14 Jun 2012

New Zealand choppers being flown to PNG for election monitoring role

7:09 pm on 14 June 2012

Two New Zealand Air Force helicopters are now en route to Papua New Guinea where they will team up with a large Australia force providing assistance to the PNG Electoral Commission for the poll starting in just over a week.

The Iroquois helicopters are being carried by an Australia Air Force C-17.

A third helicopter will be transported to PNG tomorrow.

The Combined Joint Task Force, which numbers over 250 Australian and New Zealand military personnel, will assist in the transportation of election material and officials to and from remote areas.

The New Zealand commander, Lieutenant Colonel David de Koning, says the New Zealand helicopters will operate through Northern Province and Milne Bay.