Author: Pandy Fruean

Shakespear Regional Park welcoming new inhabitants

40 hihi (stitchbird) will be released on New Zealand Defence Force land within Shakespear Open Sanctuary on Friday 3 July, representing a major achievement for the regional park. “Having hihi join little spotted kiwi and tīeke (saddleback) is a real thrill for us and shows that the pest-free open sanctuary can support locally and nationally significant wildlife,” says Matt Maitland, Auckland Counc...

Tauranga women serve on Navy’s biggest ever ship

Morgan Tume and Kendra Young met in Year 9 at Tauranga Girls’ College, but it wasn’t until they were in Year 13 that they, along with two other girls in the same phys-ed class, discovered they each had a dream of joining the Royal New Zealand Navy. All four women are now in the RNZN and Able Communications Warfare Specialist Tume and Leading Logistic Supply Specialist Young have the honour of bein...

NZ Defence Force in court over death of Napier sailor Zachary Yarwood

From NZ Herald The New Zealand Defence Force has appeared in court over the death of Napier sailor Zachary Yarwood during a dive exercise in 2019. Navy able communications technician Yarwood, 23, died after a night-time dive at the Devonport Naval Base. He was diving in about six to eight metres of water at about 10pm on March 25 during advanced dive training. WorkSafe filed one representative cha...

Southland officer stationed onboard NZ Navy’s biggest ship

From Stuff.co.nz When the Royal New Zealand Navy’s biggest ship sets out on its first official journey, Southland-born Chief Petty Officer Dean Hapi will be the man making sure its kitted out. Hapi, who is a logistics supply specialist, will be a member of the Aotearoa’s inaugural crew when the ship is formally commissioned later this month. He can’t wait to get on board. “I have...

HMNZS OTAGO F111

HMNZS Otago (F111) was a Rothesay-class Type 12 frigate, or separately designated, Otago-class frigate acquired from the Royal Navy by the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) before completion. Otago and Taranaki differ from the Royal Navy Rothesays as they were never reconstructed to the Leander standard, with hangar and landing pad for a Wasp a/s helicopter as the main weapon system with a/s torpedoes...

TAMAKI-FORT CAUTLEY REUNION

(From Jack Donnelly) The initial planning stage of appointing and posting biographies of our reunion ‘key’ personnel is now complete, the next question that many of you would like to know is, “When will the reunion be held?” I have thought long and hard about this and my preference would be: 21st– 24th OCTOBER 2022. (NZ Labour long weekend) A long weekend in the spring. The Monday could be used as...

RNZN COMMUNICATORS REUNION 2021

The interest in our 2021 Reunion continues to build momentum. The Reunion is planned for New Plymouth over the weekend of Friday, 26 March to Sunday, 28 March 2021. Approximately 130 members/wives/partners have now registered to attend and there is still 9 months before the actual weekend. The organised activities are proving to be popular attractions. There are good numbers visiting the Stanleigh...

NAME THE WHARF

Request from Jim Blackburn In 1953/4 time I was serving in Navy Office Comcentre which was on the 8th floor (actually the roof) of the Defence Building in Stout Street. We…, there were 4 of us, who did not “live out” in the area  were ” accommodated”  in HMNZS Olphert which was then on the upper floor in the inward end of a Wharf Shed on  Aotea Quay?  just down past t...

THE STORY OF HMNZS CHARLES UPHAM

Gerry Wright is compiling the story of HMNZS Charles Upham. He would like to hear from anyone who served in her. Please contact Gerry at gerrywright@xtra.co.nz with any stories or experiences you have had with the ship. HMNZS Charles Upham (A02) was a Mercandian 2-in-1 class roll-on/roll-off vessel operated by the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) between 1994 and 2001.

RSA Combined Services Day

CROSSED THE BAR

LOGAN, Ian Ross (Lofty), P21357 Cdr RNZN (Ret). Passed away peacefully at Waikato Hospital on Saturday 27 June 2020, aged 64 years. Much loved and loving husband of Heather. Adored Papa of Amelia and Harry. Loved brother of Jan and the late Bruce. A Service to celebrate Ian’s life will be held at St Andrews Church, 85 Hamilton Road, Cambridge, on Saturday 4 July, at 11.30am. Dress: Formal, m...

RNZN MUG NIGHT

It is currently intended to hold an RNZN MUG NIGHT at the Birkenhead RSA on Friday, 28th of August 2020. Servicemen and women of All Ranks are invited to attend. The event will commence at 1630 and will complete at 1830. Entry price is $10.00 which will include a tot of rum and some nibbles. In order that we can be prepared numbers are required. Please contact: Greg Hartley on grehar46@gmail.com t...

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