HMNZS NGAPONA ASSOCIATION INC

Royal New Zealand Naval Reserve * Promoting Comradeship * Preserving History

Email: info@ngapona.org.nz
Phone: 021 486 013
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HMNZS Ngapona  Association Inc

 

 

We are an Incorporated Society with the following objects:

 

a.  To foster and promote comradeship amongst former members of the RNZNVR and HMNZS Ngapona, in particular, those having an association with, or an interest in, the  RNZN and/or RNZNVR, and members of the Association.

b.  To encourage an interest in the history of HMNZS Ngapona and maintain a permanent record.

c.  To support HMNZS Ngapona if and when required.

d.  To liaise and co-operate with other Divisions of the RNZNVR and the RNZN.

e.  To encourage membership of the Association.

 

If you know any ex Ngapona people who are not members please encourage them to join. (Membership form attached.)

 

 

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT - AUGUST 2020

It is with pleasure that I present my fifth annual report for the HMNZS Ngapona Association.  As with every other organization, the last six months have been challenging for the Association due Covid-19. We cancelled two of our monthly lunches and postponed our Formal Dinner to 2021. We had arranged for the Chief of Navy to be our Guest Speaker and we are hoping that he will be available next year. In spite of the set-back the Association continues to flourish and considerable progress has been made over the last year.    

The Association has five main ‘Objects' and once again I would like to touch briefly on the progress of each one.

  • To foster and promote comradeship amongst former members of the RNZNVR and HMNZS Ngapona in particular, those having an association with, or an interest in, the  RNZN and/or RNZNVR, and members of the Association.

Our monthly lunches continue to be popular and offer opportunities for our members to socialize. We held our first Tauranga lunch last year which proved to be a great success and another is planned for September this year. Our weekly newsletter continues to be our main form of communication and now reaches a wide audience including CN, DCN, MCC and the WON. Communicating with these senior officers has helped to increase the profile of the Association. The website is active but we need to enhance the Google rating to our target marketby adding extra domains, this would make the site far more visible and therefore more active. We have had a cost estimate in the vicinity of $500.00 for this work. Our Facebook Page continues to be active.

  • To encourage an interest in the history of HMNZS Ngapona and maintain a permanent record.

I have to report that only slow progress has been made with the ‘History Project’ over the reporting period. The lock-down period meant that we were unable to access the material at Ngapona. In spite of this, the majority of photographic material held at Ngapona has been scanned and details entered into the database. We will soon move on to recording other memorabilia held at Ngapona.

  • To support HMNZS Ngapona if and when required.

The Association continues to support Ngapona at both formal and social functions, although there has been little activity over the last six months.

  • To liaise and co-operate with other Divisions of the RNZNVR and the RNZN.

The Association has initiated a close rapport with some ex members of HMNZS Olphert and we now have two past Commanding Officers as a members. The weekly newsletter is now received by a number of ex Olphert members.

  • To encourage membership of the Association.

During the year we made an important change to the constitution which now allows current serving members of Ngapona to become members of the Association without a joining fee. This is important as it enables us to capture their contact details for future use. One of the major problems faced by the Association is tracking down past members of Ngapona. A presentation was made to the ship’s company last year and this saw our membership increase by twenty-two. Our membership now stands at 102 members.

I would like to acknowledge the passing of three of our founding members during the last year, Joe Mills, Doug Wood, Jim Paltridge and Jill Thompson.

Finally, a big ‘thank you’ to the Committee for the work they have done during the last twelve months, I appreciate the time you have spent attending meetings and running the Association. And thank you also to you the members, for your attendance at Association functions during the year. 

Jerry Payne

President

HMNZS Ngapona Association Inc

 

The Mission of this Association is to ‘Provide the environment, opportunity and encouragement for ex HMNZS NGAPONA personnel to continue a relationship with HMNZS NGAPONA and each other, to preserve the comradeship experienced when serving and historical elements relating to the unit