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Local companies to partner Boeing in Orion upgrade

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:03:18 +1200 | New Zealand Defence Industry Association

New Zealand defence industry suppliers will support international contractor Boeing to upgrade systems on the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s six Orion aircraft. Beca, Marops and Safe Air will support the upgraded Underwater, Intelligence, Surveillance ...More >>

Minister welcomes Baghdad appointment

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:38:27 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Hon Gerry Brownlee Minister of Defence 25 August 2016 Media Statement Minister welcomes Baghdad appointment Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has welcomed the appointment of a New Zealand Army Brigadier to a senior role in the counter-Daesh Coalition. ...More >>

Address to NZ Institute of International Affairs, Wellington

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:19:10 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Hon Gerry Brownlee Minister of Defence 25 August 2016 Speech Address to NZ Institute of International Affairs, Wellington Thank you for the opportunity to speak today. The last 15 years has seen the international strategic environment become increasingly ...More >>

Double standard on weapons investment

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:41:37 +1200 | Auckland Peace Action

Lockheed Martin, a company that has been banned for investment by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund and ACC because it manufacturers nuclear weapons, holds a current NZ Navy contract for $446 million and is sponsor of this year’s NZ Navy 75th birthday.More >>

Jeep 75th Anniversary Reunites Kiwi Family with Its History

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:18:27 +1200 | Fiat Chrysler NZ Limited

The last thing that Sherryll Leeson expected to see when she opened the motoring supplement of the NZ Herald was a picture of her father, but, set amongst a story on Jeep’s 75th Anniversary, was a picture of then New Zealand Prime Minister Peter ...More >>

Governor-General’s speech at the State Farewell Luncheon

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:35:48 +1200 | Government House

At my swearing-in ceremony in 2011, I spoke about the extraordinary honour that had been bestowed upon us. At the same time, I acknowledged just a little trepidation about what the next five years might bring.More >>

NZDF Hosting Commander Republic of Fiji Military Forces

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:01:02 +1200 | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force is hosting a visit by the Commander Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), Rear Admiral (RADM) Viliame Naupoto over the next few days. More >>

New ship to deliver enhanced naval capability

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:26:58 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Hon Gerry Brownlee Minister of Defence 24 August 2016 Media Statement New ship to deliver enhanced naval capability Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government has approved a Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force recommendation to ...More >>

State Sector Retirement funds must stop investing in arms

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:27:36 +1200 | Public Service Association

Members of a government-implemented super scheme will be deeply disappointed their savings are being invested in companies which make cluster bombs or nuclear weapons, the PSA says.More >>

Further investment in new Defence capabilities

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:16:44 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee today welcomed the signing of a contract to upgrade the Royal New Zealand Air Force Underwater, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance capability on our six Orion aircraft with Boeing for a total of $36 million. More >>

Government funding weapons trade

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:27:52 +1200 | Auckland Peace Action

The Government’s own NZ Superannuation fund is heavily invested in major weapons dealers.# At present, it holds significant investments in the second, third and fourth largest arms dealers in the world: Boeing, BAE and Raytheon.*More >>

NZDF Vessel Returns From Pacific Fisheries Patrols

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:10:30 +1200 | New Zealand Defence Force

The Royal New Zealand Navy’s offshore patrol vessel HMNZS Wellington will return to the Devonport Naval Base on Friday 26 August after a successful five-week operation conducting fisheries patrols in the south-west Pacific.More >>

Ryman Healthcare enlists with RNZAB

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 15:11:21 +1200 | Ryman Healthcare

Two-year deal means residents will hear the best of New Zealand’s oldest band More >>

National Commemoration to remember war in France

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:13:49 +1200 | New Zealand Government

New Zealander’s experiences in France during the First World War will be remembered in a special national commemoration on Sunday 18 September, Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry says.More >>

The Hypocrisies of Commemoration: Dispute at Long Tan

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:45:47 +1200 | Binoy Kampmark

One of the stranger sights in international relations is that of a defeated State seeking to commemorate its fallen in a country whose affairs it sought to disrupt. Australia is particularly adept at this, having obtained near exclusive entitlements ...More >>

Mass Surveillance and Internet Democracy

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:07:04 +1200 | Open Source Open Society

Last night’s ‘Waatea 5th Estate’ with Bomber Bradbury featured three Open Source Open Society speakers on a panel discussing Mass Surveillance and Internet Democracy. More >>

Gordon Campbell on China steel dumping, and the 60s revival

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 10:54:30 +1200 | Gordon Campbell

G uess who isn’t taking any visible action to ensure New Zealand isn’t damaged by China dumping its state-subsidized steel glut cheaply here? Here’s what the European Union has put in place :More >>

Kiwis, Australians Mark 50th Anniversary Of Vietnam War

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 10:41:41 +1200 | New Zealand Defence Force

Kiwis, Australians Mark 50th Anniversary Of Vietnam War A New Zealand Vietnam veterans delegation has joined forces with some of their former Australian colleagues in Canberra to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The veterans attended an ...More >>

Commemorative sculpture Victory Medal

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 16:30:29 +1200 | Wellington City Council

Commemorative sculpture Victory Medal coming to the Botanic Garden For the past two years the commemorative sculpture Victory Medal by artist Helen Pollock has been touring museums throughout New Zealand and now it’s coming to Wellington. The artwork ...More >>

Fingers on the Button: “First Use” and US Nuclear Weapons

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 17:15:16 +1200 | Binoy Kampmark

Do you wait till the prospect of obliteration is upon you? Or initiate, blithely, a nuclear holocaust upon your enemy as a matter of what is termed “first use” by the nuclear weapon high priests? Neither prospect is particularly attractive, ...More >>

 

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