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29 January, 2015

New Zealand resumes defence ties with Fiji

New Zealand Defence Force co-operation with Fiji’s military forces will formally resume this weekend, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee announced today.

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15 January, 2015

Criticism of Navy over illegal fishing operation unjustified

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says ill-informed criticism of the Royal New Zealand Navy’s operation involving illegal fishing in the Southern Ocean ignores the success of the operation.

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21 December, 2014

Busy year for NZ Defence Force

The NZ Defence Force has had a busy year participating in exercises, operations, national and international commemorations, and personnel can be proud of all they’ve achieved, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says.

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19 December, 2014

Five Navy helicopters sold to Peru

Five Royal New Zealand Navy Seasprite helicopters have been sold to Peru, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee announced today.

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16 December, 2014

Minister visiting Fiji to renew Defence ties

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee will visit Fiji today in an initial move towards rebuilding defence co-operation and engagement between New Zealand and Fiji.

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9 December, 2014

Gallantry Awards recognise NZSAS

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has today announced the awarding of nine New Zealand Gallantry Awards that recognise the outstanding courage shown by members of 1NZSAS Regiment while serving in Afghanistan.

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5 December, 2014

Minister makes first visit to home of the Navy

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee is today making his first visit to the home of the Royal New Zealand Navy and welcoming the Navy’s newest recruits into New Zealand’s armed forces.

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25 November, 2014

Talks with US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee and US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel held bilateral talks in Washington today.

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21 November, 2014

Orion to remain in Gulf to support ongoing operations

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says a Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion aircraft will remain in the Gulf region for another 12 months to provide ongoing support to regional maritime operations.

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19 November, 2014

Minister visiting the United States and Canada

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee travels today to the United States and Canada for calls at the United Nations in New York, attendance at the Halifax International Security Forum, and a bilateral visit to Washington, including a meeting with US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

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5 November, 2014

No combat role in Iraq

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee confirmed today that the New Zealand Government has ruled out sending troops in a combat role to Iraq.

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31 October, 2014

Close defence cooperation re-affirmed

Senator David Johnston and his New Zealand counterpart Gerry Brownlee met in Perth today for the annual Australia-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting.

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30 October, 2014

Defence Minister heading to Australia

The Minister of Defence Gerry Brownlee leaves for Australia today for the annual Australia-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting, and to participate in the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event.

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