Michael Wynd


Michael Wynd is the Researcher and Military Historian at the National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy.

My research interests are the military and naval history of New Zealand, general naval history, the First World War, Colonial Warfare in the 19th Century including the New Zealand Wars and the American Civil War

Contact Details:
64 King Edward Parade
Private Bag 32901
Auckland 0744
New Zealand

Tel: +649 446 1826
Mob: +6421 338 975
Email: michael.wynd@nzdf.mil.nz
Website: www.navymuseum.co.nz


Bachelor of Arts – Massey University 2003

Bachelor of Arts Honours – Massey University 2005

Master of Arts – Massey University 2007

Academic Work Submitted:
BA Honours Research Essay: Cameron’s Asymmetrical Victory: A Reinterpretation of the Waikato Campaign 1863: Completed 2003

MA Thesis: “So the End Has Come…I Shall See You All Again”: Demobilisation the NZEF November 1918-September 1918: Completed 2006

PhD under research: The Royal New Zealand Navy in the Pacific War 1941-1946: A Small Nation in a Big War – Massey University

Membership of Professional Organisations

Australian Naval Institute
Company of Military Historians
International Society of First World War Studies
Gallipoli Association
Naval History Society of Australia
New Zealand Historical Association
New Zealand Military Historical Society
Professional Historians’ Association New Zealand Aotearoa
Society for Military History
United States Naval Institute
Western Front Association

Publications and Unpublished Reports:

‘Sir Peter Phipps’, The White Ensign, (3: Summer)

‘French Nuclear Testing at Mururoa’ & ‘Operation VALERIAN’, The White Ensign, (5: Winter)

With Richard Jackson, ‘’Der Tag’: The Internment of the German Fleet 21.11.1918’, Navy Today, Issue 138 (November 2008).

‘Torpedo Bay Timeline’, The White Ensign (6: Summer)

‘HMNZS Irirangi’ co-authored, ‘Charters & Freedom of the City’, ‘Midshipmen’s Journals: Precious Papers from a Bygone Age’ co-authored, The White Ensign (7: Autumn)

Report prepared for the Ministry of Veterans’ Affairs
Topic: Willing Participants: The Royal New Zealand Navy’s Involvement with Operation GRAPPLE – British Nuclear Atmospheric Testing 1957-58:

Report prepared for the Ministry of Veterans’ Affairs
Topic: Duty Free Tobacco Supplied to NZ Forces in the Second World War

Report prepared for the Ministry of Veterans’ Affairs
Topic: Use, Consumption, and Supply of Tobacco to the RNZN Post 1947 and the Policy Changes Towards its Use Within the Navy:

‘From Participation to Protest: The Royal New Zealand Navy, Naval Cooperation and Nuclear Testing 1957-1995’, Mitchell, Rhett, Young, Kathryn (eds.), The Commonwealth Navies: 100 Years of Cooperation 2009 King Hall Naval History Conference Proceedings, Canberra: Sea Power Centre, 2012, pp. 129-166.

North Shore Historical Society article
Topic: Our Battleship!:Sir Joseph Ward and the Purchase of HMS New Zealand

Background Document prepared for the Ministry of Veterans’ Affairs
Topic: “Norm’s Mystery Tours”: French Nuclear Testing at Mururoa July 1973

Our Battleship at War: HMS New Zealand in the First World War, Headmark [Journal of the Australian Naval Institute]

With Jane Keig ‘Troopships to Albany – Beginning of the Anzac Bond’, Navy Today 184 (November 2014), pp. 7-9.

Book Review – Voyage to Gallipoli by Peter Plowman – reviewed for Naval Historical Foundation October 2014

‘Small Steps from Empire to Independence: The Royal New Zealand Navy 1910-2010’, From Empire to In(ter)dependence: The Canadian Navy and the Commonwealth Experience, 1910-2010, Proceedings of the Canadian Navy Centennial/Ninth Maritime Command (MARCOM) History Conference, The Northern Mariner XXIV: 3 & 4 (July & October 2014) Canadian Military History 23:3 & 4 (Summer & Autumn 2014), pp. 104-123.

‘HMS New Zealand In World War I’ Forbes, Andrew (ed.), The War at Sea: 1914-1918 Proceedings of the King-Hall Naval History Conference 2013, Canberra: Sea Power Centre, 2015, pp. 117-128.

‘Loyal to Empire, the Navy and Home: New Zealand’s Naval Aspirations to 1914’, Frame, Tom (ed.), Maritime Strategy 1914: Perspectives from Australia and Beyond, Canberra: Barton Books, 2015, pp. 77-92.

Report for NZDF Heritage, Commemorations and Protocol Group:
Topic: New Zealand Involvement with Ploegsteert Village & Wood 1917

‘Battle of Jutland’, Navy Today 197 [March 2016], p.29.

‘Becoming the RNZN: Te Tua Moana Aotearoa and the Loss of HMS Neptune 1860s to 1941’ NZ Today 67 (April-May 2016), pp. 14-22

‘History of the WRNZNS RNZN 75th Anniversary’, NZ Today 68 (June-July 2016), pp. 14-22.

Exhibition Booklet: 75 Years of Objects: An Exhibition About the Royal New Zealand Navy, Auckland: Navy Museum, 2016. Contributing writer and editor.

Barrett, Keith (ed.), Courage, Commitment, Comradeship: Celebrating 75 Years of the Royal New Zealand Navy, Sydney: Faircount Media Group, 2016. Three chapters –
‘Dawn of the RNZN’ pp. 31-35.
‘Becoming the RNZN Te Taaua Moana o Aotearoa, and the HMS Neptune’ pp. 36-48.
‘The Modern History of the RNZN’ pp. 52-65.

‘Anniversary of Naval Hero: Lieutenant Commander William Sanders’, Navy Today 209 [April 2017], pp 20-21.

‘Those Gallant Little Ships’ Britain at War 114 (October 2017), pp. 100-106.

HMNZS Manawanui Decommissioning Ceremony Booklet February 2018 – ‘Manawanui’s Career Highlights’ pp. 16-29.

‘Uncovering Kiwi Heroes: Operation Z-O: The Zeebrugge and Ostend Raids 22-23 April 1918’, Navy Today 220 (April 2018), p. 31.

‘Remembering the Battle of Kolombangara’, New Zealand Memories 132 (June-July 2018), pp. 46-49.

New Zealand Defence Force, Maritime Doctrine, 2nd ed., Auckland: Directorate of Seapower and Warfare, 2018. Contributor and editor for Chapter 1 Our Store pp. 1-20.


  • Writing


  • Defence/military
  • Maritime