Bunting Crosses the Bar

It is with much regret that I advise the David Ahuriri ex WOYS has crossed the bar.

Mark Te Kani Kia ora tatou, After speaking with Brent, Dave’s son late this afternoon, Dave will be brought to Te Taua Moana Marae at 1100 Wed 14 Jun 17 where he will lie in state until 0900 Thurs when he will be taken to St Christopher’s Chapel (DNB) for a 1000 Service. From there he will be taken to Snapper Rock. All those who are able to support the Marae (ringa wera, kai karanga, kai korero, or any other way you can) please be at the Marae during the morning to aid in preparations. The Navy have two other kaupapa happening at the same time so your support is appreciated.

A funeral to celebrate Davids life will be held at St Christopher’s Chapel in the Naval Base on 15 June 2017 at 1000.  Medals are to be worn.  For those attending the service, car parking on base is limited due to construction works. Vehicles may not gain access.

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RNZN Comms 50th Anniversary Polo Shirts

A number of communicators have indicated that they are unable to attend the 50th Anniversary celebrations, but would like to order a polo shirt.  A new online form has been generated which will allow you to do this.  Please click HERE to enter your details.  This option is only open to financial members of the Association.  An on-line form to apply for membership can be accessed HERE.

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Veterans starting to seek out services

A recent press release by the Hon David Bennett (Minister for Veterans Affairs)  of 9 June 2017,  which maybe of interest to members of the Association and veterans.  Interestingly you can serve over 51 years in the RNZN and still not be classed as a Veteran in New Zealand..Makes you wonder!

There has been a 33 per cent increase in uptake of Veterans Independence Programmes (VIP) over the past year, Veterans’ Affairs Minister David Bennett says.

The VIP enables New Zealand veterans to live independently in their homes

It can help with the cost of house and window cleaning, lawn mowing and garden maintenance, home care, medical alarms, podiatry and home alterations.

“Veterans fought for New Zealand’s independence and now the country can assist in providing for their independence,” Mr Bennett says.

“It is a positive step forward that the veterans, who sacrificed so much for our country, are now being assisted by Veterans’ Affairs,” Mr Bennett says.

Almost 3,500 veterans and spouses were receiving VIP services at the end of April 2017.

“That’s an increase of 33 per cent more veterans accessing 7000 individual services over 12 months,” Mr Bennett says.

“The Government introduced this package in the Veterans Support Act 2014 to further enable those who have enabled our country, so we are pleased veterans are taking up the support,” Mr Bennett says.

Veterans and their families who wish to know more about what services they are entitled to, can find out more information here: www.veteransaffairs.mil.nz/support/treatment-independence/vip/

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The Wakefield Quartet

These four youngsters all served in HMNZS WAKEFIELD.  Can you identify them?

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WRENs of 1959

Here is an image of wrens from 1959. Can anyone name them?

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A number of people are looking for ex Naval Members which may or may not have been a communicator.  Here is a list of those requests.  If you can assist please email me at webmaster@rnzncomms.org and I will put you in touch with the person searching.  Members responses are in RED

Your Name Tiwha Hakaria
Name of Person you are Seaching: Tautahunga Wayne Bennett.  Did his basic training at HMZS Tamaki – up by Narrow Neck Beach. He got a medical discharge during his basic training, does anyone have a photo of him as well?  Wayne joined as at JWEM and was only in the Navy for 10 days before he was discharged.

Your Name chuck turnbull
Name of Person you are Searching peter thomas – joined 1961 as a Seaman

Your Name Owen Stuart
Name of Person you are Searching Jim Harper/George Kerr 36th Boys entry Jan 56. Then to 36th VS class at “Tamaki” on the Island.

Your Name Russell G Hockley
Name of Person you are Searching Pauline McGrath – Fort Dorset around 1965-67 Pauline was bridesmaid to friends of mine in Kaitaia ex Army, if anyone can enlighten me as to what may have happened to Paulene would be appreciated.

Your Name sweeney JCK
Name of Person you are Searching Ivan Vincent Long – Do any of you know where he is, Last saw Vince (de Vulch) flogging cars in Rotinrua. He seems to have disappeared of the face of the earth. served with him on Rotoiti under Happy Harry and also at N Office.

Your Name Tony Mills
Name of Person you are Searching Thomas Ellis Mills -My father served in the navy in World War Two. He was born in Morrinsville on 30 September 1921 and died in December 1974. Would love to know where to look for his navy service details etc.

Your Name Kevin HOPKINS
Name of Person you are Searching Peter SOPER – I just read on the RNZN Communicators site in the “roll of honour” segment that Peter SOPER passed away in 2012 – does anybody know what happened to him as we were mates on “Canterbury” and I had not heard of him since leaving the Navy – I thought that he had gone back to South Africa to live with his Dad  –  Sop’s left the Navy after we came home from the Mururoa trip and I saw him from time to time when He was working for Air New Zealand.  He and his partner then bought the Tarawera Fishing Lodge where they were for a number of years and I did not catch up with Him until the Mururoa Re-union in 2003 in Tauranga. Just to add – Pete, Shane Veld Huizen and Pog Cookson were still alive at the time with Rupert Anderson having passed away. Of that Mururoa trip, Myself, Barry Jordan, Neil Cameron and Pete Mitchell are the only ones left from the Buntings I last saw Pete in the Rotorua RSA in 2004 as he had sold the Lodge and was selling Real Estate. I conversed with him by email a few times up until his passing away from a heart attack.  Pete crossed the bar 25 Jul 2012.

Your Name christina laing
Name of Person you are Searching cyril james laing – 1939-1945

Your Name Dave Wistrand
Name of Person you are Searching Able Seaman F M Fox RNZN 7849 – I have a Manual of Seamanship Vol 1 1937 Edition that has those details noted on it – so if any descendant is interested or turns up they are welcome to have it. 09 4320227  Dave

Your Name Nicole O’Hara
Name of Person you are Searching Mervyn Brian O’Hara – Hi there, I’m just wondering if you have any photos of stories about my pop. Kind Regards Nicole

Your Name Dearne Berry
Name of Person you are Searching Karen Marshall née Good – Joined April 1977 as a Communicator

Your Name Dale Hobbs
Name of Person you are Searching Max Watt – Worked with you at Irirangi /Communications. Originally from Motueka .Had heard Max was in Brisbane. Would be marvellous to catch up..  Max Watt lives in Nerang on the Gold Coast…

Your Name Ray Hewitt
Name of Person you are Searching Max Henderson – Black Prince 1954 Communications branch

Your Name Peter Broom(nz11652)
Name of Person you are Searching Any 13 th boy sigs still around or 12th boy tels – 12th boys joined Nov 1947,13th boys March 1948 with 8 12th boys back classing to 13th to become sigs

Your Name Linda Lainchbury
Name of Person you are Searching Alick Edward MacKay – RNZN Black Prince around 1950. This is my Dad and he was a radio operator. Thanks and I hope you can find something as Dad just passed away and we are trying to find info on his time in the Navy. Kindest regards Linda

Your Name John Bullock
Name of Person you are Searching Lieut. Dennis P Milton – SCO Waikato 1966, BCO (Comauck’s Staff)

Your Name Robert Thompson
Name of Person you are Searching 9th O/tels (1949-55) – Tamaki. Irirangi, Pukaki, Nowra, Bellona, Philomel  It would appear that LTEL Rob Bud Thompson crossed the bar 26 May 2015.

Your Name Barry Walden
Name of Person you are Searching Brian (BD) Neale – Sparker on Waikato Gov Gen Pacific Islands and FE trip 72/73. Anyone out there know where Brian nows lives would be greatly appreciated.

Your Name Gus McCann
Name of Person you are Searching (Huck) Porter – Served on OTAGO and Navradsta. Last seen at a Sunday Session at Ron Kinghorn’s place before we flew out on a posting with GCSB (every one must know by now what GCSB stands for). As far as i remember he was driving busses.

Your Name Harold Morris (NOT HOWARD)
Name of Person you are Searching Shiner (Gooba) Wright – Bunting 1970 – Last long cruise (Otago 1971)  Shiner was in my class. He used to live over the back of my place when I resided in Pukekohe(1994 – 1996). He worked for a drilling company doing bores and wells. He used to rock up with a bottle of rum….drink it all go home and leave me in the shit with the Mrs. He is still around in Pukekohe as I was putting in a water pump system in Drury back in 2008 and the guy who was sinking the bore knew Shiner and his reputation. My last ship was Otago with Shiner who drafted on pissed from Waiouru….Nick Nicolson was the Yeoman and I was the Killick…You could never forget Shiner Wright he was a real character.  (Terry Patterson)

Your Name Dave Synnott
Name of Person you are Searching Suzanne Hewitt WREN around 63/4

Your Name Harold Morris
Name of Person you are Searching Jim Wills – Bunting – January 1969

Your Name Harold Morris
Name of Person you are Searching John Thorn – Bunting – January 1969.  – I last had contact with John Thorn when he was working for Weddell – Crown in Wellington. He had been working for them since he left the Navy. Weddell- Crown got sold but believe he still living in Wellington somewhere. He got into marathon running and was coached by a guy I knew (Kevin Ross) who still coaches  (Terry Patterson)

Your Name Harold Morris
Name of Person you are Searching Kerry Alan Bent Bunting – Joined January 1969
August 28, 2012 at 11:29 am

Your Name Claudia Rogers
Name of Person you are Searching Jenny Barnes 1965 -1972

Your Name Graham A Cadwallader
Name of Person you are Searching Roland T Bazely – Class of “15th TELS, EM’s & REM’s”. Late ’53 to ’54 O/D course in HMAS Cerberus. Class also included HIGGINS. MARTIN (Tels) CURRY (em)   Martin Welsh NZ14661 TEL  crossed the bar 6 Jun 1976.

Your Name Chris Precey
Name of Person you are Searching Ivan Long – Sparker in 50s – At NCC Wellington 1959.

Your Name Chris Precey
Name of Person you are Searching Roy O’Donnell – Sparker in the 50s and 60s.

Your Name Bill Bartlett
Name of Person you are Searching Sidney George Graham – Served on HMNZS Bellona/HMNZS Royalist 1955-1956-57? Sid was a Signalman nicknamed “Blue”. Was a pom from Manchester. Last saw Blue when drafted off Royalist 1n 1957 to Navy Office, Wellington. Possible he may have finished his time and went back to the UK.

Your Name Charles Conroy( Horse)
Name of Person you are Searching Lillian Scott – She was in the Stores Branch years 66/68 Her nick name was bouncer , she was also a member of the Navy Judo club that time . Was a P.O. in 1968.

Your Name Sandy Watson
Name of Person you are Searching Marilyn Bramley – Signals Wren HMNZS Wakefield DTRC 1969/1970 She went to University to complete a law degree after her 3 years in the Wrens.

Your Name Albie Cross
Name of Person you are Searching Colin Hector SPENCE – a.k.a. “Tex”. Tamaki 12th Boy Tels (1947-49) and Bellona (49-50) Last sighting ZLO (Irirangi) late 1955 believed to be heading towards Hastings. Caucasian , 1.8 metres , fair complexion, temperate in nature, a ruddy good hockey player and golf ball putter. Any QSO  – Colin Spence (aka Tex) is residing in Mount Maunganui about five minutes walk from the Golf Course..  (Albie Cross)  — Peter Broome – Albie Cross is living in Mount Roskill Auckland. Are you still living in Gisborne. Ebe Craven, Barry Swan, Doug Friis, Bill Martin, and H.D.Smith have all crossed the Bar. Dinger Rhodes was in Waihi last thing I knew, Mas Miller is in Auckland I think, Alec McKenzie was in Thames, Reg Hayward up in North Auckland, Stokes died 18 Dec 1981, Lindsay Weavers still lives in Whakatane and that’s about all I can remember at present – Regards to you – Tex.

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This is very interesting.  Here is an image of topographical plans for HMNZS IRIRANGI drawn in 1953.  There must have been a change of heart when the final plans were drawn as the married quarters were actually built outside of the main gate on Park Lane and the playing field was located across the road from the camp on Waiaruhe Road later to be known as Thorne Park.  Are there any other changes which stand out? Thanks Fred W for the image.

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