The Royal New Zealand Artillery
David WESTON was born in Christchurch in 1944, and lived on RNZAF Bases in New Zealand and Fiji until his father retired from the service in 1962. Educated at Mana College, Porirua and Henderson High School. Attended Hamilton Teachers College.
Called up for National Service (9th and 12th Intakes), commissioned into TF (RNZASC) in February 1966. Transferred to RF October 1966 and posted to NSTU as Platoon Commander before attending YOs Course, School of Artillery then posted to 161 Battery Depot in March 1967. Deployed to 161 Battery as Section Commander June 1968, Corps changed to RNZA, appointed FO (with A Coy, 3 RAR, then C Coy, 9RAR) Oct 1968 and LO (AGPO) Apr 69. Posted to 3 Fd Regt as Adjt Jul 70 then held appointments in Burnham Camp, Wellington Army Area, and Defence HQ (Pers Br) before attending RNZAF Command and Staff College in 1977. Held post of GSO2 Army Training until posted to 32(E) Bty as BC in Aug 1979 then 2ic 3 Fd Regt Jun 1980. Returned to Army GS as GSO2 Ops in Jan 82 and then posted as AMS Jun 83. Retired from RF Oct 1985.
Worked in computer industry in Wellington then for Telecom in HR management before setting up a consultancy company. Closed company after 5 years and joined The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand as an Instructional Designer. Seconded to manage the Workplace Learning Centre for 4 years then returned to course development area as ID and Section Manager. On retirement from The Open Polytechnic, heI took a 1 year contract with Wellington Institute of Technology before ceasing regular employment. He also did some contract marking for several 1st Line Management programmes at The Open Polytechnic.
David now lives in Lower Hutt with his partner Elizabeth. He has a daughter, Sarah, who owns a sheep farm in North Canterbury with her husband, and a son, Matt, who was CO 16 Fd Regt 2012-13, and 3 grand-daughters and 1 grandson. His time in retirement is taken up with tramping, researching family history and involvement with RNZA Association, including being a Trustee of the RNZA Historic Trust, and the RNZA Association Delegate to the RNZRSA.