NZ deeply concerned by latest MH17 finding

The Government is deeply concerned at the finding announced overnight by the Joint Investigative Team that the missile which brought down Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 in July 2014 originated from the 53rd brigade of the armed forces of the Russian...... Read More

NZDF set to start Maritime Patrols with Fiji

Royal New Zealand Navy patrol vessel HMNZS Taupo arrived in Fiji this morning to conduct combined maritime patrols with the Republic of Fiji Navy over the next three months. This is the second consecutive year that the New Zealand Defence Force is...... Read More

NZ visas for Chinese bank’s clients fast-tracked

More than half of a Chinese bank's wealthy clients had their New Zealand visitor visas approved within a day in the last year after an agreement to fast-track them. Immigration New Zealand introduced a streamlined visa process for the bank's...... Read More

All Whites squad named for intercontinental cup

All Whites Head Coach Fritz Schmid has named a young and exciting squad to contest The HERO Intercontinental Cup in India next month. The 23-man squad will compete against hosts India, Kenya and Chinese Taipei in the tournament staged at the Mumbai...... Read More

Orion crews busy on multiple fronts

The New Zealand Defence Force has sent a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion aircraft and crew to carry out multiple tasks in the South West Pacific over the next five days. The Orion has been sent to deliver mail to Raoul Island, survey signs...... Read More

Twitter block ruled violation of First Amendment

President Donald Trump's blocking of people on Twitter because they criticise him violates the First Amendment, a federal judge in New York ruled today. The ruling is being viewed as a victory for freedom of speech and the public’s right to...... Read More

Contributions to UN missions in Africa extended

The New Zealand Defence Force has deployed two senior officers, including a Brigadier, to Africa as it expands its contribution to United Nations peacekeeping missions in the continent. Brigadier Mike Shapland took up the role of Force Chief of Staff...... Read More

EU and New Zealand to start free trade talks

A free trade deal between New Zealand and the European Union (EU) has taken a major step forward with the announcement overnight that the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council has approved its negotiating mandate. Trade and Export Growth Minister David...... Read More

Martime patrol support for Fiji

Royal New Zealand Navy’s inshore patrol vessel HMNZS Taupo left Auckland today to spend the next three months conducting maritime patrols in Fiji. The New Zealand Defence Force, with support from the Ministry for Primary Industries, will help...... Read More

Workshops for canoe fishermen being held in Niue

Traditional canoe fishermen in Niue will be provided with tips and tools for survival at sea this month, through workshops delivered by New Zealand’s Pacific Maritime Safety Programme (PMSP).   The PMSP delivers maritime safety initiatives...... Read More