Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Lower Hutt Man Keeps Watch in New Caledonia

4 September 2014

Media Release

Lower Hutt Man Keeps Watch in New Caledonia

From Hawaii to Antarctica, the Hutt Valley’s Lieutenant (LT) Payton Kaiwai has been keeping watch in our Navy’s fleet for the past three years. LT Kaiwai is currently in New Caledonia for Exercise Croix Du Sud, a joint amphibious exercise which aims to foster and sustain cooperative Defence relationships in our corner of the world.

LT Kaiwai, a former Hutt Valley High School and Taita College pupil, is leading a team of bridge watch-keepers on HMNZS CANTERBURY, the Royal New Zealand Navy’s Amphibious Support ship.

LT Kaiwai is responsible for ensuring the ship is navigationally safe, and that operations are conducted smoothly. With multiple helicopter landings each day during Exercise Croix Du Sud, light craft launching, ship to shore vehicle transfers, and keeping warships in company, there is never a dull moment.

Exercise Croix Du Sud brings together military forces from nine nations for realistic Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) training. The NZDF does a considerable amount of work in this area, and in the past 12 months alone NZDF assets have deployed to multinational HADR efforts after Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and floods in the Solomon Islands.

During this exercise LT Kaiwai received his Advanced Officer of the Watch certification, allowing him to supervise other personnel undergoing training. He adds this qualification to several NZDF courses and a Bachelor of Laws, completed before joining the Navy. Having a degree meant that LT Kaiwai progressed quicker through the officer ranks.

New Caledonia is just one of the many places LT Kaiwai’s Navy career has taken him. From fighting bush fires on Great Barrier Island, to re-supplying the sub-Antarctic Islands, conducting Southern Ocean patrols and being part of a fleet of 36 warships for Exercise RIMPAC in Hawaii, LT Kaiwai enjoys the lifestyle and variety that working for the Navy offers.

“I get paid to travel, have made a lot of great friends and have gained a strong work ethic, ambition and a drive to succeed,” LT Kaiwai said.

When LT Kaiwai returns to Auckland he will post to HMNZS MANAWANUI, the Royal New Zealand Navy’s dive tender, as the Navigating Officer, and prepare for an inter-service golf tournament through the Navy’s Golf Club.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

IGIS: Report On Release Of NZSIS Information To Cameron Slater

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, published her report on the inquiry into the release of NZSIS information to Mr Cameron Slater at a press conference in Wellington today...

The inquiry found the NZSIS released incomplete, inaccurate and misleading information in response to Mr Slater’s request, and provided some of the same incorrect information to the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister’s Office.

“These errors resulted in misplaced criticism of the then Leader of the Opposition, Hon Phil Goff MP. Mr Goff is owed a formal apology by the Service,” said Ms Gwyn. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

"New Faces, Wise Heads": Andrew Little Announces New Labour Line Up

Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Rick Ellis As Te Papa’s New CEO

The recent appointment of former TVNZ boss Rick Ellis to head Te Papa has copped a fair bit of criticism. Much of it has been inspired by the suspicion that Ellis has been hired to pursue the same purely commercial goals as he did at TVNZ, while similarly neglecting the serious cultural side of his mandate. More>>

Passport Cancellation, Surveillance: Draft 'Foreign Fighters Legislation' Released

The final draft of the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill contains proposals previously announced by Mr Key in a major national security speech earlier this month. More>>

ALSO:

Related

Joint Statement: Establishment Of NZ-China Strategic Partnership

At the invitation of Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Key of New Zealand, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China made a state visit to New Zealand from 19 to 21 November 2014... More>>

ALSO:

Savings Targets: Health Procurement Plan Changes Direction

Next steps in implementing DHB shared services programme Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has agreed to explore a proposal put forward by DHBs to move implementation of the shared services programme to a DHB-owned vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

More on Health Policy:

Auckland Unification: 'No IT Cost Blowout' (Just More Expensive)

Following discussion of an update on Auckland Council’s Information Services Transformational Programme at today’s Finance and Performance Committee, council has released the report publicly. More>>

ALSO:

Other Expensive Things:

Gordon Campbell: On The SAS Role Against Islamic State, And Podemos

Only 25% of the US bombing runs are even managing to locate IS targets worth bombing. As the NYT explains at length, this underlines the need for better on-the-ground intelligence to direct the air campaign to where the bad guys have holed up... More>>

ALSO:

Public Service: Commission Calls For Answers On Handling Of CERA Harassment

EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Andrew Little’s Victory

So Andrew Little has won the leadership – by the narrowest possible margin – from Grant Robertson, and has already been depicted by commentators as being simultaneously (a) the creature of the trade unions and (b) the most centrist of the four candidates, which would be an interesting trick to see someone try in a game of Twister. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news