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Ill Pitcairn Islander evacuated by long boat. | Radio New Zealand News


The Pitcairn Island Governor says the evacuation of a man by longboat was a challenging operation involving people in the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

via Ill Pitcairn Islander evacuated by long boat. | Radio New Zealand News.

Australian rep for Pitcairn Islands


Sydney-based Tropics Tourism and Marketing Services has been appointed to represent Pitcairn Islands Tourism to the Australian market.

via Australian rep for Pitcairn Islands.

Pitcairn drug bust yields 36 arrests


Seven more arrests were made in Pitcairn over the weekend in connection with a six-month undercover narcotics investigation that yielded warrants for 51 suspects, Pitcairn Police Chief Scott Farally said Tuesday.

Allegheny County police on Friday arrested 29 Pitcairn-area residents who were accused of being “low-level dealers,” as part of a sting that began about 6:20 a.m. and extended into the afternoon, Superintendent Charles Moffatt said.

via Pitcairn drug bust yields 36 arrests | TribLIVE.

Pitcairn Island looks to bolster dwindling population by luring descendants back


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.

Amelia Langford reports:

In earlier days, Pitcairn was most well known for being settled by Fletcher Christian who led a mutiny on The Bounty against Captain William Bligh in 1789. But for many now, the mention of Pitcairn Island brings to mind the high-profile sex abuse trials on the island in 2004. A seventh-generation islander, Meralda Warren, says that should now be put in the past.

via Pitcairn Island looks to bolster dwindling population by luring descendants back.

Pitcairn police looking into rash of burglaries


Local and county police are investigating a recent string of burglaries in Pitcairn.“It’s a serial burglar,” Pitcairn police Chief Scott Farally said last week.“It’s happening all hours of the day. We’re investigating it, which is all we can do right now.”Police suspect that in recent weeks, the same person or crew burglarized five homes when no one was there.

via Pitcairn police looking into rash of burglaries | TribLIVE.

Voters to decide which four will serve on Pitcairn Council


Five candidates are vying for four seats on Pitcairn Council in the Nov. 5 general election.

Council President John Prucnal and challengers Lorraine Myers, Dona Galia and James Rullo campaigned together as Democrats for the May primary.

via Voters to decide which four will serve on Pitcairn Council | TribLIVE.

Pitcairn Island sends out survey to lure diaspora home


Pitcairn Island is set to ask generations of its descendents whether they would consider moving back to the remote Pacific Island.

The population of the British overseas territory has plummeted in recent years to only 50 permanent residents, but previously peaked at 233.

via Pitcairn Island sends out survey to lure diaspora home.

Pitcairn hopes for tourism boost with new jetty


The government of Pitcairn Island is hoping for a forty percent boost in the number of tourists once a new jetty is built.The islanders have started preparatory work on the three million US dollar project being funded by the European Union.

via Pitcairn hopes for tourism boost with new jetty.

48 people living on world’s most remote isle get £8m handout | The Sun |News


Taxpayers have spent a staggering £8.3million propping up Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific in the past three years — 95 PER CENT of its entire budget.

Our giveaway keeps 31 working-age locals in tax-free public sector jobs — and funds a generous benefits and healthcare system.

Funding has soared six-fold since 2006 — partly due to a child sex scandal involving girls as young as 12.

via 48 people living on world’s most remote isle get £8m handout | The Sun |News.

Developers should build model villages that include varied architecture


Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, says that the countryside should not be considered sacred when it comes to building new homes (report, May 17).

Perhaps ministers should encourage the building of model villages? As a result of the Government reducing the range of “valid” categories of objection to the expansion of existing villages, the number of planning applications is running at unprecedented levels. There is a danger that the essence of village life will be lost in limitless expansion.

via Developers should build model villages that include varied architecture – Telegraph.