01 April 2016
Being part of the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) aid to cyclone-ravaged Fiji has been the best part of her Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) career so far for Able Chef (AC) Harata-June Douglas.
She is currently on the Offshore Patrol Vessel HMNZS Wellington, which delivered some 60 tonnes of aid supplies and carried out a variety of tasks in the early stages of the disaster relief efforts in Fiji.
The 24-year-old is Rotorua born and bred, and attended Rotorua Girls High School. She completed her professional certificate and diploma through the RNZN and is now a Navy chef.
“I joined the Navy in May 2012 because I wanted to make a difference, and travel,” said AC Douglas.
“In the RNZN we get the opportunity to travel all around the world, and make friends for life.
“The highlight of my career so far has been this trip to Fiji and being able to help out another country in need,” she said.
Close to 500 combat engineers, soldiers, sailors and aircrew have been deployed to Fiji, making it one of NZDF’s largest peacetime deployments to the Pacific.
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