Thursday, 31 August 2023 - 2:36pm

Honouring service on the sea

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Group shot of some of Auckland Maritime Unit's members, past and present.

More than 80 years of Maritime policing was proudly celebrated at the unveiling of a Maritime Honour Board showcasing those who dedicated their time to service on the sea.

The honour board bears the names of both current Tāmaki Makaurau Maritime Unit staff and those who have gone before them.

Senior Sergeant Garry Larsen (pictured above, far right) says he’s been working on the board for a couple of years, conscious of the fact that Maritime policing started in 1942 and that last year the team completed 80 years of policing.

“The Maritime Unit would not be where it is without those who have gone before us," he says. "This is a testament to the dedication of past staff and underscores their instrumental role in shaping the units present success.

“Their legacy continues to inspire the current team, forging a strong and united culture within the unit.

“This is a living document that is updated annually and sits in pride and place in the entrance of Marine Rescue Centre."

Of note is the fact that over the 81 years of Maritime policing there has only been 88 permanent staff.

Sergeant Lloyd McIntosh QSM, who was the previous O/C of the Maritime Unit, says he was proud to unveil the board.  

“For me personally, the honours board is the icing on the cake - and to have finally made it in my 80th year to an honours board [unveiling], albeit as the oldest living Maritime Unit O/C!”

Constable Jesse Jenden also dedicated countless hours of his own time working on the honours board, something Garry says he can be incredibly proud of.

The board was unveiled during a reunion of past and present staff, with the 17 members in attendance (pictured, above) sharing more than 267 years of Maritime policing experience.

The honour board bearing the names of present Tāmaki Makaurau Maritime Unit staff and those who have gone before them.