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20240521 NZDF C1033116 004


New Caledonia departures

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Manahi Sword returned to Rotorua iwi and presented to new Defence Force chief

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Third Royal New Zealand Air Force flight for New Zealanders in New Caledonia

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Kiwi patch goes pink

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Former Woodbourne recruit returns as new Base Commander

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Royal New Zealand Air Force aircraft involved in safe return of New Zealanders

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Royal New Zealand Air Force recognised in Search and Rescue awards

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Contingent 3 2


Marking 80 years since the Battles of Cassino

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Training1 Credit ADF


Support to Ukraine

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NZDF successful in transport of aid to communities in Papua New Guinea

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Mother's Day 2024


RNZAF Hercules, NZDF personnel arrive in Papua New Guinea to help distribute relief supplies



Burnham fire

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First of Class: When bad weather is a good thing

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New Zealand Defence Force wraps up raft of Solomon Islands support

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Defence Force ceremony wows Anzac League fans

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NZDF & ADF combine to overcome Gallipoli commemoration hurdles

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Anzac Day marked around the world by New Zealand Defence Force personnel


NZDF Gallipoli contingent ‘in good position’ for Anzac Day

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Kiwi veterans mark more than 30 years since Somalia deployment


Changes to ceremonial duties in Gallipoli for NZDF

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Anzac Day Flypasts 2024

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NZDF teams up with Warriors Anzac Day League fixture

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Anzac Day 2024

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Medals - wearing and caring

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Working dogs seminar a howling success

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Black Falcons gear up for season ending flypast in Taupō this weekend

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NZDF working with Pacific neighbours to support Solomon Islands election

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Antarctica season comes to a close while Hercules crew conducts medical evacuation

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Southern skies host Exercise Skytrain

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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.