About us

We are a modern and dynamic part of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF). We're small but we're well equipped. Our primary roles are to provide surveillance, strategic airlift, tactical airlift, and Naval combat support.

Our Air Force

We consist of 2500 highly specialised professionals who are well-equipped to support Aotearoa New Zealand and respond quickly to situations both at home and overseas. We are based at three locations: Auckland, Ohakea and Blenheim, and operate around the world.

Our personnel have the opportunity to experience the world in a way few other people can. No matter what role they are in, it’s a unique profession and one that can offer a range of exciting and challenging careers from pilots, engineers, and logisticians, to communications, security, aircrew and other skilled trades.

We work closely with other military organisations here and overseas to advance New Zealand's defence and security interests. We operate a number of different aircraft types used for both training and operations.

Our Leadership

Chief of Air Force - Air Vice-Marshal Andrew Clark

The Chief of Air Force leads 2500 highly specialised professionals who are well-equipped to support New Zealand and respond quickly to situations both at home and overseas. The Chief of Air Force commands the RNZAF through the Deputy Chief of Air Force and the Air Component Commander.

Deputy Chief of Air Force - Air Commodore Ian Mower

The Deputy Chief of Air Force is responsible for governance, strategic plans that identify tasks and responsibilities for meeting budgets and flying hours to ensure the RNZAF meet its obligations to the New Zealand Government. The Deputy Chief of Air Force is also responsible for capability advice and assurance, oversight of recruitment and training, health and safety and overseeing Technical Airworthiness, Air Force Museum and the International Commitments Programme

Air Component Commander - Air Commodore Tim Walshe

The Air Component Commander is responsible to the Chief of Air Force for the command, training and generation of Air Force Elements. This includes all flying training, formations and activities that enable Air Surveillance and Response, Naval Air, Strategic Air, Theatre Air and Tactical Air capabilities.

Warrant Officer of the Air Force - Warrant Officer Toni Tate

The Warrant Officer of the Air Force (WOAF) is the most senior enlisted airman that reports directly to the Chief of Air Force (CAF). WOAF is an advisor to CAF on matters related to morale, health and well-being for the women and men of the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

Where we are

Royal New Zealand Air Force locations

Base Auckland

  • 5SQN – P-3K2 Lockheed Orion
  • 6 SQN – SH-2G(I) Kaman Seasprite
  • 40 SQN
    • B-757 – Boeing 757
    • C-130H(NZ) Lockheed Hercules

Base Ohakea

  • 3 SQN
    • A109
    • NH90
  • 14 SQN – T-6C Texan
  • 42 SQN – KA350 Beechcraft Kingair