Monday 25th March 2019 

WELCOME to the 2019 “Migi Kokan” Carnival on Narupay.


Community Snapshot
Population: 531*
Cluster: Inner Islands
English Name: Horn Island
Traditional Name: Narupay


Narupay, also known as Horn Island, is a relatively flat island spanning approximately 54km². The island is separated from Waibene (Thursday Island) by the Ellis Channel. The island provides the water supply for Horn Island, Thursday Island and Hammond Island communities. Water is piped via underground and undersea pipelines from the Loggy Creek dam.  For most travellers, Horn Island is the gateway to the Torres Strait. The island also hosts the regions only domestic airport, with daily flights to Cairns and the outer islands.  The traditional language spoken on Horn Island is Kulkalgal Ya (KLY).

Matthew Flinders gave the island its European name “Horn Island” in 1802, based on the geographic shape of the hill. After the 1871 massacre on Muralag (Prince of Wales), remnants of the people settled on Narupay for a short while, until the government relocated the Kaurareg to Kiriri (Hammond Island) where they remained until 1922. Gold was mined on Narupay in the 1890’s. In the early 20th Century, the islands’ small village flourished into a town as a result of the pearling industry. World War II also had a large impact on the island. All non-islander residents were evacuated to southern Queensland. Approximately 5000 service people served on the island between 1940-1945. The Japanese bombed the island 8 times and flew constant surveillance missions over the area. In 1946, some of the Kaurareg people moved back to Narupay and settled in present-day Wasaga Village at the western end of the island. In the late 1980’s, the community experienced a rapid expansion of its population and building activity, as land on neighbouring Thursday Island became scarce.

Horn Island is the home of Migi Kokan

  • 5 teams from 4 Island Communities attend
  • Community support through the Cairns Hockey BDO Nth Qld Aspire to be Deadly Program and Tagai State College
  • supports school attendance and leadership support programs
  • creates new skill development programs and talent pathways
  • WINNERS 2019 – Horn Island Stingers
  • RUNNERS UP – Sacred Heart Thursday Island


Individual Awards

Player of the Final  – Jeremiah Tomsana – Horn Is Stingers

Female Player of the Carnival – Cheynada Bowie – Badu Island Campus

Male Player of the Carnival – Nash Stanley – Thursday Island Primary


Talent Pathways

  • Through the BDO Nth Qld Aspire to be Deadly Program, a small number of talent identified players will be invited to travel down to Cairns to link with the Aspire to be Deadly Program in Cairns.
  • Leadership Programs will be delivered as well as hockey pathway programs
  • great family and community support

Thank you to our wonderful supporters and partners

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17/07/2019 - 21/07/2019
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Cairns Show Break - No fixtures this week
Cairns Hockey Association, Cairns Queensland
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
July Board Meeting
Cairns Hockey Association, Cairns Queensland
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Under 15 Girls Trials for State Championships on Reef Turf
Cairns Hockey Association, Cairns Queensland
02/08/2019 - 04/08/2019
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Under 11 Cairns Teams to Mackay
Mackay Hockey, Mackay Queensland
16/09/2019 - 20/09/2019
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U11 Cairns Teams - Karumba Festival of Sport
karumba rec club, Karumba Queensland
22/09/2019 - 25/09/2019
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Under 15 State Championships - Boys Warwick
22/09/2019 - 25/09/2019
All Day
Under 15 State Championships Girls - Gladstone

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