Grocery Deliveries And A Ferry ‘That Makes You Green’…On The Other Side Of The World

stewart island ferryThe challenges of supplying groceries to our remote island community have featured in the newspaper of another, even more remote island community…12,000 miles away on the other side of the world!

Stewart Island lies 19 miles off the bottom tip of New Zealand’s South Island.

And this month’s edition of the Stewart Island News has an article on the Co-op in Hugh Town.

Author Jules Retberg visited Scilly earlier in the year.

She was struck by the similarity of the two places and says if it weren’t for the absence of sandflies, she would have thought she was still at home.

Jules spoke to Co-op employee Kia, whose mum is from Auckland, and describes how groceries here in Scilly are delivered to the off-islands by tripper boats before being collected by golf buggies and quad bikes.

And they discuss what happens when the delivery lorry misses the Gry Maritha sailing.

It’s another parallel with Stewart Island, which has a boat service across the Foveaux Strait “that makes people turn green” as well as flights using Islander aircraft.

Jules finishes by describing the clean seas, empty beaches, rare wildlife and tranquillity of Scilly and asks her readers if that sounds familiar.



4 Responses to Grocery Deliveries And A Ferry ‘That Makes You Green’…On The Other Side Of The World

  1. Richard Hobbs November 3, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    I visited Stewart Island about 16 years ago and also thought it was just like home. We went to the ‘Gumboot Theatre’ where a local lady parodied the characters of the folks of Stewart Island and while we listened we recognised many Scilly islanders …….!

  2. anneandchrisb November 3, 2013 at 9:41 am

    We are lucky enough to have been to both places and can confirm the similarities! Both are beautiful, idyllic, nature filled hideaways, and the transport arrangements are strikingly similar. They are 2 of our favourite places on the planet! Perhaps you should consider twinning!!

  3. Patrick November 2, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    They seem to manage slightly cheaper fares on their islander planes and that’s with a tiny schedule! I work it out to be circa £40 cheaper than Skybus for a return adult fare.

    • Ian T. November 2, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      Probably subsidised by the NZ Government. New Zealand is a very self sufficient country.