14 September 2010
The 37 New Zealand Defence Force personnel who assisted with keeping the peace during the August elections in the Solomon Islands, will return to New Zealand today.
The New Zealand Army personnel from Burnham and a Royal New Zealand Navy non-commissioned officer from Auckland, deployed in July and worked with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, the Participating Police Force, and the Australian, Tongan and Papua New Guinean personnel who make up the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI).
The elections, held on 4 August, ran smoothly with only low level minor disruptions in outlying areas of the region.
The Kiwis conducted patrols and were on standby as a ‘Quick Reaction Force’ if the Police required them.
Media are invited to attend their return to Christchurch today.
When: 5.45pm, Tuesday 14 September 2010
Where: Air Movements Terminal, Christchurch Airport
What: Arrival of 37 NZDF personnel from a two month deployment in the Solomon Islands.
Media wishing to attend the arrival must register with Nicole Munro, 021 569 148, before 3pm on Tuesday 14 September 2010. Photo ID will be required at the terminal.
There are currently 410 New Zealand Defence Force personnel deployed on 14 operations, UN missions and defence exercises around the world.
For further information please contact Nicole Munro, Defence Communications Group, on 021 569 148.