Air Force's Newest Recruits Graduate

13 December 2013
Minister of Defence, Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, reviews the parade.

Minister of Defence, Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, reviews the parade.

Thirty-five recruits graduated at Base Woodbourne today, having completed the Air Force’s latest recruit course.

The graduates from Command and Recruit Training Squadron marched onto the parade ground at Base Woodbourne in front of family and friends, to be reviewed by the Minister of Defence, Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman.

Commanding Officer RNZAF Ground Training Wing, Wing Commander Peter King, said the training recruits receive is challenging and is designed to prepare new enlistees for service in the RNZAF.

"Those who graduate from the Command and Recruit Training Squadron are now well-prepared to serve the RNZAF and the wider community. The course is not easy; it demands a lot from those who go through it."

"These graduates have met the challenges and requirements of the course and deserve to share a great sense of personal and Service pride as they celebrate their success and look to the future. They now begin exciting and rewarding careers."

The recruits’ hometown locations include Whangarei, Auckland, Tuakau, Tauranga, Whakatane, Hastings, New Plymouth, Whanganui, Palmerston North, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch and Greymouth.

The parade included a drill display, a physical training display and a performance of the RNZAF Haka, Ko Te Taua-a-Rangi. Taua-a-Rangi means ‘war party of the sky’.

After a well-deserved period of Christmas leave, in the New Year the graduates will commence specialist training in one of the Air Force’s diverse operational support, technical, or aircrew trades.


Journalists who wish to interview graduates or seek more information are requested to contact NZDF Senior Media Adviser Squadron Leader Lyn Coromandel on 021 420 899.

This page was last reviewed on 13 December 2013.