Update on the review of the operation of the Veterans’ Support Act

Professor Paterson presented his report on the Review of the operation of the Veterans’ Support Act to the Chief of Defence Force at the end of March.

Professor Paterson was originally to report to the Chief of Defence Force by 15 December 2017, but this date was extended to allow time to do justice to all matters raised during the consultation process.

“I would like to thank everyone who participated in the Review. People have been so generous with their views and time. It has been a great privilege to hear from you, and to meet so many veterans and their families.”

“Without your input, this Review would not have been possible. My findings and recommendations reflect what I’ve heard and where I believe improvements can be made,”

– Professor Paterson

The Chief of Defence will submit Professor Paterson’s report to the Minister for Veterans for tabling in Parliament, at which point it will be publicly available. The Government will consider the report, and respond to its recommendations, including any changes proposed to the Veterans’ Support Act

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I have one brand new Polo Shirt with the RNZN Communicators logo on the front. Colour is Black and size is XXXL. Price is $41.00 plus $5.50 postage within NZ or $9.00 to Australia. If anyone would like to purchase this shirt please email me at frank@randsclan.com ,first in first served. Frank

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Malayan Vets Association

The Lower Hutt branch of the Malayan Veterans Association (MVA) is organising the 7th official Government anniversary of the Malayan Veterans Day 16th September 2018. We are also recognising the 70th Anniversary of the Malayan Emergency which lasted for 12 years and ended in 1960. The national MVA body will be attending Wellington for the AGM as well.

Click on the image to see what the weekend will include.







You don’t have to be a current financial member of the MVA – just being a Malayan Veteran is enough to be able to attend the MVA weekend.

There will be further follow up information and confirmations to come later.

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Remembering our Past – Jim Dell

I recently spoke with Jim Dell about writing his memoirs and sure enough he is starting to put pen to paper.  I will develop a page shortly and collate all Communicators historys as they come to hand.  We have at least three communicators busy as bees at this time.  So come on we all have a story to tell so lets document our history now.

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

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Is this the Answer??

Click HERE and HERE  or HERE to view the latest addition to the US Navy.  This could be the answer to the RNZN’s manpower, personnel and operational budget..  Thanks Nick C for the link.

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RNZN Communicators Associate Member

Regret to advise that Noel Lyon Caine (Prof) (of Island Bay, Wellington) unexpectedly in his 92nd year. Passed away on Friday 27 April 2018 at Wellington Regional Hospital. Dearly loved husband of Irene. Much loved father of Joanne and Beth, brother of Mona (dec), father-in-law of Ian and Geoff. Beloved Grandad of Gryffon and Edie. Proud Manx descendant, Navy Veteran, ex-Raoul Islander and Civil Aviation technician. The world is a poorer place without him – a devoted family man always ready to help a friend in need. We miss him – especially his wry sense of humour. In accordance with Noel’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Wellington Free Ambulance in his memory would be appreciated.

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HDML Website

A new blog covering HDML’s has been put on line.  Have a look by clicking HERE.   Image courtesy of the NZ Navy Museum.

If anyone known who the owners are for TAMURE or KOURA then it would be appreciated if that can be passed to Thane Zander on email zappydodah@hotmail.com

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