5 days to go!

Only five days to go... ships from Australia, Canada, Cook Islands, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Samoa, Singapore, South Korea, Tonga, and the United States have started arriving to help the Navy celebrate its milestone. The international ships will be anchoring in the Hauraki Gulf and will be in easily seen from the beaches along [...]

By | November 12th, 2016|Story|

Our stamps, our history

As part of the Navy’s 75th anniversary celebrations, NZ Post is launching a set of stamps to showcase our Navy’s history and contribution to New Zealand and overseas. The stamps and their first day cover envelopes were unveiled at the National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy in Devonport on October 5. The six [...]

By | October 1st, 2016|Story|

Operation Neptune: Team building at Motuihe Island

By SLT John Hilario Since its formation, the Operation NEPTUNE team has been working intensely to organise and coordinate the myriad events celebrating the Royal New Zealand Navy’s 75th anniversary this year.  The team is enjoying the Operation NEPTUNE challenge, but from time to time a respite from the daily grind is welcome. That opportunity [...]

By | October 4th, 2016|Story|

Our story in song

By Andrew Bonallack When Neakiry Kivi was told she had made the finals of Operation Neptune’s school competition, she knew it was time to fire up the choir. Neakiry, 16, a year-12 student at Wellington’s Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, is one of seven finalists in the Navy’s secondary school creative competition as part of the [...]

By | September 1st, 2016|Story|

30 years of Women at Sea

Bronwyn Heslop Joined: 1990 as a midshipman Specialisation: Hydrographer Current rank: Lieutenant Commander Position: Executive Officer, HMNZS ENDEAVOUR Lisa Hunn Joined: 1990, as midshipman Current rank: Captain (Acting) Position: Chief of Staff to Commander Combined Task Force 176 for Exercise RIMPAC 2016 Joanne Ross Joined: 1988 as an ordinary rate, left 1998 as a lieutenant, [...]

By | July 3rd, 2016|Story|

Women in the Royal New Zealand Navy: Timeline

1942: The Women’s Royal New Zealand Naval Service (WRNZNS) was established. A total of 640 women served, mainly in signalling but also in other occupations including intelligence, watch keeping and driving. It was disbanded by the government in 1946, but reformed in 1947 after a strike.  “The introduction of women into sacred masculine preserves may [...]

By | July 1st, 2016|Story|

Inspiring our leaders

Naval women and men came away from the Modern Sailor conference inspired to lead change in the Royal New Zealand Navy. The two-day conference was presented by Westpac NZ, as part of the RNZN’s 75th Anniversary celebrations. It was held 23-24 June, in Auckland, and attracted 200 people from all ranks of the Navy; other [...]

By | July 5th, 2016|Story|

Celebrating Naval trailblazers

The Torpedo Bay Navy Museum recently opened a new exhibition on the women who ‘broke ground’ in the Royal New Zealand Navy. The exhibition focuses on the first women to join a RNZN ship as full members of the ship’s company. The women joined HMNZS MONOWAI in 1986 as full members of the ship’s company. [...]

By | July 2nd, 2016|Story|

Operation Neptune: full steam ahead for November

Following the 75th anniversary events featured in our February update (Naval Base Veteran’s Day, Formation Entry, and Government House Garden Party), Operation Neptune has hosted more events and is ramping up preparations for the Women at Sea celebrations in June and the International Naval Review in November. To mark the Navy’s 75th anniversary, Mr Malcolm [...]

By | June 1st, 2016|Story|

Doing the Navy proud in Gisborne

By Chris White A platoon of former and serving members of the New Zealand Navy paraded through the streets of Gisborne for Anzac Day 2016. Retired gunnery instructors Jack Donnelly and Tony Lewis organised the Anzac weekend reunion to honour the Navy’s 75th year anniversary and support the city’s Anzac commemorations. “We were once again [...]

By | June 1st, 2016|Story|