The Manager’s Message
By Lieutenant Commander Allen Mortimer, RNZN Naval Community Organisation Manager
Welcome to the first issue of the Naval Community Connection
The RNZN’s Children’s Christmas party went very well and it was
great to see that some of the improvements we incorporated from
the year before worked. Santas arrival was a little more measured
and we were thankful that there were no injuries reported. Nearly
2, 500 people inclusive of 650 children really enjoyed their day. The
positive feedback we have received has been most encouraging and
we feel the Family Support Fund was utilised to create a spectacular
day for our Naval families.
The start of the year is a good time to remind people of the need
to review Next of Kin, Alternative Next of Kin and Casualty contact
details. As with last year we will continue to hold exercises where
we take a proportion of serving personnel contact details from a ship
and actually contact all nominated personnel. We always leave a
message so you know our calls are not for real events and we are
only checking the currency of the information provided. Last year
showed some improvement but I am sure we can do better. In the
event of a real crisis we do want to be sure that our information is
correct so now is a good time for Service personnel to ensure the
validity of their contact information is ‘spot on’.
The NCO is continually reviewing the services it provides, coming
up with new initiatives from time to time. Last year there was a
Housing seminar conducted for personnel interested in buying
their first home.
Also there has been a start to a carpooling scheme supported by the
Auckland City Council. You may have seen the article in Navy Today.
So if you have any other ideas on how we can best help our Navy
Community please do not hesitate to contact us.
In mid March (22nd to 24th), we are holding our annual three day
Resettlement and Lifestyle Planning seminar. This is a free seminar
for eligible personnel conducted by John Morrell and associates at
the Philomel Seminar Centre. All eligible personnel will be invited to
attend in the next few weeks. Partners are also encouraged to
Just a reminder to those of you who would like to receive the Naval
Community Connection electronically or no longer wish to be on the
mailing list, please contact the NCO on 0800 NAVYHELP.
I am sure this is going to be another interesting and challenging year
for the Navy Community and so until next time please take care and
enjoy the great summer we are having.