Soldiers from a Gurkha regiment have invaded the Tekapo
military camp for training they cannot get at their home
More than 160 soldiers and support elements from 1 Royal
Gurkha Rifles (1RGR) have arrived in the South Island for
Pacific Kukri 2014, a biennial military exercise hosted by
the New Zealand Army.
The main body of personnel from 1RGR arrived at Christchurch
airport last week and are now training at Tekapo.
The exercise is focused on live firing and will take place in
the Tekapo Military Training Area until May 8.
''The exercise is another example of the close defence
relations we enjoy with New Zealand,'' United Kingdom defence
adviser Lieutenant-colonel Tim Woodman said.
The terrain and weather the soldiers would be exercising in
were vastly different from their base in Brunei.
''Being exposed to different conditions and methodologies
will help when we are required to work together in conflict
prevention or humanitarian aid situations,'' he said.
The soldiers will leave New Zealand on May 17.