Tags : Defence

New Zealand’s contribution to Operation GALLANT PHOENIX extended

Minister of Defence Peeni Henare, and Minister of Police Poto Williams have confirmed New Zealand’s ongoing contribution to the Operation Gallant Phoenix intelligence mission in Jordan. Cabinet has extended the mandate for New Zealand’s multiagency deployment for two years until June 2023, the number of deployed personnel remains fewer than 10. Operation Gallant Phoenix was […]readmore

Former director, long-serving heroes celebrated at Emergency Management Awards

A former Director of Civil Defence Emergency Management and a cadet-turned controller who has served his community for 50 years were among those recognised by Acting Minister for Emergency Management Kris Faafoi at an award ceremony in Wellington tonight. “Tonight is about acknowledging and celebrating those who have made a vital contribution to Civil Defence […]readmore

NZDF to start vaccinating its uniformed personnel

The New Zealand Defence Force will today start its own vaccination programme for uniformed personnel as part of the Government’s efforts to combat COVID-19, Defence Minister Peeni Henare said.  Vaccination of the uniformed workforce already on duty in the Managed Isolation and Quarantine Facilities (MIQFs) started last month as part of the effort to vaccinate […]readmore

New Zealand to conclude its deployment to Afghanistan in 2021

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Defence Minister Peeni Henare have announced that New Zealand will conclude its deployment of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) to Afghanistan by May 2021. “After 20 years of a NZDF presence in Afghanistan, it is now time to conclude our deployment,” Jacinda Ardern said. “The […]readmore

Next steps in firearms buy-back

The next steps in the Government’s ambitious firearms reform programme to include a three-month buy-back have been announced by Police Minister Poto Williams today.  “The last buy-back and amnesty was unprecedented for New Zealand and was successful in collecting 60,297 firearms, modifying a further 5,630 firearms, and collecting 299,837 prohibited parts and magazines. We are […]readmore

Te Whare Toroa, a new home for No. 5 Squadron

The construction of the new home for the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s No. 5 Squadron and the P-8A Poseidon aircraft officially started today, with the Minister of Defence Hon Peeni Henare attending a sod-turning ceremony at the Ohakea Airbase. The new facility will be called Te Whare Toroa, a name inspired by the albatross […]readmore

Reappointment of Chief of Defence Force and Chiefs of Service

Minister of Defence Hon Peeni Henare has today announced the reappointment of the Chief of Defence Force and the three Chiefs of Service. “The reappointment of the Chief of Defence Force and the Chiefs of Service provides continuity and stability of leadership to the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and its work programme,” Peeni Henare […]readmore

Minister heads to flood-hit Napier

Minister of Emergency Management Kiri Allan will travel to Napier this afternoon to meet with frontline staff and residents affected by the severe weather that hit the area overnight. “My thoughts are with the Napier community as they deal with the damage and disruption that this deluge has caused, and get ready to knuckle down […]readmore

NZ announces a third P-3 deployment in support of UN

The Government has deployed a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea, announced Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “New Zealand has long supported the maintenance of peace and […]readmore

Ministry of Defence Biodefence Assessment released

The Ministry of Defence has today released a Defence Assessment examining Defence’s role across the spectrum of biological hazards and threats facing New Zealand. Biodefence: Preparing for a New Era of Biological Hazards and Threats looks at how the NZDF supports other agencies’ biodefence activities, and considers the context of the wider impacts of biological […]readmore