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Our personnel in formation march in full gear in the Malaysian Jungle.
Our personnel in formation march in full gear in the Malaysian Jungle.


Support to Ukraine



Response to Cyclone Gabrielle

Squadron Leader George McInnes and Group Captain Glenn Gowthorpe from the Royal New Zealand Air Force, along with Lieutenant Colonel Vanessa Ropitini from the New Zealand Army, have today received the New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD).

Three Defence Force personnel recognised in King’s Birthday honours

Light Armoured Vehicles lined up in the Waiouru Military Training Area
Light Armoured Vehicles lined up in the Waiouru Military Training Area


Protected Mobility Capability Project

Māori Cultural Advisor (Air) Flight Lieutenant (FLTLT) Brad Anderson

Attesting in te reo Māori

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Invictus Games banner


Invictus Games 2023

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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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



Introducing the C130J

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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

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20220131 NZDF C1033116 075


Tonga Response

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

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20211204 NZDF P1024180 020


Operation Solomon Islands Assistance

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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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.