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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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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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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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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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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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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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6 December, 2013

NZDF receives new trucks in record time

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says the NZDF has officially received 40 new Medium-Heavy Operational Vehicles at a handover ceremony in Auckland today, just seven months after they were purchased.

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29 November, 2013

NZ C-130 comes home but support continues

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully and Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman today praised the work of the Royal New Zealand Air Force in the Philippines as the C-130 Hercules stationed in Tacloban prepares to return to New Zealand.

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29 November, 2013

Defence Minister meets Chinese counterpart

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman has held successful talks with China’s Minister of National Defense, General Chang Wanquan.

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26 November, 2013

New defence arrangement with Viet Nam

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes the signing of a new defence co-operation arrangement with Viet Nam.

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25 November, 2013

HMNZS OTAGO leaves for Southern Ocean

HMNZS OTAGO departs Dunedin today to monitor fishing activities in the Southern Ocean.

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22 November, 2013

Defence Minister to build links in Viet Nam and China

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman departs for Viet Nam and China this weekend for a series of meetings with his ministerial counterparts and defence officials.

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21 November, 2013

Phil Goff misleads on state of Defence Force

Phil Goff continues to mislead the New Zealand public on the state of the New Zealand Defence Force, says Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman.

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18 November, 2013

RNZAF support for Philippines relief effort

A RNZAF Hercules C-130 which left New Zealand on Thursday has delivered key emergency aid equipment and food to the battered cities of Tacloban and Ormoc and the town of Guiuan.

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