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NZ High Commissioner lays a wreath over the wreck site of HMNZS Moa, Tulagi harbour

OMA Tasmyn Benny

Commonwealth Games 2018 - Ordinary Medical Assistant (OMA) Tasmyn Benny, from Thames, put her branch training on hold this year to fulfil her dream of fighting on the international stage. She was selected for the Games in the Women's Boxing 48kg weight category earlier this year and will bring her best to the ring for her bouts in Brisbane.

UPDATE: OMA Benny has won her quarter-final bout and moves to the semis, facing Northern Ireland's Kristina O'Hara on 11 April. Bout will screen on TVNZ at 2.47pm. If successful she has a shot for gold in the final.




She's got a name and now she has a badge...

Her Excellency The Governor-General of New Zealand and the Chief of Navy

The sheer number of entries, and their quality, were the things that impressed RADM Martin the most. “It was wonderful that so many New Zealanders cared so much about our new ship that they wanted to submit a design,” he said.

The Ship’s Names & Badges committee convened to review the over 250 designs received. They had no details of the designers so their selection was completely impartial. The panel reduced the submissions down to a top 10 which were given to the Chief of Navy in December to make the final decision.

“My design criteria was very clear,” said RADM Martin.  “I asked for designs that were simple yet striking, reflective of the role of the ship and uniquely New Zealand. While I had no idea who submitted the designs, Steven’s immediately stood out. The fish hook elegantly blended the Maori legend of Aotearoa’s origin with the replenishment role that the ship will be responsible for.”

“Dividing the sea and sky, I saw the white band representing both a long white cloud and an ice shelf – very appropriate given the importance of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica to New Zealand.  For a number of reasons this design was an obvious choice for me.

I was genuinely surprised that the winner was one of Navy’s own and I’m thrilled for him.”

Steven’s winning badge design will now form the basis of the formal ship badge.

When HMNZS Aotearoa is commissioned into service in early 2020 she will not only be the new maritime sustainment vessel and fleet tanker but will also enhance combat operational capability, provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief and support monitoring operations in the Southern Ocean.

“I know New Zealanders will be as proud of her as the whole of the Navy will be when she arrives,” said RADM Martin.
Steven works at the Devonport Naval Base as Project Manager responsible for the Inshore Patrol Vessels upkeep and maintenance.
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