NZDF Open Day

Exercise Southern Katipo is New Zealand’s largest military exercise held every two years in varying parts of New Zealand. Exercise Southern Katipo 17 (SK17) will run from the first week of October until mid-November 2017 and is being held in the Marlborough, Kaikoura, Tasman, Nelson, Buller and Grey regions.

Residents and visitors can expect to see Defence Force personnel, from New Zealand and other participating countries, in and around Greymouth while the exercise is being held. From mid to late November it is expected large numbers of soldiers, armoured vehicles and aircrafts will be here. It is important to note that while the soldiers will be armed, they will be firing blank rounds.

People will have noticed more NZ Defence Force troops and vehicles around Greymouth around the beginning of November as the military exercise Southern Katipo reached action point. In the scenario the bad guys are in and around Greymouth and the good guys are coming in to restore peace.

Open day

The NZDF are holding an Open Day to say thank you to the community during Exercise Southern Katipo. This is a chance for you to get up close and personal with their people and equipment. They will have static displays and demonstrations.

Date: Saturday 18 November 2017

Time: 10am to 2pm

Venue: Greymouth Aerodrome

See their Facebook event for full details.

Want to know more?

You can find out more about the scenario behind the exercise on the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) website and on the poster below.

Useful links

Need help or have questions?

If you have any questions about the exercise, please free to ask any of the NZDF personnel or call the NZDF Public Affairs hotline, 021 487 980.

Date of notice: 15 November 2017

Exercise Southern Katipo

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