New Zealand Army
02/19/2017 at 21:01. Facebook
If you're in Hawkes Bay this coming weekend why not drop in to support Linton's kapa haka group, Te Roopu o Kapa Haka o Kairanga perform at Te Matatini 2017 at the HB Regional Sports Park in Hastings?
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02/16/2017 at 22:16. Facebook
WATCH || An update from our team in the South Island who are working with local authorities in Canterbury.

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02/15/2017 at 19:16. Facebook
An update on the work our troops are doing battling the Christchurch fires...
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02/15/2017 at 02:52. Facebook
Helo crash pilot a SAS hero

"The helicopter pilot who died in a crash while fighting fires in the Port Hills yesterday was a decorated soldier who served with 1st New Zealand Special Air Service Regiment in Afghanistan.

Corporal David Steven Askin was awarded the New Zealand Gallantry Star in 2014 for service in Afghanistan, including the incident at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul in...
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Lest we forget
With respect we remember Private Kirifi Mila who died on this day in Afghanistan in 2011.
May he rest in peace.
It's Valentines Day - if there is a soldier in your life who's special, give them a hug!
Fireys off the Hawkes Bay
Our Defence fireys have been flat out recently-first to the Coromandel, and now to Hawkes Bay. Six of them spent last night helping fight a large blaze near Waimarama Road. These pics show them at work in the Coromandel.
On the ground at Iraq’s Camp Taji.

Major General Tim Gall, the Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, visited last weekend the 100 New Zealand troops training Iraqi soldiers at Camp Taji in basic combat and urban warfare skills. The New Zealand Defence Force has been contributing to the international effort to help train and build the capacity of the Iraqi Security Forces since May 2015, and...
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Friday Flashback
Solomon Islands
The New Zealand Defence Force, and particularly the Army, has had an extensive involvement in Solomon Islands since the late 1990s. Our troops made a major contribution to the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI), which is concluding in June this year.
Burnham based Sapper (SPR) Petra Dye-Hutchinson is racing up the Sky Tower on 13 May in full fire fighting kit to raise vital funds and awareness for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand.
SPR Dye-Hutchinson said she signed up for the Sky Tower race because she loves the challenge it brings to run up 1103 steps in full fire kit as well as wanting to raise awareness and support those with...
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We've hit 90,000 likes!
Army Facebook is celebrating hitting 90,000 likes! A big thankyou to all of you out there who follow our posts and keep up with what our awesome men and women are doing as they serve New Zealand at home and abroad. The photo of the cake being cut here was actually taken in Iraq yesterday, and was specially made by the chefs there to help our troops celebrate Waitangi...
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A gun salute will be heard in Point Jerningham, Wellington today to mark the 65th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's accession to the throne. Check out this great video from our Brit colleagues
Waitangi Day will be a normal working day for our soldiers who are on a non-combat training mission in Iraq.
“To mark Waitangi Day, we will be delivering training during the day before joining our Australian colleagues for a social activity in the evening,” the NZDF’s Senior National Officer said.
“New Zealanders can be proud of the achievements of NZDF personnel serving here. We are making a...
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WO1 Rusty Taylor, RIP
The first Sergeant Major of the Army for the NZ Army, Warrant Officer Class One Lawrence Melville(Rusty) Taylor has died.
He was 85, and died following an illness. WO1 Taylor served in Malaya, and also on the Malaya/Thai border, as well as in Vietnam. He was awarded the British Empire Medal Military Division in 1964, and in 1979 received an MBE in the New Years...
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New Reservists graduate
As an Army we rely heavily on our Reservists. They bring a wealth of talent and expertise to all of our ranks. Our newest group graduated at the weekend.
Furry Friday
What wears a uniform, is cute and fluffy, and just 30cm tall? Private Teddy! The teddy bear is on sale for $30 (p&p extra), with all proceeds going to the Trentham Military Camp UPF Welfare fund. If you are interested contact
Delivery is expected in late February.
As you bask in the summer sunshine think of our drivers and loggies in Antarctica as they swing into action this week to offload a year’s worth of supplies for scientists working in the Ross Sea region.

“New Zealand has a strong interest in preserving the natural environment and stability in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, and the NZDF plays a crucial role in supporting New Zealand’s...
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Karanga Wahine
Would you like to learn the beautiful art of Karanga Wahine, or calling people onto the marae?
Nominations for the Karanga Wahine Wananga are now open to all female NZDF personnel . The wananga will be held at Rongomaraeroa o nga Hau e Wha Marae, Waiouru Military Camp, on March 12 2017. This is an opportunity to learn the art and craft of calling guests onto the marae and to...
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Congratulations to the Papakura Cadet Unit which has been awarded the Whakatū Waewae Trophy by Brigadier Jon Broadley for winning the recent inaugural Auckland NZCC Regional Drill Competition. Second place went to Southern Cross Cadet Unit and the North Shore Cadet Unit was placed third. PapCU was led and choreographed by CDT WO2 Sagapolo and and CDT SGGT Vakisoula. The competition consisted...
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Our Army drivers are doing a great job down in the snow and ice in the Antarctic. Check them out here...

'These trucks have got a bit of character' - NZDF drive unique fleet of trucks to fetch annual supplies in Antarctica