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1 August, 2014

Orion heads to Gulf of Aden as anti-piracy mission gets underway

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says a P3K-2 Orion has today left New Zealand to support international anti-piracy operations.

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25 July, 2014

NZSAS training facility fit out contract signed

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says the new battle training facility for the NZSAS has reached another significant milestone with the signing of a $16.2 million fit out contract with Cubic Range Design Systems.

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22 July, 2014

Joint Statement with General Fan Changlong

Joint statement on the meeting between Minister of Defence, Jonathan Coleman and Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission of the People’s Republic of China, General Fan Changlong.

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21 July, 2014

Good progress on Better Public Service targets

Long-term welfare dependency is reducing and more young people are achieving higher qualifications under the Government’s Better Public Services initiative, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English and State Services Minister Jonathan Coleman say.

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18 July, 2014

Coleman to meet China’s top military officer

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman will hold talks on Monday with General Fan Changlong.

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9 July, 2014

Navy seeks tanker replacement for Endeavour

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has given approval for the NZDF to seek a replacement for the naval tanker HMNZS Endeavour.

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7 July, 2014

CBD gaps filling fast as Crown returns

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says the notion of a donut effect in the Christchurch CBD – with new developments on the fringes but few buildings in the centre – is being rapidly dispelled.

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3 July, 2014

Public sector excellence awards well deserved

State Services Minister Jonathan Coleman has congratulated the winners of the 2014 Institute of Public Administration New Zealand (IPANZ) Gen-I Public Sector Excellence Awards.

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27 June, 2014

World’s largest maritime exercise is underway

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says HMNZS Canterbury has arrived in Hawaii this morning as Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) gets underway.

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19 June, 2014

New NZDF Air Movements Terminal opens

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman has today officially opened the new Air Movements Terminal at RNZAF Base Ohakea.

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17 June, 2014

Defence Capability Plan reflects progress made

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says the 2014 Defence Capability Plan shows good progress has been made on modernising NZDF capabilities.

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17 June, 2014

New rifles for NZDF

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has given approval for the NZDF to seek a replacement for the Steyr rifle.

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1 June, 2014

New defence arrangements with France and South Korea

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes two defence arrangements with France and South Korea which were signed at Shangri-La Dialogue.

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29 May, 2014

Coleman to attend regional Defence Ministers meetings

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman is today travelling to Singapore to join his counterparts at the Shangri-La Dialogue. He will also attend the Five Powers Defence Arrangements Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Malaysia.

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28 May, 2014

Core public service numbers update

State Services Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest statistics on core government administration show a reduction to 65 positions below the cap.

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27 May, 2014

On track to achieve $110m annual savings in Government accommodation footprint

State Services Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest Crown Estate Report shows the Government continues to reduce its nationwide office floor space, delivering considerable savings.

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18 May, 2014

Commemorating the battles of Monte Cassino

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman will join New Zealand veterans at the Cassino Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the battles of Monte Cassino.

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13 May, 2014

Defence Minister to attend Monte Cassino commemorations

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman will travel to Italy today for the 70th anniversary commemorations of the battles of Monte Cassino this weekend.

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2 May, 2014

Remembering family war stories – school competition launched

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman has launched ‘What did you do in the war, Grandy?’ a competition for New Zealand school students sponsored by the New Zealand Society of Genealogists.

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1 May, 2014

Frigate combat systems upgrade contract awarded

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has awarded the prime contract for the frigate combat systems upgrade to Lockheed Martin Canada.

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30 April, 2014

RNZAF Orion to return to NZ after MH370 search

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says the New Zealand P-3K2 Orion involved in the international search effort for missing Malaysian Airlines plane MH370 will arrive back in New Zealand on Thursday.

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29 April, 2014

Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gate Pa

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman is joining local Iwi to commemorate the battle of Gate Pa - Pukehinahina.

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29 April, 2014

Budget 2014: Investing $100.9m in defence

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government is committed to strengthening the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), and will be investing $100.9 million of operating funding in 2014/2015.

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24 April, 2014

NZDF provides assistance in Southern Westland

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says the NZDF is providing assistance to the community of Whataroa in Southern Westland in the wake of the recent significant storm damage.

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24 April, 2014

Commemorating Anzac Day

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says Anzac Day will be especially poignant this year with the start of WWI centenary commemorations.

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23 April, 2014

New Defence trucks delivered to units

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says the first batch of new Medium-Heavy Operational Vehicles have been delivered to NZDF units.

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17 April, 2014

Defence Force supports Poppy Day

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman joined Defence Force personnel including the Vice Chief of Defence Force Air Vice-Marshal Kevin Short, to collect donations for the annual Poppy Day appeal in Wellington today.

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11 April, 2014

US Pacific Commander visits New Zealand

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman will meet with Admiral Samuel Locklear Commander of US Pacific Command on Monday.

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10 April, 2014

Further NZ aid flight to Solomons

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully and Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman have announced a second New Zealand Defence Force C-130 flight will be made to the Solomon Islands.

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9 April, 2014

Coleman to attend G20 finance meeting

Associate Minister of Finance Jonathan Coleman departs New Zealand today for Washington to attend this week’s G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting.

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