Which One is ‘EIGHTY’?

One of these buntings climbed the rung recently and had his 80th Birthday.

Congratulations Russ Hockley on achieving this milestone.  When we first looked that the image we thought it was the guy on the left of the picture.  Looking, good guys.

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Moose Milk Recipe

I know that some of you may have mixed this up in the past but I have been asked for the true recipe of MOOSE’S MILK.  If you can help please leave a comment to this post.

Navy Moose Milk Recipe

1.14 litre dark rum
1.14 litre Kahlua
1.14 litre vodka
4 litres of vanilla soft scoop ice cream
4 litres of partly skimmed milk

Mix gently until frothy with still a few ice cream lumps. Liberally sprinkle nutmeg over top. Enjoy and give vehicle keys to a party staying sober.

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Can You Help Kevin?

I am the eldest son of William Thomas Bowden (Bill) he was from Liverpool and served on H.M.N.Z.S. Gambia, he served in Radar I believe and served from 1943-45ish.

I am trying to find out all I can about his Navy Days, I only wish I had asked Dad more questions when I could. He was very fond of the New Zealanders and would sing to us four boys a Maori song that we can all still remember. (he was a bit of a -Crooner-) Have you any information or can offer any other places I could look. Dad joined the Navy in 1939ish he was 15 at the time born 20th March 1925.

Hope you can help

Kind Regards

Kevin Bowden

Leave a comment to this post if you can assist Kevin.

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NZDF Land Gifted Back to Iwi

Land used by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) to provide valuable support to ships during the Second World War has been vested back to Ngāti Rangi, a central North Island iwi.

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The move to gift back the land at Irirangi, 77 hectares of land five kilometres south of Waiouru, is part of the NZDF’s Treaty of Waitangi Settlement commitments, under the Ngati Rangi Claims Settlement Act 2019, and within seven days Ngāti Rangi will gift the land back to the NZDF as a gift to the people of New Zealand.

Royal New Zealand Navy Chief of Navy Rear Admiral David Proctor, speaking during the blessing and unveiling of a toka (an argillite boulder collected from Whangaehu River) and plaque at Irirangi, acknowledged the significant sacrifice Ngāti Rangi had made to allow continued use of the land by the NZDF to provide security and protection to all New Zealanders.

“The NZDF has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Ngāti Rangi and looks forward to strengthening this through working collaboratively and cooperatively to identify future opportunities,” Rear Admiral Proctor said.

Ngāti Rangi chairman and lead negotiator Che Wilson said it was a day of reflection and commemoration for the people of Ngāti Rangi.

“It is a time to reflect on the sacrifices of those who have gone before us, as we look towards the promise of tomorrow for our people,” Mr Wilson said.

“One of our guiding principles for Treaty settlement has been kia mau ki te wairua o Te Tiriti o Waitangi (hold fast to the spirit of Te Tiriti o Waitangi), and this day acknowledges our commitment to that kaupapa.”

The vesting and gifting back is part of a redress framework agreed by the NZDF and Ngāti Rangi.

Irirangi, meaning “frequencies that float among the Heavens”, was established in 1942 and was commissioned as HMNZS Irirangi in1951.

The site provided valuable support to ships at sea for the remainder of the Second World War. At its wartime peak the station had about 150 officers and ratings, 80 of whom were women, who did most of the operating.

Today the facility is operated remotely by the Naval Communications Station at Devonport Naval Base and a small number of staff remain to maintain the site.

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Maggie Barry MP not standing in 2020

Maggie Barry National MP for Devonport and the OPPOSITION SPOKESPERSON ON VETERANS AFFAIRS has announced her retirement from politics and will not be standing at the next election.  Not sure how effective she has been on looking out for veterans or keeping the Minister of Veterans Affairs feet to the fire.  Obviously not a highlight of her political career.

The former Morning Report and Maggie’s Garden Show presenter has held the North Shore seat for three terms.

Ms Barry said it was an honour to have served the region and to be part of the National Party but it wasn’t easy to make the decision to leave.

“After an extraordinary 10 years in politics, the time is now right for my husband Grant Kerr and I to spend more time overseas with our London-based family and share some adventures – we have a bucket list as long as your arm,” Ms Barry said in a statement.

She reaffirmed her confidence in Simon Bridge’s leadership of the National Party, and his bid to become prime minister in the upcoming elections.

“I will be campaigning hard alongside my colleagues to ensure that happens. National is the best team in politics and it has been my privilege to be part of that team since 2011.”

Mr Bridges in a statement said Ms Barry had been a valuable colleague and was a passionate Minister for Conservation.

In 2014, Ms Barry became a Cabinet minister with the conservation, seniors, and arts, culture and heritage portfolios under then-prime minister John Key.

In her statement, she remarked on her efforts to raise awareness of elderly abuse as well as helping save threatened plant and bird species through conservation initiatives.

“I came into Parliament with the ambition of being a voice for the most vulnerable,” Ms Barry said.

“I was able to raise awareness with the wider public about conservation solutions because at heart I believe that saving the world starts in your own backyard.”

She said one of her highlights was being responsible for the World War I commemorations.

“It truly was an honour unveiling the New Zealand plaques at many of the French and Belgium Western Front battlefields and reading the ode at the Menin Gate.”



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Jack Passings – November 2019

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

HUTT Lyall Stoker
BELL, Dennis Roy
MUSSON Murray Band
CORRIGAN, John Randall (John) SA
WARREN, Denis Alfred QSM Able Seaman
HAGAN, Ivar Charles LTel
McARTHUR, Karen Gail Lt
CONNELLY Tony Koro Diver

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What Ship, When and Who?

Here is an image of a Communicators Crew.  Let’s scratch our head and put names to ship, year and of course to those lovely faces.  Thanks Benton for the image.

HMNZS Canterbury 1984 Rimpac and North America/Canada Trip

Standing L-R ASG Poutu Taua, OSG Jeffrey Halliwell, ORO Rei Turner, ARO Donald Ripia, ARO Anthony Hepetema (RIP), ASG Shiner Wright, ORO Benton Ostler, ARO Karl Harrison, ARO Tawehi Munro and ASG Mark Vause.

Sitting L-R OSG Trevor Smith, LSG Dave Carroll, LSG Alan Whitley, CPOYS Nick Nicholson, SLT John Campbell, PORS Chris Bond, LRO David Jones, LRO Nawaina Maika (RIP), LSG Neil Cameron

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