcairn Islanders, those descendants from the Mutineers of the HMS Bounty. The 194 Pitcairn people took control of Norfolk Island, which was now their homeland. A self-governing people, the Pitcairners brought with them from Pitcairn their 39 laws, their language, their culture and their traditions.

From 1856 the Pitcairn people governed Norfolk Island until 1896, with their own laws including women’s suffrage. In 1896 plans were made to connect the Australian continent to North America with an undersea cable, which would pass through Norfolk Island. The soon- to- be Australian federation would at the same time commence the process to transfer the Norfolk Island Colony from Britain to Australia. The colonisation process continued until 1914 when Australia took control of Norfolk Island against the wishes of the Norfolk Island people.

Through the early and mid 20th century the Norfolk Island people continued to fight for their sovereignty. Australia refused to abide by its international obligations to list Norfolk Island with the United Nations as a Non Self-Governing Territory in 1946. By the 1970s the fight had grown to fever pitch and Norfolk Island achieved a limited form of Self-Government in 1979. It was originally intended that self-government would be partly funded from the resources of the island’s EEZ, such as fishing and exploration licences. However, within weeks of the granting of self-government, Australia claimed those waters as their own. Over the years, many other obstacles were placed before the island’s attempts to be sustainable, but with careful management, the island paid its way and provided a good standard of living for its people.

After the Global Financial Crisis in 2008, the Norfolk Island tax base was hit so hard that the island was forced to run a deficit budget and was required to seek modest financial assistance from the Australian Government. So started the ‘Road Map’ that was supposed to end with the island paying Australian Income Taxes, but with the island’s Self-Governance remaining and improving.

In 2014, Gary Hardgrave, the selected Australian Administrator of Norfolk Island, misled the Australian Parliament when he stated that “change of governance arrangements is supported by a substantial majority of Norfolk Island residents”. Although some local residents expressed their wishes for economic growth and improved roads (for instance), they were clear that any arrangements needed to be of a collaborative nature.

On May 8th 2015 the Island’s parliament called for a referendum which resulted in 68% of the electorate voting overwhelmingly in support of their “right to freely determine their political status, their economic, social and cultural development”.  Australia chose to ignore the outcome of that referendum and disregard the rights of the Norfolk Island People, abolished the local government, and started its current taxation and governance arrangements. An example of the wastage and ludicrous nature of this arrangement is the perfect example of the footpath saga. Should people notice the concrete pathway running from the school down Queen Elizabeth Avenue, this was constructed by the community and cost approximately $30K to construct. The continuation of the pathway from Channers corner into town was constructed by the Australian government, cost approximately $500,000.00 (yes, that’s half a million dollars), is gravel and requires constant maintenance. This is a small example of how ridiculous and wasteful it is to continue governing Norfolk Island by Australian departments, and is testament to the temporary nature as the situation as it stands continues to be untenable.

In June 2015, the Australian government passes the "Norfolk Island Legislation Amendment Act 2015", which unilaterally set aside the democratically elected government in favour of Appointed Dependency Governance, in contravention of the democratically expressed will of the people of Norfolk Island.

On 25 April 2016 Mr Geoffrey Robertson QC, lodged a Petition with the United Nations in New York on behalf of the people of Norfolk Island.  The Petition which is addressed to the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonisation, requests that Norfolk Island be recognised and listed as a non-self-governing territory.

In May 2016, it was confirmed that Norfolk Island is a Non-Self-Governing Territory within the meaning of Article 73 of the United Nations Charter, in a confirmatory Joint Legal Opinion by Professor Vaughan Lowe QC (Emeritus Chichele Professor of Public International Law at Oxford University) and Dr Christopher Ward SC (expert in the field of international law (public and private) and a Senior Counsel for the State of New South Wales). This was a preliminary requirement for gaining listing at the United Nations.

Another preliminary requirement for gaining listing at the UN was a study into the ethnic and cultural distinctiveness of the Norfolk Island People by Emeritus Professor Peter Mulhausler, which confirmed that “the Norfolk Island People are distinct ethnically and/or culturally from the country administering it.”

During one of DIRDC’s briefings in 2018 to the then federal Minister, Sussan Ley, the Department of Infrastructure, Regional development and Cities (DIRDC), admitted that “The preamble was repealed from the NI Act by the Australian Government in 2015 as it was considered to be a necessary step for cultural inclusion, and disengagement of the Pitcairn stronghold and cultural exclusion that had previously occurred.” University of Wollongong Law Professor Dan Howard weighed in on the matter of the dissolution of elected government, arguing that: "Alarmingly, the amendments to the Norfolk Island Act (1979) also deleted all of the important Preamble to the Act that had acknowledged the distinct and close cultural connection of the Pitcairn descendants to Norfolk Island. This was a most serious development, purporting to obliterate all acknowledgement of Norfolk’s distinct culture by stroke of legislative pen."

On the 8th of March 2018, the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights was lodged with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, in Geneva.

Advisor and decolonization expert to the United Nations, Dr. Carlyle G. Corbin, publishes the ‘Assessment of self-governance sufficiency in conformity with internationally-recognised standards. Country: Norfolk Island’, in September 2018, concluding thatThe prevailing arrangement which has been unilaterally imposed represents a denial of the right to self-determination of the peoples of Norfolk Island.”

On the 10th December 2018, Geoffrey Robertson QC was advised of registration of the case, with a copy of this communication being sent to Australia, requesting any reply to be made to the Human Rights Committee within six months. Australia has been roundly criticized before for its “chronic non-compliance”. With the six-month deadline being in mid-June of 2019, Australia’s response to the Human Rights Committee is long overdue.

While the Norfolk Island People for Democracy are continuing to pursue the inscription on the United Nations List of Non Self-Governing Territories so that the Norfolk Island community can be free to determine their political status, their economic, social and cultural development; and while we wait for Australia’s response to the UN Human Rights Committee, October 2019 sees us busy moving forward with developing possible future governance arrangements that will address mistakes and roadblocks faced by past Norfolk Island governments. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” Please join us in the conversation. You can find us on our website: or Facebook:

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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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