It was a cold and blustery day when HMNZS Rotoiti
came into port on Thursday. Reporter Timothy Brown and
photographer Craig Baxter boarded an inflatable and were
driven past the heads to demonstrate their sea legs and
steady lens on board the ship as it came into Dunedin. The
ship is open to the public today from 10am-3pm at the Fryatt
Otago sailor Konrad Cook was treated to an early birthday
present this week.
The leading seaman combat specialist, who turned 30
yesterday, spent the day before his birthday showing his
Dunedin parents around his workplace, HMSNZ Rotoiti.
LS Cook said he was happy to be back in Dunedin, despite the
cold wind and rain which greeted the ship as it came through
''It's always good getting home,'' he said.
His parents Ernie and Annemarie Cook were taken on a
rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) to board the ship.
It was the first time they had experienced the choppy and wet
transport of a RHIB, they said.
''It was pretty rough,'' Mr Cook said.
''But it was impressive. It was good,'' Mrs Cook added.
Mrs Cook said it was ''great'' to spend time with her son,
particularly on his birthday.
Despite the long intervals between LS Cook's visits home, the
couple were happy he had found a job he loved.
''He loves it and he's good at what he does,'' Mrs Cook said.
LS Cook joined the Royal New Zealand Navy as an 18-year-old
and had not looked back.
''I have always loved being out on the ocean and being able
to travel the world,'' he said.
He had spent 11 years with the navy and hoped to spend at
least four more with it.
• HMSNZ Rotoiti is open to the public from 10am-3pm
today. Admission is free.