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Pitcairn Island. The maintainer of this site is Chris Double.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Wednesday, 4th December, 2013
Radio New Zealand has a transcript of the radio segment mentioned in
the previous post.
Pitcairn Island is making moves to bolster its dwindling population by encouraging descendants to return to live on the remote and rugged British territory.
The United Kingdom government wants to see Pitcairn's population increase from the 50-odd there at the moment to about 80 by 2016.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Monday, 2nd December, 2013
Radio New Zealand has a short segment on Pitcairn Island looking to boost their population. It has interviews with Meralda Warren, Brenda Christian, and Nadine Christian.
Friday, November 29, 2013
Friday, 29th November, 2013
Friday marks the 175th anniversary of Women's Suffrage on Pitcairn
Island. Pitcairn was the first country in the world to grant suffrage
Women. The Adventist
Press Service notes the occasion:
Of the upcoming anniversary, one Pitcairn woman said, according to the
Pitcairn Islands Study Center, based in Angwin (California/USA): "I am
proud that my ancestors valued women enough to give them educational
opportunities as well as voting rights along with the men for such a
long time before any other country did. And it was all done without
demonstrations, hunger strikes and other pressure tactics we see today
in so many countries of the world."
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Wednesday, 13th November, 2013
From Pitcairn Travel's and Meralda Warren's Facebook posts we get the Pitcairn Island election results:
Mayor: Shawn Christian
Deputy Mayor: Brenda Christian
Councillors: Charlene Warren
Pitcairn Travel notes that this is a majority of Women in the
council. Quite timely since apparently at the end of November it's the
175th anniversary of Women's Suffrage on the island (Women got the vote in 1838 on Pitcairn).
The new mayor, Shawn Christian, was the islander who took me Down Rope when I was visiting the island. I'm sure he'll make a great Mayor and I look forward to the growth in the Island.
Congratulations to all those involved.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Tuesday, 15th October, 2013
From the Pitcairn and Norfolk Islands Society facebook page comes information about a 'Pitcairn Diaspora Survey'. The intent of the survey is find out from Pitcairn island descendants if there is potential interest, and under what circumstances, they might consider returning to live on Pitcairn Island. Details are below:
CONTACTING PITCAIRN DESCENDANTS
The population of Pitcairn is currently around 50 and the Pitcairn Islands Council is looking to increase the population count over the coming few years. The Council is therefore supporting a Diaspora Survey and an Economic Report on the Pitcairn Islands to gain more information. Kirsty Burnett and Rob Solomon (from Solomon Leonard Ltd) have been contracted to undertake the work.
The Economic Report follows up on the Pitcairn Islands Council's Strategic Development Plan which recognizes the need to increase the population count through encouraging some of the Pitcairn diaspora to return and settle on Pitcairn. The report will review existing economic analysis, make an assessment of Pitcairn's economy, and provide recommendations on the way forward.
The Diaspora Survey will ascertain potential interest in and the conditions under which Pitcairn descendants would return and live on Pitcairn. While there is a good starting base to send the Survey questionnaire to, it is really important that as many descendants as possible have the opportunity to complete the questionnaire.
So if you are a descendant or have family/friends/colleagues that know any Pitcairn descendants or have any relevant or interesting information please get in contact with Kirsty (details below) or the Pitcairn Islands Office in Auckland, New Zealand (through website http://www.government.pn). Kirsty Burnett, mobile in NZ is [redacted], e-mail: Kirsty@solomonleonard.co.nz. Thank you.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Wednesday, 23rd January, 2013
On January 23rd 1790 HMAV Bounty was burnt in Bounty Bay, Pitcairn Island, by the mutineers. This day is celebrated on Pitcairn Island with a burning of a model of the Bounty and a community gathering. In recognition of this day the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London is flying the Pitcairn Island flag.
Pitcairn Islander Nadine Christian has written a post about Bounty Day on Pitcairn.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Monday, 3rd December, 2012
Pitcairn, An Underwater Bounty:
The community of the Pitcairn Islands, the National Geographic Society and the Pew Environment Group have come together to call for the establishment of a large highly protected marine reserve within the exclusive economic zone (the area of ocean from the shoreline out to 200 nautical miles) of the Pitcairn Islands.