“SURVIVORS” OF ‘THE ROCK’
From 1941 to 1963 there were approximately 12,400 trainees who completed their basic training at HMNZS Tamaki on Motuihe Island, known as “The Rock”.
I wonder how many are alive today who would like to meet up for the last time to tell the tale of this picturesque island; home of a training base ruled with strick discipline by many ‘old school’ ex-Royal Navy (RN) instructors. Their rigorous training methods were very structured, traditional and disciplined, with Royal Navy philosophies and principles.
But it was this discipline and strict training that made men out of boys. To have completed your training on that island was a triumph in itself and an experience that will never be forgotten.
If you served on THE ROCK, would you be interested in attending a one-off reunion, to bring together those who experienced a unique time in their lives?
If so, then at this stage go to the EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST page and add your name.
It is envisaged that the reunion would be held in February 2020.
If we get a good quorum of matelots then we can set up an ‘events’ page, committee, solicit ideas, start promoting a reunion and go from there. Both Gary ‘Kips’ Houghton (formerly Kingdon) and I have unlimited ideas already about this reunion.