HMNZS Te Mana Returns From Asia-Pacific Engagement

November 9, 2018 – Families and friends crammed the wharf at Devonport Naval Base this morning to welcome back the 176 crewmembers of the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) frigate HMNZS Te Mana, who returned from a five-month engagement across the Asia-Pacific region. Te Mana and its crew left in June to conduct defense engagement activities in five countries across the region. The ship also took part in four international exercises as part of its deployment. The first of these exercises was the biennial Rim of the Pacific, the world’s…

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NZDF Completes Pacific Fisheries Patrol

October 23, 2018 – The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) inspected 10 vessels during recent maritime patrols in the Exclusive Economic Zones of Samoa and Tokelau. Major General Tim Gall, the Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, said the patrols were conducted to support New Zealand’s Pacific neighbors and involved enforcement personnel from Samoa and Tokelau. “We recognize that fishery resources are important to the economy and food security of Pacific Island countries,” Major General Gall said. “To support our Pacific neighbors we regularly…

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New Zealand hosts conventional weapons conference

New Zealand is hosting 14 Pacific countries at the Pacific Conference on Conventional Weapons Treaties in Auckland from 12 to 14 February. New Zealand’s Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Fletcher Tabuteau, formally welcomed delegates to the Conference with a reception in Auckland. “The Conference provides an opportunity to reinforce the importance our region places on enhancing human security and protecting our peoples from harm,” said Mr Tabuteau. “It further reaffirms the role that the Pacific can play in protecting and strengthening global norms and in advancing the scope and span…

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Combined NZ-Fiji Patrols End on High Note

The combined maritime patrols between New Zealand and Fiji involving HMNZS Hawea have ended on a high note, with about 550 vessels boarded and 110 alleged infringements detected over the past seven months. Fiji authorities said the combined patrols contributed to their country’s maritime security and supported ongoing efforts to upskill Fijian Navy sailors. “They have supported the protection, conservation and sustainable management of Fiji’s vast oceans and its fishery resources,” Captain Humphrey Tawake, Fiji’s Chief of Navy, said. About 50 Fijian Navy sailors, 27 Customs Officers and 19 Fishery…

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