Photo Gallery – From our Archives

The New Zealand Maritime School receives lots of correspondence (mostly emails) from ex students from all over the world and has amassed hundreds of photographs of boats, and harbours and students over the years. Students winning prizes, students on vocational visits to commercial premises, students being students but as well successful students who have gone on to skipper some fancy mega yachts, ferries and much more,.

Our archives are substantial and sadly, we can’t publish every photograph but here is a selection. We can’t always caption the photographs completely or even correctly sometimes, so if you recognise your former colleagues and can help with names, years and courses, please get in touch with the website adminstrator.

Contact us if you have the information.

palemia underwater palemia at tuku

Left: Completing a hull inspection on mv “Majesty of the Seas“, while alongside in Nassau, Bahamas. Do you recognise the diver? That’s right, its Palemia Field, also shown at right, in Turku, Finland, whilst working as commissioning crew for Royal Caribbean International Line on board MV “Independence of the Seas.”?”At the time of building, this ship and her two sister ships were the biggest cruise ships in the world,” Palemia said.


randall bower with the girls mid at;lantic with randall

NZMS graduate Randall Bower has all the luck!. After enjoying the Monaco boat show with some very pretty company, he moved on to Ultima III. And when you have a “toy” like that to play with, why not play….

surfing  mid atlantic

Water ski-ing in the mid Atlantic, Randall with colleagues from Ultima III. Pictures courtesy of Chris Horton, NZX Advisor, ABN AMRO Craigs, Auckland.


rocka first aid rocka up the mast

This has to be a fancy dress party for Rocka Romke and his family…,,Rocka is an ex NZMS “school boy” from 2009, doing his Master Yacht 3000 and Offshore Master. Straight from the NZMS, he got this current job as Skipper of Mirabella V, a 75m x 14.7m luxury yacht, which is the 4th largest sailing yacht and the largest sloop in the world.

“We are in Antigua now and working very hard, but having a great time. It is one huge job but all going great. I am amazed in how often I think of you guys as I use the knowledge you gave me every day in my new job,” he writes. “The reason for this email is to thank you all so very much. My time at NZMS was quite difficult for me as I am a ‘no brain’ boy – more a ‘seat of my pants’ type seaman, but with all your help I managed to get through it all. I had to do every module and every course as I had nothing on paper, just a load of sea time. I know Barry and Paul had to put in extra effort to help me along. Thank you for that. The ladies in the office were also great.”

mirabella mirabella bridge

Look at this class and style. Mirabella V is a sloop-rigged super yacht launched in 2003. At an estimated cost of over US$50million, she is the largest single-masted yacht ever built. Mirabella V is one of a fleet of super-yachts owned by former Chairman and CEO of the Avis car rental company, Joe Vittoria, and is used by him and his family, and also for luxury private charters. Mirabella V was designed by New Zealand-born yacht-designer Ron Holland. Technical aspects of the composite construction of hull and rig were supervised by the Hamble, UK, firm High Modulus Europe Ltd, a subsidiary of a New Zealand company. She has a lifting keel to be able to use many of the yacht harbours in the world.

antigua harbour rocka dancing

Mirabella V dominates the harbour in Antigua – just look for the tallest mast… and although Rocka is the skipper of a multi-million dollar luxury yacht, he can still enjoy himself when the music starts!.