09 December, 2012
Reporter: Ross Coulthart
Producer: Mick O’Donnell
It’s one of the most beautiful and remote places on earth – but can it survive into the 21st century?
Pitcairn Island rises from the Pacific Ocean some 8000km east of Australia, roughly halfway between New Zealand and South America. It’s a tropical paradise, but with an aging population of just 54 people, the island is in dire need of new blood. Otherwise, within 10 years, there won’t be enough people in the workforce to actually keep the island running.
Nearly all those who live on Pitcairn are descendants of the Bounty mutineers and the Tahitians who came with them. The island’s recent history has been just as turbulent, with cases of child abuse rocking the close-knit community.
Reporter Ross Coulthart’s guide for the trip, Jacqui Christian, is a 7th generation descendent of Fletcher Christian, who lead the Mutiny on the Bounty. Given the island’s dark history, she’s keen for its inhabitants to make a fresh start, enticing tourists and new residents to the remote paradise.
Jacqui runs Pitcairn Travel, a boutique travel service to Pitcairn Island.CONTACT SUNDAY NIGHT