Students to get NZ defence force training

STUDENTS from several South West Pacific countries will soon undergo a four week physical training instructor’s course by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and as well the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

These students will be from Cook Islands, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Fiji and Tonga and will also include military, police and corrections representatives.

At the end of the training the newly equipped 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 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  May 7 to June 1.