14 episodes

Every day, members of the New Zealand Defence Force achieve extraordinary things.

The Unclassified podcast brings to light memorable first-hand tales of courage and
commitment, service and sacrifice.

Season one looks at the NZDF’s significant contribution over more than 20 years to regional security in Afghanistan, and includes previously unheard stories about the heat of battle, the role of the SAS, keeping the faith in times of tragedy, and the lasting impacts of this deployment on those who served and their loved ones at home.

Season two includes experiences of life on the front-line at home and overseas, such as daring rescues at sea and on the ice, the chaos of evacuating New Zealanders from Kabul as Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, the aftermath of the White Island eruption, and the reality of coming under a barrage of rocket attacks in Iraq.

Unclassified: NZ Defence Force New Zealand Defence Force

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    • 4.9 • 42 Ratings

Every day, members of the New Zealand Defence Force achieve extraordinary things.

The Unclassified podcast brings to light memorable first-hand tales of courage and
commitment, service and sacrifice.

Season one looks at the NZDF’s significant contribution over more than 20 years to regional security in Afghanistan, and includes previously unheard stories about the heat of battle, the role of the SAS, keeping the faith in times of tragedy, and the lasting impacts of this deployment on those who served and their loved ones at home.

Season two includes experiences of life on the front-line at home and overseas, such as daring rescues at sea and on the ice, the chaos of evacuating New Zealanders from Kabul as Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, the aftermath of the White Island eruption, and the reality of coming under a barrage of rocket attacks in Iraq.

    Responding to the deadly Whakaari / White Island eruption - CDR Tim Hall

    Responding to the deadly Whakaari / White Island eruption - CDR Tim Hall

    In this episode we talk to Royal New Zealand Navy Commander Tim Hall about his involvement in the response to the deadly volcanic eruption of Whakaari / White Island in 2019.
    This series deals with themes of loss of life, grief, trauma, violence and mental health. If you need to talk to someone, here are some support services:
    Call or text 1737 any time to talk to a trained counsellorPhone 0800 LIFELINE or text 4357 (HELP)Members of the NZDF can also visit www.health.nzdf.mil.nz or phone 0800 NZDF4U
    If you have any feedback or thoughts on this podcast - email podcast@nzdf.mil.nz

    • 19 min
    S2 E5 | Antarctica to the Middle East and responses at home – F/S Dave Cresswell

    S2 E5 | Antarctica to the Middle East and responses at home – F/S Dave Cresswell

    In this episode we talk to Flight Sergeant Dave Cresswell from the Royal New Zealand Air Force about deployments around the world, from Antarctica to the Middle East, and emergency responses following the Pike River disaster and Christchurch earthquakes.
    This series deals with themes of loss of life, grief, trauma, violence and mental health. If you need to talk to someone, here are some support services:
    Call or text 1737 any time to talk to a trained counsellorPhone 0800 LIFELINE or text 4357 (HELP)Members of the NZDF can also visit www.health.nzdf.mil.nz or phone 0800 NZDF4U
    If you have any feedback or thoughts on this podcast - email podcast@nzdf.mil.nz

    • 26 min
    S2 E4 | Cyclone Gabrielle NH90 helicopter rescues - FLTLT Nicole Brooke

    S2 E4 | Cyclone Gabrielle NH90 helicopter rescues - FLTLT Nicole Brooke

    In this episode we talk to Flight Lieutenant Nicole Brooke about her experience of navigating precarious search and rescue operations from the cockpit of a Royal New Zealand Air Force NH90 helicopter, including in the aftermath of Cyclone Gabrielle.
    This series deals with themes of loss of life, grief, trauma, violence and mental health. If you need to talk to someone, here are some support services:
    Call or text 1737 any time to talk to a trained counsellorPhone 0800 LIFELINE or text 4357 (HELP)Members of the NZDF can also visit www.health.nzdf.mil.nz or phone 0800 NZDF4U
    If you have any feedback or thoughts on this podcast - email podcast@nzdf.mil.nz

    • 22 min
    Taji Rocket Attack - LTCOL Iain Hill

    Taji Rocket Attack - LTCOL Iain Hill

    In this episode we talk to Lieutenant Colonel Iain Hill, from the New Zealand Army, about what it’s like to be at a military base in the Middle East as it comes under a rocket attack, the role leadership plays in deployments, and the one sound he will never forget from his time in Iraq.
    This series deals with themes of loss of life, grief, trauma, violence and mental health. If you need to talk to someone, here are some support services:
    Call or text 1737 any time to talk to a trained counsellorPhone 0800 LIFELINE or text 4357 (HELP)Members of the NZDF can also visit www.health.nzdf.mil.nz or phone 0800 NZDF4U
    If you have any feedback or thoughts on this podcast - email podcast@nzdf.mil.nz

    • 35 min
    Rescue at sea during Cyclone Gabrielle - CPO Leon Reilly

    Rescue at sea during Cyclone Gabrielle - CPO Leon Reilly

    In this episode we talk to Chief Petty Officer Leon Reilly, from the Royal New Zealand Navy, about his experience of leading a crew through a hair-raising rescue at sea in the midst of a tropical cyclone.
    This series deals with themes of loss of life, grief, trauma, violence and mental health. If you need to talk to someone, here are some support services:
    Call or text 1737 any time to talk to a trained counsellorPhone 0800 LIFELINE or text 4357 (HELP)Members of the NZDF can also visit www.health.nzdf.mil.nz or phone 0800 NZDF4U
    If you have any feedback or thoughts on this podcast - email podcast@nzdf.mil.nz

    • 20 min
    Kabul evacuation - NZ Special Forces’ - Female Engagement Team member

    Kabul evacuation - NZ Special Forces’ - Female Engagement Team member

    In this episode we talk to a member of the Female Engagement Team, an element of New Zealand’s Special Forces, about what it was like to be in the thick of the August 2021 evacuations from Kabul Airport, in Afghanistan.
    This series deals with themes of loss of life, grief, trauma, violence and mental health. If you need to talk to someone, here are some support services:
    Call or text 1737 any time to talk to a trained counsellorPhone 0800 LIFELINE or text 4357 (HELP)Members of the NZDF can also visit www.health.nzdf.mil.nz or phone 0800 NZDF4U
    If you have any feedback or thoughts on this podcast - email podcast@nzdf.mil.nz

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

scotto2020 ,

Enjoyable podcast

It’s great to hear the stories of the NZDF Soldiers Sailors and Aviators. Keep up the great content 😁👍

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