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Collins Leaves For Pacific Defence Meeting

Mon, 4 Dec 2023 17:38:47 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Judith Collins today departed for New Caledonia to attend the 8th annual South Pacific Defence Ministers’ meeting (SPDMM). “This meeting is an excellent opportunity to meet face-to-face with my Pacific counterparts to discuss ...More >>

Royal New Zealand Navy To Trial Uncrewed, Renewable-powered Vessel

Mon, 4 Dec 2023 12:48:57 +1300 | New Zealand Defence Force

The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) will soon take delivery of a 6.8-metre renewable-powered Uncrewed Surface Vessel (USV) to trial on a short-term lease. USVs offer potential to undertake a wide variety of roles for the New Zealand Government. These could ...More >>

Kāpiti Student Following In Family’s Footsteps Is Named Cadet Of The Year

Mon, 27 Nov 2023 10:17:02 +1300 | New Zealand Defence Force

It’s been a steady rise through the ranks for 17-year-old Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2) Pyper-Alex Adams, who has been named the New Zealand Defence Force’s Cadet of the Year. <img src="" ...More >>

Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Visit Highlights 3,500 War Graves In NZ

Fri, 24 Nov 2023 10:51:36 +1300 | Ministry For Culture And Heritage

The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at the National War Memorial is a Commonwealth war grave - a fact that many may not be aware of. These war graves commemorate members of the Armed Forces who died during World War one or two. This week the head of the ...More >>

Majestic Orion Takes Aircraft Of The Year Title For 2023

Fri, 24 Nov 2023 09:48:51 +1300 | Air Force Museum of New Zealand

<img src="" width="720" height="480"> The Lockheed P-3K2 Orion is the winner of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand’s inaugural Aircraft of the Year ...More >>

New Zealand Defence Force On Display At Wings Over Wairarapa

Tue, 21 Nov 2023 10:51:52 +1300 | New Zealand Defence Force

You’ll find the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) in the sky and on the ground at this year’s Wings over Wairarapa Air Festival, to be held at Hood Aerodrome in Masterton this weekend. <img src="" ...More >>

Petone Man Among Kiwi War Heroes Honoured By Dutch Village

Thu, 16 Nov 2023 15:36:39 +1300 | New Zealand Defence Force

A small village in the Netherlands has honoured five airmen of the Second World War, including two New Zealanders who lost their lives when their bomber was attacked on only its second operational flight. <img src="" ...More >>

The Militarised University: Where Secrecy Goes To Thrive

Tue, 14 Nov 2023 17:47:04 +1300 | Binoy Kampmark

For anyone wishing to bury secrets, especially of the unsavoury sort, there is one forum that stands out. Call it a higher education institution. Call it a university. Even better, capitalise it: the University. This is certainly the case in Australia, ...More >>

NZDF Contingent To Support Solomon Islands During Pacific Games

Tue, 14 Nov 2023 09:54:32 +1300 | New Zealand Defence Force

A group of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel, with two Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) NH90 helicopters, has arrived in Honiara to support the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF), as the country prepares to host the Pacific Games. ...More >>

RNZAF Poseidon Finds Suspect Fishing Boats In Vast Pacific Ocean Search

Thu, 9 Nov 2023 13:33:01 +1300 | New Zealand Defence Force

The latest deployment of the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P-8A Poseidon to a multinational fisheries operation has identified 74 fishing vessels in a vast search area. Of the 74, three were identified as being of interest for potential breaches ...More >>

Auckland Forum Makes It Easier For Veterans To Access Support

Mon, 6 Nov 2023 13:12:17 +1300 | New Zealand Defence Force

A one-stop-shop of services for veterans is coming back to Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland this month. Veterans' Affairs is putting the call out for serving and former New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel to join them on Wednesday 29 November for ...More >>

Latest Defence Accommodation Rent Increases Unfortunate According To RSA

Thu, 2 Nov 2023 10:17:45 +1300 | Returned Services Association

The RSA believes Wednesday’s announcement from the New Zealand Defence Force that they are increasing rental charges for Defence Housing and Barracks by 17%, is a further erosion of conditions of service for those who serve. The increased changes ...More >>

Defence Force’s Last-minute Appeal Denies Workers The Payments They Are Owed

Wed, 1 Nov 2023 13:18:21 +1300 | PSA

More than 500 Defence Force workers have been celebrating an Employment Relations Authority determination that awards them backpay. However, a last-minute appeal by the Defence Force to the Employment Court means they now face more uncertainty. "We ...More >>

RNZAF Band Set To Take Flight In Annual Wellington Concert

Tue, 31 Oct 2023 15:31:53 +1300 | RNZAF

The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Band’s annual Wellington concert will be a celebration of local talent playing big band hits against the backdrop of Armistice Day. The 65-strong band’s ‘Air Force in Concert’ will be held at the Michael ...More >>

Alert: UPDATING LIVE: UN Security Council to meet again on Gaza crisis

Tue, 31 Oct 2023 09:54:17 +1300 | UN News

30 October Following four failed efforts to reach consensus on a Gaza resolution, the UN Security Council met in emergency session again on Monday afternoon (New York time) to discuss the ongoing crisis, amid continuing Israeli bombardment and reported ...More >>

Comment By UN High Commissioner For Human Rights Volker Türk On Gaza

Sun, 29 Oct 2023 07:01:37 +1300 | UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Geneva, 28 October 2023 Last night’s bombardment and ground operations in Gaza by Israeli forces were reportedly the most intensive yet, taking this terrible crisis to a new level of violence and pain. Compounding the misery and suffering of civilians, ...More >>

Biden’s Bungles Over Gaza

Sat, 28 Oct 2023 14:06:47 +1300 | Binoy Kampmark

The main press stable was keen to see the scrappy benefits of the 31-hour visit to Israel by US President Joe Biden. On National Public Radio (NPR), Scott Neuman expressed the view that the “largely symbolic” visit did yield a few “concrete ...More >>

Occupied Gaza Strip: UN Committee Calls For Immediate Ceasefire; Urges End To Hate Speech Amid Fears Of Broader Conflict

Sat, 28 Oct 2023 07:06:48 +1300 | UN Treaty Bodies

GENEVA (27 October 2023) – Alarmed by the scale of violence and the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in the occupied Gaza Strip and fearing the prospects of a broader conflict, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) today ...More >>

‘Human Animals’: The Sordid Language Behind Israel’s Genocide In Gaza

Fri, 27 Oct 2023 06:46:29 +1300 | Ramzy Baroud

“(Tutsis) are cockroaches. We will kill you.” Arabs are like “drugged cockroaches in a bottle.” The first quote was a line repeated frequently by the Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines , a Rwandan radio station, which is largely blamed for inciting ...More >>

Israel-Palestine: Blockade Puts Gaza Aid On The Line, WHO Spotlights Soaring Mental Health Needs In Israel

Thu, 26 Oct 2023 05:33:53 +1300 | UN News

Humanitarian operations in Gaza risked grinding to a halt on Wednesday due to the ongoing fuel blockade, while Israel continued to deal with a protracted hostage crisis amid the horrific aftermath of Hamas’ 7 October attacks. UPDATED: An alert from ...More >>


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