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Interviews with troops deployed at Christmas

3  December 2010

Media are invited to submit expressions of interest for a Christmas interview with New Zealand troops deployed overseas.

There are currently 490 New Zealand Defence Force personnel deployed on operations, UN missions or exercises overseas.

While Christmas will be a normal work day on operations, the Kiwis will be able to pause for a short time to mark the occasion.   Personnel in Afghanistan and Antarctica will be experiencing a white Christmas.

To ensure coordination of all requests, media must contact Nicole Munro at the Defence Communications Group on 021 569 1484pm by Wednesday 15 December 2009.

The following information will be required:

1.  Your preferred mission. Information on the mission locations can be found at the overseas operations section of this website.

2.  Preferred date and time of interview.  Please consider time differences between New Zealand and the operation area. You can use the World Clock Meeting Planner on to check the time differences.

All radio interviews must be pre-recorded.  

Every effort will be made to facilitate interview requests received by the deadline, but late submissions for interviews can not be facilitated. 

Video footage of Christmas messages from deployed personnel may also be available for web/TV upon request.

For more information on NZDF operations, please visit


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