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Gurkhas Begin Training in the South Island

Personnel from 1RGR arrive into Christchurch airport en-route to Tekapo Military Training Area

Personnel from 1RGR arrive into Christchurch airport en-route to Tekapo Military Training Area [20140407_WN_P1024180_0001.jpg]

15 April 2014

More than 140 soldiers from 1 Royal Gurkha Regiment (1RGR) have arrived in the South Island for the military exercise Pacific Kukri 2014, a biennial exercise hosted by the NZ Army.

The main body of personnel from 1RGR arrived through Christchurch airport last week and have since departed to begin their training in Tekapo.

The exercise training 1RGR are undertaking in New Zealand is focussed on live firing and will take place in the Tekapo Military Training Area throughout April until 8 May. 

“The exercise is another example of the close defence relations we enjoy with New Zealand,” said United Kingdom Defence Adviser Lieutenant Colonel Tim Woodman.

“The terrain and weather the soldiers will be exercising in are vastly different to their home base in Brunei. Being exposed to different conditions and methodologies will help when we are required to work together in conflict prevention or humanitarian aid situations.”

The exercise consists of more than 160 personnel from 1RGR and their support elements, who will depart on 17 May.

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This page was last reviewed on 14 April 2014, and is current.