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Invictus Games 2023

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is sending a 21-strong team to compete at the 2023 Invictus Games in Germany. The sixth Invictus Games will take place in Düsseldorf from 9-16 September 2023. Our team is made up of both serving and ex-serving members, including veterans, of the NZDF.

Check out their stories below.

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19 September 2023

Whakatāne woman wins bronze at Invictus Games

Royal New Zealand Navy Able Communications Warfare Specialist (ACWS) Paulette Doctor says she now feels like a champion after winning a bronze medal, carrying the New Zealand fl...

Royal New Zealand Navy Able Communications Warfare Specialist (ACWS) Paulette Doctor says she now feels like a champion after winning a bronze medal, carrying the New Zealand fl...

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18 September 2023

NZ Invictus Games team uplifted by competition in Düsseldorf

The New Zealand Invictus Games team says the journey to compete against other military veterans has been life-changing for some as they “smashed it” at this year’s tournament in Germany.

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14 September 2023

Gold and three silvers for ‘fizzing’ Team NZ in first days of Invictus Games

The New Zealand Invictus Games Team has won gold and three silver medals nearly halfway through the Invictus Games in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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8 September 2023

NZ Invictus Team pumped and ready to go in Germany

Arriving in Düsseldorf, Germany this week ahead of the Invictus Games’ kick off on Saturday, the New Zealand Invictus team is pumped and ready to go.

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1 September 2023

Meet our NZ Team

NZDF is sending a 21-strong team to compete at the 2023 Invictus Games in Germany. The sixth Invictus Games will take place in Düsseldorf from 9-16 September 2023.

Our team is made up of both serving and ex-serving members. Read their bios below.

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16 August 2023

The scars of Kandahar, suffering in silence

In 2008, former New Zealand Army Radiographer Major (Rtd) Soren Hall was one of two New Zealand Defence Force personnel deployed to the largest trauma hospital in Afghanistan.

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15 August 2023

Kiwi Yarns with Bob Pearce

Hear Bob's story of pain and recovery as he chats with with Brodie Kane. They look into everything from Bob’s life in service as a ex-Army logistics specialist and intelligence operator, his loss of a close friend on deployment, PTSD and depression, next month’s Invictus Games Düsseldorf 2023 and more.

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11 August 2023

Heart Transplant at 25

At 5am on Sunday, 10 October 2021 Royal New Zealand Navy Leading Physical Training Instructor (LPTI) Jack Church got a phone call that would save his life.

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7 August 2023

Medic, mum, and brain tumor survivor

In June 2018 Flight Sergeant Stacey Adam woke one morning to find that she was unable to speak coherently. It was discovered that she had a large brain tumor.

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12 July 2023

For his friend

20 years ago Bob Pearce was serving in the British Army when his friend Matty Hull was killed in a blue on blue incident in Iraq by the US Forces. Click to read more about Bob's journey.

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28 June 2023

Double breast cancer survivor

At just the age of 27, NZ Army Nursing Officer Major Buffy Little discovered a lump which resulted in a diagnosis of breast cancer. Click to read more about her journey.

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1 June 2023

The life changing call

It was a phone call from David Sanderson’s Dad that ultimately saved his life and has changed the course of his life forever.

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17 May 2023

Bombs, deployments, explosions and scars

34-year Army veteran Lieutenant Colonel (Rtd) Adam Modd GM, DSD, has dedicated his professional life to Bomb Disposal which has seen him deployed to combat zones, tasked to humanitarian aid missions and more.

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1 May 2023

Kiwi Yarns with Major Buffy Little

Hear Buffy’s story as she chats with Brodie Kane. They dive into everything from Buffy’s life in service and her deployments, her battling breast cancer twice, Septembers’ Invictus Games Düsseldorf 2023 and more.

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27 April 2023

From Auckland to Düsseldorf

Air Force veteran of 33 years, Mike Cotton took on a challenge that would ultimately show him his strength, resilience and sheer determination to be the best he can.

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21 April 2023

NZDF prepares team for Invictus Games

NZDF is a proud supporter of the Invictus Games, the only international adaptive sporting event for Injured, Wounded, or Ill (IWI) current and former service men and women.

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15 March 2023

Invictus Games 2023: Meet our NZ Team

NZDF is sending a 22-strong team to compete at the 2023 Invictus Games in Germany this September. Our team is made up of both serving and ex-serving members. Read their bios below.

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15 November 2022

NZDF team for Invictus Games 2023 named

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has named its 22-strong team to compete at the Invictus Games in Düsseldorf, Germany in September next year.

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Marking 80 years since the Battles of Cassino

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Training1 Credit ADF

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Support to Ukraine

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NZDF People of the Year Awards 2023

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Introducing the C-130J

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Light Armoured Vehicles lined up in the Waiouru Military Training Area

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