March 2005 - 20th Anniversary of HMNZS WAKAKURA's Commissioning
The Wellington Division of the RNZNVR marked the 20th anniversary of the commissioning of HMNZS WAKAKURA on 18 and 19 March 2005, the weekend before she sailed to be transferred to the Regular Force.
The celebrations took the form of an informal social on Friday 18 March at HMNZS OLPHERT. On the Saturday, families and former members of the Division were given the opportunity to sail in WAKAKURA around Wellington Harbour on one of three trips. Past and present Division members took the opportunity to farewell WAKAKURA.
A brief commemoration service led by Chaplain Bob Peters was held at OLPHERT on Saturday evening, followed by a cocktail party.