Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Explosive detector dogs pose for a good cause

24 November 2015

Explosive detector dogs pose for a good cause

One of the contenders for the ‘December pin-up pooch’ title

New Zealand’s Aviation Security Service (‘Avsec’) this week launched a 2016 calendar featuring its highly trained explosive detector dogs (EDD) working to protect the nation’s airports and skies.

The calendars are on sale for $10 and all proceeds go to HUHA (Helping You Help Animals), an animal rescue organisation which has gifted several rescued and reformed dogs to the service’s EDD training programme.

These dogs are now highly trained and qualified, living and working with their loving and capable Avsec handlers.

“We’re really rapt with what Avsec does for these dogs that don’t quite fit into society but go on to do great things in service of their community,” says HUHA’s founder, Carolyn Press-McKenzie.

Avsec EDD National Manager Monique Masoe says that the two organisations have a strong relationship because of their common interest in securing positive outcomes for both the dogs and the communities that they live in.

“As an EDD, the dogs enjoy a great life and do an important job—not just for Avsec, but in safeguarding the travelling public and airport community,” she says.

The calendar also aims to help the public breeze through airport security when they fly and understand more about Avsec’s work, with handy monthly tips and a two-page spread answering some common travel questions.

Featuring an interesting photo of a dog along with some fun date-related facts each month, the calendar was made possible with support from one of New Zealand’s most trusted car brands, Holden.

Holden NZ provides the specially fitted utes for Avsec’s dogs to travel safely and comfortably, and is thrilled to also be involved with the calendar.

“We are incredibly proud to be associated with Avsec and HUHA,” says Holden’s General Manager of Marketing, Marnie Samphier.

“In the same way that the explosive detector dogs keep the public safe, Holden too is committed to and passionate about safety in our cars.”

The calendars cost only $10 each and are available from the HUHA website See also HUHA at for announcements about sale points.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'

The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>

Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland