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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 ...


SS Razmak was built at Greenock yard for P&O by Harland and Wolff, launched in 1924 and completed on 26 February 1925. She was designed for service between Bombay and Aden and spent several years in the Mediterranean Sea. When demand on her original route dried up, she was laid up. Fate then intervened by way of a disaster in the South Pacific.  The Union Steam Ship Company ship Tahiti was enroute from Wellington to San Francisco on 15 August 1930, when the starboard tail shaft broke, puncturing the hull and the ship sank south of Rarotonga two days later.  As a replacement the Union Company purchased Razmak, modifying it in Britain to increase the passenger capacity to 208 in First Class and 203 in Second Class.  Renamed Monowai the ship sailed to Sydney, leaving that p...


If you were a member of the Government Superannuation Fund (GSF) Armed Forces Scheme and elected to receive a lump sum and defer receipt of your retiring allowance to age 55 or 60 and are not yet in receipt of your retiring allowance and have not been in contact with GSF in the last 2 years, you should update your contact details with GSF. If you go to the GSF website, about-us/contact-us/ you can download and complete a Change in Personal Details Form, confirming your current contact details, and send it direct to the GSF Scheme Administrator, Datacom. You must sign and date the form and post it to Datacom. If you have any other enquiries regarding your GSF entitlement, please call Datacom direct on 0800 654 731


The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) HMNZS Aotearoa (A 11) conducting Replenishment At Sea (RAS) Station Keeping Trials off the South Korean coast recently. Accompanied by a Philippine Navy BRP José Rizal (150), the trials assessed the ability for a ship to approach and remain alongside Aotearoa as a confirmation of the ship’s pressure and suction zones during refuelling or replenishment. The trials have validated HMNZS Aotearoa ability to undertake replenishment-at-sea operations, ahead of deliveries to the respective operators. Aotearoa and José Rizal were both built by South Korean shipbuilder, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).

HMNZS KUPARU (Q1348 – P3563)

Q1348 was one of 16 Harbour Defence Motor Launches (HDML) to be delivered to the RNZN in 1943-44. Commissioned on 14 March 1944, it joined the 125th ML Flotilla based in Auckland before being placed in operational reserve in late 1945. Commissioned for use by the Canterbury RNZNVR Division in August 1948, it was renumbered P3563 in early 1950 and commissioned as HMNZS Kuparu in March 1968. Kuparu ceased fisheries patrol duties in June 1975 when the Lake-class patrol boats entered service. Along with Manga, Haku and Koura, she was allocated to an RNZNVR Division for training. Initially at Auckland, Kuparu transferred to Lyttelton in 1976. With the new Inshore Patrol Craft entering service, she left Lyttelton in July 1983 for retirement, spending brief periods attached to Wellington and Auck...

Crossed the Bar: Robert Batt

Former Petty Officer Robert Batt, a veteran of the Battle of the River Plate in 1939, died last month at the age of 94. Ex POMEM Bob Batt was one of only two remaining River Plate veterans. He joined the Navy during a recruitment drive in Napier before the war. He was three days into service on HMS ACHILLES when war broke out and the ship changed course for the Atlantic to meet up with a British task force, in pursuit of German battleship Admiral Graf Spee. The engagement and resulting loss of the Graf Spee near Uruguay (her captain opted to scuttle his damaged ship rather than re-engage the British fleet and lose thousands of men) made instant heroes of the ACHILLES crew back in New Zealand. Mr Batt later described the Battle of the River Plate as an important battle “because it showed th...


HMNZS Matataua is a commissioned ship in the RNZN and is made up of three distinctive groups hydrographers, divers, and logistics that operate primarily within the littoral or coastal waters. MATATAUA provides deployable maritime capabilities to conduct operations that safeguard access to the harbours, inshore waters and littoral zones of New Zealand and wherever New Zealand Defence Forces are required to operate. Matataua is based on small, deployable, mission-based detachments utilising a wide range of equipment, platforms and tools to deliver its mission. It is capable of being rapidly deployed by air, sea and land into operational areas. Specialist teams within the groups can be quickly assembled into a composite force. The groups are: The Military Hydrogr...

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: Entries close Weds 3 June at 5pm. Good Luck!


This film clip is well worth watching, you may even recognise yourself or someone you know! This NFU film follows the maiden voyage of HMNZS Otago. Built at a Southampton shipyard, she was the first ship made for the Royal New Zealand Navy. The anti-submarine frigate is shown undergoing sea trials in 1960, before a haka on the Thames and a bon voyage from Princess Margaret send the Otago homewards. There are visits to ports in the Mediterranean, Suez, Singapore and Australia (where the crew enjoy shore leave) before arrival in Dunedin in January 1961. The Otago later supported protests against nuclear testing at Mururoa; she was decommissioned in 1983.


There are hidden tunnels in North Head, Devonport, containing airplanes and ammunition. See the interesting documentary at the link below

HMNZS MARORO – Q1192, P3554

Q1192 was one of 16 Harbour Defence Motor Launches (HDML) to be delivered to the RNZN in 1943. She was commissioned on 28 September 1943 and joined the 126th. Flotilla at Auckland . Her anti-submarine patrols covered the port approaches, the Hauraki Gulf and northwards to Cape Brett. She was ready in March 1945 to be deployed to Manus Island but this was cancelled and she transferred to Wellington instead. She paid off from war service in October 1945 at Auckland, was disarmed and placed in reserve on a mooring. In 1948 she returned to service and commenced duties on the ‘Tamaki’ run to Motuihe Isand. At this time she was reclassified as a Seaward Defence Motor Launch (SDML) and in 1950 was renumbered to P3554 and named Irirangi. The Tamaki services ended in August 1963: she was modernised...

Aotearoa Station Keeping Trials Completed

Aotearoa conducted Replenishment At Sea (RAS) Station Keeping Trials off the South Korean coast recently.Accompanied by a Philippine Navy Light Patrol Frigate, the trials assessed the ability for a ship to approach and remain alongside Aotearoa as a confirmation of the ship’s pressure and suction zones during refuelling or replenishment.She passed with flying colours.It wont be long now before she sets sail for New Zealand and her commissioning.

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