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Official Newsletter of the 6th Battalion (Hauraki) Regimental Association Incorporated
Compiled by T.J.Archer Edited by Mrs.Lynn Archer
Secretary: Mrs M Kareko, 91 Windsor Road, Tauranga
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COMMITTEE 2003 / 04
Col (rtd.) A.P. Coster ED
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President tel 07-5444536
Marion Kareko tel: 07:5760277h
Penny Burgess, tel/fax 07-5776480
Tauranga: See Committee
Gordon Eagleson ph
This newsletter brings the end to
another era in the Hauraki Assn with
the "retiring" o f Trevor Archer as
editor of the "Hauraki News". Trevor
has brought his own unique style to the
newsletter, and will finish in May.
Another era is also corning to an end.
Those who served in the theatre where
some of our battle honors were earned.
That is why your committee has taken
the opportunity to feature these few
remaining Haurakis at our Annual
Dinner this year, on the 4 July 2004.
Now that the Army has returned from
Timor, (making the requirement for
back up personnel from the TF not so
critical); it maybe time to consolidate.
With the current Government's desire
to eliminate the teeth from the military,
they must not be given the opportunity
to decimate the TF Infantry Battalions,
in particular the Haurakis. Now is the
time for all past Haurakis to unite and
put political pressure onto MPs to
ensure the Haurakis remain & be given
the resources to blossom.
As an association I believe it is our
duty to stand up for our past comrades
who built our fine Regiment and ensure
it continues into the future. I believe
the best way to achieve this objective is
through the Association. It saddens me
when I hear o f ex Hauraki who do not
membership, as there is, "nothing in it
for me". Now, more then ever we need
your support. Give a little o f yourself
back to the Regiment that gave so
much to you.
On 11 Feb 2004 S/Sgt Geo Maniapoto
sadly passed away. His Tangi which
started at 1100, was held Saturday 14
Feb 04 at Rotoiti.
With sadness we report the sudden
death of Peter Kahu, a Warrant Officer
of long standing in the Regiment. He
was our Taupo Rep and attended many
Association functions. Peter will be
remembered for his jovial spirit and
New Recruit Early Days
So training proceeded and one o f the
things, which were put into place, was
Anti Aircraft Posts, at intervals around
the perimeter o f the camp area. They
were to protect the camp. Instructions
were, i f any aircraft flies within a
quarter mile o f the camp, you will fire
a warning burst and, i f it persists, you
will open fire on it.
Now that was all right and proper.
However, the C O . o f the hospital had
some lovely red crosses painted on the
roof and, as he had a mate, who was
stationed at Whenuapai and flew
Hudson's, he asked i f he was out that
way some time would he fly low over
the Hospital. "Right" said the Air
Force, "as good as done." So as was
fitting in the services, the Army was
not told. The Guard was duly changed,
the Orders were duly read, and
everybody settled down in the usual
daze...so, then fete took a hand in the
The Hudson duly appeared on the
horizon, the guard watched lazily, and
the Hudson Bomber flew closer. The
guard stirred himself and placed the
ammunition pan on the Lewis gun and
watched. The pilot flew in a wide
circle to observe the Red crosses. He
then proceeded to tighten his turn, by
now the Guard was wide-awake and
cocked the gun. The Guard Sergeant
knowing who was on duty, and fearing
the worst, started to run down towards
the gun sun furiously waving his arm
shouting "Don't fire, it's one of ours!!"
The Pilot by this time had his aircraft
on a straight run to go right over the
Hospital. The gunner, hearing all the
shouting and realizing that he was
going to miss out on a bit o f exciting
practice, (and notoriety,} swung the
gun into line, and let the aircraft close
a bit further, and at that stage a deaf
man could have heard the frantic
shouts of the Sergeant, opened fire. Oh
dear!!! The aircraft was not hit (by
design} but when they examined the
ammunition pan from the gun later on,
they discovered that twenty rounds had
been fired. Explanation
jammed, it wouldn't stop firing!" That
did happen at times.
So that was the most exciting Sunday
in camp for months. The gunner was a
hero with his mates but the Hospital
CO. was livid!
Sent in by Charlie Murdoch. Thanks
From The Archives 1976
The time has come to evaluate and
have a close look at our platoon, as
from Annual Camp (AC) 1976 to the
proposed AC 1977.
For me as PI Comd, AC 76 was the
start to a new phase o f military service
- from tanks to anti tank. This meant
learning a completely new role and
doing so quickly as possible.
It was in fact achieved with the
generous help o f W O l l N . Webb, Sgt.
T.Archer, and the three Corporals L .
Harman, (now Sgt) L.McKinnon, and
J.Dick. I n a short time then I became
reasonably conversant with the anti
tank roles and weaponry.
Annual Camp 1976 From my point of
view AC 76 was very successful. We
had our problems sure, but they were
to be expected. Platoon morale was
high and training, despite the weather,
went very well. There is nothing worse
than a new Commander having
problems o f various types with his
troops. It was therefore gratifying to
find that such problems did not exist
for me, and for that I have the platoon
to thank. This was particularly so
seeing as I was learning myself and
had other things to worry about.
And that was AC 76
Lt Ray Goldring
Junior Outdoor Leaders Course
12th January to 23 January 2004
Nelson Lakes, RNZAF Dip Flat Training
Camp. Recently I had the pleasure of
attending this years Cadet Forces training
and assessment at dip Flat.
The Cadet Forces have by linking
through the Mountain Safety Council
the advantage of obtaining recognised
qualifications (NZQA credits) for Cadets
Junior Outdoor leader and for Cadet
Officers Outdoor leader and bushcraft
The Commandant in arranging this link
with MSG required all Cadet Officers to
have a qualification, either Outdoor
Leader or Bush One before they are
permitted to take Cadets on outdoor
Some Officers have embraced the
opportunities provided, others have
procrastinated. Now that the Cadet Forces
have people qualified to assess the
competency or otherwise of their fellow
officers, I believe it will get harder to
qualify. [I did it, I'm competent, and you
have to show me that you are very good
before I tick the box]
My observations of skills and competency
of the cadets show that they outstrip their
Officers. Should Officers be a level above
their subordinates? It is certainly easier to
instruct subjects if you are up to date and
proficient in that subject.
Example of this is the use of the Silva
compass, which is a multi tool, both a
protractor and a compass in one and by
using this tool you can take grid bearings
from the ground. Bearing conversions no
Of the 63 Cadets attending the course at
Dip Flat, was a Sergeant from the Taupo
Cadet Unit who demonstrated great skills
in map, compass and instruction. Hauraki
Experience and training weekends with the
Hauraki CM A unit has been justified and
rubbed off on Matt. He set a very good
example to others on the course.
All Cadets were deemed competent at
Junior Outdoor leader level, but the same
couldn't be said for the Officers on their
course. - A number were deferred at Bush
One and a couple NYC at Outdoor leader
S/Sgt. Bob Mankelow
It is now 6 months since subs came up
for renewal and shortly the next
Financial Year will be here. To the
majority o f our paid up members,
thank you. BUT!! There are still a few
who are very sluggish. I f in doubt,
please check with the secretary,
Marion, whose contact number is
always shown on the Committee page
at the start of every publication.
Apparently a true story
Date to Remember... Why?
On Thursday evening 8th April
organized a "sing along". I am
sure this will rival the NZ Idol.
So bring along your musical
instruments and join in for an
evening of self-entertainment.
The Garrison has a piano and a
guitar, if anyone knows how to
Marine Corps General Reinwald was
interviewed on the radio the other day, and
you have to read his reply to the lady who
interviewed him concerning guns and
Regardless of how you feel about gun
laws, you've got to read this!!! It is a
portion of a National Public Radio (NPR)
interview between a female broadcaster
and US Marine Corps General Reinwald
who was about to sponsor a Boy Scout
Troop visiting his military installation.
Female Interviewer: So, General, what
things are you going to teach these young
boys when they visit your base?
General Reinwald: We're going to teach
them climbing, canoeing, archery and
Female Interviewer: Shooting! That's a bit
irresponsible, isn't it?
General Reinwald: I don't see why, they'll
be properly supervised on the rifle range.
Female Interviewer: Don't you admit that
this is a terribly dangerous activity to be
General Reinwald: I don't see how, we
will be teaching them proper rifle
discipline before they even touch a
Female Interviewer: But you're equipping
them to become violent killers.
General Reinwald: Well, you're equipped
to be a prostitute, but you're not, are you?
The radio went silent and the interview
Trevor has decided to pull the plug as
editor of the Hauraki News. Trevor has
done this in the past and I have
managed to convince him to continue
as "special projects for the President".
Trevor has had a long "Tour o f Duty"
as an executive, with the Association.
First as the inaugural Secretary, then as
Secretary/Treasurer, as well as editor
and publisher of the Hauraki News.
Hauraki News has been the primary
contact to members of the association.
Trevor & Lynn have devoted many
hours in towards publishing the
Hauraki News. Trevor has never
missed a dead line, even when he has
to chase people like me, to receive
articles. With Trevor's retirement there
is a requirement for another EDITOR.
I f you would like to volunteer o f the
position o f Editor or can give some
assistance towards the next newsletter,
please contact me.
approximately 40 persons arrived at
the Tauranga RSA for to enjoy an
excellent Christmas Dinner. As is
normal it started off mingling with past
and present friends. It was one those
days when the PMC, President Des
Anderson, found it in his heart to have
a PMC shout. This was even better
than normal because he left it on for
some time. Thank you Des.
Outside the weather was great with a
temperature of about 20deg, and inside
the friendship was just as warm and
Bazz Porter gave a wee talk before the
end o f the meal, and presented Des
with a photo taken when he was in
charge of Bravo Company, to which
Des replied. It was a beauty. The
photograph will be on display at the
Garrison Club Museum
The only problem o f the day wasunfortunately, due to a major mal
function, no photos were taken. (The
editor forgot to bring his @@#%*
camera however having been a
Sergeant myself once, I immediately
put myself on a charge and hid the
remote for 10 minutes while I was at
A big thanks to the girls and
Committee for a very pleasant and
Kiwi News 1943
Macarthur sees Jap threat to Australia
announce today from Australia, that
constant reinforcements o f troops and
war materials were being poured into
Jap-held islands north o f Australia.
'The Japs now have enough troops and
equipment to launch a large-scale
offensive anywhere in the Pacific at
Welcome to the R F Staff
On Friday 13 , the President and
Committee welcomed the Adj. Capt.
John O'Reilly, RSM. WO 1 Dave
Mills and Cadre NCO SSgt Blaize
Robinson to the Garrison Club. Over
50 people attended, consisting o f the
CO Col. John Dick, Hauraki Battalion
Members and guests.
Penny, once again rose to the occasion
and arranged the fine supper. Thank
you Penny, Marion, Bob and all the
other helpers who contributed to make
the evening a success.
Thought For The Month
The amount of sleep required by
the average person is about ten
At the end o f this financial year I shall
cease to be editor o f the "Hauraki
News," which means the Issue for May
2004 will be my last. That o f course
means there will be a vacancy to fulfil
my spot. Any member interested
please contact Marion or Des whose
phone numbers are at the begirining o f
Trev the Editor
Concept of the Hauraki
huge injection o f cash would make a
large leap forward possible.
There have been some whispers o f
dissatisfaction regarding layout and
placement o f displays and memorabilia
in the Museum and Garrison Club.
There is a Committee that decides
these things, but nothing is set in
concrete, and helpful, constructive
suggestions are welcome.
The concept / plan at present is as
Bottom of stairs and stairs
Sporting trophies, photos of teams etc.
WW1 Anzac Roll of Honour Gallipoli
CO's of the Haurakis.
Going clockwise- very early days
Volunteers- Ohinemuri RiflesLibrary
Rhodesian Display - Bar - Cadet
Force's trophies - Other trophies.
Plaques; clockwise - Senior Service Marines - Army Corps - The Infantry
Units - The group Training Units Other organizations, Police etc British Units- Ghurkhas- Fijian Units Australian Units - These are followed
by more recent presentations.
Recent developments regarding the
availability o f Tony Fraser as the
Curator o f the Museum Tony has
recently rejoined the Unit (passed his
medical) and intends to spend one
weekend a month on the Museum. This
will make continued development o f
displays more noticeable in the
Note an attempt has been made to keep
the Museum and Garrison Club as
separate entities/display areas. This
may not be the final configuration as
we have a long way to go regarding the
displaying of the Units proud history.
Display cabinets (the lack of) are the
major impediment to doing justice to
the material available for display. A
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Our curator Tony Fraser has moved to
New Plymouth for employment. Tony
has advised us he will continue as
curator, returning to Tauranga one
weekend a month. Tony has taken on
the position o f area representative in
Tony is intending to move Hauraki
artefacts that are stored around the area
and consolidate them in a new location
in the Army Hall; the Hauraki
Battalion Group has set aside for that
Volunteers run the Garrison Cub, but
we are becoming thin on the ground.
More bar staff are required. I f you can
assist please make it known to a
There is only one Garrison Bar left in
the Hauraki area we need to ensure this
Rhodesian Security Forces & Nurses
This organization is planning another
RV for Labour Weekend 2004
Christmas 2003 !!!
quiet, restful, happy Christmas
no work, no worries, just peace
with electrodes on his back to
to his back some 60 years ago.
two lovebirds at 87 and 85, anticipated a very
2003 at our home, the delightful The Avenues;
and contentment. Alan had been feeling poorly
stop the screaming pain, a result of a war injury
My nephew Richard Keller from Napier arrived unexpectedly and said "Aunty Joan,
you and Alan are coming to Napier for Christmas with us." Well, things started
to move, "Why not? It will do us good." After rushing frantically around trying to
reserve a flight to Napier, we eventually managed to get one and were told it
would not be a large plane.
On departure I was horrified, surely this is not it! Two wheelbarrows would
have more space. With great difficulty our two suitcases, plus Alan and I and his
walker were flung aboard, with another man and the pilot making up the very
The pilot seemed to know what he was doing and managed to keep up in the air
and in the right direction. In spite of heavy grey clouds and a few prayers, we
were told we would land in Gisborne and change planes. "Good thought Joan, a
bigger plane where the seat belts would meet".
After disembarking with
considerable help at Gisborne, we were told to wait in the waiting room until
called for the final flight to Napier. A young energetic man on ground duty flung
our luggage into another small plane. Then he hustled Alan and I and another man
over the wing, (no steps) onto the plane. I was clutching a suitcase on my lap
and my face spoke volumes. The energetic mart climbed into the pilot's seat and
with a mighty grin, said "We're off"!
The air was thick with rain and fog and when we dropped a few yards I screamed,
grabbed Alan and said my prayers. I also hoped the bottle of 'medicinal' brandy
had not leaked over my new clothes. Napier at last, in the rain. Now to get out of
this mini-monster. Alan shoved me head first out of the very small window-door
onto the wing - it was raining hard and there were still no steps. A familiar
voice said "Joan, sit on your back-side and slide down the wing". I did this and
both of my legs were grabbed by strange men until I hit the ground with a thud
and a very wet tail. The family watched; this cannot be Alan and Joan : a family
joke for ever ! We finally settled into the Colonial Lodge Motel, a lovely place
owned by a friendly west-coaster and right next door to the RSA for meals and
Next day Alan had a fall and hit his back on the steel-edge of the bed. I rushed to
help him up and I banged my leg on the steel bed. Blood everywhere and two
moaning people. The staff helped us and after the doctor's visit Alan was
diagnosed with two cracked ribs and me with a bung leg. Now there'll be no spa
pool or swimming.
We thoroughly enjoyed the family in spite of our agony. Oh yes, Alan had his
lower teeth removed before Christmas; the $300 teeth did not fit so he could
only eat soft food and liquids. We eventually arrived back home in an Air New
Glad to be back home ?
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