Women who did dangerous work for New Zealand in Afghanistan are now threatened by the Taliban

Back in 2018, when the world was a different place, “A” made what would become a life-defining decision. From her home in Bamiyan, central Afghanistan, soon after graduating from university, she signed up for a team which was breaking gender Read More …

New Zealand: Three years in prison for fake bomb maker

An airport security officer who planted a fake bomb was “cruel” in executing his plan two days after the Christchurch mosque attacks, a judge said. Preetam Prakash Maid (32) appeared in the Dunedin District Court for sentence yesterday and was Read More …

Why explosive hazard clearance in Iraq matters in New Zealand

Even as the world struggles to put the worst of the Covid-19 crisis behind us, its lessons for global problem-solving remain to be applied elsewhere. What has Covid-19 proven so far? Arguably, given talent and money available, in time, medical Read More …

New Zealand: Seven homemade pipe bombs were seized by police

Police say two suspects were seen on CCTV at the Chartwell Shopping Centre at around 2.30am today, placing the homemade explosives in groups by the ATM. One detonated and one partially detonated, but five others didn’t detonate at all, police Read More …

New Zealand: Customer used bomb-laden ATM after failed robbery in Hamilton

An unsuspecting customer used an ATM that had unexploded pipebombs nearby after a failed attempt by thieves to blast it open. Police found seven pipe bombs at the scene of an attempted heist on a Hamilton mall ATM. Hamilton City Read More …

Cambodia bolsters mine clearance ranks by 2,000

Cambodia will bolster its demining force by 2,000 men and women and deploy a broad strategy to clear the country of all land mines and unexploded ordnance by 2025 with the backing of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Australia, Read More …

New Zealand gives $3.8M to Cambodia for clearance of landmines

New Zealand has awarded Cambodia a NZ$5.9 million ($3.8 million) grant to assist mine-clearing operations for six years in Battambang, Banteay Meanchey and Pailin provinces. The grant coincided with Pailin authorities clearing 10 MD82B landmines in Pramay Kha commune in Read More …

Defence Force signs up company to clear firing ranges in Afghanistan

The NZ Defence Force (NZDF) has enlisted a contractor to clear firing ranges used by Kiwi troops in Afghanistan. It was ordered by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in November to urgently clear the ranges following the Stuff Circuit investigation, Life + Limb. The investigation exposed the deaths Read More …

NZ Defence Force say firing range was cleared before Afghan children died

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) says a firing range was cleared the year before seven children died from a device allegedly left behind on a NZDF firing range in Afghanistan. A Stuff Circuit investigation has revealed 17 civilians were Read More …