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HMNZS Manawanui final entry into Auckland Harbour ahead of her decommissioning ceremony, 23 Feb.

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Art Deco Weekend It's 1931 all over again in Napier, with the Tremains Art Deco Festival this week and over the weekend. The festivals commemorates the 1931 Hawkes Bay earthquake and the enduring gratitude from Napier after the Navy helped their citizens... join the RNZN Band and HMNZS Hawea as they entertain the crowds...

HMNZS Manawanui final harbour entry ahead of her decommissioning ceremony on 23 Feb.



She's got a name and now she has a badge...

Her Excellency The Governor-General of New Zealand and the Chief of Navy

The sheer number of entries, and their quality, were the things that impressed RADM Martin the most. “It was wonderful that so many New Zealanders cared so much about our new ship that they wanted to submit a design,” he said.

The Ship’s Names & Badges committee convened to review the over 250 designs received. They had no details of the designers so their selection was completely impartial. The panel reduced the submissions down to a top 10 which were given to the Chief of Navy in December to make the final decision.

“My design criteria was very clear,” said RADM Martin.  “I asked for designs that were simple yet striking, reflective of the role of the ship and uniquely New Zealand. While I had no idea who submitted the designs, Steven’s immediately stood out. The fish hook elegantly blended the Maori legend of Aotearoa’s origin with the replenishment role that the ship will be responsible for.”

“Dividing the sea and sky, I saw the white band representing both a long white cloud and an ice shelf – very appropriate given the importance of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica to New Zealand.  For a number of reasons this design was an obvious choice for me.

I was genuinely surprised that the winner was one of Navy’s own and I’m thrilled for him.”

Steven’s winning badge design will now form the basis of the formal ship badge.

When HMNZS Aotearoa is commissioned into service in early 2020 she will not only be the new maritime sustainment vessel and fleet tanker but will also enhance combat operational capability, provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief and support monitoring operations in the Southern Ocean.

“I know New Zealanders will be as proud of her as the whole of the Navy will be when she arrives,” said RADM Martin.
Steven works at the Devonport Naval Base as Project Manager responsible for the Inshore Patrol Vessels upkeep and maintenance.
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