30 April 2018
A contingent of five New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and one Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel have deployed to Suva, Fiji, to conduct a four-week physical training instructors course for students from several South West Pacific countries.
The students are from Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Tonga and include military, police and corrections representatives.
Based at the Fijian Police Academy, the NZDF physical training instructors (two from the Royal New Zealand Navy and one from the Royal New Zealand Air Force) will get the students qualified in the NZDF Assistant Physical Training Instructors Course.
At the conclusion of the four weeks the newly qualified instructors will return to their countries equipped with the skills to instruct their own forces in physical training, improving their fitness and health.
Defence Attaché to Fiji Lieutenant Colonel Josh Wineera said this was the first time the programme had been run and he was looking forward to seeing NZDF share skills and knowledge.
“The NZDF instructors are experienced in training people of all levels in our Defence Force, from new recruits through to extremely fit soldiers training for specific situations. They bring with them transferable skills that can easily be applied to course participants,” Lieutenant Colonel Wineera said.
The training programme runs from 7 May to 1 June 2018.