NAVAL RESERVES CELEBRATE WAITANGI DAY AT OKAINS BAY
Waitangi Day at Okains Bay is a traditional event for HMNZS PEGASUS sailors.
Waitangi Day at Okains Bay has traditionally been a day when the longest serving Naval Reservist at Christchurch's HMNZS PEGASUS like CPOSEA Prendergast support their Resident Naval Officer. In the past, it has been Commanding Officers who have held the position Aide de Camp to the Governor General through their attendance; or in the case of ASEA Strachan the support was as "hangi quality control" at the Okains Bay Marae.
This year the Christchurch RNO Commander Tony Millar RNZN was supported by fifteen local Naval Reservists and a dozen Christchurch Sea Cadets who accompanied him onto the Okains Bay Marae. The morning also allowed for Naval Reservists to mix with locals and those from further away, and shows them that even in the quietest corners of the South Island their Navy is represented.
After the functions ended some members of the Ships Company dressed down from their Whites into their beach attire and headed down to the beautiful beach for a swim. Others remained at the museum grounds next to the Marae to try their hand at the black powder musket range, which CPOSEA Prendergast said reminded him of his basic training at HMNZS PHILOMEL many, many years ago.
After all, that's what Waitangi Day is about isn’t it, looking back together and seeing how far we have come.
Lt Tolerton RNZNVR