Is­land life: the ul­ti­mate self-suf­fi­ciency chal­lenge

When you live on a lit­tle is­land in the mid­dle of a big ocean, you have to make your block pay its own way in the most self-suf­fi­cient man­ner pos­si­ble.

NZ Lifestyle Block - - CONTENTS - WORDS & IM­AGES DIANA NOO­NAN

When you live on a lit­tle is­land in the mid­dle of a big ocean, you have to make your block pay its own way in the most self-suf­fi­cient man­ner pos­si­ble.

If there’s one thing life­style block­ers know, it’s how to work hard, and how re­ward­ing it is to live off your own patch of land. Ro­man­tic ideals of semi self-suf­fi­ciency are quickly tem­pered by the re­al­i­sa­tion that the cost (and work­load) of own­ing and op­er­at­ing a small hold­ing is not for the faint-hearted.

Pic­ture then, the added chal­lenge of mak­ing your liv­ing from the land on 34.5ha over 1000 kilo­me­tres across the sea from your near­est neigh­bour.

Nor­folk Is­land is pic­turesque, warm and wel­com­ing. Con­tented cows wan­der the road­sides, colour­ful birds dart be­tween the trees, the la­goon is filled with iri­des­cent co­ral and bright fish. There’s fine din­ing, quaint cafes and bou­tique wines and liqueurs, ev­ery tourist’s idea of heaven.

But if you’re a lo­cal land-holder, it takes a cer­tain de­gree of in­no­va­tion and courage to di­ver­sify to the ex­tent where you’re pro­vid­ing for your fam­ily.

To be a land-holder on Nor­folk Is­land re­quires a cer­tain de­gree of in­no­va­tio and courage.

Nor­folk Is­land’s grim past as a Bri­tish pe­nal colony is pre­served through the

Kingston World Her­itage Area.

Magnificent views from the James Cook mon­u­ment and look­out. Cook dis­cov­ered and named the is­land in 1774.

The hilly na­ture of the is­land pro­vides a

great early morn­ing walk work-out.

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