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The German cruiser “Emden”, part of the Reichsmarine, arrived in Auckland on the 25th of June 1929. This was the first German warship to visit New Zealand since World War I and its arrival was a cause of consternation amongst the public and officials.
The Mayor of Auckland, Mr. G. Baildon was criticised by returned servicemen for not extending hospitality to the officers and men of the vessel. However, during the visit the German sailors were made to feel welcome with a cocker spaniel pup being presented to the captain as a mascot.
During the ships tour of New Zealand, cadets were taken to visit Rotorua, crew were taken for flights above Auckland, naval officers were invited to a luncheon at Parliament house and Prime Minister Joseph Ward inspected the the ship.
In return, the crew of the Emden reciprocated by staging a recital by the ship’s band in Auckland’s Albert Park and allowed the public aboard to inspect the vessel. In Auckland, christenings of children were held aboard ship and when she entered Wellington harbour, the Emden fired a salute.

Wide shot of the German cruiser Emden moored in the Waitemata Harbour.
Naval launch alongside Emden, German sailors standing at railing.
Tracking shot from alongside Emden, looking at gun turrets and superstructure.
German naval officer saluting New Zealand officials as they are welcomed aboard.
German sailors standing by breech of naval gun.
German sailors [marines] standing at parade on deck.
Wide shot looking across Waitemata Harbour towards Auckland city with steamers and passenger liner near port - Lifeboat hangs from davit in foreground.
End Title: “This print was preserved with funding assistance from the estate of Vaughan and Laura Rosier”.

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Year 1929

Reference number F39932

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Amateur

Duration 0:01:30

Credits Camera: Edwin Coubray

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