News from the Tristan da Cunha Government, including the Governor, the Resident Administrator, Chief Islander and Tristan-related official events in the UK and abroad.

Anne Green receives her MBE Honour

Report and photos from James Glass and Fiona Kilpatrick

We are delighted to report that on Thursday 9th September 2021 a reception was held for the family of Mrs. Anne Green by the Administrator Fiona Kilpatrick and her husband, to award Anne her MBE medal, on behalf of HM the Queen for services to the community in Tristan da Cunha. We reported in December 2018 that Anne Green had been appointed an MBE in the 2019 New Year Honours List. However, the medal itself was delayed in the UK for more than two years because of the Covid pandemic.

Anne with her husband Joe and daughter Joanne.

Above: Anne with her husband Joe and daughter Joanne Green. Their other daughter, Iris Green, was overseas.


Right: Anne leading a service in St Joseph's Catholic Church

Anne Green with her brother James Glass
Anne with her brother James Glass
Anne leading a service in St Joseph's Catholic Church

Anne Violet Green was Born on the 21st March 1952 and spent her early years on Tristan da Cunha until her parents went to the Falklands Islands in 1959. Her mother died in the Falklands on the 10th March 1962, when she was only ten years old, after which time the family return to Tristan, where she was responsible for looking after the family at 13 years of age.

Anne was the first private secretary for the Administrators, before she accompanied her husband Joe to St Helena for mechanical training.

She has been a teacher since 1975, served as Deputy Head for many years and then Head and Education Officer, retiring at the end of 2017 after teaching for 42 years. She helped introduce and taught Tristan Studies, making sure the children were reminded of their culture and history. She is also a Tristan Guide, accompanying visiting tourists on tours.

Anne has also been an Island Council member for many years, and became the first woman to be elected as Chief Islander in 1988, serving until 1991 and again from 2003-2007. Anne is a highly respected member of the community and actively helps people in the community especially the elderly and those less fortunate than herself.

Like her Grandmother Agnes Rogers (née Smith) who was the founder of the Catholic community and a strong holder of the Catholic faith, Anne has been a Lay Minister in the Island Catholic Church for over 20 years, also leading services in the absence of a serving priest. In the early eighties she helped raise funds to build the first Catholic Church and have been instrumental in a number of charitable endeavours, for churches and shelters/soup kitchens in South Africa, such as Nazareth House and the Elim Night Shelter, De Grendel Lions Club, St Joseph's Catholic Church.

Citing Anne's qualities, Fiona said:

"Anne's leadership has been exemplary, particularly in driving changes to give the people of Tristan da Cunha a strong voice in their own government. In education, as a teacher and school Head, she was a role model for her colleagues and all those she taught. And her spiritual leadership has made a huge contribution to the community. I would also mention her dignity and kindness, which we all know and appreciate. Her kind and considerate manner has earned her considerable respect and the whole community owes her a great debt of gratitude for supporting the community over many years."

Anne Green MBE with her grandchildren

Anne with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Back (L-R): Rachel Green, Anne's husband Joe, Caryn Green, Sasha Swain, and Noah Swain held by his father Jason Green
Front: Sophie Swain, and Anne holding Jake Swain.

Two New Island Councillors Sworn In

Report and Photo from Joint Administrator Fiona Kilpatrick

New Island Councillors Terence Green and Vera Glass

New Island Councillors Terence Green and Vera Glass in the Council Chamber at their swearing in.

The Island Council met for an informal meeting on the 27th August 2021. Two new Councillors were sworn in at the meeting:  Vera Glass and Terence Green.

Message for Tristan da Cunha's Anniversary Day

Tristan's flag flying at the Palace of Westminster, London, for Anniversary Day 2021
Tristan's flag flying at the Palace of Westminster, London, for Anniversary Day 2021, alongside the Union flag, the Falkland Islands flag (celebrating Falklands Day), and the House of Commons flag
(Source: Twitter @CommonsSpeaker)
From Administrator Fiona Kilpatrick

As we celebrate the 205th Anniversary of the British settlement of Tristan da Cunha, we recall another year of challenges, from the continuing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, to the welcome arrival of vaccines from the United Kingdom.

Later this year we will mark the 60th anniversary of the 1961 Volcano, which had such a profound effect on the lives of Tristanians - effects which continue to this day. Sometimes it is such events, beyond our control, that remind us of the power of our planet, and the need to do all we can to protect it in the areas which we can control.

Today, I would particularly like to recall the establishment of the Tristan Marine Protection Zone (MPZ) in November last year, and I am happy to say that the Ordinance that will support the MPZ and its application has been signed by HE The Governor. Next month we hope to publish the Marine Management Plan which sets out the measures we plan to take for the MP, with the support of the UK Government Blue Belt. This is another moment on Tristan's journey to a more sustainable future, as well as a huge contribution to global efforts to conserve our environment, and address the effects of climate change.

Our friends around the world will join us in celebrating both the unique and wonderful place that is Tristan da Cunha, and that, on our day, we are giving a precious gift to them.

See: Marine Protection (Tristan da Cunha) Ordinance, 2021 and the notice in The St. Helena Government Gazette.

HE The Governor has also passed on a message of congratulation from Her Majesty the Queen to the Chief Islander, offering her best wishes to the islanders.

Fiona Kilpatrick

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Tender for the Design and Building of a Cargo Raft

The Government invites tenders for the design and building of a cargo raft for the island of Tristan da Cunha.
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Tristan da Cunha Government Records

This page provides downloads of Island Council minutes, public notices, budgets, and other official documents.
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Video conference with UK OT Minister on environmental matters

Acting Chief Islander Rodney Green meets with Lord Tariq Ahmad
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UKOT Political Council plans for crucial gatherings

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UK Overseas Territories Environment Council, April 2021

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