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Kaitaia Soldier Revelling in Middle East Role

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:09:26 +1200 | New Zealand Defence Force

One of the reasons Ari Busby joined the New Zealand Army was to travel and he has got his wish, working with a multinational contingent in the Sinai Peninsula. More >>

$982m funding boost for Defence

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:32:33 +1200 | New Zealand Government

$982m funding boost for Defence New Zealand’s Defence Force will receive a $406 million boost in operating funding over four years and $576 million in capital as part of Budget 2017, says Defence Minister Mark Mitchell. “It is vital that the ...More >>

Latest Iraq deployment to build on good work

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:28:56 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Mark Mitchell says New Zealanders can be proud of the achievements of the Defence Force in the fight against Isis. More >>

Navy Celebrates Five New Commanding Officers

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:23:37 +1200 | New Zealand Defence Force

There will be five changes of command, including two women commanding officers, in the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) in May and June. More >>

Fifth Rotation of NZDF Troops Heads to Iraq

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:11:27 +1200 | New Zealand Defence Force

The fifth rotation of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) troops left today for a six-month mission training Iraqi soldiers. The NZDF’s Senior National Officer in Taji, Iraq, said the 106-member team was under no illusions about the task ahead.More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Navy’s dealings with Fat Leonard

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:38:45 +1200 | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on the Navy’s dealings with Fat Leonard, and Twin Peaks First published on Werewolf More >>

English doubts Navy caught by fraudster 'Fat Leonard'

Mon, 22 May 2017 20:52:59 +1200 | BusinessDesk

May 22 (BusinessDesk) - Prime Minister Bill English says he doubts any New Zealand public servants would have got involved in shenanigans with Leonard Glenn Francis, the Malaysian defence contractor known as Fat Leonard who has been jailed in the ...More >>

Navy Celebrates Five New Commanding Officers

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:12:10 +1200 | New Zealand Defence Force

There will be five changes of command, including two women commanding officers, in the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) in May and June. More >>

Q+A: Prime Minister Bill English

Sun, 21 May 2017 12:42:54 +1200 | TVNZ

Prime Minister Bill English told Q+A’s Corin Dann that New Zealanders shouldn’t be too concerned about what’s happening politically in the United States. ‘But hour by hour following it would distract, I think, the government from our critical ...More >>

First World War Chalice Returns to Belgium Battlefield

Thu, 18 May 2017 13:31:49 +1200 | New Zealand Defence Force

The chalice of First World War chaplain Father James Joseph McMenamin will be handed over to New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) chaplains during a Mass at Sacred Heart Church, Petone […].More >>

30th Anniversary of Aotearoa New Zealand’s Nuclear-Free Zone

Wed, 17 May 2017 16:35:03 +1200 | New Zealand Peace Foundation

Thirty years ago the Nuclear-Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act 1987 became statute. To mark the staying power of this important legislation that was established so that Aotearoa New Zealand became a nuclear-free zone, national peace events are ...More >>

Battle for Crete anniversary

Mon, 15 May 2017 14:36:31 +1200 | Ministry For Culture And Heritage

The 76th anniversary of the Battle for Crete will be marked at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park at Wellington on Saturday 20 May. More >>

Chief of Defence Force to Attend EU Meeting

Fri, 12 May 2017 16:04:26 +1200 | New Zealand Defence Force

The Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General Tim Keating, leaves this weekend for a visit to Europe that will include participation in a meeting of European Union (EU) Chiefs of Defence and a call on his Irish counterpart.More >>

NZDF Helps Seize $400m of Heroin in Indian Ocean

Fri, 12 May 2017 14:59:41 +1200 | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has played a key role in another successful drug bust in the Indian Ocean, bringing the total amount of illegal drugs it has helped seize to about $400 million in two weeks.More >>

NZDF Receives Awards for Search and Rescue Missions

Thu, 11 May 2017 09:25:33 +1200 | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has been recognised for saving the lives of five people in two search and rescue missions carried out last year. More >>

Bethune & Navy Special Forces capture Pirate Fishing Vessel

Wed, 10 May 2017 10:18:09 +1200 | Earthrace

Kiwi Captain Pete Bethune and a group of Philippine Navy Special Forces recently apprehended a pirate fishing vessel while allegedly fishing illegally with “Danish Seine” trawling equipment. Such active fishing gear was banned in 2014 in the Philippines ...More >>

Nuclear weapons ban negotiations

Tue, 9 May 2017 16:32:39 +1200 | Disarmament and Security Centre

Four New Zealanders representing civil society will be at the United Nations in New York next month, to help negotiate a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Unlike chemical and biological weapons, nuclear weapons have not yet been outlawed internationally, ...More >>

Air Force Band Marks 80th Birthday

Tue, 9 May 2017 13:27:22 +1200 | New Zealand Defence Force

Eight decades after its first tour of duty, the Air Force Band is winging its way back home to Wellington for its 80th anniversary celebrations. More >>

Hutt students encouraged to enter Passchendaele competition

Mon, 8 May 2017 14:03:38 +1200 | Chris Bishop

Chris Bishop has today encouraged Hutt Valley students to enter the national competition commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele. More >>

Battle of Passchendaele competition launched

Mon, 8 May 2017 12:00:42 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Battle of Passchendaele competition launched Ten senior students will get the opportunity to join the 100th anniversary commemorations of the Battle of Passchendaele in Belgium later this year, as part of a competition for schools and kura, Education Minister ...More >>