Essential staff shipped to Raoul Island

HMNZS Wellington with Raoul Island in the background, taken in August this year. The ship made a short stop at Raoul, to capture imagery of infrastructure, en route back to New Zealand after delivering vaccines to Tokelau and the Cook Islands. Supplied ph

Royal New Zealand Navy ship HMNZS Wellington has set sail for Raoul Island in the Kermadec Islands with GNS Science and MetService staff on board who will be maintaining essential equipment that provides weather and tsunami warning systems for New Zealand.


Raoul Island’s strategic location in relation to New Zealand makes it an important site for monitoring tsunamis following seismic events, and for gathering data on shifts in weather and weather patterns.

1 OCTOBER 1941

An Order in Council was signed at Government House by the Governor-General, Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Cyril Newall GCB OM GCMG CBE AM, establishing the titles "Royal New Zealand Navy" and the designation "His Majesty's New Zealand Ship", granted to the New Zealand Naval forces by King George VI. Details were promulgated in NZ Navy Order 500/41.


The New Zealand Defence Force last month announced its participation in Exercise Bersama Gold 21, and that it would interact with the United Kingdom’s Carrier Strike Group (CSG) as it conducts engagement activities in the Indo-Pacific region. 

While with the CSG in recent days, there have also been exercises and training with ships from Japan, the Netherlands, Canada, and the United States, including the US aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan.

HMNZS Te Kaha and the Navy’s replenishment tanker HMNZS Aotearoa, with a Seasprite helicopter on board, departed Auckland in September.

HMNZS Aotearoa recently met up with HMS Queen Elizabeth, the Royal Navy’s flagship vessel in the CSG, as both ships conducted exercises off the coast of Guam. 

Now it is HMNZS Te Kaha’s turn as the frigate enters the South China Sea and transits in company with the CSG and ships of other partner nations.

The NZDF has operated in the South East Asia region for decades as part of bilateral and regional defence engagement, and demonstrates its commitment to regional security through its presence in the region. 

NZDF deployments exercise freedom of navigation and overflight. The NZDF undertakes all activities in accordance with international law, and for ships in particular the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. 

The South China Sea is one of the world’s major sea lanes and is routinely transited by merchant and naval vessels and aircraft.

BOP woman loving navy life

Krystal Sims has been a Naval Reservist since 2016. Known as an Ordinary Maritime Trade Operator, or OMTO, Krystal was born in Tauranga and raised in the Coromandel.  She juggles post-graduate nursing study and her commitment to the Naval Reserves alongside her role as a nurse for the Waikato DHB.  You can read more of the story from SunLIve BOP here


The William Sanders VC Memorial Service will be held at 0800 on Sunday 15 August 2021, at Sanders Memorial, corner of Lake Rd and Sanders Ave, Takapuna.

Rig: 1 or suit and medals.

William Sanders remains the only New Zealander to receive our highest military decoration – the Victoria Cross – in a naval action. Born and raised in Takapuna, perhaps it’s no surprise that this legend was a reservist! In April 1917 Sanders was in command of HMS PRIZE when she took on the German submarine U-93. Following that battle Sanders was awarded the VC for his ‘conspicuous gallantry, consummate coolness, and skill in command’. In August the same year, Sanders and his crew were killed in action when HMS PRIZE was sunk by the submarine UB-48.



The Association held its third Formal Dinner last Saturday at the Birkenhead RSA. The Guest of Honour was RADM David Proctor, Chief of Navy, who gave a very informative address. There were 70 guests, and entertainment for the evening was provided by Rebecca Nelson and a three piece band, all of whom were serving members of HMNZS Ngapona. At a short ceremony after the meal Lt Cdr John Gresson was promoted to Cdr by CN. Congratulations John, well done. At the conclusion of the evening CN acted as the Duty SA for the ‘Up Spirits’ ceremony.

By all accounts this formal dinner was a very successful event with all feedback being very positive. It resulted in CN making the statement that ‘the NGA Assn have become the keepers of the traditions of the RNZN’. Other comments were that the organisers ‘shouldn’t change a thing’ when organising the next dinner!




The Wellington branch of the Navy League has recently established a Web Page and FB Page which can be accessed as follows:

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The Navy League of New Zealand - Wellington Branch was founded in 1904. It is an organisation which supports the Royal New Zealand Navy and is interested in all aspects of maritime defence.

Wellington Branch Aims and Objectives:

- To foster an interest in the Royal New Zealand Navy and in the policies which the New Zealand government pursues in respect of our naval defence.

- To foster an interest in New Zealand's maritime trade and the policies which the New Zealand government pursues in respect of overseas and local maritime trade.

- To foster an interest in New Zealand's Exclusive Economic Zone, the extended continental shelf and the Oceans Policy which regulates its governance.

- To support the Sea Cadet Corps units in the Wellington area and maintain a close and supportive interaction with the Sea Cadet Association of New Zealand.