Otis in Charge

Here is an image of LTCDR Owen (Otis) Young taking command of IRIRANGI.  Can we name the others in this image and when was it taken,

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New Youth LSV Facility Opened

Defence Minister Ron Mark and Associate Social Development Minister Peeni Henare have today officially opened the new Youth Development Facility at Whenuapai Air Base.

The new facility will host 640 young people each year, who will take part in the Limited Service Volunteer (LSV) programme. LSV is a residential six-week programme run jointly by NZDF and MSD aimed at helping turn the lives of at-risk young people around and move them into employment.

“The LSV programme in its current form has been in place for 25 years,” says Ron Mark. “It has proven time and time again to be a valuable tool in helping young people move forward with their lives.

“The new facility opened today is a huge step forward for LSV. Not only is it modern and fit for purpose, but it will also help meet the increased demand for the programme which the Government has doubled in size to 1600 students by the year 2020. This increase in numbers was a key initiative in the Coalition agreement. ”

“I’ve been a huge believer in the LSV programme for decades, and I’ve met so many people who have had their lives turned around by it. When I was an employer I also saw the value of taking on graduates. Their work ethic was second to none,” says Ron Mark.

Associate Social Development Minister Peeni Henare says the LSV programme is one of the Ministry’s key work readiness and development programmes for young people.

“It provides a supportive and structured environment that builds participants’ confidence, fitness and life skills – preparing them to move into employment or education,“ says Peeni Henare.

“In its current form, LSV has trained 16,230 young people and on average, 50% of LSV trainees are off-benefit at 16-weeks post-course. Employers value LSV graduates because of their skills, discipline and attitude.

“The new facility and the one soon to be opened in Wellington will enable more young people to access a proven programme that leads to meaningful and sustainable employment,” says Peeni Henare.

The new facility will also help train students at the Ministry of Education’s Service Academies as well as members of the various Cadet Units in Auckland.

“This multi-purpose facility and the dedicated staff who work here will make a huge difference to youth training in New Zealand for years to come. It was an honour to be at the opening and I’m looking forward to seeing the first class of LSV students graduate from here later in the year,” says Ron Mark.

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The Communicator

Here are a number of issues of the Communicator which I am sure some of you will find interesting.  Thanks to The Magazine of the Royal Navy’s Communications Branch
and latterly of the Royal Naval Amateur Radio Society.

Issue 1
Issue 2
Issue 3
Issue 4 HMNZS IRIRANGI sends message pages 25 & 26 of this issue.

Issue 1 HMNZS IRIRANGI information on page 24 of this issue
Issue 2
Issue 3

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12 July 19 – Navy Club Lunch, Remuera Club
12 – 14 July 19 – Mururoa Vets Assn AGM, Warkworth RSA
19 July 19 – Ngapona Assn Lunch at New Lynn RSA
20 July 19 – Northland Lunch, Bay of Islands Yacht Club
3 August 19 – Ngapona Assn Mid Year Function at the Bays Club
10 August 19 – Navy Club AGM, Remuera Club at 1100
16 August 19 – Ngapona Assn Lunch & EGM at Birkenhead RSA


Last Saturday, with some other members of the Association, I had the pleasure of attending the HMNZS Ngapona Cocktail Party held at the Navy Museum. I must congratulate the organisers from Ngapona for organising a very well run event. It was a most valuable opportunity to renew old friendships and meet on an informal basis with many serving personnel. Entertainment was provided by the Balmoral Highland Dancers, well-done girls. Congratulations must also go to the Museum staff for their catering. This is an excellent venue for such an event and facility for which the Navy should be justly proud.


At the recent AGM of the Ngapona Assn, it was unanimously decided to remove the requirement that limited the number of Associate Members to 25% of the number of Full Members. In order to change the constitution, we are required to give a minimum of 28 days’ notice to members and the change should then be ratified at a General Meeting of the Association.

It is intended that a General Meeting will be held at the conclusion of our lunch at the Birkenhead RSA on 16 August 2019.


Our Mid Year Function will be held at the Bays Club, Anzac Road, Browns Bay on the 3rd of August. This is a great venue and a special menu has been prepared for us.


The Commanding Officer, HMNZS Ngapona, Lt Cdr Nigel Heslop, presented CPOMAA John Burridge with a CO’s Commendation at the recent Cocktail Party at the Navy Museum. The award recognizes two specific areas of his more recent and ongoing contributions. The first: his supplementation efforts in the New Zealand Defence Force Military Police (NZDF MP). The second: an important standout but characteristic example of his much-valued powers of initiative in action when he successfully completed the water rescue of a seventeen-year-old female at the Waitangi Day Celebrations in February last year.

Well deserved Budge!


On 28th June 1948, the tug Arataki was completed and re-launched by the HMNZ Dockyard. It was under construction in Auckland as a US Navy harbour tug (YTL 627) under a reverse Lend/Lease scheme but was only 40% complete when all contracts were cancelled at war’s end. After rusting at Mechanics Bay, it was transferred to the Navy in April 1947, and completed for use as a yard tug and for target towing. It was sold in 1985.

Three tugs, all of the similar design, were built by Steel Ships of Auckland for the US Navy. YTL 622, Manawanui, used by the RNZN as a diving tender and ended her days at the Paeroa Maritime Museum. YTL 625 became Kawateri and was renamed James O’Brien she served most of her life as tug at Westport and sometimes ferry to Stewart Island and is the only one extant. (Last seen in Picton) They were 74′ LOA and had an archaic 320 hp air start directly reversing Atlas-Imperial diesel for propulsion. YTL

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Veteran Affairs Visit Victoria & Western Australia

Here is the latest on this visit.

VA Forum in Melbourne

Monday, 24 June 2019, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Anzac House, 4-6 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia

VA Forum in Perth

Tuesday, 25 June 2019, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Mantra on Murray, 305 Murray St, Perth, Western Australia 6000, Australia

Tuesday, 25th June 2019, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Mantra on Murray, 305 Murray St, Perth, Western Australia 6000, Australia

Wednesday, 26 June 2019, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Mantra on Murray, 305 Murray St, Perth, Western Australia 6000, Australia

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Veterans Support Amendment Bill – Talk about Fastrack – UPDATE

I cannot and have never heard of anything moving this fast in the Beehive especially anything to do with Veterans.  Update in Red as at 20th June 19

The Veterans Support Amendment Bill

Introduced into Parliament 23 May 19
First Reading 28 May 19
Passed to Social Services and Community Select Committee and submissions close 3 Jun  (Note the 3rd June is Queens Birthday and submissions close at midnight)  Hardly much time for the public to get submissions in.  If our MP’s had reacted to our prompts prior to first reading we might not be in this position now.
Second Reading – 19 June 2019  The video of these readings can be viewed HERE
Third Reading – 19 June 2019

The second and third reading of the Bill has been read in parliament.  It is apparent that the Select Committee pushed the Bill through with no amendment as the advice they received from supplementary questions was that the Minister will still be able to acknowledge deployments prior to 1974 as Qualifying Operational Service.   The Association holds a copy of this documentation.

We now eagerly await notification from CDF of the completion of the review into pre-1974 deployments and also the announcement by the Minister of Veterans Affairs as who is actually a Veteran and how New Zealand is going to recognise these Veterans.  Both these announcements are expected to be made on 30th June 2019.

A copy of the RNZN Communicators Assn submission to the Select Committee can be read HERE.

Three other submissions were put forward to the Select Committee which amounted to one-liners in support of the Amendment to the Act.  You can read these submissions by clicking HERE (they won’t take you long).  These submissions were from the Ranfurly Veterans Trust, NZ Vietnam Veterans Association and Mark Treadgold.

The final report of the Select Committee can be read HERE

A meeting of the Social Services and Community Select Committee was held on 6 June however due to there being no oral submissions the meeting will no longer be open to the public.  Two National members of the committee, Louise Upston and Alfred Ngaru will both be absent from the meeting so it is unsure who will be representing the National Party. I guess the National Party Whips will be busy this morning.  A further meeting has been scheduled for 11 June 2019 at 0900 – 1000.  We have no idea who will be attending this meeting and it is not currently scheduled to be live streamed.


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Click HERE for the utube 360-degree view of the newest acquisition of the Royal New Zealand Navy HMNZS MANAWANUI.

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