Edition Three -  September 2016
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Welcome to Te Waka, spreading the word on what is happening at your Navy Museum.

We have just completed a very successful three month showing of Westpac presents 30 Years of Women at Sea - Honouring the Journey which featured the stories of women who pioneered serving at sea in the Royal New Zealand Navy. The temporary gallery will not be empty for long though, as after months of planning,  our own 75th anniversary exhibition will be installed and open to the public on the Royal New Zealand Navy's official birthday, 1st October 2016.

75th Anniversary Exhibition

Celebrate 75 years of the Royal New Zealand Navy with a special exhibition brought to you by the Navy Museum.

Take a journey into the layers of our Navy’s history, from its role in building foreign relations to the role of a peacetime Navy; from advancements in technology to changes in personnel; from tales about training to stories of life on board ship.

Explore how the New Zealand Navy came to be what it is today and how, in turn, the Navy has contributed to our nation’s identity.

Experience how memories can be held in objects, some which are obviously naval, some which may surprise you.

Opens 1st of October 2016


Action Stations- Design a Ship

Action Stations – Design a Ship 1-7 October 2016

This school holiday we are inspired by the news that the Navy is getting two new ships. Come and join us in getting creative and designing your own ship.

Click here for more information on Design a Ship.


Another anniversary in the Royal New Zealand Navy calendar is 50 years of naval aviation
Did you know the Navy Museum has a Wasp helicopter in it's collection? It is currently stored on the naval base and it is planned in the future to have it on display at the Navy Museum. The Westland Wasp HAS Mk1 helicopter was operated by the RNZN in the anti-submarine warfare role. the RNZN purchased eight Wasp helicopters, the first of which entered service in 1966, and operated one from each of their frigates Canterbury, Waikato, Wellington and Southland. The Navy Museum has HMNZS Waikato's Wasp.


Simon is our newest member to join our Front of House team and has written the piece below about the brass torpedo sighting device.

An extremely interesting item in the Navy Museum is the brass torpedo sighting device that was developed by Lieutenant Commander George J. Macdonald during the Second World War. MacDonald was the most highly decorated New Zealand naval officer of the Second World War, and earned the Distinguished Service Cross with two bars, the Distinguished Service Order and the Humane Award.  During the war, MacDonald invented both a silencer for the MTBs’ engines and a torpedo sighting device. His brass torpedo sighting device was able to marry the speed and direction of the torpedo and the speed and direction of the target. It was simple to use, not reliant on electricity and greatly improved the accuracy of torpedoes. His ingenious device was mass produced by the Royal Navy and adopted throughout the MTB Flotillas.

MacDonald’s torpedo sighting device exemplifies the resourcefulness of New Zealanders, and highlights the way our country made important contributions to the success of the Allied naval effort of Second World War.

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