Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

First Purpose-Built Military Working Dog Facility Opens

7 December 2018


New Zealand’s first purpose-built military working dog facility was opened at Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Base Auckland at Whenuapai today.

The new facility replaces older kennels that have housed the unit on the base for many years.

The unit was opened by Deputy Chief of Air Force Air Commodore Mark Brunton in front of more than 40 guests from the Guide Dog Foundation training unit, the police, Customs, Ministry for Primary Industries and other government agencies.

“The RNZAF’s Military Working Dogs are a significant force multiplier, working day and night in a variety of conditions to support military operations both at home locations and overseas,” Air Commodore Brunton said.

“This improved accommodation ensures the dogs’ welfare and comfort, while providing a fit-for-purpose facility to support and enhance their operational working day.”

Military Working Dog Unit Co-ordinator Corporal JD Hines said although military working dogs had been trained in New Zealand for 50 years, this was the first facility designed and built specifically for the unit’s requirements.

“The new facility is much better for the handlers and the dogs and the increased capacity means we can train more dogs ready for service,” Corporal Hines said.

There were now eight kennels in the main block, with four runs, all accessed from within the facility and set up so that two dogs could alternate in a run throughout the day, he said.

“This gives the dogs much longer out in the runs than before and the result is happier and calmer dogs already.”

The new facility includes an isolation block of kennels that can house sick dogs, visiting dogs and student handlers, so they can come and go for training without disturbing resident dogs.

Defence Estate and Infrastructure acting head Phil Gurnsey said he was pleased his team could help enable a long-held ambition to provide a new facility at Whenuapai that reflected the importance of the work of the military dogs and their handlers.

“The Defence Estate and Infrastructure team is committed to providing a modern, high-quality Estate that supports our people, and our canine friends, now and in the future. Congratulations to all involved,” he said.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Madrid Climate Talks: Decade Ending 2019 Likely To Be Hottest On Record

Exceptional global heat driven by greenhouse gas emissions mean this decade will most likely go down as the warmest on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization...

The agency also finds that 2019 is on track to be the second or third warmest year in history, with the global average temperature during January through October, roughly 1.1 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial era.

“If we do not take urgent climate action now, then we are heading for a temperature increase of more than 3°C by the end of the century, with ever more harmful impacts on human wellbeing.” More>>

 

NZ First Conflicts Of Interest: New Details Around Timeline

New information has emerged showing it was the New Zealand First chief of staff who identified potential conflicts of interest between a forestry company and two senior government ministers, sparking a series of declarations. More>>

Earlier:

Donations:

Five New Cancer Meds In Six Months: Pharmac Funds More Cancer Medicines, Faster Assessment

PHARMAC has confirmed that two new medicines – olaparib for ovarian cancer and fulvestrant for breast cancer – have been approved for funding... Rituximab and bortezomib, which are already funded, have also been approved for widened access following successful commercial proposals from new suppliers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Stoking Fears About Cannabis Law Reform

It was always going to be hard to have a rational debate on cannabis reform. Far easier for politicians to win votes by stoking alarm... More>>

ALSO:

Tūhoronuku Mandate Recognition Ends: "New Opportunity" For Ngāpuhi Treaty Negotiations

The Crown is providing an opportunity for the hapu of Ngāpuhi to rebuild its framework from the ground up for collective negotiations to deal with its historical Treaty claims... More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Next Phase Of Recovery Underway

“Fresh air will be pumped into the Pike River Mine drift this week, following acceptance of the plan for re-entry beyond the 170m barrier by New Zealand’s independent health and safety regulator WorkSafe." More>>

ALSO:

Peters Stoic: Russia On Afghan Firing Range Deaths

The foreign minister won't be calling in the Russian ambassador concerning comments made about New Zealand soldiers in Afghanistan. In a media briefing late last month, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said New Zealand must investigate crimes against civilians. More>>

ALSO:

Christchurch Call: Online Crisis Response Workshop In Wellington

Governments and tech companies are holding a two-day workshop, hosted by YouTube/Google in Wellington, to test the Christchurch Call Shared Crisis Response Protocol. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels