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Meri Kirihimete from the New Zealand Defence Force

From Iraq to South Korea, Antarctica to South Sudan, Bahrain and the Sinai, more than 170 New Zealand Defence Force personnel will be spending Christmas away from their families this year, supporting 12 missions around the globe.

16 December, 2021

More than 840 personnel will also be spending Christmas on Op Protect duties directly supporting Managed Isolation and Quarantine Facilities here in New Zealand.

The Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association has provided some Christmas cheer in the form of their annual parcels to deployed personnel which are full of New Zealand goodies.

This will give our personnel a taste of home while they’re away serving New Zealand’s interests.

Our deployed people have put together this Christmas video to say Merry Christmas, Meri Kirihimete, Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Meri Kirihimete from our deployed personnel video