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Australia The 'paradise' island that wants to leave Australia: People on tiny idyllic isle want to break free from the mainland and become part of New Zealand

04:20  30 october  2019
04:20  30 october  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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The ' paradise ' island that wants to leave Australia : People on tiny idyllic isle want to break free from the mainland and become part of A recent survey found 37 per cent want free association with New Zealand . One-in-four locals wanted to be fully independent from from any country.

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a pool next to a body of water: A survey of more than 450 of Norfolk Island's 1,800 residents found that 37 per cent wanted free association with New Zealand (pictured: Norfolk Island)© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A survey of more than 450 of Norfolk Island's 1,800 residents found that 37 per cent wanted free association with New Zealand (pictured: Norfolk Island) Norfolk Island residents want to officially leave Australia and become part of New Zealand, a new survey has revealed.

Despite technically being a part of New South Wales, the tiny idyllic island in the Pacific Ocean actually sits closer to New Zealand's north island.

A recent survey of more than 450 of its 1,800 residents found that 35 per cent wanted free association with Australia, and 37 per cent wanted free association with New Zealand.

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Henderson Island is about the most remote place you can visit without leaving the planet. It sits squarely in the middle of the South Pacific, 3,500 miles from New Zealand in one direction and another 3,500 miles from South “Except for some narrow stretches of sandy beach, the rest of the island wants to kill you,” says Lavers. And those become buried—a permanent part of their island homes.

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It also found that one-in-four locals wanted to be fully independent from from any country, while just three per cent wished to integrate with mainland Australia.

a close up of a map: Despite technically being a part of New South Wales, the tiny idyllic island in the Pacific Ocean actually sits closer to New Zealand's north island© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Despite technically being a part of New South Wales, the tiny idyllic island in the Pacific Ocean actually sits closer to New Zealand's north island

Norfolk Island was used as a penal colony after it was sighted in 1774 by Captain Cook, who dubbed it 'paradise'.

In 1914, the island became an external territory of Australia. It governed itself for 40 years until Canberra dissolved dissolved its parliament and established a new regional council.

But Norfolk Islanders weren't happy with the decision, and were forced to start paying federal income and company tax when their local GST system was abolished.

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Jacinda Ardern holding a sign posing for the camera: New Zealand would give more free reign to the island to govern itself if they were to ditch Australia (pictured: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern)© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited New Zealand would give more free reign to the island to govern itself if they were to ditch Australia (pictured: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern)

Former chief minister of the disbanded Norfolk Island government Andre Nobbs told Stuff that he isn't opposed to the island becoming a territory of New Zealand.

'Me personally, I would have no problem with that at all,' he said.

Mr Nobbs said that one of the benefits would be New Zealand giving more free reign to the island to govern itself.

'New Zealand has a track record of working with those territories to make them productive. Australia wants to turn Norfolk Island into a welfare state,' he said.

HISTORY OF NORFOLK ISLAND

Norfolk Island has a population of 1,892 people. The island is 1,676 km northeast of Sydney, and about 8km long and 5km wide.

It is volcanic in origin, and its generally rugged terrain, with a mean elevation of 110 m above sea level.

Captain Cook discovered the uninhabited island in 1774 and named the island for the Duke of Norfolk.

It became the second British possession in the Pacific when it was claimed by New South Wales in 1788 and settled by a small party, including 15 convicts.

After 26 years as a British penal colony, with a maximum of 1,100 convicts and free settlers, the island was abandoned in 1814 and the population removed mostly to Tasmania.

In 1914, under the Norfolk Island Act, the colony became a territory of the Australian commonwealth.

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