Tristan da Cunha Government News Abroad
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Nature links-up the South Atlantic

In March, Tristan's UK Representative Chris Carnegy travelled to St Helena for a series of meetings that shone a spotlight on the natural assets of the South Atlantic.

Report and Photos
from Tristan Government
UK Representative Chris Carnegy

I'd been to St Helena on the RMS, but was intrigued to experience a flight to the new airport - and quite a flight it was. Leaving Johannesburg, we re-fuelled at Walvis Bay in Namibia, and all felt normal until the last phase of the approach. Then, with rocks already looming beside us, the aircraft sharply dropped towards the concrete, a result of the infamous 'wind shear'. Passengers gasped, the pilot applied full power, and we avoided a nasty thump by regaining enough lift to allow a landing on the further half of the runway. Pilots would call that a 'sporting' landing!
Left: Boarding gate at Johannesburg Airport
The Airlink Plane at St Helena Airport on 9th March
Delegates arrive at St Helena (Chris second on the left)

It was the concept of 'natural capital' that brought delegates from many parts of the world to St Helena. The idea is to ascribe a value to many aspects of nature, everything from fish to healthy walks in the countryside. The numbers can then aid decision-making; on building plans, allocation of public funds, conservation work and more. I was invited to chair the first morning, starting with an introduction for the Governor, HE Lisa Honan. Three days of discussions followed, and my report back to the island is brimming with contacts and ideas from the sessions – on topics as varied as tourism development and composting. On behalf of Tristan's director of fisheries Cllr James Glass, who'd hoped to attend but had to relinquish his berth to Cape Town, I also gave two presentations. The first was a general introduction to Tristan da Cunha, while the second explored the importance of Tristan's existing fisheries to its economy and well-being. That talk brought admiring comments from St Helenians, impressed by the financial earnings for the island from a sustainable fishery and by the community joint effort involved.

Chris with Governor HE Lisa Honan
on 10th March

The conference marked the conclusion of a project that has ranged across all the UK south Atlantic territories. It will generate a comprehensive dossier about Tristan, with specific themes including development of the tourist trade, future fishing, and the risk of landslides.

Right: Chris (centre) taking part in the
Blue Belt Workshop on 11th March

Alongside the main conference, I took part in a one-day workshop on the progress of the 'Blue Belt' marine-protection programme across the south Atlantic. The UK's Marine Management Organisation was in town and it's an important time for Tristan: the incoming council will use expert evidence from MMO and others to decide what form of ocean protection is best. Delegates were left in no doubt; this challenge is different to that in St Helena or South Georgia, because Tristan already combines a permanent population, vital commercial fisheries, and a proud tradition of environmental stewardship.

With Ascension Island Conservation Director Dee Baum at the Governor's Residence - Plantation House on 12th March.

HE watches Chris introduce Tristan da Cunha 
to the delegates on 12th March.

Chris making a presentation about Tristan Fisheries on 13th March.

Chris with members of the St Helena Legislative Council on 15th March.

A further appointment was with members of St Helena's Legislative Council. We gathered in their Chamber in Jamestown's Castle and I offered greetings from Tristan and a briefing on issues of joint interest. The two islands will be making similar representations to the UK on long-term funding for the territories after Brexit. Developing our education and training links is a real possibility, especially with the prospect of flights from Cape Town to St Helena. And safeguarding our precious environments will always be a common priority.

The week brought a happy surprise: Neil Foster, who's raised funds for Tristan after having spent time on the island back in 2010, is now working on St Helena as a business adviser. Neil and his family welcomed me into their home for a delightful evening away from the conference bustle. It was great to see him as passionate as ever in support of Tristan (and to meet his daughter Arisa, thought to be the youngest Life Member of the Tristan da Cunha Association!)

Left: Chris with Neil Foster and his family at their St Helena home on 13th March.

This busy and stimulating week brought a host of useful ideas, and also renewed and strengthened links between islands that are joined as well as separated by the waters of the south Atlantic. Oh, and the take-off homewards was wonderfully smooth!

Blue Belt talks at London Zoo

Report and photos from Tristan Government UK Representative Chris Carnegy

On January 16th, Tristan's UK Representative Chris Carnegy took part in an event organised by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO). Held at London Zoo, it was aimed at glimpsing the future of 'Blue Belt' fishery surveillance and enforcement after the Overseas Territories' new marine protection schemes are all in place in 2020. Partners explored what technology might be part of the OTs' future toolkit. 

Given its vast size, it is believed that policing Tristan's ocean zone will always require a solution such as satellite monitoring, with compliance achieved through work with flag states and regional fisheries management organisations.

Delegates were shown a presentation by the Ocean Mind monitoring organisation that mapped shipping activity in Tristan waters.

A further session later this year will look at specific (existing and emerging) technology ideas.

Photos show -

With event host Katie MacPherson of MMO;

Delegates discuss policing the Tristan ocean zone


Below left:

Chris with Mark Causon
of Andrew Weir Ship Management.

MBE for Anne Green

Report from the Editor

Anne with school pupils at her retirement assembly in May 2018

We are delighted to report that Anne Violet Green has been appointed as a MBE by HM The Queen for services to the community in Tristan da Cunha in the 2019 New Year Honours List.

Anne Green became a teacher in 1975, served as Deputy Head for many years and then became Head and Education Officer in October 2010. She retired at the end of the 2017 academic year, after 42 years of teaching generations of island children.

Anne with her family ex-pupils in May 2018:
Left with daughters Joanne and Iris and grand-children Sasha, Rachel and Caryn;
Right with brother James, his daughter Sarah and her sons Kieran and Connor.

Chief Islander Anne with Administrator Mike Hentley (far left, now Vice-Chair of the Tristan Association)
and fellow Island Council members during her second term of office in 2004.

Anne Green 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. She represented Tristan at Government meetings in the UK, where her calm leadership gained her great respect.

Leaving Tristan
as Chief Islander
with husband Joseph
aboard the Agulhas' helicopter in 2004
for a trip to the UK.

Joseph was honoured
with an MBE in 2012.

Chief Islander Anne Green with Administrator Mike Hentley
welcoming HE Governor Mike Clancy to Tristan
to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the discovery of Tristan in 2006.

Anne is also a leading member of Tristan’s small
but thriving Roman Catholic community,
serving as a Lay Minister
and leading services
in the absence of a serving priest
and alongside
her brother James.


The photo left
shows Anne
at the
2015 joint
Remembrance Service
in St Joseph's
Catholic Church.

Anne Green’s contribution to the Tristan da Cunha community has been huge and her MBE appointment warmly welcomed. Administrator Sean Burns led the contratulations for Anne by acknowledging the well- deserved award and Chief Islander Ian Lavarello commented ‘Fantastic news, well deserved’.

Her leadership in the fields of education, church and on the Island Council is a unique achievement, and of the highest order in the history of the Tristan community. Therefore, Anne's appointment as a MBE by The Queen is an appropriate accolade on her retirement from teaching.

Of course, islanders never retire. Anne’s work as a Lay Minister continues and she will no doubt be active in the village community, supporting her family and others. Like all islanders, Anne will also be busy every day of the year tending stock and crops, preparing wool and knitting. As an example of the latter, we featured a thank-you letter from Australia this month (December 2018) for a beautifully knitted pair of ‘Love Socks’ – knitted by Anne.


JMC Week Highlights

Tristan at centre stage of Overseas Territories' big week
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Chief Islander in London Day 4

Meetings with Lord Ahmad and conservation experts
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Chief Islander in London Day 3

JMC Council and meeting Duke of York
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Chief Islander in London for JMC Week

Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council week 2018 gets underway.
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Chief Islander in London Day 2

Overseas Territories JMC Meetings and dinner at Buckingham Palace
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Chief Islander takes part in conservation talks

Meetings in Peterborough and Sandy
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