10 Mar 2011

Dead PNG soldier repatriated from NZ

2:27 pm on 10 March 2011

The body of a Papua New Guinea soldier is being flown to PNG today after he died in New Zealand while training with the New Zealand Defence Force.

Corporal Keith Yaolasi from Buakap village in Morobe Province had been attached to the New Zealand army's School of Military Engineering near Palmerson North when he died at the end of last month.

Corporal Yaolasi was doing a military combat engineering course when he collapsed.

His funeral is to be held in Lae on Sunday.