For all enquiries regarding individual Branches or membership please liaise with the General Secretary in the first instance.

The General Secretary NZCMM

P.O. Box 35-401

Browns Bay

New Zealand




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  1. Claire Falvey says:

    I am writing because a ggg uncle was a master mariner in Taranaki in the early 1900’s.
    His name was Thomas Matheson Jackson (1868-1937) and he resided in Patea, Taranaki.
    A cousin in England is writing a story about the Jackson family and is curious as to how a labourer becomes a master mariner. We presume he was a ship labourer and somehow rose the ranks to become a master mariner. There is not much information about him and the descendants we have found know nothing.
    I would love to hear what information you could give or lead me in the right direction as to where I could find information.

  2. Mark Harnden says:

    Good evening,
    I have just come across your site and would like to enquire as to how I become a member;
    I hold a Master Unlimited CoC from MCA in the UK, but live in Springfield, Canterbury.
    Keen to meet and socialize and learn from other members in my area.
    Thanks and best regards,

  3. Steve Hogley says:

    Dear Sir
    I was at Leith Nautical College as a cadet and later sat my Masters ticket with Gordon Smith from Shetland. I understand he now lives in New Zealand and I noted from an issue of ON DECK that he is a member of the Auckland branch.

    I am in Auckland until 28 February, apart from a few trips, and if he is agreeable would like to meet him again.
    My local mobile number is 0221235791

    Steve Hogley

  4. admin says:


    He was the master of a small ship in New Zealand – Hawea trading to Patea and maybe others that I haven’t checked. If you look on and search for T.M.Jackson you will find some information

    John Brown

  5. Nick Woods says:

    I am researching the Downton Family peerage in England and have a son called Myles Murray Downton 1883-1956 was working with The New Zealand Shipping Company. He appears to have been a 2nd. mate around 1903, 1st. mate around 1913 on SS Rakaia and captain, master or commander around 1920 on ss kaikoura 11. The dates and voyages are a bit muddled. I wonder if you can shed any light on the matter?

  6. Carol Macpherson says:

    Dear Sir,
    Could you possibly inform me of the email address of Capt. Richard Henshaw, Treasurer of the Christchurch Branch of Master Mariners? He is an old friend from 60 years ago when he was 2nd Mate of the “Port Nelson” (I assume one and the same?)
    Of course I do not know his situation and it may not be acceptable to telephone him. If my email was unwelcome he can always hit ‘Delete’! My email:
    I hope this is not too much of an inconvenience to you. With thanks anyway,
    Carol Macpherson.
    PS Please do not publish this enquiry!

  7. Carol,
    Will forward your message to Capt. Henshaw for him to deal as he sees suitable.
    Cornelis van Kesteren
    NZCMM General Secretary

  8. Andrew Daley says:

    Dear All,
    I am trying find more information on an Edward Daley who is recorded in the Auckland Electoral Roll as being a seaman on the SS Kiwitea. Can anyone please advise on where I might pursue my investigations. Many thanks
    Andrew Daley (

  9. Edward Fitzgerald says:

    hi I have recently moved to Auckland from Ireland I hold a class 1 master mariners,
    I would be very interested in joining my local branch so that I can meet some more people who are in the industry

  10. Edward,
    Will contact the secretary of the Auckland branch for him to email some relevant information to you.

    Cornelis Van Kesteren

  11. Andrew,
    Not sure what other investigations you wish to do. As you stated your grandfather was a seaman on “Kiwitea” and there are more entries in the electoral rolls for Edward Daley, but are they your person of interest? Was your grandfather born in NZ or overseas?? When/where did he die??
    Our organization does not hold records of ship’s crews. Perhaps the site of NZ Ships & Marine Society on could help you.
    Cornelis van Kesteren

  12. cropped-poppy.jpgDespite their acknowledged sacrifice, those New Zealanders who were employed in the Mercantile Marine, on ships owned by companies such as Union Steamship Company and New Zealand Shipping Company, continue to be omitted from this nation’s memory of WWI.

    Those who paid the ultimate sacrifice rarely feature on the WWI memorials of their local towns and cities in New Zealand. Their names did not appear on the 2018 Armistice Centenary Field of Remembrance on New Zealand’s Auckland Domain, despite receiving the same British War Medal as those of the armed forces.

    The New Zealand Mercantile Marine casualties are remembered at , some of them were no more than children. All of them are heroes.

  13. Jeremy Ruane says:

    Ahoy there!

    This Friday, 30 November, marks two years since the official closure of the Port of Onehunga to freight operations.

    My tribute website,, is an attempt to preserve as much of the history of the Port as possible and to keep alive the spirit of Auckland’s other port.

    Needless to say, I’m always on the lookout for more material, so if any members of the New Zealand Company of Master Mariners have recollections / memorabilia (photos, etc.) / tall tales to regale of their visits to Onehunga or experiences negotiating the Manukau Bar and Harbour, they will be greatly welcomed – please contact me via the Contributions option on the front page.

    I look forward to hearing from as many of you as possible. 🙂


    Jeremy Ruane

  14. ELIZABETH TUNE says:

    Researching my Grandfather Captain George Patterson Hall, Superintendent Mercantile Marine Wellington 1931 and wondering if there is any relevant documentation or photographs of him at this time.

    Is there a museum relating to the Wellington Mercantile Marine?

    Thanks in advance,

    Elizabeth Tune

  15. Elizabeth,
    The former Wellington Maritime Museum is now Wellington Museum
    They have a small maritime display but I am not sure of what archives they have.
    The NZ Maritime Museum in Auckland has extensive archives but again not sure what government archives they may have.
    Best wishes

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