Royal New Zealand Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

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New Zealand Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Royal New Zealand Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
RNZEME Cap Badge.jpg
Active 1942–1945 (2NZEF)
1946-1996
Country  New Zealand
Branch Crest of the New Zealand Army.jpg New Zealand Army
Motto(s) Bastard children of Ordnance


The Royal New Zealand Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RNZEME) was a New Zealand Army Corps comprising Army trained tradesmen (craftsmen) who repaired Army equipment wherever New Zealand Forces served.

Originally part of the New Zealand Army Ordnance Corps and New Zealand Ordnance Corps, the New Zealand Electrical and Mechanical Engineers(NZEME) were created as a separate corps in New Zealand in 1946. During WW2 in 2NZEF in the Middle east, NZEME had been formed in 1942 to keep the organisation in line with the British Army which was providing support at the time.

In 1947 the Royal prefix was awarded to NZEME creating the Royal New Zealand Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RNZEME)

RNZEME personnel were attached to regular squadrons. These attachments were known as Light Aid Detachments (LAD’s) who in turn were supported by Field Workshops. Field workshops were located in Burnham, Linton, Waiouru, Papakura and Singapore (until 1989). Field Workshops were in turn supported by a Base Workshop located in Trentham.

Due to New Zealand Defence Force restructuring, the RNZEME was disbanded in 1996[1] and merged with the Royal New Zealand Army Ordnance Corps (RNZAOC) and Royal New Zealand Corps of Transport (RNZCT) to become its present unit, the Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment (RNZALR).

RNZEME - Southern Chapter[edit]

The RNZEME - Southern Chapter has an active Facebook Group where members can keep in touch and organise events.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Duke of York to visit Army Logistic Regiment". New Zealand Defence Force. New Zealand Defence Force. Archived from the original on October 21, 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 

Resources[edit]

  • Craftsmen in Uniform: The Corps of Royal New Zealand Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Peter Cape, 1976, Wellington
Preceded by
New Zealand Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Royal New Zealand Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
1947 - 1996
Succeeded by
Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment