The Manager’s Message

Lieutenant Commander Allen Mortimer.

By Lieutenant Commander Allen Mortimer, RNZN Naval Community Organisation Manager

This month there are three significant happenings. The first is that April is the middle month of autumn and with the loss of day light saving the nights are drawing in rapidly and we do need to prepare for winter. The second is the very late in the year Easter holiday break and the third Anzac Day.

Autumn is always a season of change and it seems that lately our world is experiencing quite a few extreme weather challenges. A couple of years ago at home we had a flash flood in the street. It had been raining all day and when it came time to let the dog out for its nightly constitutional, we noticed the lawn was flooded and only a small area in a corner was available to him. Traffic passing by was causing waves to lap against the patio. My wife went out in her gum boots to warn traffic whilst I rang ‘Action Line’. Within an hour the flooding was gone and our street was made safe again. All of this was caused by the gutter grates being full of leaves, so it is good advice at this time of year to make sure spouting’s and gutters are all free of debris which may cause flooding.

It is noteworthy that Easter is nearly at the latest time it can ever be as I understand that Good Friday can be no later than the 24th of April and this year Anzac Day is on Easter Monday. For some families this may present a challenge, however this year the navy is encouraging navy personnel to don their uniform and celebrate Anzac Day at home. No matter where you are, be it on holiday or at home, you are encouraged to take time to join or support one of the many Anzac Day celebrations throughout our country. There is certainly a lot of navy, civic and personal pride felt when marching with our war veterans and remembering those who gave so much to ensure that we have a free land and a paradise we call New Zealand.

Our Senior Social Worker – Jason Hallie, leaves this month on eight weeks Parental leave and will be returning in late May. We have made contingency plans whilst Jason is on leave and therefore it will be business as usual for anyone who needs to use these services.

We at NCO do hope everyone has a good Easter break and an enjoyable Anzac Day and until next month please take care.