Navy proud to celebrate Auckland's Anniversary birthday celebrations

Photo – HMNZS WELLINGTON in Auckland Harbour

26 January 2011

The Royal New Zealand Navy’s newest Offshore Patrol vessel, HMNZS WELLINGTON  has the honour to be the guard ship for the 171st Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta.

This honour has been bestowed on a naval vessel since the 1860’s. In 1862 HMS Miranda and Fawn, stationed in New Zealand, were present at the regatta in Auckland Harbour after the conclusion of the Taranaki War(1).

Between the 1860s and 1920s the presence of a naval vessel was sporadic and it wasn’t until the development of the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy in 1921 that the navy’s involvement was more consistent.

This year, HMNZS WELLINGTON will be the ‘Start Ship’ for the races and will be anchored off Bean Rock. Onboard the ship will be The Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand hosted by Commodore Ross Smith, Maritime Component Commander.

Also, as part of this year’s Auckland Anniversary Birthday Celebrations and Regatta, HMNZS WELLINGTON will be open to the public.

What:       HMNZS WELLINGTON will be open to the public
When:     10:00am to 4:00pm Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 January 2011 (last visitors at 3:00pm)Where:     Queens Wharf, Ports of Auckland.


222,303 nautical miles were steamed by Navy ships during 2010 as part of operations, exercises and activities. For further information please contact Lieutenant Sarah Campbell, Senior Media Adviser (Navy) - mobile 021 244 0638.

 (1) The Taranaki War was an armed conflict over land ownership and sovereignty between Maori and the New Zealand Government in the Taranaki district from March 1860 to March 1861.

This page was last reviewed on 26 January 2011.