NZ Defence Force personnel depart for Timor-Leste

17  November 2010

The tenth rotation of NZ Defence Force  personnel to serve in Timor-Leste will depart from Christchurch tomorrow.

Seventy-four NZ Defence Force  personnel will head away for a six month tour of duty with the International Stabilisation Force (ISF) in Timor-Leste.

Media are invited to attend the farewell for Kiwi forces going to Timor-Leste.  

  • When: 7am, Thursday 18 November 2010
  • Where: Burnham Military Camp, Christchurch
  • What: Farewell for the tenth rotation of NZDF personnel to Timor-Leste.

Media wishing to attend the departure must register with Nicole Munro (021) 569 148 before 3pm today (Wednesday 17 November 2010) to ensure access is available. Photo identification will be required on the day.


The NZDF contribution to Timor-Leste is now: 

  • One Military Observer with the United Nations Mission in Timor-Leste.
  • Five advisors to the Falintil-Forças de Defesa de Timor-Leste (F-FDTL, the Timor-Leste Defence Force).
  • Four personnel in the ISF Combined Joint Task Force HQ.
  • Ten personnel with the NZDF National Command Element. 
  • Eighteen personnel in the National Support Element.
  • Forty-two personnel make up the infantry component.

There are currently 861 New Zealand Defence Force personnel deployed on 16 peacekeeping operations, UN missions and defence exercises around the world.

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