Registration for the next Reunion of the RNZN Communicators Association is now OPEN. The reunion is open to all serving and ex serving members of the Communications Branch. Personnel who served or are still serving in the Electronic Warfare and Communications Analyst trades are also eligible to attend the reunion.

The Reunion will be held at the Wairakei Resort in TAUPO over the period 16 – 18 March 2018.  So click the button now and ensure you are registered.  Your committee has gone to great lengths to keep the price of this reunion in line with previous reunions.

Information on the reunion can be viewed on the associations blog at and by selecting REUNION 2018 from the main menu.

Early Bird Registrations will be open until 30 November 2017 thereafter the Registration Fee will increase to $30 per person.  So take the opportunity to register now and save some money.  All members who have paid ONLY the Registration Fee will be required to make payment in full by Friday 2 February 2018.  A challenge to all Communicators who live in Australia – its time to come home and catch up with your shipmates and family.  Take the opportunity to attend the reunion and then catch up with those you have not seen for ages.

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Navy Band Comes to New Plymouth

The Band of the Royal New Zealand Navy will visit New Plymouth in November 17.

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Lady Communicators

Here is an image taken at the 75th Anniversary of the WRNZNS Association. There are a number of Communicators here can you name them.  I can count eleven.

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Post 50th Anniversary Celebrations

On the 6 October 2017, the RNZN Communicators Association celebrated 50 years since its inauguration on the 6 October 1967. The Association celebrated the milestone with a Cocktail Party at the National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy in Devonport, Auckland.

Seventy-two ex and serving Communicators and their guests attended the event. It was pleasing to note that 18 of those 72 were serving Communicators. The camaraderie between ex and serving members was plainly evident.  Click HERE to view images from the evening.

There were three Awards made during the evening.

  • ‘Communicator of the Year Trophy’ awarded to recognise outstanding performance in the Naval Communications Trade. The 2017 winner was LCWS Nikita Leeks. Jim Blackburn presented Nikita with her trophy.
  •  ‘The Ruth Slight Memorial Cup” awarded for the best all-round female Communications Warfare Specialist for the Advanced Training Course. The 2017 winner was LCWS Jessica Abrahams. Jessica was presented with her Award by Paul (Sid) Slight, Ruth’s husband at the time of her passing.
  • ‘The Jim Dell Cup’ awarded to the best all-round Communications Warfare Specialist of the POCWS (Q) Course. The 2017 winner was LCWS Jimmy Motu. Jim Dell presented Jimmy with his trophy.
  • Mrs Laurie Rands was made an Honorary Member of the Association in recognition of  her valuable research contribution to the Association.  The badge was pinned on her by her husband Frank Rands.

From L to R – LCWS Jess Abrahams, LCWS Nikita Leeks, LCWS Jimmy Motu

The Association would like to acknowledge the invaluable assistance received from Museum staff members Ann Martin-Stacy and ASTD Danni Turnbull leading up to the event and on the night. They made a significant contribution to the evening’s success.

A special thanks must also go to Heather Bourke, our caterer and to the members of the TS Leander Sea Cadet Unit ably led by Ensign Sonia Porter and who undertook Steward duties for the event.

The evening was a brilliant and fitting way to celebrate the Association’s 50th.

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It is Finished

News Flash everyone – This morning Anne Hine delivered a number of copies of “75 Years of Memories – Women in the RNZN” to the Navy Museum in Devonport.  The publication is available for sale at a very reasonable price of $40.  If you are not personally able to visit the museum check out

For a limited time only during the 75th RNZNWA Reunion (13-15 Oct 17) these books will be available at a specially reduced price of $30. This is a one off discount price as part of the 75th celebrations. After publication costs are covered, all profits from this book are going to the RNZN Women’s Association.   Well done Anne this is a great effort.

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Jack Passings – October 2017

The following Sailors ‘Crossed the Bar’ during the month of October 2017. Details of funerals etc can be found by clicking HERE.

KLINK, Selwyn Charles (Charlie) Stoker
PHILP, Roger Charles LT
DEBENHAM, Raymond John (Ray) Seaman
LILLEY, David Thomas (Dave) CPOEL
McHUGH, Walter Henry (Wally) CPO
REYNOLDS, Terrance Scott (Terry), Seaman
PRICE, Desmond William Robinson. Stoker

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NZ Frequency Managers Course

The first and probably last Radio Frequency Managers Course to be conducted in NZ.

There are five RNZN communicator students in this photo. Also an RNZAF student who was previously in the RNZN. Chris Simmons back row, 4th from the left.

Back Row – ?, Gary Rzepecky, ?, Chris Simmons, Laurie French, ?, ?, ?, George Randall, Chris Bond, Tony Johnson
Front Row – ?, Jim Dell, Bob Cook, S/Sgt Bell, Gary Hine.
The Army S/Sgt’s Back row 6th from left and 1st from left were also part of the Joint Force Communications Unit with me, Ex Joint Venture 1986, Cook Islands. The S/Sgt back row 6th from left was also on a Joint Comms course with me in RAAF Williamstown, late 1987. My apologies for not remembering names. The S/Sgt at Williamstown fell ill during the course and I think he did it again with Gary Rzepecky.

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The HMNZS CANTERBURY Reunion is scheduled for 31 August – 2 September 2018 at the Mount Maunganui RSA.  Details for the Reunion can be viewed by clicking HERE

Contact info: Bill Newell e-mail :  Tel +64 7 562 0609
Mort Anderson e-mail : Tel +64 027 54 18963
Geoff Kelly e-mail : Tel +64 7 542 3331
Lindsay Roberts e-mail : Tel +64 7 548 0665

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