About 160 past and present members of the navy are gathering
in Dunedin this week for the 85th anniversary of HMNZS
The reunion will start tomorrow and include a parade from the
Dunedin Railway Station to HMNZS Toroa in St Andrew St
from 11am on Saturday.
Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) assistant chief capability
Commodore John Martin, who was born in Dunedin, has been
invited to attend the reunion as the guest speaker.
HMNZS Toroa was founded in 1928 and during World War 2
its members were drafted into the New Zealand division of the
Royal Navy, and then in 1941 the Royal New Zealand Navy.
Members assisted firefighters and other emergency services
when the old Arthur Barnett store was devastated by fire in
1959, and in 1990 HMNZS Toroa members also took part
in the response to the Aramoana massacre by manning an
inshore patrol vessel to seal off the harbour entrance to all
Toroa is the Maori name for the royal albatross and the
ship's badge depicts the bird, of which there is a colony on
Taiaroa Head at the entrance to Otago Harbour.