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11 November 2018 - Armistice Day, 100th anniversary

  • Key events:
  • Auckland. 11am Armistice Day Civic Service, tri-Service platoon and RNZN Band
  • Wellington. 11am National Commemorative Service at Pukeahu preceded by 100-gun salute on Wellington waterfront
  • Wellington. 7.30pm Sunset Ceremony at Pukeahu featuring the twenty NZDF regimental, corps and unit colours, guidon, banners and standards (including the RNZN Queen’s Colour)
  • Palmerston North. A series of events over a few days including a beat retreat (further details to come)

17 November 2018 - Ship Open Day

  • HMNZS Canterbury, the Royal New Zealand Navy’s multi-role sealift military vessel, will be open to the public from 10am to 2pm on Saturday 17 November 2018 while on a home port visit in Lyttelton
  • More info...
    WHAT:   HMNZS Canterbury Open Day
    WHERE: Lyttelton Port, Number 7 Wharf
    WHEN:   Saturday 17 November, 10am to 2pm

29 November 2018 - Change of Command Ceremony

  • A formal ceremony to mark the change of the Chief of Navy will take place at Devonport Naval Base
  • Chief of Navy Rear Admiral John Martin will be farewell by the Chief of Defence Air Marshal Kevin Short. Commodore David Proctor will be promoted to Rear Admiral and Rear Admiral Martin will hand over command to Rear Admiral Proctor

13 December 2018 - Battle of the River Plate, 1939

  • As the guns of HMS Achilles opened fire on the 13th of December 1939, little did her ship’s company know they were the first Kiwi unit to engage the enemy in World War Two
  • The battle [pdf, 1.61mb, 21 pages]

16 December 2018 - HMS Neptune Service

  • 10 am Church service - St Christopher's, Devonport Naval Base

19 December 2018 - HMS Neptune, 1941

  • New Zealand’s worst naval tragedy, the Royal Navy cruiser HMS Neptune struck enemy mines and sank off Libya, 19 Dec 1941. Of the 764 men who lost their lives, 150 were New Zealanders
  • Church Service - Sunday 16 December 2018

26-28 January 2019 - SeePort & Auckland Anniversary Day

5 February 2019 - Ahoy Waitangi

  • Northland (Tai Tokerau) school engagement programme
  • Ministry of Education

6 February 2019 - Waitangi Day celebrations

  • Key events:
  • Dawn service
  • Royal Guard of Honour
  • Maori Cultural Group
  • RNZN Band
  • Gun Salute & Fly Pass
  • Beat Retreat and Ceremonial Sunset
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