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NZ Company of Master Mariners

New Zealand Company of Master Mariners Inc

Company Bulletin - OCTOBER 2020
This Bulletin is published bi-monthly to keep members updated with items of general company news. A copy is emailed directly from the Company to each member for whom the Company holds an email address. Hard-copies are not distributed by the Company but may be available through Branch Secretaries. 

Detailed items of news are published in the Company Website 
www.mastermariners.org.nz  and in the Branch newsletters published by Tauranga and Auckland which are circulated widely.

We welcome your contribution - Deadline is 10th of even numbered months. Please forward news to the General Secretary
 
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Operation Pedestal
Message from the Merchant Navy Association UK
We have been approached by BBC Scotland who are doing something on Operation Pedestal. One of their newscasters, Angela MacClean had a grandfather who was lost on Waimanara, along with all the crew.
We have been asked if we have a survivor in our midst who could be interviewed.
Do we still have anyone out there who can be interviewed, preferably by Zoom?  I know this is a  doubtful ask but  do we have any members who were on that convoy?  We have told her it is doubtful. but prove me wrong please. It's time the general public knew something about the Merchant Navy's essential part in wartime.
Are you or do you know a survivor from the Pedestal Convoy or, failing that, a close relative of a survivor, who would be available to be interviewed by Zoom, possibly within the next two weeks???
Please contact the National Secretary, Davit Parsons, by email at
secretary@mna.org.uk.
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MEMBERSHIP MATTERS
We regret to record the death on 24 September 2020 of Captain C (Barry) Thompson, Auckland Branch

Our apologies to Captain David Ewings whose name was misspelt in our last bulletin
 
Membership as at 1 October 2020:
     AUCKLAND                  85
     CHRISTCHURCH         24
     TAURANGA                 22
     WELLINGTON             50
     TOTAL                      181

Please ensure that any changes of contact details (address, email etc) are advised to your Branch Secretary - preferably by email with CC to the General Secretary. An updated membership list will be issued shortly.
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BRANCH MEETINGS
Members are welcome at all Branch and Company meetings.
Please contact Branch Secretary for details and to RSVP.

 
Auckland Branch - Meets at the Remuera Club, Ohinerau St, Remuera Auckland, 1830 hrs for meeting at 1900.  Next planned meetings:  11 Feb 2021, 8 April, 10 June, 7 August (@1200 - Ladies Luncheon), 7 October 2021.
For details contact the Branch Secretary.

Christchurch Branch - For details etc please contact the Branch Secretary  


Tauranga Branch - Christmas Lunch December 9th at Mount RSAFor details etc please contact the Branch Secretary  

Wellington Branch - Meets at the Bolton Hotel, just off The Terrace in the CBD. Meetings - Noon on the second Wednesday of each month (except January and as noted below).  
Christmas lunch - Tuesday 24th November
March - bus trip around CentrePort.
April - Branch AGM. 
For details, RSVP etc for all these activities,  please contact the Branch Secretary.
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EVENTS
The 10th Annual Christmas Dinner Meeting of the Combined Maritime Societies will be held at the Northern Club in Auckland on Friday 4 December 2020, 1830 for 1900. Guest of Honour, Captain Simon Rooke RNZN, Commanding Officer HMNZS AOTEAROA.

The Company is offering a subsidy to non-Auckland Branch members (Auckland Branch members book through the Branch Secretary at subsidised price)
  

Cost:                            $90.00 per Company Member and Spouse/Partner,
                                    $110 for guests,
                                    for pre-dinner drinks, and 3-course dinner with excellent house wines.
 
Dress:                          Black Tie preferred (Dinner Suit or Mess Kit) or lounge suit.
 
Registration:               RSVP to General Secretary L@rryrobbins.com
 copy to ewbank@xtra.co.nz by Thursday 26th November with the name of each person attending, to assist with seat allocations.
 
Payment:                     NZ Company of Master Mariners  -  BNZ 02-1221-0024107-000 reference: MSAD Dinner and your surname.              
                          

Enquiries to Ted Ewbank ewbank@xtra.co.nz  
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Dr Ed Ballard captivated the attention of the Wellington Branch this month with an instructive talk on Ice Belts for the Protection of Vessels operating in the Southern Ocean and Ross Sea.

Officers of the Company:
MASTER                     - Captain Ted Ewbank                    ewbank@xtra.co.nz
Warden Auckland        - Captain Chris Barradale              barradale@xtra.co.nz
Warden Christchurch  - Captain Darrell Daish                 ddaish77@gmail.com
Warden Tauranga        - Captain Ken Camp                       joykensea@xtra.co.nz
Warden Wellington*      - Captain Eric Good RNZN (Rtd)   ericgood338@gmail.com
Hon General Secretary  - Cdr Larry Robbins RNZN (Rtd)  l@rryrobbins.com


* Master Designate

Branch Secretaries:
Auckland                       - Captain John Frankland              jrfrankland@xtra.co.nz
Christchurch                 - Captain Geoff Swallow               gjandvs@xtra.co.nz    
Tauranga
                      - Captain Gordon Rutherford        ghrpitau@outlook.com  
Wellington                     - Captain Ken Watt                       wattsnews@nowmail.co.nz   

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