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NZDF completes 22 Push Up Challenge

Sailors, Aviators and Soldiers walk through the streets of Auckland with a NZDF Overwatch Banner. They are smiling, waving and sharing a thumbs up with the crowd.

NZDF shows pride at Rainbow Parade

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Strengthening te ao Māori foundation a key goal for new Air Force cultural advisor

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Navy, Air Force wow at Napier's Art Deco Festival

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Hawke's Bay schools treated to special Air Force visit to mark Cyclone Gabrielle anniversary

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RNZAF C-130J-30 Hercules gets official livery

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RNZAF Black Falcons to turn heads skywards at Napier's Art Deco Festival

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Wellington forum makes it easier for veterans to access support

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From superyacht chef to military photographer

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NZDF supports Hawke’s Bay predator trap delivery

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Through their eyes: Squadron Leader Hamish Reichardt

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Royal New Zealand Air Force Black Falcons soaring south this weekend

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Air Force extract injured tramper

RNZAF Band in full swing during the 2022 edition of ‘Air Force in Concert’

South Island in for a treat as the Air Force Band goes on tour

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Schools to Seas and Skies sparks central North Island teacher in STEM subjects

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Kaikōura teacher takes Navy and Air Force lessons back to school

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Northland teacher inspired by hands-on Navy and Air Force camp

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Teachers’ Skies and Seas camp helps inspire female STEM students

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Air Force Black Falcons to entertain Waikato and Bay of Plenty crowds in busy weekend


Security Forces adopt electric bikes

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Air Force recruit trades Auckland exotic vet clinic for medical front line

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Deployed Christmas messages

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Defence Force Sports: A Year in Review

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NZDF contingent returns home after supporting Solomon Islands during Pacific Games

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Year in Review: Royal New Zealand Air Force

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First New Zealand C-130J Hercules painted

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NZDF Person of the Year 2023

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Aviator chalks up air miles in RNZAF career



NZDF People of the Year Awards 2023

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Diversity champion earns Peter Rule inclusion honour

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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.

A Royal New Zealand Air Force NH90 helicopter from No.3 Squadron flies overhead Officer Cadets during their graduation parade.

Considering a career in the Air force?

A big part of our work in the Air Force involves assisting communities affected by conflict or natural disasters. The fact that we work to protect and help people is one very good reason why we're so passionate about what we do. It gives our lives real meaning and purpose.

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