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Chief of Defence Force to Visit Singapore

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:19:32 +1300 | New Zealand Police

CHIEF OF DEFENCE FORCE TO VISIT SINGAPORE The Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General (LTGEN) Tim Keating, leaves today for a visit to Singapore where he will meet with his counterpart and visit Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) facilities. “The ...More >>

World War 1 quilt returned to Dunedin

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 09:08:14 +1300 | Dunedin City Council

Dunedin (Thursday, 25 November 2015) – A century-old quilt made in Dunedin and sent to Britain for New Zealand troops injured in World War 1 has found its way home thanks to the generosity of an 89-year-old English woman. More >>

NZDF To Get New Glock Pistols

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:57:02 +1300 | New Zealand Defence Force

New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) military personnel are to be issued with new generation Glock 17 pistols to replace the Sig Sauer pistols currently in use. More >>

Call to bring back Maori soldiers buried in Malaysia

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:22:05 +1300 | The Maori Party

An appeal to reconsider repatriation of the remains at least of New Zealand Maori soldiers buried in Malaysia, has been made by the president of the Maori Party, Rangimarie Naida Glavish. This follows Veterans Affairs Minister Craig Foss saying earlier this ...More >>

50 years of aid cargo missions to Antarctica

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:04:07 +1300 | New Zealand Defence Force

A New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) C-130 Hercules aircraft marked the 50th year of New Zealand’s airlift support flights to Antarctica by delivering over 3,000 kilograms of freight to the icy continent yesterday.More >>

Exercise Successfully Tests Capabilities

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 15:40:48 +1300 | New Zealand Defence Force

More than 2,000 military personnel supported by an array of naval, land, and air assets have spent the past month conducting a fictional military campaign across the top of the South Island as part of Exercise Southern Katipo 2015 (SK15). SK15 ...More >>

27 arrested will defend charges

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 15:10:21 +1300 | Peace Action Wellington

The 27 people arrested blockading the weapons conference in Wellington last week appeared in the Wellington District Court this morning and have said that they will defend the charges against them.More >>

Launch of a new force in New Zealand business media

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 12:21:38 +1300 | Defsec Media

DEFSEC media has announced the impending launch of its latest magazine title, Line of Defence. The new magazine, to be released in February 2016, will break new ground as New Zealand’s only business magazine for the defence, national security and ...More >>

Stockmarket reaction vindicates blockade

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 14:11:59 +1300 | Peace Action Wellington

Wellington anti-war activists say that their blockade of the Defence Industry Association´s (DIA) annual conference was more than justified in light of the rise in 3.5% of Lockheed Martin´s share priceon Monday.More >>

NZ better prepared to deal with WMD trafficking

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:30:47 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says New Zealand and its Asia Pacific neighbours are better prepared to respond to a potential threat from the trafficking of weapons of mass destruction as a result of this week’s successful exercise.More >>

Gordon Campbell on why IS’s weakness makes it more dangerous

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 10:39:31 +1300 | Gordon Campbell

One of the great things about writing online is that if you have a bad morning, readers will pick up on it, and take you to task. I’m totally willing to concede that my last column a couple of days ago on the Paris terrorism attacks wasn’t ...More >>

PM Wrong Over 'Malaysian 36'

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 09:26:37 +1300 | New Zealand First Party

Prime Minister John Key is cold hearted in refusing to repatriate “the Malaysian 36” – Kiwi war dead lying in graves dotted around Malaysia, says New Zealand First.More >>

The New Zealand flag and ‘Empire Fervour’

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:33:51 +1300 | Massey University

Massey University flag historian Malcolm Mulholland says some of the older generation of New Zealanders might remember marching and saluting the flag at school, but may not be aware of the history behind the ceremony. More >>

French Legion of Honour ceremony aboard the Prairial in Napi

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:27:47 +1300 | Embassy of France to New Zealand

On Friday the 20th of November, Ambassador of France to New Zealand Mrs Florence Jeanblanc-Risler will hold a Legion of Honour ceremony aboard the French naval frigate, the Prairial, in Napier. Ambassador Jeanblanc-Risler will present this medal, France’s ...More >>

Air Force Bringing Air Show to the Manawatu

Wed, 18 Nov 2015 10:56:22 +1300 | New Zealand Defence Force

The Manawatu skies will stage one of the biggest air shows in New Zealand on 24-26 February 2017 at Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Base Ohakea. The air show will mark 80 years of service to New Zealand by the RNZAF as an independent armed service.More >>

Arrests at Peace Action Wellington Protest

Tue, 17 Nov 2015 12:12:57 +1300 | Robert Kelly

Over twenty protestors were arrested between ten thirty and eleven this morning at a protest at the New Zealand Defence Industry Association conference. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Islam and the Paris attacks

Tue, 17 Nov 2015 10:15:56 +1300 | Gordon Campbell

According to polls, a third of Republican voters in Iowa want Islam to be criminalized . Unfortunately, the cornfields of middle America aren’t the only place that ‘Islam’ is being blamed for the terrorism attacks in Paris. More >>

Peace Action Wellington Protest NZ DIA Conference

Tue, 17 Nov 2015 09:35:51 +1300 | Robert Kelly

At eight o’clock this morning the Wellington Peace Action protest of the New Zealand Defence Industry Association entered its first stages. In Frank Kitts Park people dressed in grim reaper costumes mixed with families, students and several extremely ...More >>

Minister welcomes troops home from Taji

Mon, 16 Nov 2015 22:57:07 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has this afternoon welcomed home the first rotation of 105 New Zealand soldiers from a six-month deployment to Iraq, where they helped train more than 2000 Iraqi Security Forces’ personnel.More >>

First Rotation of NZ Troops Returns From Iraq

Mon, 16 Nov 2015 22:55:31 +1300 | New Zealand Defence Force

The first rotation of 105 New Zealand soldiers returned this evening from a six-month deployment to Iraq, where they helped train more than 2000 Iraqi Security Forces personnel.More >>


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