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Defence Force Officer Receives Distinguished Service Decoration

Mon, 1 Jun 2020 11:41:47 +1200 | 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 >>

Defence Force To Fire 21-gun Salutes In Wellington To Mark Royal Occasions

Fri, 29 May 2020 09:20:08 +1200 | New Zealand Defence Force

New Zealand Army personnel will fire 21-gun salutes in Wellington at midday on 1, 2 and 10 June. These will mark the Queen’s official birthday in New Zealand, the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation and the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip’s ...More >>

NZDF Auckland Bases Embrace Water-saving Measures

Thu, 28 May 2020 13:50:44 +1200 | New Zealand Defence Force

New Zealand Defence Force bases in Auckland are attacking their water use as the region battles one of the worst droughts in recent history. The taps are being turned off at Devonport Naval Base, RNZAF Base Auckland at Whenuapai, Papakura Military ...More >>

Do You Consent To The New Cold War?

Sun, 24 May 2020 16:32:14 +1200 | Caitlin Johnstone

The world's worst Putin puppet is escalating tensions with Russia even further, with the Trump administration looking at withdrawal from more nuclear treaties in the near future. In addition to planning on withdrawing from the Open Skies Treaty ...More >>

$206 million investment in upgrades at Ohakea Air Force Base

Thu, 21 May 2020 11:32:33 +1200 | New Zealand Government

The Coalition Government has approved a business case for $206 million in upgrades to critical infrastructure at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, with the first phase starting later this year, Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today.More >>

Battles Over Barley: Australia, China And The Tariff Wars

Wed, 20 May 2020 15:12:01 +1200 | Binoy Kampmark

It promised to be bruising to both dignity and wallet. However brazen Australian politicians have been drumming up support for an international inquiry into the origins of the novel coronavirus, the first ones to be slapped in anger would have to be ...More >>

Is It Time To Further Recognise Those Who Serve In Our Military?

Mon, 18 May 2020 10:37:59 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has announced the launch of a national conversation that aims to find out whether New Zealanders think there should be a formal agreement between service people, the Government, and the people of New Zealand. “This year ...More >>

Are We Doing Enough For Those Who Serve In Our Military?

Mon, 18 May 2020 10:15:20 +1200 | Veterans' Advisory Board

New Zealanders across the country honoured our military service personnel by standing in their driveways in a show of respect and support this Anzac Day. But should we be doing more for those who serve our country? Finding out how New Zealanders feel ...More >>

Budget 2020 A Slush Fund For Weapons Dealers

Fri, 15 May 2020 12:13:49 +1200 | Peace Action Wellington

“Coming out of the Covid-19 lockdown, people across the country want to build a better society by providing for everyone’s basic needs, caring for our environment and properly resourcing the health system. We do not want to build a bigger war machine, ...More >>

Welfare Or Warfare? Military Spending In Budget 2020

Thu, 14 May 2020 16:50:10 +1200 | Peace Movement Aotearoa

Military spending in the 2020 ‘Rebuilding Together’ Budget is a total of $4,621,354,000* - that is an average of more than $88.8 million every week While this is a small decrease when compared with the record amount of military spending allocated in Budget ...More >>

Budget 2020: Funding Boost For Defence

Thu, 14 May 2020 14:41:42 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Budget 2020 provides a boost of $1.77 billion in operating and capital funding to enable Defence to continue to deliver on the tasks expected of it “It’s been a busy year for the Defence Force. On top of our usual deployments they have responded ...More >>

Botched Infiltration Of Venezuela Leaves Guaidó Tainted Beyond Repair

Tue, 12 May 2020 16:07:07 +1200 | Common Dreams

Unless Democrats begin to take advantage of the liability Guaidó represents and push back against Trump’s regime change efforts, there seems to be little hope of improving U.S.–Venezuela relations, regardless of who wins the presidency in ...More >>

New Zealand And Australia Enhance Defence Cooperation In The Fight Against COVID-19

Sat, 9 May 2020 16:03:18 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Australia and New Zealand have agreed to further strengthen defence cooperation in the fight against COVID-19 on both sides of the Tasman and in our Pacific neighbourhood. On 7 May 2020, Minister of Defence Ron Mark, held a joint teleconference with Senator ...More >>

The Novel Coronavirus And Nuclear Weapons

Tue, 5 May 2020 16:10:01 +1200 | Common Dreams

As with viruses, containment of atomic weapons may be good, but eradication is best. by Sergio Duarte , Ira Helfand "Just as the threat of the new coronavirus must be met by cooperation, common-sense and solidarity among peoples and nations," ...More >>

Inquiry Into Operation Burnham Progress Update

Tue, 5 May 2020 12:03:42 +1200 | Inquiry into Operation Burnham

The Inquiry is in the final stages of its work, however this has been impacted by COVID-19. As advised in our 25 March 2020 update, the private hearings on the Inquiry’s confidential draft report as detailed in Minute No 22 were cancelled due to COVID-19. ...More >>

Myanmar: “Possible War Crimes & Crimes Against Humanity Ongoing In Rakhine & Chin States”

Wed, 29 Apr 2020 18:29:03 +1200 | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA / BANGKOK (29 April 2020) – A UN human rights expert today called for an investigation into allegations of ongoing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Myanmar’s Rakhine and Chin States. “While the world is occupied with the COVID-19 ...More >>

Apec security bill amended after privacy concerns

Tue, 28 Apr 2020 12:05:48 +1200 | RNZ

Foreign security agents would have been free to intercept New Zealanders' cellphone calls under a bill paving the way for the Apec summit next year. More >>

Global Military Spending Increases, New Zealand Ranks In Report

Mon, 27 Apr 2020 12:01:36 +1200 | Peace Movement Aotearoa

Global military expenditure increased for the fifth year in a row to according to figures released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) today, during the Global Days of Action on Military Spending. World military expenditure ...More >>

Infection Of US Military A Threat To NZ & The Pacific

Sun, 26 Apr 2020 19:41:15 +1200 | Peace Action Wellington

“News that 26 US Navy ships and 3,500 soldiers have confirmed Covid-19 cases is an urgent and compelling reason for the New Zealand government to withdraw from participation in this year’s RIMPAC military exercise due to begin in June,” said Valerie Morse, ...More >>

Governor-General’s Address For Anzac Day

Sat, 25 Apr 2020 11:10:08 +1200 | Governor General

E hoki ana aku mahara ki ō tātou tāngata, rātou i tū ki te pae o te riri kia ora ai te pae o te maungarongo. E whitu tekau mā rima tau te kaumatua o tēnei rau aroha. Kei wareware i a tātou. Tēnā tātou. 100 years ago, as New Zealanders observed ...More >>

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