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Our Values and Navy Creed

Waitangi 2016


Courage | Tū Kaha – Taking action despite your fears

Courage is having the moral and physical strength to do what is right, even in the face of adversity. It is stepping up when things get hard. It is speaking up when you see things that are wrong. Courage is enforcing our standards and discipline. It is not giving in to peer pressure.

Commitment | Tū Tika – Giving your best

Commitment is doing your best. It is always looking for ways to achieve the task, and persevering even when the going gets tough. Commitment is accepting and living our values and standards. It is serving New Zealand.

Comradeship | Tū Tira – Respecting and looking out for each other

Comradeship is respecting the differences of the people around you and treating others as you’d like to be treated. It is working together as a team, being inclusive, recognising we are stronger together. Comradeship is never an excuse for covering up other people’s wrong doing.

Integrity | Tū Maia – Doing the right thing – always!

Integrity is conducting yourself honestly, ethically and to the highest professional standards -- even when no one is watching. It is doing the things that you say you are going to do. Integrity is accepting responsibility for your decisions and actions.


In November 2013, the Warrant Officer of the Navy tasked the Warrant Officers' Development Course 13/02 with the design and implementation of a Royal New Zealand Navy Sailors' Creed. 
The intention for Our Navy Creed is to represent all of our Sailors. Our Navy Creed statements have been broken down to represent the following:

  • The Crown
  • Our Maori Culture
  • Our Past
  • The Present time
  • Personal Accountability
  • Navy's Values, and  
  • Affirmation of who we are 

The Navy Creed symbolises who we are, what we represent and reinforces our identity of being a Sailor and being in the RNZN. It also represents all Officers and Ratings alike.
Our Navy Creed
I am a sailor of the Royal New Zealand Navy
Te Taua Moana o Aotearoa
I represent the proud heritage of those who have gone before me
I serve to protect our people and our whanau with integrity and mana
I will follow those above me and lead those below me
I embody the navy's Core Values - Courage, Commitment, Comradeship and will challenge those who do not
He heramana ahau, I am a sailor. 

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