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Pitcairn Islands

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Sunday, 17 June, 2012, 12:00am

Teacher wanted: must be willing to relocate to Earth's end

One of the smallest and remotest remnants of the former British empire is looking for a new teacher, but only the adventurous and self-sufficient need apply.

Pitcairn Island, a speck in the Pacific Ocean halfway between New Zealand and South America, has a population of just 45.

23 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Bounty mutineers' descendants struggle to keep language afloat

One of the world's rarest languages is struggling to survive, despite a concerted campaign by inhabitants of Norfolk Island, a remote Australian territory in the South Pacific.

6 May 2006 - 12:00am

British blueprint to double numbers on troubled Pitcairn

Britain has announced it wants to double the population of Pitcairn Island, its last imperial outpost in the Pacific, which last year attracted international attention with revelations of systematic sexual abuse.

23 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Media invasion threatens island's 214 years of secrets

The sex trial of half its menfolk is an unwelcome intrusion

The media has come to Pitcairn, and the Pitcairners are not happy.

The fabled South Pacific island settled by Fletcher Christian and his fellow mutineers has spent two centuries shielding itself from the glare of publicity.

29 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Evil under the sun

It could have come straight from the pages of an Agatha Christie novel. An attractive young woman leaves the big city and starts a new life on an idyllic holiday island. Outgoing and vivacious, she has a string of affairs with local men.

9 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Logistical nightmare looms over Pitcairn sex abuse trial

A New Zealand court has ordered a trial which will be one of the hardest in the world to organise.

The court last week ruled that seven men from the tiny British dependency of Pitcairn Island, who are accused of having sex with under-age girls, should face trial on the island itself.

5 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Sex abuse trial may devastate Pacific islanders

The impending trial of a group of men from Pitcairn Island, the most far-flung relic of the British Empire, could lead to the extinction of the tiny South Pacific community.

14 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

Sad solace on island laid bare

To call Pitcairn a dot on the map is to do it an injustice. Truly, this tiny island stuck halfway between New Zealand and South America with only a couple of coral outcrops for company has a dwindling population of 37 and an economy that relies on outside help for everything except the most basic foodstuffs. But its history dwarfs its five square kilometres of hilly land.

4 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

Winchester chases diminishing empire

FAST on the heels of our story last week about esteemed scribe Simon Winchester's proposed trip to remote Pitcairn Island on a New Zealand navy frigate, a distinguished-sounding gentleman called us to cast light on the nature of Simon's trip to the far-away South Pacific island.

12 Apr 1993 - 12:00am