HISTORY OF THE ASSOCIATIONOriginally formed in 1929 as the “Chatham & Philomel Old Boys Association” which was formed by a few former Members of those Ships Companies. The name was later renamed the “White Ensign Club” to accommodate former Members of other Ships Companies. In 1934 the “White Ensign Club” wound up due to mainly the world depression but a few stalwarts continued to meet under the title “ Ex Navy Men’s Association’. In October that year the title was altered to “Ex Royal Naval Men’s Association” In 1936 the Association was registered as an Incorporated Society and the words “of New Zealand (Inc)” added and the motto of the Association being UNITY LOYALTY COMRADESHIP which is still to this day. In May 1937 the Association moved into premises at 24 Wyndam Street Auckland which was officially opened by Captain I.G. Glennie of HMS Achilles. In 1985 the Christchurch Branch of the Ex Royal Naval Men’s Association left this Association and changed their name to the Royal New Zealand Naval Association. In 2007 both Associations met to voluntarily wind up to form a new Association. On Thursday 11th October 2007 the new Association called the Royal New Zealand Naval Association was registered with the Registrar of Incorporated Societies.
Today there are 22 Branches throughout New Zealand with over 700 Members enjoying the comradeship of others they served with and the new friends they have met in joining the Association.
QUALIFICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP
The association is open for full membership of all retired and serving naval personnel of the Royal New Zealand Navy or any of the Commonwealth Royal Navy's, who have served a minimum period of 6 months continuous service. The Royal New Zealand Naval Association is a non profit organisation working for, and on behalf of it's members. The organisation is run by an executive committee and is totally voluntary.