Kapi-Mana News : October 4th 2011
35 KAPI-MANA NEWS, OCTOBER 4, 2011 NEWS LICENSED AGENT REAA 2008 TEAM MKH LTD www.wellington.harcourts.co.nz Papakowhai 2/75 Eskdale Road Modernised From Tip To Toe! GV $385,000 Get your skates on and dial Andy on 0800 468738 for an immediate viewing! This home is a corker! My vendors are heading off to Oz leaving this much loved, secluded and sunny home. Contemporary in design and immaculate in presentation - add stunning water views from the open plan living, private deck to the rear for entertaining and 4 fantastic bedrooms and 2 modern bathrooms - and you have one pretty amazing funky home for the family to enjoy plus enough garden for the kids to play but not tie you down all weekend. OPEN HOME SUNDAY 1.00-1.40pm www.nz.open2view.com ID#253403 PBN Andy Cooling P: 04 233 9233 M: 0800 468 738 M: 0275836444 E: email@example.com TEAM MKH LIMITED MREINZ Licensed Agent REAA 2008 2 1 4 1 2 View at: www.harcourts.co.nz/PE6010 4074748AA Ships celebrate navy's 70 years By JIM CHIPP On guard: Kani Tomoana on HMNZS Pukaki as the ship escorts HMNZS Te Kaha, right, and HMNZS Te Mana into Wellington Harbour. Respect: HMNZS Te Mana fires a 21-gun salute as it enters Wellington Harbour. Early last Thursday morning HMNZS Pukaki swooped briefly into Evans Bay and slowed very slightly. An inflatable boat powered alongside, matching the ship's speed, buffeted and sprayed in the wash, and was quickly hoisted aboard, complete with its cargo of journalists and photographers. Pukaki powered back up and headed out into Cook Strait. Pukaki's commander, Lieuten- ant Alexandra Hansen, briefly greeted the visitors before returning to the bridge to oversee the ship's task for the day -- escorting most of the Royal New Zealand Navy's ships into Wel- lington Harbour. It was a rare gathering to cel- ebrate 70 years since the navy was founded, and it took the opportunity to carry out a series of manoeuvres and exercises as a fleet for several days before entering the harbour. The 11 ships were open to the public during the weekend. On Saturday, 400 navy personnel paraded down Lambton Quay after a ceremony at Parliament to change the navy's Queen's Colour -- a flag symbolising its relation- ship with Queen Elizabeth II. The Anzac frigates Te Kaha and Te Mana were first to meet Pukaki before entering the har- bour, and Te Mana fired a 21-gun salute at Point Jerningham. Then it was back out into Cook Strait to meet the offshore patrol vessels HMNZS Otago and HMNZS Wellington, and finally the Pukaki returned to pair up with her twin, HMNZS Hawea. Pukaki's normal role was patrolling New Zealand's terri- torial waters, and supporting the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Customs, police and the Conservation Department, said Lieutenant Sam Turner. In the previous week the ship had patrolled the West Coast hoki fishery. Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Scot Paterson has served 20 years and was begin- ning to think about life after the navy. A fitter and turner by trade, he said the navy had offered him the chance to travel extensively and to broaden his skills into air conditioning, refrigeration and power engineering. He had spent most of his life as a sailor on bigger ships such as Te Kaha and Te Mana. The 55-metre Pukaki was his first small boat'', he said. The highlight of his navy ser- vice was a week-long spell on the USS Missouri, now out of service, the vessel which received Japan's surrender to the Allies in World War II. As a fitter and turner, I would have been stuck behind a lathe.'' Although the ship's crew operated and interacted with an air of military efficiency and for- mality, they had time for an occas- sional laugh. Early in the day, communi- cations officer Charlotte Gallagher had ruefully announced that conversations with other vessels in the fleet ceremonially entering the harbour would be by old-fashioned flags. She and Jordan Morris were kept busy scanning the other ships with binoculars to pick up their messages, and hoisting Pukaki's responses. When the Cook Strait ferry passed, it was flying signal flags of its own. What's he saying?'' asked Lieutenant Hansen. There was a pause as Ms Gallagher studied the ferry's arrangement of pennants. He's saying Go ABs','' she said finally, to applause from the bridge.
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