Ice cream, beer and dressing up in bathing suits, whilst observing HMNZ Tamaki navy recruits practise on Motuihe Island. A group of Deaf adults make a day trip to Motihue Island (Te Motu-a-Ihenga) in the Hauraki Gulf, 17 kilometres from downtown Auckland. Motihue Island was a considered a great destination for day trippers, with sandy beaches. During 1941 – 1963, with the outbreak of World War II and the urgent need to train more navy personnel, the island was utilized as a navy training base named HMNZS Tamaki. More than 6000 recruits passed through during the 22 years it operated, including many who served in the World War II. In this video, you can see the recuits practicing on the beach.