The Silence is Deafening!

Well, the Veterans Advisory Board have had 12 months to work out What is a Veteran and how is New Zealand going to recognise a Veteran.  They were tasked with providing a report to the Minister of Veterans Affairs by 30 June 2019.  Now the announcement of their findings and recommendations.   The silence is deafening!

What is the status of the Veterans Advisory Board?  Will another Board be established and if so will it have cross-service representation?  The silence is deafening!

The Ron Patterson Report was completed in 2017 which had 64 recommendations.  Where is the update on which recommendations are accepted and which will be implemented?  The silence is deafening!

A review is or was being undertaken on the Certificate of Appreciation and Lapel Badge.  The silence is deafening!


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VA Case Management Clinic

As part of Veteran Affairs efforts to increase their face-to-face outreach, they are running a monthly case management clinic in Auckland.

These clinics are happening following on from the success of our Christchurch and Auckland Vietnam Veterans Health and Wellbeing Expos. In Auckland, we are again partnering with the Ranfurly Veterans Trust, who are hosting our clinics at the recently restored Ranfurly House.

What you can expect – Case management clinics are a chance to book a one-on-one appointment with a member from one of the Veterans’ Affairs’ case management teams.

These clinics are designed for both – current clients — both veterans and whānau
veterans who are not already getting support from us. Appointments are for up to 40 minutes.

Book an appointment
To book an appointment get in touch with us — either by phone or email. Be in quick though, appointments will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact Veterans Affairs

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Unofficial Communicators Get Together

Des Sanson is looking at arranging an unofficial get-together of Communications sailors and wrens in the Wellington Region. Also invited are any ex pussers/jennies of all branches. The luncheon will be held in the Palmerston North Navalmens Club which is located on the Cnr Willis and Domain Streets.

The date is the 4th August 2019 from 1100 onwards. It would be appreciated if those wishing to attend, confirm with Des Sanson no later than 29th July via email

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Trafalgar Day Luncheon 2019

To all matelots past and present, who have served under any of the white ensigns.

The President and Quarterdeck Division of the Te Atatu Memorial RSA will host a luncheon on Friday 18 October 2019 to celebrate in true naval fashion the 214th Anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar and you are invited to attend.

Click HERE for the Registration Form together with further details.  Please note this luncheon is restricted to 100 attendees and applications close Friday, 4th October 2019.

Don’ miss out!

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Aircraft Fun!

Flightradar24 is a global flight tracking service that provides you with real-time information about thousands of aircraft around the world. Flightradar24 tracks 180,000+ flights, from 1,200+ airlines, flying to or from 4,000+ airports around the world in real time.

You can actually zoom down to the airport and watch the flights on the ground taxing and then taking off, and flights landing and taxing to the terminal. Even each aircraft icon reflects make and model. The detail is excellent.

Be nice if it showed military aircraft as well, but I guess you can’t have everything.

Click HERE to view and play.  Thanks, Geoff Butts for the app.

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Jack Passings – July 2019

The following Sailors ‘Crossed the Bar’ during the month of July 2019. Details of funerals etc can be found by clicking HERE.

BERRI, Anton Guiani (Tony). 32nd W/T.
ROSEWARNE, James (Jim): Able Seaman
GRAF, Vicki
SOLOMON, John Te Tarehu
ROBB, Allan
HOWDEN, Robert Gordon AB
ROWARTH, Barbara (nee Macky). WRNZNS 4TH OFFICER

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‘Doc’ Watts

Image of Petty Officer Radio Supervisor ‘Doc’ Watts instructing Singapore students in the fine art of sending and receiving Morse code.  Interesting uniform?

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