The question has arisen as to who was the Leading Tel on watch in the Port W/T Office located in PHILOMEL on Christmas Eve 1953 when the Tangiwai Disaster occurred just north of Waiouru.

One of the ratings on watch was ‘Charlie’ Webby but cannot remember who was the leading hand of the watch.

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Survivors of the Rock – Anecdote # 2

Want to know more of what happened on Motuihi Island.  Click HERE

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Vetarans Affairs Deployment Review

Veterans Affairs are currently working through the process to review over 100 deployments, and will be looking at these in six tranches:  This review does not cover any deployments prior to 1974.  Please be aware the RNZN Communicators Assn has raised a paper to the Minister and NZDF re the period prior to 1974 and we await a response from both parties.  We will hopefully advise members of the outcome early in 2019.

Tranche 1: Significant deployments without appropriate coverage
Examples would include operations with no close off date (something required under the Act), or where geographical areas not clearly defined.

This group includes all the operations in:
the Former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
the Solomon Islands.

Tranche 2: Deployments without coverage that may meet the required risk thresholds
This could include deployments that currently have no cover.

Examples of areas under consideration are:
Several deployments in the Gulf Region

Tranche 3: Deployments declined coverage before 2009 that warrant reconsideration
This will include operations declined coverage before 2009 under the old legislation, which may meet the new risk criteria in the 2014 legislation.

Examples of areas under consideration are:

Tranche 4: Deployments with coverage where there needs to be a review of the specified period or a reconsideration of risk
Examples of areas under consideration are:
Sierra Leone.

Tranche 5: Deployments declined coverage since 2009 that warrant reconsideration
This will include operations declined coverage since 2009 under the old legislation which may now meet the new risk criteria in the 2014 legislation.

Examples of areas under consideration include:
Indian Ocean.

Tranche 6: Those deployments considered and declined since the 2014 Act that may meet the eligibility criteria
These deployments may have a single factor which indicates personnel may be at risk from a threat (either environmental or operational). For example a Centre for Disease Control health warning might be in place.

It is unlikely the overall threat assessment will meet the required threshold, but we are carrying out due diligence and reviewing these deployments.

Deployments we’re not reviewing
We’re not reviewing: operations before 1 April 1974, as everyone who served in NZ’s Armed Forces before this date has Qualifying Routine Service and thus eligibility for support and services from Veterans’ Affairs
operations not conducted as part of NZDF Output 5.1 (Military Operations in Support of Rules-Based International Order). The way that Qualifying Operational Service is defined in the legislation does not cover business as usual

How we’ll review deployments
We’ll look at each deployment and consider whether it meets a threat threshold. To do this, we’ll work with our colleagues in:

GEOINT New Zealand
Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand
Strategic Commitments and Engagement Branch NZDF
NZDF Health
NZDF Personnel Archives and Medals.
Once all the deployments in a tranche have been considered, the Head of Veterans’ Affairs will advise the Chief of Defence Force of the outcome.

The Chief of Defence Force will then recommend to the Minister for Veterans if any declarations should be made or changed.

The Minister for Veterans will decide whether to declare deployments as Qualifying Operational Service.

Have your say
If you feel there is a deployment that should be considered against the criteria for Qualifying Operational Service, and you don’t see it listed above, please contact us to suggest deployments that we should consider as part of the review.  Click HERE to sign up and receive updates

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The Four Navies of Fiji

The Four Navies of Fiji was written by the First Commander of Fijian Naval Forces, Captain Stanly Brown.  His story appeared in the Fiji Sun Newspaper in 2015 in instalments.  The installments for some reason did not appear in sequence but I am sure you will find it an interesting read.

Click HERE to read on.

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Jack Passings – December 2018

The following Sailors ‘Crossed the Bar’ during the month of December 2018. Details of funerals etc can be found by clicking HERE.

SMITH, Janet Anderson (nee Batten)
MORUNGA, Wiremu Pororua (Bill) Seaman
TRETHEWEY, Allan Stewart
McCORMICK, Avis Dawn (nee Cardno) Wren Cook
FOX Maurice Frederick LSEA
CARTER Michael Paul LSEA
NOLAN Simon Andrew
WIN Neville Ross Captain
GAPES John Arthur PRD
HARGREAVES, Maraea Rahiri. Wren  Cook
SMITH, William James Lanyon: DSO, OBE, Commander

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

A message from the President of the RNZNCA

On behalf of the Committee, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very merry Christmas and all the very best for 2019.

This is a time of giving however, the giving of time is more important than the giving of presents especially for the young ones.  Please drive safe if you are travelling and keep the intake of food and alcohol to a level which can be sustained.  But most of all, enjoy the time with your families.  Good health, and hope to catch up in the New Year.

Garry Houghton – President RNZNCA

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If you happen to be serving in HMNZS VENTURE, Christmas 1943 when it was in Fiji, this is what would have been served up to you for dinner.  A copy of Daily Orders is also included.  Click on images to enlarge.  Thanks Neill D for the contribution.  Anyone got an image of VENTURE?


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