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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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9 April, 2014

The facts about public service numbers

State Services Minister Jonathan Coleman says there are fewer back office staff in the public service than in 2008.

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27 March, 2014

RNZAF Orion crews changeover as search effort continues for missing MH370

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman acknowledges the hard work of the New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion crew who are today handing over to a new crew who will continue searching for missing Malaysian MH370 flight.

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25 March, 2014

Defence Force appointments announced

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman has today announced that the new Chief of Air Force will be Air Commodore Mike Yardley.

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18 March, 2014

RNZAF P3 Orion continues search for MH370

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says a Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion will relocate to Australia to continue searching for the missing Malaysian MH370 flight.

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13 March, 2014

Medallic Recognition Joint Working Group: Service in South-East Asia 1950-2011

The Government agrees with the Medallic Recognition Joint Working Group’s report that military personnel who served in South-East Asia have been appropriately recognised and additional medallic recognition is not justified.

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13 March, 2014

Combined Community Trusts Conference

Good afternoon everyone. Thank you Wayne, for my introduction. I would also like to thank our hosts, the TSB Community Trust, for inviting me to speak to you.

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12 March, 2014

Frigate returns to NZ after successful anti-piracy mission

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says the crew of HMNZS Te Mana should be proud of their contribution to international anti-piracy efforts.

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25 February, 2014

Defence Minister to attend NATO-ISAF summit

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman is joining his international counterparts at this week’s NATO-ISAF Defence Ministers meeting in Brussels.

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20 February, 2014

Progress continues on public service targets

The latest update of the Government’s Better Public Services initiative shows significant gains continue to be made, though challenges remain in achieving these ambitious goals, Finance Minister Bill English and State Services Minister Jonathan Coleman say.

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17 February, 2014

NZ Navy hosts largest exercise in decades

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says the New Zealand Navy’s largest exercise in decades gets underway in Auckland today.

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13 February, 2014

Maximising opportunities for women in uniform

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes today’s release of the Ministry of Defence’s review into the experiences of women in uniform in the NZDF.

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31 January, 2014

US Secretary of the Navy visits New Zealand

US Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will hold a number of meetings in Wellington on Monday as part of a wider visit to the region.

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31 January, 2014

Ceremony marks Chief of Defence handover

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman has congratulated newly promoted Lieutenant General Tim Keating, who has today assumed command of the NZ Defence Force.

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29 January, 2014

Call for public sector excellence nominations

State Services Minister Jonathan Coleman says it is important to recognise success in the public sector through the 2014 Institute of Public Administration New Zealand (IPANZ) Gen-i Public Sector Excellence Awards.

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27 January, 2014

New pilot training capability contract awarded

The Government has awarded the contract to deliver a new and more effective military pilot training system to Beechcraft Defense Company.

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22 January, 2014

Frigate to support NATO anti-piracy patrols

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says Navy frigate HMNZS Te Mana will participate in NATO’s anti-piracy mission, Operation Ocean Shield, for three weeks from 23 January 2014.

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19 December, 2013

NZ to maintain support as Afghanistan mission transitions

New Zealand will maintain its current level of support for international efforts in Afghanistan until December 2014, the Government says.

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18 December, 2013

Defence Ministers Reaffirm commitment To Bilateral Defence Relations

Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, New Zealand’s Minister of Defence and his Australian counterpart, Senator David Johnston, met today in Auckland for the annual Australia-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ meeting.

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18 December, 2013

Defence Ministers meet in Auckland

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman is holding bilateral talks with his Australian counterpart, Senator David Johnston in Auckland today.

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12 December, 2013

Government decision on Nepata brothers

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government will not be paying further compensation to George and Damien Nepata.

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12 December, 2013

Goff only kidding himself on Rebstock Inquiry

There is one name that crops up consistently throughout the Rebstock Inquiry, and that is Phil Goff, says State Services Minister Jonathan Coleman.

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11 December, 2013

Phil Goff leaks and misleads again

Phil Goff is again misleading New Zealanders by creating a false picture of the state of the Defence Force, says Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman.

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10 December, 2013

New Chief of Defence Force announced

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman has announced that the new Chief of Defence Force will be Major General Tim Keating.

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