Muzzle Flashes

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Key upcoming events:

  • Gunner's Day, Sunday 26th May 2024.

  • 2024 RNZA Association AGM/Annual Reunion in Hamilton. Fri 18- Sun 20 October 2024.  Click here for details

  • St Barbara's Day, Wednesday 4th December 2024.


Muzzle Flashes

  • Suddenly on the 14th September 2013, aged 59 years. Dearly loved husband of Nicki, Son of the late Valmae and Geoffrey. Friend of Graeme. Much loved Father and Father in-law of Joshua and Jane, Jason and Isabelle, and Daniel. Beloved brother of Cheryl, Kaylene and the late Doug. Loved by all his grand children, nieces and nephews. A service to celebrate Peter's life will be held on Friday 20th September 2013 at 2pm at Manukau Memorial Gardens Chapel, 357 Puhinui Road, Papatoetoe.

  • Greetings from Vietnam and a welcome to anyone passing through Vung Tau, just give me an email and happy to meet in either Ho Chi Minh City or Vung Tau. 

    Regards to all, Mayne MANSON, 161 Bty RNZA.

  • If you are registered to attend the Reunion and AGM in Palmerston North and wish to have a Vegetarian option at the Formal dinner, please let the Secretary know ASAP on

  • Thank you for a very interesting Home Page. Gunners are a special kind of people. The two great Russian authors Leo Tolstoy and A Solsjenytsin were both captains in the artillery.

    Johan Tengroth


  • From Graeme Black:

    It is my sad duty to advise that Roger has terminal cancer. Contact is - 14 Hillcrest Drive, Palmerston North, or email Roger . . .

  • 478684 Russell Graham LALICH ex 161 Bty  SVN, passed away at Middlemore Hospital , Auckland , on Monday 2 September 2013, aged 67.

    A Requiem Mass was celebrated at St Anne’s Catholic Church, 126 Russell Road, Manurewa, Auckland on Thursday 5 September 2013.

    • 1st event: On the last Friday of the month - 27 Sep 13Presentation on Gulf War 1, by a former USA Marine Officer
      •         At Arch Hill, 6:30pm for drinks, 7:00pm to hear about Gulf War 1
    • 2nd event: Wednesday 2 October - CRO Regimental Memorial Formal Dinner - $45pp
      •         Dress is Semi Formal, Mess Kit & Medals or SDAR & medals, Suit Jacket & Tie, Ladies Equivalent
  • I have made extensive inquiries about D E Pearson, including putting an item in NZRSA's  Lost Trails recently, which so far has had no bites. This is what it said:

    Found item for D E Pearson (6 LAA Regiment) or family: I would like to be put in touch with anyone who knows or knew Second Lieutenant D E Pearson, who served with New Zealand forces, 6 LAA Regiment, 1951-56. I have discovered a memento which I would like to return to D E Pearson or his family.

    The memento I have is a . . .

  • The function will be held at Custom House, 18 Fryatt Street, Dunedin which is a restaurant situated on the harbour’s edge. 

  • We have been given an extension to the date that Registrations close. The Registration cutoff date is NOW Thursday 12 September 2013.

  • From Angus Rivers:

    I am sad to advise that Graeme has been suffering for some years from complications in his lungs. Julia reports that . . .

  • From Graeme Black:

    Bevin has now moved back to Matamata, to Pohlen Hospital, 56 Rawhiti Ave, 078819100. I have passed on all previous greetings to Lyn. Please contact her direct, or send Greeting Cards to Pohlen Hospital.

  • Open Letter to CO 16 Field Regt

    Dear Lt Col Weston

    On behalf of the RNZA Association may I thank you and your Officers, Warrant Officers,NCOs and gunners for hosting us on Exercise Ben Cat at Waiouru on Saturday 17 August 2013.

    The day was once again truly memorable; the weather was typically Waiouru, sun shining one minute and rain, wind and cold next . . .

  • From Lin Culhane:

  • KINGI, Whangaroa Haunui Dennis (Kare). F479095. RNZA. Passed away at home, 14 August 2013, aged 65. Kare will lay in state at Waingaro Marae. Service to be held on Saturday 17 August, 11am.