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Training for Pitcairn

Saturday, August 23, 2008

As the Minister responsible for the British Overseas Territories Meg was interested to understand the preparations that individuals may have to take when moving to work in some of the remotest of them. Whilst in New Zealand, she and the British High Commissioner, George Fergusson, spoke by videolink to a child protection training course being run in Auckland for a range of individuals going out to live and work on Pitcairn.


The Pitcairn Islands are a group of four volcanic islands in the southern Pacific Ocean. The islands are a British Overseas Territory, the last remaining in the Pacific. Only Pitcairn Island the second largest is inhabited, with about 50 people living there. The British High Commissioner for New Zealand is the Governor of Pitcairn.


The inhabitants of this tiny economy exist on fishing, subsistence farming, and handicrafts. The major sources of revenue are the sale of postage stamps to collectors, honey, and the sale of handicrafts to passing ships, most of which are plying the UK to New Zealand route via the Panama Canal. Trade is restricted by the jagged geography of the island, which lacks a harbour or airstrip, forcing all trade to be made by longboat to visiting ships.

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