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Resilience in Women Event a Great Success

The NZDF recently held a two day 'Resilience in Women' event at ASB Showgrounds in Auckland. There was a School's Day and Public Open Day. Attendees learned resilience tactics from NZDF experts and were able to interact with NZDF staff and equipment. Click here to watch the video.  

A Great Place for Kiwi Girls to Have a Career

Newstalk ZB's 'A Rural Lifestyle' show hosts Tracey Anderson and Andy Thompson interview Colonel Karyn Thompson about why the Defence Force wants more women, and why the Defence Force is a great career choice for young rural Kiwi women. Listen here. 

Defending Our Country

Q&A's Kim Savage met Major Sandra Patterson, Commanding Officer 161 Battery, to ask why she chose to serve in the NZ Army. Watch here.

Celebrating our international sports stars

 North Cantabrian Flight Lieutenant (FLTLT) Liana Costello-Salt won gold while representing New Zealand and the RNZAF at the recent 2014 Weihai ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships in China. Read More.


Corporal Louise Nelson, a Helicopter Crewman on No. 3 Squadron at Ohakea, has swapped helmets for tiaras, boots for stilettos and flight suits for evening gowns as ‘Miss Manawatu’—the region’s current beauty queen. And at Whenuapai, SGT Sarah Anderson, No 40 Squadron Flight Steward, is about to compete in this month’s Miss World New Zealand pageant. But for both women the pageants are about more than just looks; fund raising and community work are integral to their campaigns. Read more.

RNZAF Goes Pink for a Day

“So Bronnie—I’ve been thinking of how you and others in the wider Air Force community have had up close and personal encounters with breast cancer [see sidebar]. I’d really like to host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast to raise awareness and funds for the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation (NZ BCF). Would you like to be involved?” Read more

Seizing the opportunity for women

Over the period 6-8 June, 200 participants attended the NZDF Women’s Development Forum held at the Trentham Racecourse. The Forum included both men and women from all three services, NZDF civilian employees, outside agencies and guests from the Royal Australian Air Force, Australian Army and many others. Read more

Celebrating our women

Here’s a cross section of women who were asked what it’s like to be in the NZDF. Read more

Army psych honoured for Middle East kidnap solution 

When Army officer Alia Bojilova was kidnapped in the Golan Heights last year by 30 automatic weapon-toting anti-Syrian militia, her training kicked in. Read more

Sailor of the Year

The Navy’s Sailor of the Year is usually announced at Divisions, but this year, it was a notable absence during the Fleet Awards segment of Divisions. Very few people knew why. Read more