29 June 2018
The Chief of Defence Force Change of Command ceremony took place today at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.
The outgoing Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General Tim Keating, was farewelled with a Guard of Honour, followed by a wreathlaying at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.
Dame Sian Elias, in her capacity as the Administrator of the Government, presided over the promotion and presentation of the warrant of appointment to the incoming Chief of Defence Force, Air Marshal Kevin Short.
Following this, Air Marshal Short received a pōwhiri and welcome parade. He then took part in the daily Last Post ceremony.
Attendees included Minister of Defence and Veterans Ron Mark, Secretary of Defence Helene Quilter, and Vice Admiral David Johnston representing the Australian Defence Force.