|Deputy Administrator takes up her post |
Tasha Reilly arrived aboard MV Edinburgh on Saturday 1st November 2008 to take up the new temporary post of Deputy to Tristan Administrator David Morley.
For a picture and details of Tasha's 5 month posting see Station News Page.
Chief Islander attends OTCC Meeting in London
For a full report and further news of Conrad's UK visit see the separate
Governor to visit Tristan in 2009
|David Morley Returns |
David Morley and his wife Jacki returned to Tristan aboard the MV Kelso on Saturday 21st September and took over again as resident Administrator from Chief Islander Conrad Glass who was acting Administrator since David's departure on 2nd July.
David carried out considerable business during his time in Cape Town, and we will be reporting on important news on the arrival of a new crane, further harbour refurbishment and progress towards re-building the fish factory shortly.
All Change at Tristan House
Cynthia Green reports that Charmaine Swain concluded her time as Tristan House Manager on 31st July 2008, and with effect from 1st August the House will be managed by Eugene and Joy Stoffberg. We hope to publish a separate page giving details and photographs of Tristan House before long.
|New staffing for Tristan House in Cape Town |
Tristan House will be managed by Charmain Swain from 1st June 2008 and the new driver is Eugene Stoffberg. Eugene is married to Islander Joy (see Repetto) and is well known to Islanders as former skipper of the fishing vessel MV Hilary and later fishing manager aboard MV Hekla. The Tristan Government thanks Charmain's husband Julian Swain for all his hard work in establishing Tristan House and running it so successfully over the years. Julian is now moving on to different work. Islanders will also be relieved that Tristan House remains open in the current economic climate.
Revised fees are being charged and can be checked on the Visits : Accommodation Page where we also hope to publish further details and images of Tristan House in due course.
|New Constitution for St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha |
A paper has been published by Governor Andrew Gurr on 28th April 2008 to inform a consultation on a revised constitution. We publish the paper in full on a new Constitution Reform Page to which further news of the development of this important issue will be added in due course.
|Chris Bates appointed Tristan da Cunha Government Representative in the UK |
Chris Bates has been appointed Tristan da Cunha Government Representative in the UK . Chris is 59 and lives in Birmingham . Before retirement in 2004 Chris had a wealth of employment experience, including: as a newspaper reporter; work for the BBC as a producer, broadcaster and press officer; and for the London Norwegian Embassy as a manager of their public relations programme. During self-employment from 1996 he did a variety work including television, publishing, and for companies in Belgium and Estonia.
Chris first became involved with Tristan da Cunha when he edited Conrad Glass’ book Rockhopper Copper in 2005 and he visited the island with his wife Julie on the 2006 Agulhas trip. Chris is a member of the Tristan da Cunha Association, contributing a first article on ‘Fergie’ Tractors to the February 2008 Newsletter and we look forward to hearing of his work to support the Tristan Government in the future.
This post was the first Tristan da Cunha appointment to be advertised on www.tristandc.com, and we await the appointment of a new manager for Tristan House in Cape Town which was also advertised on our South Atlantic Jobs page.
|The photograph above shows Chris on Tristan in 2006 with Inaccessible Island behind.|
|Budget Broadcast |
Administrator David Morley made an important Atlantic FM radio broadcast to the Tristan da Cunha community on Sunday 9th March. Effectively it was a budget speech, and sounded a warning that the Tristan Island Council needed to make some difficult decisions to limit spending and emphasised the importance of maximising income as for many years expenditure had exceeded income and reserves were at a dangerously low level.
Read the whole broadcast word for word on the separate Budget Broadcast 2008 page.
Message to Governor Gurr from Tristan da Cunha's Chief Islander Conrad Glass
On behalf of the people of Tristan I thank you for your message and welcome you to St Helena. We all hope that you and Mrs Gurr will settle in well and enjoy your stay at Jamestown . And we look forward to extending a warm Tristan welcome to you both as soon as the opportunity for a visit here presents itself.
Your advice about financial matters comes at an opportune moment. It is clear that we face some difficult decisions during the next few months and I shall ensure that I and my fellow Councillors provide strong and sensible leadership during the stormy waters which lie ahead.
I know we can count on your support and advice, and that of your Administrator, to see us through.
Conrad Glass 19th November 2007
New Governor Andrew Gurr's Message
As I said in my Inaugural address, I’m absolutely delighted to be here. But as I spoke mostly about St Helena I wanted to send you all a more personal message of greetings and good wishes, and let you know some of my thinking on matters that relate specifically to Tristan.
I’m aware that you face some tough challenges in the next two or three years. In the short term, to get the harbour repaired, so that it’s still there when the refurbishment project begins. I’m pleased to hear that there now seems a very real likelihood that something, at last, is going to be done. And the future of the lobster concession – I applaud Councillors for deciding to try and secure a better deal from Ovenstone and I had a very useful meeting with Andrew James in London as well as having time, during my journey, to read the documentation surrounding their proposal. I shall be following developments closely.
But, as you all know, the underlying challenge on Tristan is a financial one. So long as you continue to spend more than you earn, and your Reserves accordingly dwindle, your future remains uncertain. This puts at risk the independence that you enjoy, and of which you are all rightly so proud. A great deal of what I said in my Address applies here – I hope the island Councillors will take a strong lead in helping my Administrator to submit to me a sensible budget following the current Estimates round.
I also meant what I said when I referred to my visiting Tristan. I want to come as soon as possible and David Morley and I will be working on plans for a visit at an appropriate time.
Andrew Gurr 12th November 2007
All change at the Residency
Incoming Administrator David Morley and his wife Jacki, left, were only able to briefly meet outgoing Administrator Mike Hentley and his wife Janice on Wednesday 12th September as the Hentley's were hailed to join the last evening helicopter flight to make sure they were aboard SA Agulhas as deteriorating weather brought forward the onward journey to Gough Island.
New Governor Appointed
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have announced the appointment of the new Governor for St Helena its Dependencies of Tristan da Cunha and Ascension on 18th September 2007.
Mr Andrew Gurr has been appointed Governor of St Helena in succession to Mr Michael Clancy. Mr Gurr is married with two children, and he will take up his new appointment in November 2007.
Andrew has wide and interesting experience in business and in South Atlantic Government posts including
2002 - 2007 Non-Executive Chairman of the Cheshire and Warrington Learning and Skills Council and Chairman of ACWI Consultants Ltd
tristandc.com's manager looks forward to news of the Governor's first visit to Tristan da Cunha and hopes this may be aboard the RMS St Helena which has unfortunately abandoned regular trips to St Helena's southern outpost.
New Administrator David Morley arrives
David Morley became Tristan da Cunha's 20th resident Administrator on Wednesday 12th September when he was formally sworn in at a ceremony in the Council Chamber. David is pictured left with his wife Jacki, who is accompanying him during his Tristan sojourn. David was welcomed ashore during a Reception on Wednesday evening at the Prince Philip Hall hosted by Chief Islander Conrad Glass. Outgoing Administrator Mike Hentley and his wife Janice joined SA Agulhas as the ship continued to Gough Island on the first leg of their return to England.
30th June 2007 - Mike Hentley returns for his final stint as Administrator
Mike Hentley returned from Cape Town for his final few months as Administrator and takes the reins from Acting Administrator and Chief Islander Conrad Glass. Mike and Janice Hentley will depart on the October Agulhas voyage as David Morley takes over as the new Administrator. David will be accompanied by his wife Jacki.
Tristan da Cunha Island Council Election 2007
Conrad Glass elected Chief Islander
Pictured left is Tristan da Cunha's Police Inspector Conrad Glass who becomes the 6th islander to be elected Chief. Conrad is the great-great-great grandson of Corporal William Glass who founded the Tristan community. Conrad is the son of Edwin (Spike) and Monica Glass and lives with his wife Sharon and son Leon.
Previous elected Islanders have been :
Harold Green 1970-1973; 1979-1982 and 1985-1988
Election Day Report from Administrator Mike Hentley
Turnout was slightly down from the usual 60-70% at the elections held on Monday 19th March 2007 for Chief Islander and for eight elected Island Councillors. Bad weather had delayed until that morning the visit of the first cruise ship of the season, the 'National Geographic Endeavour' - originally due over the weekend. Although the polling station opened early to enable those involved with the visit to vote before going to work, it may be that some community members were either too busy to vote or simply forgot to do so in all the excitement.
Hospital Polling Station
Islander casting his vote in the Tristan da Cunha Island Council Election Polling Booth inside the Camogli Hospital Polling Station presided over by Medical Officer Dr Carel Van de Merwe.
New Island Council
For the Island Council, it seems that voters were looking for some new faces as none of the five candidates standing for re-election were successful this time round. The new team include both Connie and James Glass, Lorraine Repetto and Iris Green of Finance Department, Postmaster Ian Lavarello and Lillie Swain from the Post Office, Dereck Rogers the Agricultural & Veterinary Officer, and Robin Repetto, an electrician working for PWD.
In addition to the elected Island Council, three former Chief Islanders - Lewis Glass, Anne Green and Harold Green have been appointed by Administrator Mike Hentley.
See also Island Council page
500th Anniversary Presentation
See also RMS St Helena Cruise for further details of the Quincentenary Celebrations