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New Zealand will contribute five Defence Force personnel to a multinational taskforce based in Bahrain focused on countering terrorist activity, narcotics, smuggling and piracy from December 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark have announced.

Minister of Defence Ron Mark will meet with Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific, and Assistant Minister of Defence, Alex Hawke in Auckland tomorrow.

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark have announced that New Zealand will continue its current deployment of six New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel to South Korea.

Minister of Defence Ron Mark has announced the launch of a Pacific Defence Gender Network to promote the meaningful participation of women in Pacific defence forces through annual seminars and increased collaboration.

Defence Minister Ron Mark has today announced Tranche Two of the Network Enabled Army programme has been approved and will commence this year.

The new Limited Service Volunteer (LSV) facility was opened by Minister of Defence Ron Mark, and Associate Minister for Social Development Poto Williams, at Trentham today.

Tenders have now opened for the for a three year construction and equipment fit out phase that will deliver the new P-8A Poseidon fleet a home at RNZAF Base Ohakea, says Minister of Defence Ron Mark.

Minister of Defence Ron Mark will welcome US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to Auckland on 5-6 August.

Minister of Defence Ron Mark has today released the Terms of Reference for a review of the Defence estate footprint.

Minister of Defence Ron Mark signed a Memorandum of Arrangement Concerning Defence Cooperation with China’s Minister of National Defence, General Wei Fenghe in Beijing.

Defence Minister Ron Mark has announced the first phase of a project to replace many of the New Zealand Defence Force’s operational vehicles. 

Minister of Defence Ron Mark will depart for China tomorrow, 30 June, for a four-day visit to Beijing and Xi’an. This is the Minister’s first trip to China and builds on New Zealand’s positive defence relationship with the country.

Defence Minister Ron Mark and Associate Social Development Minister Peeni Henare have today officially opened the new Youth Development Facility at Whenuapai Air Base.

Defence Minister Ron Mark has detailed further progress on refreshing the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s aircraft fleets at Whenuapai Air Base today.

Defence Minister Ron Mark has announced the selection of the C-130J-30 Super Hercules as the preferred option for the replacement of the aging C-130H aircraft.

It sets out the Government’s indicative planned investments in the Defence Force. It covers all capability investments out to 2030, and signals investments following 2030 that will be assessed through the next Defence White Paper in 2022.

Release of the Defence Capability Plan 2019

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Defence Minister Ron Mark and Minister of Police Stuart Nash have confirmed New Zealand’s ongoing participation in the multinational information sharing and intelligence mission Operation Gallant Phoenix, based in Jordan.

New Zealand will conclude its non-combat Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji Military Complex in Iraq in June 2020, when full responsibility for basic training will be handed over to the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark announced today.

New Zealand will change its deployment of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) to the NATO-led train, advise, assist mission in Afghanistan by decreasing the number of personnel on the ground from 13 to 11.

Defence Minister Ron Mark has called for stronger and more meaningful security relationships at Asia’s premier defence summit, the 18th Annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, this weekend.

Firstly, thank you to our Singaporean hosts for your warm hospitality, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies for the invitation to speak on a topic very important to New Zealand.

It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the 2019 Pacific Environmental Security Forum.