The Royal New Zealand Armoured Corp (RNZAC) Association was registered as an incorporated society in June 1994 and currently has 250 financial members.
The success of the Association depends on the voluntary work of a number of members. The Executive Committee, which is currently made up of four members, conducts meetings to make decisions and implement the priorities of the membership.
The following are priorities for the Association Executive Comittee to focus on and maintain and include:
- Maintain and update the website.
- Represent members interests at RNZRSA and VANZ
- Control the Association finances
- Organise and support National Reunions
- Manage projects of importance i.e. The Oral History Project
- Support Branch or Troop activities
- Foster relationships with like organisations
- Organise Cambrai commemorations at the National War Memorial
- Maintain a national database of members
- Be the POC for the Colonel Commandant and the Regimental Colonel
The RNZAC Executive Committee currently comprises:
President - Jim Hogg
Jim enlisted into Queen Alexandra's (Waikato / Wellington East Coast) Squadron as a Territorial Force Trooper on 1 January 1973 and completed the 2nd TF Basic later in the year. Over the years Jim progressed through the various trades of Driver, Gunner, and Crew Commander. From 1980 to 1984 Jim was attached to A Squadron Queen's Own Yeomanry in Scotland, whilst on his OE and deployed on Exercise Lionheart to Germany just prior to the Falklands War. On his return to NZ Jim re-joined Waikato / Wellington East Squadron as Troop Sergeant WEC Troop .In March 1991 Jim was promoted to Warrant Officer Class 2 and appointed Squadron Sergeant Major. In the late 1990's with the Regionalisation of the Territorial Force and Waikato / Wellington East Coast Squadron changing to the Waikato Mounted Rifles. Jim was posted to the TF Training Unit at 2nd Land Force Group Linton. In early 2000 Jim was posted to 7th Wellington Hawkes Bay Battalion Group as Training Team Warrant Officer. In October 2007 Jim deployed to Afghanistan on Crib X1 as the S9. On 25th April 2010 Jim took his release from the Territorial Force having attained the rank of Warrant Officer Class 1.In his civilian employment Jim has specialised in Supply Chain Management and has held various management positions within the Public and Private sector. Jim lives in Petone and is married to Sarah, they have three children. Jim is currently the President of the Petone Workingmens Club and enjoys the odd round of Golf.
Secretary/Treasurer - Darienne Pohatu
Darienne was raised in Waiouru and has a close association with a number of former and current members of the RNZAC in her capacity as an: ex neighbour, babysitter, student, friend, relative or work associate.
Darienne has held a number of positions in the Defence Force predominantly in the financial systems accounting field.
And more recently with Kiwi Rail. Darienne is currently having a well earned break from the workforce and enjoying the good life.
Member - Derek Hallett
Derek enlisted into the Territorial Force in 1973 and completed the 3rd TF Basic in Burham Camp. He then completed his Corps training at the School of Armour in Waiouru. On completion of his training Derek was posted into QA(WAI/WEC) Sqn where he remained until he resigned from the TF in 1983 due to his work commitments. Derek is a long serving member of the RNZAC Association Executive and represents our TF members.
Derek lives and works in Wellington
Member - Doug Walker (MTA Rep)
Doug joined the NZ Army in 1972 as a Trooper with QA Wai/WEC Sqn. Served with various other units during his 32 years of Regular Force service including the Recruit Training Depot as an Instructor, Tp Sgt with 4 Tp 2 Sqn NZ Scots (the APC Tp attached to QA Wai/WEC Sqn), Army Recruiting Sgt in Wanganui, Instructor at the School of Armour, SSM at 1 Sqn NZ Scots, SSM at the School of Regimental Training, RSM 1 Armoured Group, RSM Force Maintenance Group, RSM 2nd Logistics Regiment, SMA, and various staff appointments at Army General Staff, Land Command, HQ Joint Forces NZ and HQ NZ Defence Force. Completed operational tours in Bosnia-Herzegovina with the UN Protection Force and the Middle East with the UN Truce Supervisory Organisation. Retired from the Army in 2004. Doug currently works for Te Puni Kokiri (Ministry of Māori Development) in Wellington and lives in Upper Hutt. He is a long suffering fan of the Hurricanes rugby team and, in English Premier League Football, is a life-long supporter of Tottenham Hotspur. Still maintains a keen interest in the whereabouts and welfare of ex-tankies and is the current representative of the Mounted Troopers Association (MTA) on the Executive Committee.
Brigadier (Rtd) Neville Reilly NZGS ONZM
Bio to be posted
Colonel Grant Motley RNZAC
Bio to be posted