History of the Royal New Zealand Navy

We are currently working on collating a comprehensive history of the Royal New Zealand Navy, with images, audio and video, for this section of the website. Content will be added here as it is completed.

We have also created a separate website about World War One; New Zealand’s War at Sea.

HMS Chatham

“Recognising how important it is for the protection of the Empire that the Navy should be at the absolute disposal of the Admiralty…that the truest interest of the people of New Zealand will be best served by having a powerful Navy under the independent control of those responsible for directing it in time of peace or war…so that the most effective results for the defence of all portions of the Empire may be assured.” 

– Prime Minister Sir Joseph Ward quoted in T.A Brassey (ed.), The Naval Annual 1909.