75th Polo Shirts & Caps

The Old Salts have a limited supply of ‘NAVY’ & ‘NAVY VETERAN’ branded polo shirts and caps.  ORDER YOURS NOW!  No image available.

Dark Navy Blue with gold logo (shirts) or white logo (caps only).

Unisex sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL
Shirts $20 each
Caps $10 each
All orders plus $7.50 P&H.

Limited stock. Get in quick or miss out.
Order by phone to ensure we have your required size available.
Orders to Jill Thompson on Mob: 021 2744426 email: jillt.nz49@gmail.com

Old Salts Commemorative Polo shirts

We also have a limited supply of OLD SALTS navy blue polo shirts. Click on image to enlarge

Dark Navy Blue (of course) with white Old Salts 75th logo on chest and William C Daldy logo on right sleeve.

Unisex sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL
$15 each plus $7.50 P&H.

Limited stock. Get in quick or miss out.
Order by phone to ensure we have your required size available.
Orders to Jill Thompson on
Mob: 021 2744426
email: jillt.nz49@gmail.com

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Old Salts Memorial Cruise – Saturday 10 November 

Armistice Day 2018 will mark 100 years since the end of the First World War in 1918.

Join William C. Daldy on Saturday November 10 as it commemorates Armistice Day (the day before) with a Memorial service and wreath laying, followed by BBQ lunch and up spirits. Daldy will sail at 0930 and return at 1330.

Tea/Coffee and sticky bun will be served on sailing and a Cash Bar will be operating.

Cost is $65 per person and all Welcome.

Expressions of interest to:
Jill Thompson 09 836 5191 or 021 2744426 or email jillt.nz49@gmail.com

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The World’s Six Best Doctors

This is worth a read and I am sure the sentiments will ring true for many especially in light of another shipmate crossing the bar.

Steve Jobs Died a billionaire at age 56. This is his final essay:

I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In some others’ eyes, my life is the epitome of success. However, aside from work, I have little joy. In the end, my wealth is only a fact of life that I am accustomed to. At this moment, lying on my bed and recalling my life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in have paled and become meaningless in the face of my death.

You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone bear your sickness for you. Material things lost can be found or replaced. But there is one thing that can never be found when it’s lost – Life. Whichever stage in life you are in right now, with time, you will face the day when the curtain comes down.

Treasure love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat yourself well and cherish others. As we grow older, and hopefully wiser, we realize that a $300 or a $30 watch both tell the same time. You will realize that your true inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world. Whether you fly first class or economy, if the plane goes down – you go down with it.

Therefore, I hope you realize, when you have mates, buddies and old friends, brothers and sisters, who you chat with, laugh with, talk with, have sing songs with, talk about north-south-east-west or heaven and earth, that is true happiness! Don’t educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy. So when they grow up they will know the value of things and not the price. Eat your food as your medicine, otherwise you have to eat medicine as your food.

The One who loves you will never leave you for another because, even if there are 100 reasons to give up, he or she will find a reason to hold on. There is a big difference between a human being and being human. Only a few really understand it. You are loved when you are born. You will be loved when you die. In between, you have to manage!

The six best doctors in the world are sunlight, rest, exercise, diet, self-confidence and friends. Maintain them in all stages and enjoy a healthy life.”

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Tom Hiini Crossed the Bar – Update

Regret to advise that our mate Pokiha (Tom) Hiini U18648 crossed the bar at 4.15am this morning, Saturday 15 September 2018.  Tom was an ex Chief Petty Officer Yeoman of Signals who joined the Navy in January 1966 and retired from the Navy in April 1987.

The funeral service for Tom will be held at the Waiheke Sports Club in Causeway Road, Ostend on Wednesday, 19 September 2018 commencing at 1100 and from there Tom will be interred in the RSA Section of the Waiheke Island Cemetery which is located at 205 Onetangi Road, Onetangi.

After the burial, its back to the Waiheke Sports Club, for a cup of tea???

Waiheke Shuttles can be booked – Click HERE

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Waiheke Bus Timetable – Click HERE

Ferry Timetable Auckland – Waiheke – Auckland Click HERE

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HMS VICTORY’S White Ensign Goes AWOL

The following article was published in the Professional Skipper and has been reproduced here as I have it on good authority that the content is ‘Kosher’.  Thanks also to Professional Skipper and an unamed Leading Signalman.

This is what happens when young sailors, alcohol, adventure and a little initiative takes charge in a foreign port.  If it is not brass guns, 10inch signal projectors, ships trophies or other attractive articles it might just be Nelson’s Ensign.

Click HERE to read the article.

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Conservation Couple Buys New Zealand Navy Warship

ABC Newcastle By Tim Connell
A grey warships sails on the ocean


A Newcastle couple who searched for a boat online are now the proud new owners of an ex-New Zealand warship.

Paul and Wilma Adams have sailed their 44-metre ship, the decommissioned Royal New Zealand Navy dive tender Manawanui, across the Tasman and docked it at their hometown of Carrington.

“Overwhelmed. WTF,” Ms Adams said of how she feels about owning the ship.

“It’s not just the size. Paul looked regularly on websites to find a suitable ship and when he came out with it, it was like, ‘hey darling, I’ve found the ship!’

“What more can you ask for? You can’t find these in Kmart.”

Perfect match
The Manawanui is built for diving missions in the middle of the sea. It has a decompression chamber, a domed bell for deep diving and a 15-tonne crane for heavy lifting overboard.

The Adamses plan to use their ship, bought for a sum in the vicinity of “a few hundred thousand dollars”, to preserve the fuel-laden, mostly Japanese vessels that sank in the South Pacific during World War II.

Many of the wrecks are corroded and starting to leak oil from the ocean floor.

The Adamses have feared a looming ecological disaster ever since they visited Micronesia’s Chuuk Lagoon, where the US Navy sank dozens of Japanese ships in Operation Hailstone in 1944.

“While we were diving on one of the ships we saw this huge blob of black oil come out, drift up to the top and disperse,” Mr Adams said.

A man standing next a decompression chamber aboard a warship speaks to a reporter.

PHOTO: “You can’t find these in Kmart” … Mr Adams stands next to the Manawanui’s decompression chamber. (ABC Newcastle: Anthony Scully)
“Each wreck we dived on had oil come out of it.

“The long and the short of it is, nothing’s being done.”

“”So we decided we’d do something.”

The couple plan to lock guard the wrecks against leakage by using cathodic protection, with blocks lowered underwater from the Manawanui.

The method works by guarding vulnerable metal against corrosion by making it act as an electrical cathode.

Race against time to stop oil
Responsibility for the 70-year-old wrecks of the South Pacific has grown murky over time. Many of the ships were once part of the Japanese merchant navy.

A corrosion survey of the Chuuk Lagoon in 2002 by Dr William Jeffery, a maritime archaeologist and assistant professor of archaeology at the University of Guam, found that “many of the wrecks … will retain their existing integrity for only the next ten to fifteen years before they begin to undergo significant collapse.”

Dr Jeffery, who is advising the Adamses, said the governments of the Federated States of Micronesia, USA, and Japan all have conservation or historical reasons to protect the wrecks, but Japan’s surrender of its weapons at the end of the war might legally clear it of responsibility for its sunken ships.

Nonetheless, a Japanese group called the Japanese Mine Action Service is currently in Chuuk doing a clean-up.

Dr Jeffery said his contacts in Chuuk and Micronesia are happy to work with the Adamses, subject to their mission being funded — the couple are appealing for financial and in-kind help through their website.


“The project will need permission and support from the Chuuk and [Micronesian] governments,” Dr Jeffery said.

“So while it’s a private mission, it will be implemented in accordance with the laws and procedures required by these governments.

“The archaeological, social, cultural and biological values of the wrecks will be taken into account, but they won’t be a focus at this stage and everything will be done not to impact these values.”

For Mr Adams, the mission has become a consuming passion into which he has poured thousands of dollars and countless hours.

Buying the ship was just the beginning, he said.

“It just keeps flashing red lights that this is urgent, and nobody seems to be picking up on that just yet,” Mr Adams said.

Article courtesy of ABC Newcastle: Anthony Scully

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New Medal for Public Service

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has today announced a new medal that recognises meritorious service in the Public Service. The medal will be awarded to public servants who have provided service that has brought significant benefit or prestige to New Zealand or the Public Service, or who go above and beyond what is expected.

“Recognising and celebrating public servants who have been exemplary or a model to others is an important way to promote and acknowledge the work of the public sector,” Jacinda Ardern said

“The new medal will also help reaffirm the Public Service’s spirit of service to the community that New Zealand’s public servants bring to their work every day.

“Public servants rarely get acknowledged for the exceptional work they do that changes New Zealand society and lives for the better.

“This medal will recognise those public servants who have really made a difference.

“Some of the greatest contributions of public servants are not always obvious to the public. Public servants find solutions to New Zealand’s most challenging problems and implement big changes.

“They create new ways for New Zealanders to access services, whether it be cutting wait times to receive social support or designing innovative campaigns that lead to better health and education outcomes.

“This is the calibre of service we can be proud of because it changes peoples’ lives.

“It’s time we acknowledge high-achieving public servants. New Zealand needs public servants prepared to take risks and find solutions to the big challenges. I hope that this new medal will inspire others to do that,” Jacinda Ardern said.

New Zealand’s current Royal Honours system includes extensive options for the recognition of state servants, particularly those in the Armed Forces and uniformed services, such as Police, and Fire and Emergency NZ. But there is no medal that exclusively recognises the work, achievements, and contribution of core public servants.

The introduction of a new medal is consistent with other jurisdictions, including Australia. It will be instituted by Royal Warrant.

The medal, which will be presented for the first time later in the year by State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes, will be part of the New Zealand Royal Honours system. It is anticipated that around five medals will be awarded each year.

and from the State Services Commission website

New Public Service Medal for meritorious service

14 August 2018 
Written by Peter Hughes the State Services Commissioner – I’ve always believed in the power of awards and recognition. Public Servants work hard for New Zealanders. They come to work wanting to do the best job they can for their communities.

So I’m really pleased the Prime Minister has announced the introduction of a new Public Service Medal.

This medal is for meritorious service. It’s for those public servants who make a real difference and inspire the rest of us.

Recognition is important. And it’s fitting the new medal will be presented this year when we are celebrating Public Service Day for the first time.

Public Service Day is 7 November, the day in 1912 the Public Service Act became law. The medal will be presented each year on or as close as possible to this date.

In addition to the medal, I will be presenting Commendations for Frontline Excellence to those who have really gone the extra mile in demonstrating a spirit of service to the community.

Public Service Day is about more than awards. It’s about reflecting on the ideal of public service. It’s also an opportunity to remind ourselves that New Zealand has a Public Service that values neutrality, fairness and integrity – a public service we can all be proud of.

Every day all around the country public servants are doing great work to make a difference for New Zealand and New Zealanders. They deserve our support. And this recognition.

Some food for thought –
  • This medal is being struck and it will be consistent with other jurisdictions including Australia.
  • It is going to be presented in a timely manner i.e. 7 November 2018 – this year.
  • The medal will be instituted by Royal Warrant – They must have a direct link to the approval chain noting the time it has taken for the NZDF to get their royal warrants approved.
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