The & # 39; heavenly & # 39; island that wants to leave Australia: people on a small idyllic island want to break free from the mainland and become part of New Zealand
- Norfolk Island residents want to leave Australia and become part of New Zealand
- The island is closer to New Zealand, despite being part of New South Wales
- A recent study showed that 37 percent want a free association with New Zealand
- One in four residents wanted to be completely independent of each country
Norfolk Island residents want to officially leave Australia and become part of New Zealand, a new survey has revealed.
Although it is technically part of New South Wales, the small idyllic Pacific Island is actually closer to the northern island of New Zealand.
A recent survey of more than 450 of the 1,800 residents showed that 35 percent wanted a free association with Australia and 37 percent wanted a free association with New Zealand.
It also discovered that one in four residents wanted to be completely independent of each country, while only three percent wanted to integrate with mainland Australia.
A survey of more than 450 of the 1,800 residents of Norfolk Island showed that 37 percent wanted free association with New Zealand (photo: Norfolk Island)
Although it is technically part of New South Wales, the small idyllic Pacific Island is actually closer to the northern island of New Zealand
Norfolk Island was used as a penal colony after it was observed in 1774 by Captain Cook, who claimed the & # 39; paradise & # 39; called.
In 1914 the island became an external territory of Australia. It ruled itself for 40 years until Canberra dissolved its parliament and established a new regional council.
But Norfolk Islanders were not happy with the decision and were forced to pay federal income and corporate taxes when their local GST system was abolished.
New Zealand would give the island more freedom to control itself if they dumped Australia (photo: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern)
Former prime minister of the dissolved Norfolk Island government told Andre Nobbs stuff that he is not against the island becoming a territory of New Zealand.
& # 39; I personally would have no problems with that at all & # 39 ;, he said.
Nobbs said one of the benefits would be that New Zealand would give the island more freedom to rule itself.
& # 39; New Zealand has a track record in working with those areas to make them productive. Australia wants to make Norfolk Island a welfare state, & he said.
HISTORY OF NORFOLK ISLAND
Norfolk Island has a population of 1,892 inhabitants. The island is located 1,676 km northeast of Sydney and is approximately 8 km long and 5 km wide.
It is volcanic in origin, and is generally rugged terrain, with an average altitude of 110 m above sea level.
Captain Cook discovered the uninhabited island in 1774 and named the island for the Duke of Norfolk.
It became the second British possession in the Pacific when it was claimed by New South Wales in 1788 and settled by a small party, including 15 convicts.
After 26 years as a British penal colony, with a maximum of 1,100 convicts and free settlers, the island was abandoned in 1814 and the population largely removed to Tasmania.
In 1914, the colony under the Norfolk Island Act became a territory of the Australian Commonwealth.
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