Ngapona Newsletter


13 September 19 – Navy Club, Remuera Club at 1200
20 September 19 – Ngapona Assn Lunch at Tauranga RSA
11 October 19 – Navy Club, Remuera Club at 1200
18 October 19 – Ngapona Assn Lunch at Glen Eden RSA
18 October 19 – Trafalgar Day Luncheon at Te Atatu RSA
8 November 19 – Navy Club, Remuera Club at 1200
15 November 19 – Ngapona Assn Lunch at Grey Lynn RSA
15 – 17 November 19 – Terra Australis Conference at DNB
13 December 19 – Navy Club, Remuera Club at 1200
13 December 19 – Maritime Societies’ Annual Dinner, Northern Club at 1830
20 December 19 – Ngapona Assn Xmas Lunch at Orakei RSA


Our lunch this month will be held at the Tauranga RSA in Greerton on Friday 20th of September at 1200. Hope to see you there.


HAVE YOU REGISTERED YET? – DO IT NOW. To all matelots past and present, who have served under any of the white ensigns.

The President and Quarterdeck Division of the Te Atatu Memorial RSA will host a luncheon on Friday 18 October 2019 to celebrate in true naval fashion the 214th Anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar and you are invited to attend.

Please note this luncheon is restricted to 100 attendees and applications close Friday, 4th October 2019. Don’t miss out!


Guest speakers have been arranged for the next two Navy Club luncheons.

September Luncheon (this Friday)- Noel Davies who will talk about his recent trip to RWANDA.
November Luncheon – Cdr Beryl Oldham (Rtd).


The 9th Annual Christmas Dinner of the Combined Maritime Societies, and commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Battle of the River Plate, will be held at the Northern Club, 19 Princes Street, Auckland on Friday 13th December 2019.


HMNZS Arabis was a Flower-class corvette gifted to the RNZN for war service escort duties during WWll. She arrived in NZ in June 1944 and was returned to the RN with HMNZS Arbutus in April 1948. Her crest, designed by HMNZS Dockyard in 1947, was never formally adopted. There were a total of 267 Flower-class anti-submarine escorts built, mostly for the Royal Navy and Royal Canadian Navy use.


On 15 September 1915, gender-neutral names were introduced into the RNZN, including Seaman Officer to Seamanship Officer and Helicopter Crewman to Helicopter Crewperson. A few weeks later, the latter was changed again to Helicopter Loadmaster, and Naval Policeman was changed to Military Police.

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1 Response to Ngapona Newsletter

  1. Frank Rands says:

    From Peter Broom Our Class 12th boys took passage in Arbutus to Waitangi Day celebrations in 1948 we were the guard at Waitangi.A bit of a shock after only 4 months in pussers. She was a sister ship to Arabus

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