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


70th Anniversary of Guadalcanal Marked

Media Release

7 August 2012

70th Anniversary of Guadalcanal Marked

The 70th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal has been marked with a ceremony in Honiara today.

Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral (R ADM) Tony Parr attended the dawn service and wreath laying at the American War Memorial to the Battle of Guadalcanal.

The Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel HMNZS OTAGO is also in Honiara for the commemorative events and Commanding Officer, Commander Dave McEwan, expressed his pride at being able to represent the New Zealand Defence Force at local events for the anniversary.

"The Battle for Guadalcanal is a significant part of New Zealand's military history and one which shaped the outcome of the Second World War,” says Commander McEwan. “These commemorative events have allowed the young sailors of today's Navy to reflect on the sacrifices made by allied troops 70 years ago and ensure their efforts are never forgotten."

The Guadalcanal Campaign was fought between Allied and Japanese forces on Guadalcanal Island and surrounding islands between 7 August 1942 to 9 February 1943.

The Solomon Islands campaign became the Royal New Zealand Navy’s major operational commitment of the Second World War.

Minesweepers from the 25th Minesweeping Flotilla were sent to the Solomon Islands and Guadalcanal from December 1942 on HMNZ Ships KIWI, TUI, and MOA, and took part in a number of operations and clashes with Japanese forces during the Guadalcanal Campaign.

HMNZ Ships ACHILLES, LEANDER and MONOWAI were also deployed and provided escort duties outside the operational theatre of Guadalcanal.

The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) bomber-reconnaissance unit from No. 3 Squadron was the first Commonwealth unit to operate from Guadalcanal. Although the unit was mainly engaged in reconnaissance patrols, there were times when it saw action: On November 27 1942 one of the unit’s aircraft was attacked by three Japanese fighters, however the RNZAF crew fought back fiercely, causing the Japanese fighters to halt their assault.



HMNZS OTAGO is currently undertaking a South Pacific deployment where they have been involved in a range of activities including maritime security and surveillance patrols, military and diplomatic engagement within the region, working with Pacific Island nations for mentoring and training with Government personnel and Pacific Patrol Boats. The ship will return to New Zealand later this month.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Supermarket Scam, And On Tunisia’s Scrapping Of Democracy

Are we paying too much for our groceries? Hmm. Is the Pope a Catholic? Given that the two Australian supermarket chains that dominate our grocery industry routinely rack up profits in the order of $22 billion annually, that’s a no-brainer. Yet as with New Zealand’s other socio-economic problems created by our 1980s reforms, the practical solutions seem pretty thin on the ground... More>>


Government: Bill Introduced To Protect Against Conversion Practices

Legislation has been introduced to Parliament to protect against practices intended to change or suppress someone’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression... More>>


Government: Welcomes Draft Report On The Retail Grocery Sector

The Commerce Commission’s draft report into the retail grocery sector is being welcomed by Government as a major milestone. “I asked the Commerce Commission to look at whether this sector is as competitive as it could be and today it has released its draft report for consultation,” Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister, David Clark said... More>>


Child Poverty Action Group: Poverty Burden For Children Increased Due To Government Neglect - New Report

Poverty, inequity, homelessness and food insecurity are among the burdens which increased for tamariki Māori and other children in the first year of Covid-19 - partially due to Government neglect... More>>

NZUS Council: Welcomes Nomination Of Senator Tom Udall As US Ambassador To NZ

The NZUS Council welcomes the nomination of Senator Tom Udall to the role of US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, NZUS Council executive director Jordan Small said... More>>

BusinessNZ: Visa Extensions Welcomed
BusinessNZ has welcomed the extension of some critical skill visa durations and changes to immigration systems to speed processing. Chief Executive Kirk Hope says move acknowledges advocacy by the hospitality sector, the BusinessNZ Network and others, and comes not a moment too soon.... More>>

Social Development: Government Initiatives Contribute To Fall In Benefit Numbers

Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the release of the June quarter Benefit Statistics which show a continuing fall in the number of people receiving a Main Benefit... More>>




InfoPages News Channels