Built in 2020, with funds from the European Union, the Pamai Centre in Adamstown is the central place of business for Pitcairn Islanders. It houses the Pitcairn Island Post Office, the Government Treasury Office and the Pitcairn Island General Store.
The Pamai Center was opened on August 30th 2020
Established as a co-operative society in 1967, the General Store has provided for the household needs of the community ever since. Today it is situated within the Pamai Centre, on the main road in Adamstown, the General Store stocks an excellent variety of frozen meat, vegetables, groceries, toiletries, clothing and footwear, kitchenware and stationery as well as timber, plumbing, electrical, white ware, gardening supplies, auto parts and general hardware. The items are purchased in New Zealand and sent to the island on the supply ship four times a year and locals also sell their own fresh produce and baked goods from the store too.
The Pitcairn Island Post Office generally opens on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings and before and after the arrival the quarterly supply ship which freights the island’s international mail.
Until 1926, letters from Pitcairn franked ‘Posted on Pitcairn Island: no stamps available’ were delivered free of charge in New Zealand and elsewhere. For the next 14 years New Zealand stamps and rates were used, and on October 15, 1940, the first Pitcairn Island postage stamps, consisting of eight denominations, were issued. In 1941 a small post office was built in the Square of Adamstown and the amount of mail increased significantly. Today, mail to and from the island is still sent via New Zealand and can take many weeks before reaches its international destinations.
Pitcairn’s official currency is the NZ dollar and all government related transactions and banking matters are processed via the Government Treasury office (GT Office). Locals and Visitors can access cash on credit cards and exchange foreign currencies here too. The GT Office opens 3 days a week on Sunday, Thursday and Tuesday.
Traditional and contemporary wood carvings, hand painted leaves, models of the HMAV Bounty and the Island's Longboats, First Day Stamp Covers, hand-made soaps, traditional and contemporary woven baskets, hand-made jewelry, tapa cloth, books, Honey & Honey products and all kinds of keepsakes - there really is something for everyone including 'traveller staples' like Pitcairn Island T-Shirts and Caps.