Do You Remember?

Here are two images which may bring back memories which you have either forgotten or wish you had never been reminded of.  Thanks, Neill Dorset for the reminder.  Click on images to enlarge.

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UPDATE ON THE LONG SERVICE AWARDS REVIEW

21 August 2019
Changes to the eligibility rules for the existing ten New Zealand military long service awards are expected to be announced by the end of 2019, once the governing Royal Warrants and accompanying regulations are in place.

As advised on 25 August 2015, the existing long service awards will remain, but the entitlement criteria will allow all eligible New Zealand military service to be counted. For example, service will be able to be accumulated rather than continuous (as is currently required for some awards). This will deliver a fairer system while maintaining the standing of the long service awards.

The appropriate long service award issued will reflect the majority of each recipient’s service. Persons who already have a long service award will continue to wear the award they have. There will be no swapping of awards.

Current serving military personnel will not need to apply for their long service entitlement to be assessed under the new rules. They will be automatically assessed via the data in their SAP HCM records. Please note that given the number of eligible personnel it may take around 12 to 18 months after the announcement to confirm and issue the medal entitlement for every current serving military Service person.

Applications from eligible ex-Service persons will be called for in 2020, once a project team of additional staff has been hired and trained.

Full information on the changes will be released at the time of the formal announcement.

Note – This review has been ongoing since 2011, Yes 2011.  In 2015 we were advised that ex-serviceman would be applying for their entitlements in the first half of 2016 and every year thereafter it has slipped to the following year as is the case with the current update.  If you wish to see historical details of this review please click HERE

It is absolutely amazing that a Public Service Medal can be sought and struck in a single term of Government while this review undertaken by the NZDF languishes year after year.  This is not rocket science, the Police, Ambulance and Fire Service have the same qualification for their medals as the military is attempting to implement for the NZ Defence Force. 

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Ngapona Newsletter

LONGCAST

13 September 19 – Navy Club, Remuera Club at 1200
20 September 19 – Ngapona Assn Lunch at Tauranga RSA
11 October 19 – Navy Club, Remuera Club at 1200
18 October 19 – Ngapona Assn Lunch at Glen Eden RSA
18 October 19 – Trafalgar Day Luncheon at Te Atatu RSA
8 November 19 – Navy Club, Remuera Club at 1200
15 November 19 – Ngapona Assn Lunch at Grey Lynn RSA
15 – 17 November 19 – Terra Australis Conference at DNB
13 December 19 – Navy Club, Remuera Club at 1200
13 December 19 – Maritime Societies’ Annual Dinner, Northern Club at 1830
20 December 19 – Ngapona Assn Xmas Lunch at Orakei RSA

REMINDER

Our lunch this month will be held at the Tauranga RSA in Greerton on Friday 20th of September at 1200. Hope to see you there.

TRAFALGAR DAY LUNCHEON

HAVE YOU REGISTERED YET? – DO IT NOW. 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.

Please note this luncheon is restricted to 100 attendees and applications close Friday, 4th October 2019. Don’t miss out!

NAVY CLUB LUNCHEON

Guest speakers have been arranged for the next two Navy Club luncheons.

September Luncheon (this Friday)- Noel Davies who will talk about his recent trip to RWANDA.
November Luncheon – Cdr Beryl Oldham (Rtd).

MARITIME SOCIETIES’ ANNUAL DINNER

The 9th Annual Christmas Dinner of the Combined Maritime Societies, and commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Battle of the River Plate, will be held at the Northern Club, 19 Princes Street, Auckland on Friday 13th December 2019.

SHIP OF THE WEEK – HMNZS ARABIS

HMNZS Arabis was a Flower-class corvette gifted to the RNZN for war service escort duties during WWll. She arrived in NZ in June 1944 and was returned to the RN with HMNZS Arbutus in April 1948. Her crest, designed by HMNZS Dockyard in 1947, was never formally adopted. There were a total of 267 Flower-class anti-submarine escorts built, mostly for the Royal Navy and Royal Canadian Navy use.


DID YOU KNOW?

On 15 September 1915, gender-neutral names were introduced into the RNZN, including Seaman Officer to Seamanship Officer and Helicopter Crewman to Helicopter Crewperson. A few weeks later, the latter was changed again to Helicopter Loadmaster, and Naval Policeman was changed to Military Police.

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RNZNCOMMS ASSN AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Royal New Zealand Navy Communicators Association will be held at the Birkenhead RSA (downstairs room adjacent to the Dining Room) on 5 October 2019 commencing at 1130.  If you are not going to be present at the meeting then please send in your apologies to trixiedog@doglover.com so they may be recorded.

Capture20The agenda for the AGM will be published shortly.

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Jack Passings – September 2019

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

HUGHES, Graham Leslie
PATERSON, Neil Montague CPO COOK

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Parliamentary Questions – Veteran Affairs Answers – Update 9 Sep 19

A number of Parliamentary Questions were asked by Dan Bidois MP for Northcote and Matt King MP for Northland.  I will let you make up your own mind if you consider the answers pertinent, accurate or deserve further clarification.  Official answers are in Blue

29999 (2019). Dan Bidois to the Veterans (Minister – Ron Mark) (20 Aug 2019): Which, if any, of the recommendations from Professor Ron Paterson’s report from his review of the Veterans’ Support Act 2014 are planned to be actioned by officials through a process or operational changes?

Hon Ron Mark (Veterans (Minister – Ron Mark)) replied: I plan on taking a paper to my Cabinet colleagues in the coming weeks that will consider potential policy and legislative changes as a result of recommendations from the Paterson report.  Until Cabinet has considered this paper, it is not in the public interest to provide further detail on the Government response to the recommendations of the report. (Watch this space the Minister has had the report from the VAB for over 2 months now and the Patterson Report for over 12 months)

30000 (2019). Dan Bidois to the Veterans (Minister – Ron Mark) (20 Aug 2019): Which, if any, of the recommendations from Professor Ron Paterson’s report from his review of the Veterans’ Support Act 2014 have been actioned by officials through a process or operational changes?

Hon Ron Mark (Veterans (Minister – Ron Mark)) replied: I plan on taking a paper to my Cabinet colleagues in the coming weeks that will consider potential policy and legislative changes as a result of recommendations from the Paterson report.
Until Cabinet has considered this paper, it is not in the public interest to provide further detail on the Government response to the recommendations of the report. (Watch this space the Minister has had the report from the VAB for over 2 months now)

30001 (2019). Dan Bidois to the Veterans (Minister – Ron Mark) (20 Aug 2019): Will all three services be represented on any future Veterans’ Advisory Board?

Hon Ron Mark (Veterans (Minister – Ron Mark)) replied: Appointments are made to the Veterans’ Advisory Board from time to time to ensure it has the right mix of skills and experience to undertake its duties.  If the Board feels it requires the perspective of a specific service it is able to appoint a representative of that service to attend its meetings and provide advice. (We look forward to some equality in the appointments in future.  Currently, there is no VAB established although looking at the VANZ website it would give you the opinion that there is.  There is still no RNZN or Ex RNZN member listed although it is believed that the current Warrant Officer of the Navy has been or was co-opted as an observer to appease those Blue members of the Defence Force.  Come on Ron there are three services in the NZDF and they don’t all wear Green.)

30002 (2019). Dan Bidois to the Veterans (Minister – Ron Mark) (20 Aug 2019): Will a new Veterans’ Advisory Board be established in 2019?

Hon Ron Mark (Veterans (Minister – Ron Mark)) replied: The Veterans’ Advisory Board is established under section 247 of the Veterans’ Support Act 2014 and members are appointed to the Board from time to time. The current membership of the Veterans’ Advisory Board, as of August 2019, is published on the Veterans’ Affairs website https://www.veteransaffairs.mil.nz/boards-and-panels/veterans-advisory-board/veterans-advisory-board-members  ( Our Assn has been advised by VA that this VAB had a life until 30 Jun 2019.  No c0mmunications has been seen or advised that it is still continuing work and if it is what are the terms of reference?)

30003 (2019). Dan Bidois to the Veterans (Minister – Ron Mark) (20 Aug 2019): When, if at all, will a review of pre-1974 deployments with regard to the classification of “Qualifying Operational Service” be conducted?

Hon Ron Mark (Veterans (Minister – Ron Mark)) replied: All members of the New Zealand Armed Forces who served prior to 1 April 1974 have qualifying service under the Veterans’ Support Act 2014. The current focus is to review coverage of deployments occurring after 1 April 1974. A review of earlier deployments will not be considered until after this has occurred. (It is interesting to note that during the second reading of the recent amendment to the Veterans Support Act this question was raised by three MP’s and acknowledged by the current Minister of Veterans Affairs and still we get no review of the pre 1974 deployments)

30004 (2019). Dan Bidois to the Veterans (Minister – Ron Mark) (20 Aug 2019): Was the right of all ex-servicemen and servicewomen to be buried in a service section of a local cemetery withdrawn, and if so, what consultation supported the withdrawal and how was the withdrawal communicated to serving and ex-serving members of the Armed Forces?

Hon Ron Mark (Veterans (Minister – Ron Mark)) replied: The Burial and Cremation Act 1964 is administered by the Ministry of Health. Eligibility for who may be buried in the Service section of a public cemetery has changed over time. Originally, burial was limited to returned servicemen. In 1983, an amendment expanded coverage to include persons who served in Her Majesty’s Forces and their spouses. In 1997, an addition was made to the 1983 amendment which required the person who served in Her Majesty’s Forces to have served on operational service declared by the Minister of Internal Affairs. The 1997 amendment also allowed for the burial of a de facto partner.
The amendments made to the eligibility criteria occurred before the establishment of Veterans’ Affairs in 1999, so information on the consultation or communication process is not held by Veterans’ Affairs.  (None the less if you consider a man who gives 20 years of his life to the service you would have thought VA would take up the baton and make it right)

30005 (2019). Dan Bidois to the Veterans (Minister – Ron Mark) (20 Aug 2019): Is the right for an ex-serviceman or woman to be buried in a service section of a local cemetery under review?

Hon Ron Mark (Veterans (Minister – Ron Mark)) replied: The Burial and Cremation Act 1964, which may provide for the burial of members of Her Majesty’s Forces who have been on operational service and their spouses or partners in part of a public cemetery set aside by the local authority, is administered by the Ministry of Health. The Act is currently under review by the Ministry of Health. Veterans’ Affairs will work with the Ministry of Health as work progresses.  (The Assn is attempting to find out when this Act will be reviewed and when public submissions will be sought)

30095 (2019). Matt King to the Veterans (Minister – Ron Mark) (21 Aug 2019): Does the Minister believe that Royal New Zealand Navy personnel who served with the Far East Strategic Reserve have been appropriately recognised by the New Zealand Defence Force?

Hon Ron Mark (Veterans (Minister – Ron Mark)) replied: The New Zealand Defence Force is currently reviewing a variety of service in South East Asia between 1950 and 1989. Service with the Far East Strategic Reserve is included in this examination. Each period of service will be assessed against the Government’s principles for medallic recognition. Subsequently, any service which meets the requirements of operational service will receive appropriate medallic recognition. (Your Assn has been plugging this track with NZDF for over 4 years and finally we might get a result from our constant written communications.  CDF has advised that the investigation phase has been completed and the analysis phase will be completed by 30 September with recommendations to the Minister thereafter.  Watch this space)

30097 (2019). Matt King to the Veterans (Minister – Ron Mark) (21 Aug 2019): Are Royal New Zealand Navy personnel who were stationed with the British Commonwealth Far East Strategic Reserve deemed to have served in a war or emergency for the purposes of the War Pensions Act?

Hon Ron Mark (Veterans (Minister – Ron Mark)) replied: The War Pensions Act 1954 was replaced by the Veterans’ Support Act 2014 (the Act). There is no provision under current legislation to deem service as war or emergency.  Qualifying Operational Service can be declared under the Act based on exposure to serious harm as defined in the Act. Posting to a specific formation will not in itself meet the threshold. Ships deployed into specific operational areas, over a specific period, to carry out specific tasks, may meet the criteria. Those Royal New Zealand Navy personnel who participated in a conflict recognised as qualifying operational service while stationed with the British Commonwealth Far East Strategic Reserve have cover under the Act.

30314 (2019). Dan Bidois to the Defence (Minister – Ron Mark) (22 Aug 2019): Are the rules for awarding Long Service and Good Conduct Medals to military personnel being reviewed as at 21 August 2019, and if so, when will the review be complete?

Hon Ron Mark (Defence (Minister – Ron Mark)) replied: The review is complete. The changes to the eligibility rules will be announced once the governing Royal Warrants and accompanying regulations have been approved.  (if you look at Breaking News on the NZDF Medal website you will see that this has been an ongoing saga with delay after delay and back in 2015 it was expected that ex-service personnel would be able to make application by the first half of 2016.  It is amazing that a Public Service Medal can be struck by this Government in their first term and this review has been going on well before 2011 when the first principles were approved. http://medals.nzdf.mil.nz/news/archive2011.html#long)

New Question posed by Dan Bidois MP for Northcote

30552 (2019). Dan Bidois to the Veterans (Minister – Ron Mark) (27 Aug 2019): Has the Minister taken the interim report he received from the Veterans Advisory Board in June to Cabinet as of 27 August 2019?

Hon Ron Mark (Veterans (Minister – Ron Mark)) replied: No. I plan on taking a paper to Cabinet on that matter in the coming weeks.

31199 (2019). Dan Bidois to the Minister for Veterans (03 Sep 2019): Has the Minister taken the interim report of the Veterans’ Advisory Board he received at the end of June to Cabinet or a cabinet committee, as of 3 September 2019?

Hon Ron Mark (Minister for Veterans) replied: Reply due: 11 Sep 2019

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SEAVA Meeting

The South-East Asia Veterans Association will be holding a meeting at the Howick RSA Saturday, 31 August 1300-1600.

If you want to find out the latest on issues listed below then it might be worthwhile attending.

Deployment reviews
FESR/ANZUK Recognition
Burial Act

You do not have to be a member of SEAVA to attend this meeting however, you might want to become one.  You may also wish to bring a plate for afternoon tea or a liquid lunch may suffice. The Howick RSA is located at 25 Wellington Street, Howick.

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