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September 2010 - Tuaranga Mess Dinner
The HMNZS NGAPONA (TAU) annual combined mess dinner was held at Classic Flyers in Mount Maunganui on 25 September 2010. This marked the 21st year since the Tauranga based sub unit of HMNZS Ngapona was formed. In all 30 people attended the mess dinner.
The Guest Speaker was Associate Professor Stephen Hoadley, who spoke about the international relationships of the United States since World War 2, in a speech called "International Milestones". His speech covered isolationism, multilateralism and unilateralism. Judging from the questions his speech was well received.
Guests included CNR Captain Arnold, the CO of HMNZS NGAPONA LT CDR Hoadley, The OIC of HMNZS NGAPONA (TAU) LT CDR James, LT CDR Andrew, LT CDR Oomen, COL McCaw, the CO of 6th Hauraki Battalion LT COL Sewell, and the XO of 6th Hauraki Battalion MAJ Earp. WO Bancroft also attended being one of his last duties before leaving RMC to return to sea. Mr Vice, CPOMT Brennan, displayed a keen eye for any indiscretions and kept everyone entertained throughout the evening.