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The Government has approved the purchase of a new simulator for the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) NH90 helicopters.

The coalition Government has agreed to purchase four Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft from the United States Government. 

Minister of Defence Ron Mark has today announced the release of the Review of Defence Procurement Policies and Practices for Major Capability Projects.

Defence Minister Ron Mark has today launched the Government’s Strategic Defence Policy Statement 2018.

Welcome, and thank you for being here today.

At the outset, I would like to acknowledge the women and men of the New Zealand Defence Force that are here today.

Minister of Defence Ron Mark has congratulated Air Marshal Kevin Short who today took over the role of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force.

Good afternoon colleagues, my fellow panellists, ladies and gentlemen.

Minister of Defence Ron Mark departed for Singapore today, to attend the Asia-Pacific’s premier defence and security forum, the annual Shangri-La Dialogue.

Minister of Defence Ron Mark has announced Air Vice-Marshal Kevin Short as the new Chief of Defence Force.

Defence Minister Ron Mark has announced that a further person will join New Zealand’s current contribution of four personnel to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.

Investing in the future of our young people is a core commitment of the Coalition Government and Budget 2018 makes a substantial investment in the training and employment of rangatahi, say Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni and Defence Minister Ron Mark.
New Zealand’s Defence Force can continue making meaningful contributions to global security and peacekeeping efforts, and respond effectively to events like natural disasters, as a result of Budget 2018 funding, says Defence Minister Ron Mark.

Minister of Defence Ron Mark has announced the first of four leased KingAir KA350 aircraft has been certified for use by the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), marking a change in the future of aircrew training.

Minister of Defence Ron Mark opened the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum (ARF) Defence Officials’ Dialogue in Auckland today, welcoming delegates from the 27-strong ARF membership. New Zealand is co-hosting the one day Dialogue with Singapore.

Minister of Defence Ron Mark has today announced the deployment of an officer to an intelligence leadership role in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

Cyclones, earthquakes, search and rescue, fisheries and environmental protection have all featured heavily in the New Zealand Defence Force’s workload for the first quarter of 2018.

Minister of Defence Ron Mark has travelled to Fiji to attend a commemorative event for the Royal New Zealand Air Force personnel who were based at Laucala Bay.

Defence Ministers Ron Mark and Dr Ng Eng Hen today conducted their second annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Auckland.

Minister of Defence Ron Mark has today met with his Australian counterpart Senator Marise Payne in Wellington for the annual Defence Ministers’ Meeting.

Minister of Defence Ron Mark announced today the arrival of HMNZS Te Kaha in Canada, where a major upgrade of its sensor and weapons systems will be undertaken.

Minister of Defence Ron Mark departs tonight for Papua New Guinea. The purpose of the visit is to conclude a bilateral Status of Forces Agreement with his counterpart Minister of Defence Solan Mirisim.

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) completed its year-long maritime surveillance mission in the Middle East yesterday, flying more than 1000 hours and helping an international naval coalition seize heroin with an estimated value of $700 million.

Construction of the new youth development facility at RNZAF Base Auckland at Whenuapai got under way today, with a sod-turning ceremony attended by Minister of Defence Ron Mark.

New Zealand’s contribution to global security efforts, particularly defeating ISIS in Iraq and the security of Afghanistan, was the focus of Defence Minister Ron Mark’s meetings in Rome and Brussels over the past week