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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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RNZAF clocks up marathon flying effort during Cyclone Gabrielle response

A forklift loads supplies into the rear drop-down door of the RAAF C-27 Spartan at Base Auckland.

Nothing Spartan about Australia’s aid


C-130 Hercules on its way

A wharf and buildings framed by trees stick out into Wellington harbour. Clouds and blue sky reflect on the calm water.

Formerly known as HMNZS Cook

CDF Canberra ceremony

Distinguished service honoured

Squadron Anthony Leader Rose sitting inside the cockpit of a Texan aircraft

Invercargill man soars above old stomping grounds as Black Falcon

RNZAF Hercules aircraft at Napier airport loading supplies and generators for Gisborne.

Hercules crews sustain cyclone-hit regions

A grey Seasprite helicopter flies in front of forest covered hills, the rotors are blurred slightly and the landing gear is down.

Taking in the damage

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NZ Army proving routes and supplying communities

No. 3 Squadron delivers aid and electrical workers to boost Northland communities

Air Force delivers aid and electrical workers to boost Northland communities

A Royal New Zealand Air Force NH90 helicopter crewman passes supplies to an Aropaoanui resident.

Defence Force increases support to disaster regions

A rear-side view of the grey C-130 Hercules aircraft, with landing gear up shortly after taking off from Christchurch Airport. The clouds in the background are very textured and broken with a soft light glowing the edges.

Air Force connects cut-off communities

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Hundreds rescued from Hastings area

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NZDF continues to support preparations ahead of Cyclone Gabrielle

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NZDF deploys specialist team and clean-up parties as Cyclone Gabrielle approaches

The grey C-130H Hercules aircraft flies over Auckland Harbour with the Auckland Harbour Bridge and SkyTower in the background.

Retirement begins for fleet workhorse

The New Zealand Conservation Dog Programme returning to HMNZS Canterbury via Seasprite helicopter after undertaking rodent detection on Rangitāhua /Raoul Island.

NZDF supports conservation, scientific, cultural effort on offshore islands

The Black Falcons take to the air during a 2022 display - five aircraft are in formation.

RNZAF aerobatic team Black Falcons to perform over Dunedin, Christchurch and Kaikōura

View of Auckland floods from a Seasprite Helicopter

NZDF support to the Auckland flood response

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Final two retiring P-3K2 Orions to be delivered to Base Woodbourne after South Island tour

Hercules aircraft on the wet, reflective tarmac of Whenuapai Air Force Base.

Defence Force aids Auckland in flood emergency

The Royal New Zealand Boeing 757 on the snow runway in Antarctica

Our history: Decades of flying to the ice

Five small planes fly in a cross formation while releasing smoke as a part of a flight display.

Royal New Zealand Air Force’s aerobatic team Black Falcons take flight

Three grey Orion aircraft fly in a 'V' formation over suburbia, with rolling hills, clouds and a slither of blue sky in the background.

RNZAF farewells P-3K2 Orion fleet with formation flight after more than 55 years’ service

The Operation Protect patch, worn on a uniform

NZDF personnel recognised for their contribution to the Government’s COVID-19 Response

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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.