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RNZN Chaplaincy

Helm Memorial Window

RNZN Chaplains are ordained priests/ministers employed by the Navy to provide both spiritual guidance and pastoral care to all Naval personnel, military and civilian, and their families. 

Our Chaplains are trained in 'first-aid' counselling, and can advise on referrals to other professional agencies.  They can also assist with both personal and service related problems and issues and they are committed to working confidentially with all personnel.

At times chaplains are posted aboard Naval vessels and on Peacekeeping operations. Any person can arrange to see a chaplain in the office at the Naval Base during work hours.  However, in times of crisis, illness or bereavement, Chaplains will also visit service personnel, or their family members, in hospital or at home.

In an emergency, or in the event of a crisis, the Chaplains are available outside working hours (including weekends). 

Serving and Ex Serving personnel, both military and civilian, may use the Naval Chapels for Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals and other special occasions.  Enquires need to be made through the Chaplaincy Centre. 

Right: in the Naval Memorial Chapel of St Christopher  the frame of the central window over the altar is made from the steering wheel of HMS PHILOMEL. Around the rim are the names of New Zealand ships/units that suffered losses in World War II. A window on either side depicts St Brandon, Patron Saint of Navigators and St Christopher, Patron Saint of Travellers.

Chaplaincy Services

Scattering of Ashes
Regular Chapel services
Veterans Reunion service
Education in life skills
Pastoral Visits
Support for Peacekeepers and their families
Assistance with work or personal issues

For further details on any services held in the Chapel please contact the Chaplaincy Centre.

Items of interest

There are many items of historic interest to view in the Chapel of St Christopher, including gifts from former personnel and service artefacts, including former Colours.


Chapel Services

A regular Chapel Service is held in the Naval Memorial Chapel of St Christopher every Sunday at 0900.  All serving and ex-serving military and civilian personnel and their families are welcome to attend.  Baptisms and Christenings are normally held during this service.

Contact details

During working hours, please contact the Chaplaincy Centre who will answer your enquiry or put you in touch with one of our Chaplains:

Free Phone: 0800 769624
Phone:  (09) 4455325
Fax:  (09) 4455329

If after hours feel free to leave a message, or for urgent matters contact Duty Watch for the Duty Chaplains Contact:

Duty Watch:  (09) 4455120

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