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  • All’s (not so) well in paradise Nice sea views may ‘nourish the soul’ but certainly not the stomach. While hunger may not be rampant on our island, recent findings warn of a growing gap between those that have and those that do not.Without being alarmist, Great Barrier Island does fall into the lowest decile category in New Zealand, with half of residents getting by on less than $16,300 per annum. This compares with a median of $32,400 for the entire Waitemata/Gulf Ward. The low average income accounts for the fact that the number of people with support has grown by nearly 10% since 2009, mostly those receiving accommodation supplements because of low income.Nearly 50% of residents are living alone, and nearly ...
    Posted May 2, 2012, 6:23 PM by Admin Moderator
  • A short history of Great Barrier Airlines In February 1983 Jim Bergman wrote a letter to the Great Barrier Island newsletter, the Barrier Bulletin, advising Barrier residents that “Island Air Services” had applied to the Air Services Licencing Authority for an Air Service Certificate to allow air charter, air taxi, scenic and joy riding flights from Great Barrier Island as well as a non-scheduled timetabled air service between Great Barrier Island and Auckland. So begins a history of GBA written on a private blog documenting the stories of smaller airlines around the country. The three-part series is a fascinating account of the well known island operator.Read the blog 3rd level New Zealand here.For more background, the author, Steve Lowe, has compiled an index ...
    Posted Feb 16, 2012, 4:21 PM by Admin Moderator
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