The following update is from Frank Lewis

Update on how the application for HMNZS Irirangi to be designated a Historical Site under Heritage New Zealand. Speaking to Heritage New Zealand today I was informed that recognition for HMNZS Irirangi is still in the pile of applications awaiting processing. To date it has been allocated a List Number (9769) and Site Number (P172166) and hopefully will be dealt with soon. I was told that they hope to get two extra staff to help work through the mountain of applications. The good news is that it is officially recognized as a Historical Site in the system. I did remind them that we are all getting older and it would be nice to see something done shortly. Will keep you informed once something happens.

Thanks Frank L for the update

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A Sparker Remembers

Warrant Officer Paul (skin) Murray remembers his time in the Andrew.  Click HERE to read his story.

Come on Buntings lets be having ya.  Stories please..

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Malayan Veterans Activity 15-16 September – Confirmed Program






A commemoration dinner will be held on Saturday 15th September 2018 in the OR’s mess at Trentham Military Camp, Upper Hutt Wellington commencing at 1930 hrs.

The principal guest speaker will be the Hon Ron Mark Minister of Defence and Veterans Affairs.  Please see details of program,  registration for the dinner  and accommodation options below:

  • A Programme can be downloaded by clicking HERE,
  • For the MVA Dinner Registration cick HERE
  • and accommodation details for Petone click HERE


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Jack Passings – June 2018

The following Sailors ‘Crossed the Bar’ during the month of June 2018. Details of funerals etc can be found by clicking HERE.

BARNETT Thomas Stanley (Tom):
RAVEN Thomas Charles Money (Charles)
DAVIS, Henry (Harry, Snow)
CORNEY Reginald Osborne
BEGG, Alexander Charles (Charles). Seaman
TOPP Colin Edward Signalman
DAVIS, Henry (Harry, Snow)
MITCHELL Louis John Signalman & POCS
GAMBLE David Ronald Maxwell (Max) Stoker
BAKER, Mervyn Cyril PaulLSA,
MURRAY, Michael James (Hose, Skin) ABSEA
RAUKAWA, Harry Moetatua Seaman
FRANCE James Aitken (Jim)  Stoker
AINGE, Raymond George 1924 – 2018 S/Lt R.N.Z.N.V.R.

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Here is the latest update on the review of the Long Service Awards Review.  This review commenced in 2004 and is still ongoing.  On review of the first paragraph of this release it would appear that the review still has some way to go before the Royal Warrants and accompanying regulations are in place.  If it is going to take 12 – 18 months from announcement for current serving personnel to receive their issue than not sure how ex serving personnel will be next in line in the first half of 2019.  A good subject for a time and motion study me thinks.

5 June 2018

Changes to the eligibility rules for the existing ten New Zealand military long service awards are expected to be announced by the end of 2018, 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 the first half of 2019, once a project team of additional staff has been hired and trained.

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Remembering our Past – Jim Dell

The following Chapters record Jim Dell’s life in the Royal New Zealand Navy.  He tells me it has been a very worthwhile experience remembering and documenting his past.  I am sure when you read the chapters you will be very impressed with the result of him walking down memory lane.  He puts the challenge out to other Communicators to also commit their memories to writing.    A great effort Jim and thank you for sharing your life in the Andrew.

Chapter 1 – Before the Andrew

Chapter 2 – Training

Chapter 3 – The Cherry Boys

Chapter 3 part 2  – The Cherry Boys

Chapter 3 part 3  – The Cherry Boys

Chapter 3 part 4  – The Cherry Boys

Chapter 4- NCC Wellington

Chapter 5 part 1 – ENDEAVOUR

Chapter 5 part 2 – Promotion at Last

Chapter 5 part 3 – Homewood Bound

Chapter 6 – A Windy Posting

Chapter 7 – Formica Frigate

Chapter 8 – IRIRANGI

Chapter 9 – OTAGO

Chapter 10 – TASMAN

Chapter 11 – IRIRANGI (Again)

Chapter 12 – Part 1 CANTERBURY

Chapter 12 – Part 2 OP ARMILLA

Chapter 13 – IRIRANGI & Biloxi

Chapter 14 – TAMAKI

Chapter 15 – Fleet Comms Officer – The Final Chapter

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Here is a copy of the Old Salts Newsletter #11. The newsletter contains a report from a recent trip to Hawaii over ANZAC Day 2018.  Click HERE to read on.

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