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A firefighter with a red hose pipe over his shoulders runs towards a wooden shutter door on a red metal frame during the Firefighter Challenge in Wellington.

NZDF firefighters too hot for the competition

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Third P-8A arrives

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Art on our Arms

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Invictus Games banner


Invictus Games 2023

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Double success on one mission earns RNZAF squadron Search and Rescue award

Eleven ship formation of the Air Force's Texan aircraft on a nice day blue sky day.

Rare formation shows pilots' skills

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A day in the life of an Air Force firefighter

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A dog’s world

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History-making moment for NZDF Contingent marching in coronation of His Majesty King Charles III

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Personnel march in London at King Charles’ Coronation

Mr Mike Cotton

From Auckland to Düsseldorf

A soldier standing during Anzac Day commemoration.

NZDF marks Anzac Day at home and around the world

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Our personnel reflect on their Gallipoli Journey

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Moving ceremony commemorates Maori Pah site at Gallipoli

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Anzac Day Flypasts 2023

Our cyclists

NZDF prepares team for Invictus Games

A man conducts a Taekwon-Do jumping kick while wearing a the white Taekwon-Do uniform and a black belt.

Air Force black belt goes for gold

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Air Force’s new simulator install versus COVID-19

Personnel from a variety of militaries sit for a large group photo in a covered outdoor area. All personnel are wearing the uniform of their military and most of these are a camouflage green.

Wargames in South Korea

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Air Force's Black Falcons to salute areas hard-hit by Gabrielle

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NZDF research reveals thousands of Second World War campaign medals were never claimed by veterans

A front-on view of the RNZAF P-8A Poseidon on the tarmac in Fiji under broken clouds. In the background is the Fiji Airways hangar and a hills covered in forest.

RNZAF Poseidon starts trial flights in Fiji, continues Fijian connection

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NZDF members embrace Fijian culture during military exercise

The Air Force has assisted in the rescue of a sailor after his yacht was damaged in rough seas east of Hawke’s Bay.

Sailor rescued from damaged yacht

Corporal Janice Bond, left, Leading Aircraftman Jared Fairburn-Smith, Corporal Jarrod Milligan, Sergeant Tom Hanson, and Flight Lieutenant Hamish Park from No. 3 Squadron pose with Nagalevu Ravuama of the Western Commissioner’s office and teachers at Ratu

NZDF delivers school books during military exercise in Fiji

HMNZS Canterbury sailing into port in Lautoka, Fiji.

HMNZS Canterbury arrives in Lautoka for Operation Mahi Tahi

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Fuel specialists keep rotors spinning

Three aviators in camouflage uniform each stand with one food on a pink Flamingo electric scooter. They stand in front of a fence on the outskirts of Base Ohakea with a plane, tarmac and hangers in the background.

Flying Flamingos: Base Ohakea trials free e-scooter scheme


RNZAF has key role in international aviation safety award win

A Royal New Zealand Air Force Boeing 757-2K2 aircraft flies over the ocean but in the frame you can also see parts of land.

Air Force matches best practice in the world

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We are the Royal New Zealand Air Force – Te Tauaarangi o Aotearoa

We provide New Zealand with responsive and effective air power to meet its national interests. We are an agile and adaptive Air Force with the versatility essential for New Zealand Defence Force operations. As such, we are a modern and dynamic part of the Defence Force. We’ve got the right equipment to perform our primary roles: airborne surveillance and reconnaissance, combat, and air mobility.

We are a force of highly trained professionals.

We come from all walks of life and share a strong sense of what it means to be Kiwi - our culture is based on our values Tū Kaha (courage), Tū Tika (commitment), Tū Tira (comradeship) and Tū Maia (integrity). Together, we are Force for New Zealand and are proud to serve Aotearoa and its diverse communities.

We operate a number of different aircraft types used for both training and operations.