HMNZS Matai (T01)

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New Zealand
Name: HMNZS Matai (T01)
Commissioned: 1 April 1941
Decommissioned: 25 April 1945
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,050 tons gross, 383 tons net
Length: 66.8 m (219 ft)
Beam: 10.7 m (35 ft)
Propulsion: triple expansion steam reciprocating, 1,050 ihp, twin shaft, oil
Speed: 10 to 13 knots (19 to 24 km/h; 12 to 15 mph)
Complement: 81
Sensors and
processing systems:
Armament: 1 × 4-inch gun, 2 × 20 mm Oerlikons, 2 machine guns, 40 depth charges,

HMNZS Matai (T01) was a Marine Department lighthouse tender which was requisitioned by the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) and converted into a minesweeper.

Operational history[edit]

Matai was the government's lighthouse tender servicing the marine lights around New Zealand and offshore islands, and had been used for cable laying in the 1930s. She was named after a native tree.

She was requisitioned on 3 March 1941 and handed over to a dockyard for conversion.

After commissioning on 1 April 1941, Matai took over as the flotilla leader of the 25th Minesweeping Flotilla from Muritai and the flotilla began clearing a German minefield in the Hauraki Gulf.

See also[edit]


  • McDougall, R J (1989) New Zealand Naval Vessels. Page 69-78. Government Printing Office. ISBN 978-0-477-01399-4

Further reading[edit]

  • Harker, Jack (2000)The Rockies: New Zealand Minesweepers at War. Silver Owl Press. ISBN 0-9597979-9-8