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16-19 February 2017: Art Deco Weekend (Napier)

  • Napier City is known as the Art Deco Capital and has one of the best and largest collections of original 1930’s architecture
  • Art Deco - The style known as Art Deco had its heyday between 1920 and 1940. A 7.8 Richter scale earthquake, and ensuing fires, destroyed most of central Napier in 1931. Within two years, the city was rebuilt, predominantly in Art Deco style, with Maori motifs and design elements incorporated
  • The navy sloop HMS Veronica had berthed in Napier’s harbour that morning. When the earthquake struck, the harbour bottom rose, leaving the ship aground. On deck, sailors watched as the wharf buckled, roads split open, and buildings collapsed in clouds of dust. The Veronica radioed Auckland, and within hours the cruisers HMS Dunedin and Diomede were on their way, each carrying 450 men and officers, doctors and nurses from Auckland Hospital, and medical and emergency equipment. They arrived the following dawn. Meanwhile, teams of the Veronica’s sailors spread out into the town to help with rescue efforts
  • Each year the Navy partakes in commemoration services during Art Deco weekend, events include: Ceremonial Sunset, Vintage Car Parade, RNZN Band Concert, HMS Veronica Bell Service and Parade, picnics and memorial service

25-26 February 2017: 2017 Air Tattoo (RNZAF Base Ohakea)

  • The RNZAF is celebrating its 80th Anniversary by showcasing its capability, personnel and skills in a spectacular Air Tattoo at RNZAF Base Ohakea in Manawatu
  • Tickets available from Ticketek or visit 2017 Air Tattoo for more information

8 March 2017: International Women's Day

  • On 7 March, the RNZN will host a breakfast at Devonport Naval Base - details TBC (31 years of Women at Sea) 

10 March 2017: S.S. Otaki Commemoration

  • On the 10 March 1917 off the Azores in the North Atlantic an epic battle took place between the German auxiliary cruiser Moewe and Stream Ship Otaki. In the gunnery exchange that followed, Otaki did quite well. But the British ship had no chance and sank stern-first a few hours later. The Moewe, though, was also on fire and in danger of sinking and took two days of repairs to be seaworthy again.
  • Commemoration Service details TBC.

25 April 2017: Anzac Day

  • Anzac Day is a national day of commemoration observed on 25 April each year. It commemorates those who died serving NZ during war while honouring returned and current servicemen and women, past and present
  • 25 April marks the day in 1915 when Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landed at Gallipoli in Turkey, the site of New Zealand's first major battle of World War One with the loss of 2,779 New Zealand soldiers
  • On Anzac Day every year, thousands of kiwis and Australians attend Dawn services in local communities around NZ and across the world
  • NZ's First World War Centenary 2014-2017


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Defence Public Affairs 
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Freyberg Building
20 Aitken Street
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Wellington Mail Centre
Wellington 5045
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