The Manager’s Message

Lieutenant Commander Allen Mortimer.

By Lieutenant Commander Allen Mortimer, RNZN Naval Community Organisation Manager

Welcome to the first issue of the Naval Community Connection for 2011.

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 come along.

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.

This page was last reviewed on 7 February 2011, and is current.