2 Dec 2013

Moves to bolster Pitcairn population

8:15 am on 2 December 2013

Pitcairn Island is making moves to bolster its dwindling population by encouraging descendants to return to live on the remote and rugged British territory.

The British government wants to see Pitcairn's population increase from the 50 there at the moment to about 80 by 2016.

The Pitcairn administration recently conducted a diasporasurvey to find out what would bring descendants back and the results are pending.

Governor Vicki Treadell, who is also the British High Commisioner to New Zealand, said the survey will help her get a better handle on what stops people returning and what barriers need to be overcome.

She said the island is small but beautiful and offers a unique lifestyle.