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Survey Flights Over Fiji Completed After Tropical Cyclone Yasa

Monday, 21 December 2020, 9:37 am | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has successfully completed two survey flights of Fiji and remains ready to respond to those affected by Tropical Cyclone Yasa. The Category 5 Tropical Cyclone, which has now been downgraded to a tropical low, ... More >>

Orion-inspired West Auckland Mum Reaches For Skies

Friday, 11 December 2020, 1:38 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

ORION-INSPIRED WEST AUCKLAND MUM REACHES FOR SKIES A nearly 30-year dream to join the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) has come true for Auckland mother-of-four April Sherman. She has just graduated from the 14-week recruit training course at ... More >>

Kiribati Fisherman Found 140 Nautical Miles West Of Tarawa

Tuesday, 8 December 2020, 6:17 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

Fishing vessel directed to the area of missing Kiribati fishermen Air crew on a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion have found four fishermen who had been reported missing while fishing to the north of Tarawa, Kiribati. The Rescue Coordination Centre ... More >>

Truck Parts And PPE Delivered As RNZAF Returns To Tonga

Friday, 4 December 2020, 3:47 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

NZ Army Unimog truck parts for the Kingdom of Tonga’s military and PPE, including medical gowns, have been delivered to the island nation today. A Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules delivered the freight in a contactless logistics stop, with ... More >>

NZDF Delivers Power Equipment, Water Tanks To Tokelau Atolls

Wednesday, 2 December 2020, 4:07 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

Royal New Zealand Navy ship HMNZS Canterbury with 236 Navy, Army and Air Force personnel on board, with Seasprite and NH90 helicopters embarked. Tokelauans will have more drinking water on tap and are on the way towards greater use of renewable energy ... More >>

NZDF Training Team Leaves Fiji With Military Ties In Good Heart

Wednesday, 25 November 2020, 12:28 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

A New Zealand Defence Force training team is leaving Fiji this week having provided local troops with practical instruction in a range of areas from life-saving first aid to hydrographic surveying techniques. The team leaves the Pacific nation saying ... More >>

Navy Mates, Family Inspire RNZN Sailor Of The Year

Friday, 20 November 2020, 3:58 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

An Australian-born Samoan with a head for the complex world of logistics and a heart for his family has been named the Royal New Zealand Navy Sailor of the Year. Leading Logistics Supply Specialist (LLSS) Peter Siulai, 27, from New Lynn in Auckland, is ... More >>

RNZAF Orion Crew Find Two Missing Kiribati Boats

Friday, 6 November 2020, 3:58 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

Aircrew on a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P-3K2 Orion has found two boats after they went missing near Kiribati, with one boat 120 nautical miles from land. The two boats, which had been reported as missing separately, were found in quick ... More >>

Veterans’ Affairs Helps Upgrade North Shore Cemetery

Thursday, 5 November 2020, 12:26 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

Veterans’ Affairs has had a busy year upgrading Service Cemeteries, and one to benefit has been North Shore Memorial Park in Auckland. Ninety-four loose plaques in the cemetery have been re-secured, at a cost of $5,675. The money is part of more ... More >>

A Lifetime Of Service In “The Best Job In The World”

Wednesday, 4 November 2020, 3:51 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

Serving the community is a way of life for one man who has just been recognised for 44 years’ service to New Zealand’s longest serving voluntary organisation. More >>

New Zealand Defence Training Team Gets Under Way In Fiji

Wednesday, 14 October 2020, 11:07 am | New Zealand Defence Force

A combined training team from the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and Ministry of Defence will this week begin working alongside Fijian counterparts in areas ranging from basic hydrography to advanced combat first aid as part of a new training initiative ... More >>

NZ Defence Force Plugs Into Electric Vehicles

Tuesday, 29 September 2020, 3:12 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has taken a major step towards reducing its carbon bootprint by purchasing its first electric vehicle (EV) and installing EV charging stations at Trentham Military Camp. The Hyundai Ioniq will join the fleet ... More >>

Royal New Zealand Navy Delivers Medical Supplies To Tonga

Friday, 11 September 2020, 2:36 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The Royal New Zealand Navy dive hydrographic vessel HMNZS Manawanui will make a contactless port visit to Tonga next week to deliver medical supplies on behalf of a New Zealand charity. Manawanui, returning to New Zealand from the two-week Exercise ... More >>

NZDF Supports Pacific Partners, Agencies With PatrolsInbox

Tuesday, 28 July 2020, 1:03 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) maritime surveillance patrols in partnership with Pacific nations and other agencies are operating well within the new normal of Covid-19 considerations. Commander Joint Forces New Zealand Rear Admiral Jim Gilmour said ... More >>

Wellington Woman Recognised for Work in Afghanistan

Friday, 10 July 2020, 3:50 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

Wellington woman Penny Roy is a teacher by trade but has been recognised by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) for the role she played in mentoring officers at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy in 2018-19. More >>

Korean War Veterans Commemorate 70th Anniversary Of Start Of War

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 11:31 am | New Zealand Defence Force

The service and sacrifice of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel in the Korean War was remembered at a commemoration in Wellington yesterday to mark the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the war. Ten Korean War veterans were joined by Prime Minister ... More >>


Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 1:56 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force is working with the National Maritime Coordination Centre and Pacific partners to resume aerial patrols in the Pacific following concerns about illegal fishing in the region. A Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P-3K2 ... More >>

RNZAF Returns Seasonal Workers To Vanuatu

Friday, 19 June 2020, 4:26 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force has begun taking more than 1000 Vanuatu nationals home, with the first group of passengers departing Christchurch on a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Boeing 757 this morning. With no commercial flights available, ... More >>

Firefighter To Pilot With Air Force Career

Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 12:00 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

When Flight Lieutenant Mickey Crisford was studying for a Bachelor of Arts at Auckland University, joining the Royal New Zealand Air Force wasn’t part of the plan. Fast forward almost sixteen years and the 36-year-old’s gone from fighting fires to ... More >>

Defence Force Officer Receives Distinguished Service Decoration

Monday, 1 June 2020, 11:41 am | New Zealand Defence Force

New Zealand Army Brigadier Michael Shapland has received a Distinguished Service Decoration in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his 35 years of service to the New Zealand Defence Force. Brigadier Shapland, who lives in Wellington, has served in ... More >>