Pacific Peace 2020

Pacific Peace 2020

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Date

08 August 2020 - 15 August 2020

Price

from $1139 pp twin share

Details

More than 15 events will be held between 8-15 August 2020 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII in the Pacific and Norfolk Island's significant contribution to the war effort.

Holiday Package Inclusions

Return ‘seat and bag’ airfare to Norfolk Island
Meet & Greet at Norfolk Island Airport
Return airport transfers on Norfolk Island
7 nights twin share accommodation
7 days car hire – petrol additional
Complimentary ‘Mini Golf’ & ‘A Walk in the Wild’ & free bonus gift redeemable at The Bounty Centre
Bonus Norfolk Island discount shopping card

Event Details

Pacific Peace 2020 is an initiative of The Norfolk Island RSL Sub-Branch and the community of Norfolk Island in association with the Norfolk Island Regional Council (NIRC), and the Commonwealth of Australia to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII in the Pacific and Norfolk Island's significant contribution to the war effort. 

More than 15 events will be held between 8-15 August 2020 to celebrate 75 years of peace in the Pacific.

See event program below. 

Norfolk Island's Contribution to the War Effort

Norfolk Island contributed greatly to the world war efforts with the highest per capita personnel involvement in the Commonwealth nations of the world for both WWI and WWII. 

The island was a key contributor as a forward base for aircraft and the New Zealand Army, as one of the links in the supply chain to activities happening further north, and also as a hub for radio and radar transmissions to assist the allies with primary intelligence on ship locations, movements and strategies.

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On 1 September 1939 Britain and France declared war on Germany who had invaded Poland, Australia and New Zealand immediately followed suit in support of Britain. Norfolk Island's population at the time was only 983 people – 513 males and 470 females. Some 280 men and women from Norfolk Island volunteered and joined Australian and New Zealand forces during WWII.  Life was to change dramatically for the islanders with the arrival of servicemen from Australia, New Zealand and the US, eventually more than doubling the population.

The Norfolk Island Infantry Detachment (NIID) was created on 14 September 1939 and became a training facility for overseas service by islanders as well as home security, protecting the all-important cable station linking New Zealand and Australia.

Another huge change for the island brought about by WWII was the construction of an airfield which was completed and operational on 25 December 1942 when he first New Zealand Air Force plane landed on Norfolk Island’s new runway. The island became a key airbase and refuelling depot between Australia and New Zealand, and New Zealand and the Solomon Islands  Prior to the construction of the airfield, transport of personnel and supplies to Norfolk Island was possible only by ship.  

Due to the Japanese agreeing to surrender on the 14/15 August 1945, and the war in the Pacific officially ending on 2 September 1945, with the signing of the formal surrender onboard USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay Japan, it was agreed that the island's defences be maintained by the RNZAF until July 1946.

Package Prices

08 - 15 August 2020 depart Brisbane from $1139 per person twin share
07 - 14 August 2002 depart Sydney from $1189 per person twin share

Event Program

We highly recommend purchasing the additional Pacific Peace 75th Anniversary Package – $550pp. Package includes:

PACIFIC PEACE WELCOME DINNER

Join us for a delicious three-course dinner accompanied by light entertainment inspired by the swinging Big Band era.

COMMEMORATIVE CHURCH SERVICE

Held at All Saints Church, Kingston. Join Norfolk Island families to pray and give thanks to those that served and returned and to pay respect to those that did not return.

WARTIME DINNER

Relive the camaraderie of war time over a three course dinner with fare that you’ll fondly remember. Come dressed in that era’s period attire. Listen to stories from the era and enjoy a short show that’ll bring tears to your eyes.

RSL REDEDICATION OF THE PINES AT KINGSTON

Pines were planted and dedicated to the families of those who were killed in conflict. After the dedication we will enjoy socialising with a morning tea.

LUNCH AT THE RSL CLUB

A launch of the bestselling book by Ron Nobbs about the unity of Islanders who left their home shores (some for the very first time) to go to war in WWI and WWII. An incredible recollection of historical facts about where and who they served and who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

RSL MEMORABILIA DISPLAY

Visit a fascinating display of RSL memorabilia in the Supper Room at Rawson Hall. RSL members will guide you as you view the artefacts of the era.

TOUR OF HISTORIC WORLD WAR II LOCATIONS

Norfolk Island was a strategic location for the Allies during World War II, consequently there were many lookout and gunner positions dotted around its coastline. Explore these sites and hear the stories of what it was like during the war.

CELEBRATE PEACE NIGHT

Join us in the World Heritage-listed Compound at Kingston – where Norfolk Islanders traditionally gather for celebrations and events – for the ‘Celebrate Peace’ night. Purchase your evening meal from one of the many food stalls offering plenty of different options, along with a drink from the bar. This popular event is open to the public, so join the locals for a chat.

FISH FRY EN WETLS DINNER

There will be a spread of salads, island dishes and traditional coconut bread with freshly fried fish in the Compound at Kingston. It follows with island desserts and tea or coffee. A bar will be onsite for self-purchase of drinks. The night will conclude with fireworks.

THE PACIFIC PEACE 2020 STREET PARADE

From the Bicentennial Complex in town to the Norfolk Island RSL Club, see vintage vehicles, a variety of floats and our Military band.

TOP GUN AVIATOR PARTY

Come dressed as your favourite aviator and enjoy a three-course dinner followed by live entertainment. Jive ‘n’ swing dance the night away as we celebrate this historic event.

CONSECRATION OF THE RSL COMMEMORATIVE MONUMENT & TREE PLANTING

Join the NI RSL Sub Branch in recognising all Servicemen and Servicewoman who has served since the Korean War. Includes morning tea.

WAR MOVIES

Screened at Ferny Lane Theatre.

AIRCRAFT TOURS

Available at the airport.

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Terms and Conditions

Please note prices are current today and subject to change without notice up until time of final payment and ticketing.

Conditions/Cancellation penalties

Please note non-refundable deposit of $200 per person due upon confirmation of booking. Full payment is due prior to 10 June 2020. Airfare is subject to availability and non-refundable after issue. Changes are permitted until day before departure however date/route changes can only be made within 7 days travel dates either side of your original booked travel dates. Amendments, upgrades and name changes are NOT permitted within 24 hours prior to departure. Payment of a change fee (per passenger) applies plus any applicable upgrade fees to cover the difference between the original fare and the new fare. Accommodation cancellation penalties apply within 90 days prior to travel. Within 60 days of travel, up to 100% cancellation fees may apply. We strongly recommend travel insurance to protect you in some instances for unforeseen cancellation.

Payment Options

Prices shown are in Australian dollars unless otherwise stated (New Zealand prices indicated by NZ$ prefix). Prices are valid for payment by personal or bank cheques or by direct deposit into Norfolk Island Travel Centre client trust account. If you prefer to pay by Visa or Mastercard please note credit card surcharge of 1.5% applies to AUD prices.

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