HMNZS Manawanui Ship Open Day

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Stephen Barry

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February 04, 2018
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The Esplanade, Whitianga Wharf
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10am-4pm - Public open day session
8.20pm - Ceremonial Sunset on board ship
HMNZS Manawanui Open day in Whitianga

What to Expect

Come to meet the crew of the HMNZS Manawanui and have the opportunity to come on board this New Zealand naval vessel which will be docked at the Whitianga wharf!
The Mercury Bay is the home port for the HMNZS Manawanui. The crew of the HMS Manawanui are in the Mercury Bay as part of a visit prior to the decommissioning of the vessel later in 2018, and will be holding a free public open day of the ship. 

Viewing Times:
  • Sunday 4th February - HMNZS Manawanui will be docked at the wharf - Ship open for free public tours between 10am-4pm
What to bring:
  • For safety, please wear closed toe footwear when embarking onto the ship.
  • Please also bring drinking water – as the ship will only be able to supply emergency water.
  • Sunscreen – there is little shade on-board.
Information about the ship:
Lieutenant Commander Muzz Kennett is the Commanding officer for the ship. HMNZS MANAWANUI is the Navy's diving and mine counter-measures support ship. MANAWANUI is equipped with a compression chamber and a wet bell to enable deep diving.  In addition she can undertake patrol and surveillance tasks in NZ waters. The vessel is being decommissioned in 2018.

MANAWANUI's roles have included:
  • Supporting mine counter-measure operations 
  • Supporting Navy diving operations 
  • Undertaking search, rescue and recovery operations


HMS Manawanui


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