Defence Force

Defence Force faces sentence over soldier death

Defence Force faces sentence over soldier death

The Defence Force will be sentenced after a guilty plea over the death of Private Michael Ross, who fell from a boat during a training exercise near Waiouru.

Defence Force 'moving on' after report

Defence Force 'moving on' after report

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman has called a damning report on Defence Force cuts "old news" and claims the Force was already moving on.

Army sorry for fires, denies being reckless

The army denies it has been reckless after two fires were started on the same day during separate training exercises in hot, dry conditions.

Military warned - no cover-ups

Military bosses were told "it is important the RNZAF does not cover up" its illegal shipment of pyrotechnic canisters which endangered the lives of hundreds of passengers on an Air New Zealand flight.

Govt confirms refuge for Afghani interpreters

Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman arrived home from the Middle East this morning to confirm the Government has offered refuge in New Zealand to 23 interpreters currently employed by the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Bamiyan.

Budget cuts hit overseas defence staff in wallet

The incomes of about 80 Defence Force staff on overseas postings will be slashed from January next year when their cost of living allowances are cut.

Defence Force's new helicopters arrive

The first of the Defence Force's new NH90 helicopters arrived in Wellington today.

Damage to Defence Force plane after forced landing

A Defence Force aerobatic plane that flipped while making a forced landing on the Desert Road this afternoon sustained moderate damage.

Soldiers to serve for longer under Defence Force rejig

The entire Defence Force will be reshaped by 2015 into what will be called a Joint Amphibious Task Force that will enable the army to deploy more people for longer in combat situations.

Mapp backs defence force after rash of bad news

Mapp backs defence force after rash of bad news

Defence Minister Wayne Mapp is defending the armed forces following a rash incidents that have raised questions about security, safety, and the behaviour of military staff.

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