A photographic exhibition at the Navy Museum is the work of artist – Denise Baynham. To view click on this LINK The exhibition tells the story of Operation Grapple through the words of the veterans who were there. The portraits are to honour and recognise the veterans – this is their story. Opens in the Navy Museum Temporary Gallery Saturday 19th September until mid-December, 2020.Free admission. 10am – 5pm – 7 days a week. 64 King Edward Parade, Devonport Please note: The exhibition includes sensitive themes and may not be suitable for young children. 


It is with great disappointment that we advise that due to Covid-19 the Assn has decided that, in the best interests of our members, we should postpone the Tauranga Lunch till next year.


(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 a travelling day home for those who have travelled. Why 2022?. In my opinion, 20 plus months is enough time to organise, plan, obtain sufficient funding and personnel to plan and save for this reunion.

RSA Combined Services Day


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 to register for this event.

Rum by the Barrel

The Ngapona crew held their monthly lunch at Howick RSA last Friday. ‘Up Spirits’ rum was supplied by the RSA and the rum barrel was on loan from Peter Goodwin. The ‘Rum Bosun’, Kieth Ingram, did an excellent job.


The Royal New Zealand Navy has been telling its story for 79 years.  For 60 years, the Navy Band has charted the Navy’s journey through music. So it falls to Music Director Lieutenant Commander Michael Dowrick to make sure that the 60th anniversary will be one to remember. The revised date of the RNZN Band Anniversary Concert is currently Monday 19 October, 7pm at the Town Hall, Auckland.

Tūtira mai ngā iwi boosts US, NZ military ties: ‘It’s so infectious’

New Zealand’s lockdown has had all sorts of unexpected results – but one of the more surprising is a musical partnership between the New Zealand and United States armed forces. Performers from the navy, army and airforce bands have together produced a version of the waiata Tūtira mai ngā iwi and posted it to YouTube. The song’s composer was Wiremu Te Tau Huata who was a New Zealand military chaplain to the 28th Maori Battalion. His whānau gave permission for the waiata to be used. One of the drivers of the project was Staff Sergeant Bryan Andrews of the US Air Force Band of the Pacific. He told Morning Report that his band usually travel all over the Pacific performing for various audiences. They were supposed to send a team to New Zealand in April but the trip ...

COMPETITION: Name Ports of Auckland New Tug

Be in to win $1,000 and a ride on the new e-tug! Ports of Auckland Ltd (POAL) will soon be welcoming the world’s first full-sized electric tug. Enter the competition to name her here:  https://poal.co.nz/Name-the-tug. Entries close Weds 3 June at 5pm. Good Luck!

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