17 Apr 2020

Norfolk Island supermarket shelves full

8:51 am on 17 April 2020

One part of the Pacific where grumbles about food and grocery shortages are unlikely in the time of Covid-19, is, oddly enough, Norfolk Island.

In February a supermarket operator on the island reported major shortages after issues with the Norfolk shipping service.

Foodland Supermaket owner, Geof Bennett, even charted a plane from Auckland to bring in basics such as milk and toilet paper.

But he said the arrival of a freighter two weeks ago means there is enough product to last months, while the occasional plane from Sydney or Brisbane is also carrying freight instead of passengers.

He said another ship is due next month.

Mr Bennett said Norfolk seems to have fared much better than other places during the lockdown and now the expectation on the island is this will be eased from next week, allowing many businesses to re-open.