Ngaa mihi manahau ki ngaa uri a Paoa
Please find below the details regrds the RNZN 75th Anniversary
This is a very important event and mindful of the controversy around this event and potential protests.
Our role as Ngaati Paoa is to welcome our manuwhiri to Taamaki Makaurau.
I am advised that there will be no nuclear armed or powered warships.
Nau mai Haere mai ki te whakanui i te kaupapa waka.
The Royal New Zealand Navy – Te Taua Moana o Aotearoa, will celebrate it’s 75th Anniversary.
The collective title for the 75th Anniversary programme – “Operation NEPTUNE” encompasses a range of events through 2016 with the culmination of the celebrations with an International Naval Review to be held on Thursday 17th Nov & Sat 19th Nov, when vessels from international navies visit Auckland for 5 days.
Twenty international and New Zealand navy ships will take part in the event, in which Te Kotūiti Tuarua has not only been invited to lead the welcome of the vessels into Auckland Harbour, but to also take part in the review itself.
The new Govenor-General, Dame Patsy Reddy, will conduct the review.
Other activities around the review include an exhibition at The Cloud, sports tournament, cultural performances, street march and ships’ open day.
This will be a great opportunity for us to show case Ngaati Paoa, not only domestically, but also to our international visitors. Please find the training programme and dates for the event.
Bi-culturalism is at the heart of the Navy’s view of itself. Māori and Pakeha alike draw great strength from our Marae and we take great pride in the way in which our culture sets us apart on the world stage. It is therefore entirely natural to us to seek the full involvement of Mana Whenua in our celebrations. As our mission is to defend New Zealand’s interests at sea, it is equally natural that we would wish to see Mana Whenua represented by Waka, and that we would like Waka to be full participants in the International Naval Review. In this our aspiration is two fold. We wish to show the people of our own country who we are, which means giving substance to our commitment to bi-culturalism and partnership, not just talking about it. We also wish to show our Manuwhiri who we are, and without Mana Whenua participation, we cannot tell that story anywhere near as well as we would like.
Our Joint Concept
Te Kotūiti Tuarua possibly crewed by a mixture of Mana Whenua and Naval Taua, will welcome the ships taking part in the International Naval Review. She will sit astride the Waitemata between Queens Wharf and Devonport. Voyaging and other Waka may be arrayed behind (to the West of) Kotūiti. As the first group of five warships to enter Harbour passes to the South of North Head, the lead ship, probably HMNZS TE KAHA, will detach and proceed slowly towards Kotūiti, while the other four ships stop and wait. TE KAHA andKotūiti will exchange salutes and marks of respect, symbolising Mana Whenua welcome of the presence of the visiting ships in the Waitemata. TE KAHA will have our Kaumatua Bruce Pukepuke embarked (all other things being equal). The form that these salutes and marks of respect take can be discussed later. After this exchange, TE KAHA will proceed to her berth on Queen’s Wharf, possibly with Kotūiti leading her in. Warships approach their berths at quite a slow speed so this is achievable if appropriate.
· When all 20 ships are in their berths, we have proposed that there be a Haka Powhiri in the Cloud for visiting Admirals and Commanding Officers. The form the Haka Powhiri will take has yet to be discussed, but the protocol for the exchange of salutes between Kotūiti and TE KAHA and that for the Haka Powhiri will need to be aligned. However, if consistent with agreed protocol, it would be good if each of the Manuhiri (about 20 including Admirals) could be accompanied by a member of Koūiti’s crew to explain the process and enrich the experience for our Manuwhiri.
· The Review by the Governor General will take place PM Saturday 19 November. It would be another good signal of who we are as a people if the Reviewing Vessel (likely to be HMNZS OTAGO) were to be followed at an appropriate distance by a voyaging Waka, as discussed.
· It is highly appropriate that Kotūiti take part in the Review itself. Kotuiti sit stationary at an appropriate distance off the end of Queen’s Wharf, from which point OTAGO will depart for the Review with the Governor General embarked. OTAGO could then by manoeuvred so that Kotūiti can salute the Governor general in a traditional manner. She would thus be the first vessel in the Review to salute His/Her Excellency, which we would regard as highly fitting.
· On the day the visitors leave, Kotūiti and other Waka could be on the water in approximately the same position as for the welcome exchange of salutes with TE KAHA so as to farewell the visitors.
Safety is paramount, as is the dignity of the occasion. The Auckland Harbourmaster is able to enact exclusion zones around waterborne activity to ensure safety and that ceremonial events such as this are not interfered with (largely due to the ignorance of recreational boaties who are attracted to anything on the water that is remotely unusual like seagulls to dropped chips). These zones will be discretely enforced by the Police Maritime Unit aided by the Navy.
Please see the attachment below for the training programme leading up to the event.
Ngā mihi manahau