Chief of Army

CA, Major General Peter Kelly

Major General P.T.A.E Kelly, MNZM

Major General Peter Te Aroha Emile Kelly enlisted into the New Zealand Army in 1985 and graduated into the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (RNZIR). He has served in the Infantry and the 1st New Zealand Special Air Service Group (NZSAS Gp) and has held a number of regimental appointments, including Commanding Officer NZSAS.

Major General Kelly has held the following staff appointments, Assistant Operations Headquarters Land Force Command, Staff Officer Special Operations Headquarters Joint Force New Zealand and at Headquarters New Zealand Defence Force, Deputy Director Land Capability, Director Special Operations and Director Capability Working Groups. He has also represented the New Zealand Defence Force as the Military Attaché to the United States.

Major General Kelly has seen operational service with the United Nations Truce Supervisory Organisation in Israel, Lebanon and Syria, and with the NZDF in Kuwait, East Timor and Afghanistan.

Major General Kelly is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Command & Staff Course and Royal College of Defence Studies in London.  He has a Masters of Arts in International Security and Strategy from Kings College London, a Masters of Management in Defence Studies from the University of Canberra and a Bachelor of Administrative Leadership from the University of New England.

For his service in East Timor, Major General Kelly was recognised in the 2001 New Years Honours list with the award as an Additional Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Prior to being appointed to his current position Major General Kelly held the senior Army appointments of Deputy Chief of Army and Land Component Commander at Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand. Major General Kelly was appointed as the Chief of Army on 10 September 2015.

Major General Kelly is married to Kate and they have two adult children, his interests include reading, sport and classic American cars from the late 60s.

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This page was last reviewed on 15 March 2018, and is current.