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DTA’s Sally Garrett enters her second ‘Round New Zealand Yacht Race’ | February 19, 2019

DTA’s dedicated yachtie, Sally Garrett, left Auckland on Saturday the 16th of February for her second Shorthanded Sailing Association of New Zealand (SSANZ) Two Handed Round New Zealand yacht race. Sally has once again paired up with Rob Croft, her sailing partner and owner of the yacht Expedition Coppelia. Sally and Rob competed in the

Tramping the Te Araroa trail | January 8, 2019

DTA’s intrepid tramper Victoria Plummer, Senior Administration Officer and PA to the Director, is hiking the Te Araroa trail – a continuous 3,000 km track from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island. Starting at Cape Reinga on the 30th of October and aiming to finish by the end

NZDF Civilian of the Year Award presented to Narelle Silwood | November 8, 2018

Diligence, devotion to the task and passion for her work in support of the Anzac Frigate Systems Upgrade programme have won Narelle Silwood, DTA Operations Analyst, the New Zealand Defence Force Civilian of the Year award. This week Narelle was presented the trophy by the New Zealand Defence Force’s Chief People Officer Liz Huckerby. The

DTA blitzes the Taupo Ultramarathon | November 6, 2018

Alan James, Clint Barnes, Brent Martin and Jamie Halla, the four hardy members of Team DTA on the Run, entered the 2018 Taupo Ultramarathon 100KM Team Relay. It’s an epic journey showcasing the very best of the Lake Taupo region: lake views, mountain ranges, rivers, waterfalls, and native forest. Leg 1 runner Alan says that,

DTA staff head for the Southern Ocean | February 28, 2018

Sally Garrett and Will Coldicutt are on board HMNZS Wellington heading for the Southern Ocean, part of a group of 54 government staff and five tonnes of equipment accompanying NZDF on a resupply mission to the Sub-Antarctic Islands. The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is assisting with the maintenance and repair of key buildings in

Offlimits Tour Aotearoa 2018 | February 21, 2018

Almost at the half way mark Nick Engleback, Military Operations Analyst at DTA and his team mates Siobhan Quayle and Mike Beale are cycling the length of New Zealand from Cape Reinga to the Bluff. A 3000 kilometres unsupported off road cycle ride. They hope to complete the ride in between 10 to 30 days

Congratulations to Dr John Kay, MNZM | January 11, 2018

Dr John Kay – Principal  Scientist has been awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the New Zealand Defence Force. Dr John Kay has been employed as a scientist by the Defence Technology Agency and its predecessors for 37 years. Dr Kay’s expertise covers the fields of underwater acoustics, ship signatures above

West Coaster 2017 | December 14, 2017

Three teams hit the start line in DTA’s seventh year contesting the Speight’s West Coaster. Dedication to training paid off with placings of 4th, 5th and 6th. Team DTA ‘Fast in the Past” set the pace coming in with a time of 05:08:18 over the 42 kms. This was faster than the time set back

DTA participate in CUE Adelaide 2017 | December 14, 2017

DTA scientists recently took part in the Contested Urban Environment Strategic Challenge -CUE Adelaide 2017 – held at the Old Adelaide Hospital. The challenge set out to test new technologies that aim to reduce the risk to soldiers and civilians in urban conflict zones. Over 100 Australian Defence Force members and more than 80 researchers

DTA test immersion suit performance | August 28, 2017

DTA scientists conducted an exercise with the crew of HMNZS Otago to assess the RNZN SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) for evacuation and to test immersion suit performance. The trial was conducted as part of DTA’s ongoing work around polar liferaft survivability. Scientists have spent the past year undertaking an evaluation of liferaft survival prospects, nutritional

Narelle Silwood is presented with her medals

Medal award | August 22, 2017

DTA Science Researcher Narelle Silwood was presented with the New Zealand General Service Medal (NZGSM Afghanistan) and the New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM) by Air Vice-Marshal Kevin Short, Vice Chief of Defence Force, last Friday. Narelle was awarded the medals for her support to the New Zealand Defence Force operations in Afghanistan (OP CRIB).

Sally Gsrrett presenting at the KiwiNet Awards

Making Waves | July 18, 2017

It made headlines around the world when it recorded a massive 64 foot wave in the Southern Ocean, and now DTA’s much celebrated wave buoy has been recognised in a prestigious award ceremony in Auckland. The wave buoy is part of a collaborative project between DTA and MetOcean Solutions, and was named as one of

Follow DTA scientist Paul Garnham on HMNZS Otago in the Southern Ocean | February 10, 2017

DTA scientist Paul Garnham is on board the Royal New Zealand Navy’s offshore patrol vessel HMNZS Otago as part of the team that has successfully launched a moored wave buoy in the Southern Ocean about 10 miles south of Campbell Island / Motu Ihupuku. Paul has been sending back regular updates about the activities on

Successful launch of moored wave buoy in the Southern Ocean | February 10, 2017

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has launched a scientific device – a moored wave buoy – about 10 kilometres south of remote Campbell Island in the Southern Ocean to study waves described as “liquid Himalayas”. It is the furthest south such a device has ever been launched. The wave buoy, which is part of

Spray over HMNZS Otago's bow

DTA to deploy moored wave buoy near Campbell Island | February 8, 2017

DTA scientist Paul Garnham set sail on HMNZS Otago yesterday from Dunedin bound for Campbell Island. The primary focus of the trip for DTA will be the deployment of a moored wave measuring buoy 22 nautical miles south of Campbell Island. This will be the furthest south a moored wave buoy has ever been deployed.

Photo of HMNZS Canterbury and RNZN RHIB of Kaikoura

Taranaki company breaks into the defence industry with new surf-mapping technology | December 20, 2016

Read the article on about SurfZoneView and the collaboration between Defence Technology Agency and MetOcean Solutions. MetOceanSolutions is a Taranaki based company specialising in meterology and oceanography. Read the article here [ website]

Sally Garrett with the cup and certificate she received when she was awared NZDF zSafety Person of the Yeear 2016

Sally Garrett – New Zealand Defence Force Safety Person of the Year 2016 | December 14, 2016

Sally Garrett from DTA has won the New Zealand Defence Force Safety person of the year award. The award is presented for the best initiative to address a safety hazard. Sally received it for her contribution to the survivability analyses of NZDF ships. Sally’s detailed environmental assessments and on-going advice on the wave, wind, temperature

West Coaster 2016 | December 14, 2016

On Saturday 10th December the unofficial DTA running club and associates converged on Bethell’s Beach to take part in their sixth Speights West Coaster off-road marathon. Training took a greater toll this year but several last-minute substitutions brought DTA’s five teams to full strength. All threw themselves into it with gusto especially Helen (pictured) who,

DTA Team Building | December 7, 2016

This year the DTA team building event held on Motutapu Island, required brains and brawn. In small teams we were required to complete a series exercises or evolutions modelled on a component of the New Zealand Army officer selection process. The exercises put our decision-making skills and problem-solving abilities to the test. Fortunately DTA’s staff

SurfZone View wins Minister of Defence Industry Award | November 18, 2016

Gerry Brownlee, Minister of Defence Press release: 18 November, 2016 Minister of Defence Industry Awards announced The recipients of the annual Minister of Defence Industry Awards of Excellence for 2016 have been announced by Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee. “The awards are an important way of acknowledging the role the defence industry plays in supporting both

Newly-installed meteorological sensors support Kaikoura evacuation | November 17, 2016

Accurate forecasting of weather conditions for helicopter and small boat operations was essential for the evacuation by the NZDF and our Allies of civilians from Kaikoura. Loss of communication with MetService’s automatic weather station at Kaikoura meant vital local observations were not available to help inform all-important aviation weather forecasts. A quick link up between

Ralph Marrett

Congratulations to Dr Ralph Marrett | June 7, 2016

Dr Ralph Marrett former Group Director Network Systems, Defence Technology Agency,  has been appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to the New Zealand Defence Force Dr Marrett has held a range of appointments at all levels within the Defence Technology Agency (DTA), beginning in 1968 as a scientist

Photograph of Hema Sridhar

New appointment for DTA scientist | April 4, 2016

DTA Scientist Hema Sridhar has recently been appointed, Chief Advisor, Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) at the Ministry of Defence. Hema will also continue to work with the Defence Technology Agency, New Zealand Defence Force. Hema has over 10 years of experience in defence science and  technology and expertise across the

Representatives of DTA and the Fallen Heroes Trust receive a cheque from Ordnance Developments.

DTA survey raises cash for charity | January 12, 2016

NZDF personnel completing the Learner Profiles Survey 2015 have raised more than $1700 for the NZ Fallen Heroes Trust. The survey, conducted by the Defence Technology Agency (DTA) on behalf of the NZ Defence College, tracks the use of technology for training in the NZDF and how our personnel use technology outside of work. Ordnance

DTA's Business Services Manager congratulating one of the winning team members

DTA team win the West Coaster | December 17, 2015

The West Coaster, a punishing 42 kilometres of trail running and a total ascent of 1984 metres. Our teams, up to four of them, have entered every year since 2011. Last weekend we had a second win taking out the team event with a new DTA best time of 5 hours and 16 minutes. The

DTA Team Building | December 15, 2015

Defence Technology Agency staff enjoyed their recent team building exercise. Team events, including paintball, archery, axe throwing, boat building and an obstacle course pushed some of us beyond our usual comfort zone but a great time was had.

US snaps up kiwi military technology | October 19, 2015

The United States Navy has purchased six of the Defence Technology Agency’s diver training systems. The diver training systems, known as METRES (Maritime EOD Training, Ranging and Evaluation System) by the US Navy, include a composite replica mine which sits on the seabed and trains divers who interact with them. The system can be configured

New Zealand at the forefront of addressing emergency reponse needs | October 14, 2015

The International Forum to Advance First Responder technology will be launched at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference on October 24-27, 2015 in Chicago. The International Forum seeks to address high priority first responder capability gaps. New Zealand’s scientific efforts understand the diverse array of challenges faced by emergency responders and can certainly

One of DTA's staff members is pictured at the start of the race.

DTA staff conquer the West Coaster | December 4, 2014

Twelve DTA staff were up bright and early last Saturday preparing to challenge themselves against the elements. Once again three DTA teams entered the 42.2 km team event of the Speight’s West Coaster. An event described as ‘pretty damn tough with a touch of extreme for good measure’. The run is one of New Zealand’s

The photo features Expedition Coppelia leaving Auckland.

DTA scientist and her co-skipper win Round North Island Yacht Race | March 11, 2014

Congratulations to Sally Garrett, DTA Environmental Scientist, and her co-skipper Rob Croft who recently completed the 1300 nautical mile yacht race around New Zealand’s  North Island. The race has four legs, Auckland to Mangonui, Mangonui to Wellington, Wellington to Napier and Napier to Auckland.  Sally and Rob sailed a very consistent race slogging it out

Craig Jensen and Lew Woods wearing their medals

Medal awards | February 26, 2014

DTA scientist Craig Jensen and Lew Wood proudly displaying the New Zealand General Service Medal (NZGSM- Afghanistan) and the New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM) which they were presented with for their support to the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) operations in Afghanistan. The NZGSM (Afghanistan) was created to honour New Zealand personnel (both military

Global Interest in Defence Force Innovations | November 12, 2013

Media Release 6 November 2013  From seabed mines to state of the art avionics, it appears the sky is the limit for the science and technology arm of the New Zealand Defence Force. The Defence Technology Agency (DTA) is being kept busy with international orders from global military superpowers such as the US Navy which

Sally and Rob on their yacht.

White Island yacht race won by DTA duo | November 30, 2012

Sally Garrett, DTA Environmental Scientist, and her co-skipper Rob Croft won the 320 nautical mile Around White Island Race. The race was held on 23 November, starting and finishing at Auckland’s Orakei Wharf. Racing against a field of 13 boats, they won the event on performance based handicap. Sally and Rob also won the 2-handed

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NZDF moves to commercialise Defence technology | November 24, 2011

The New Zealand Defence Force is working with Auckland UniServices to exploit and commercialise intellectual property generated by the Defence Technology Agency (DTA). Read the full story [NZDF website]

Review of the Defence Technology Agency | March 31, 2011

Report on the comprehensive external review of the Defence Technology Agency (DTA) by a three-person panel comprising of members with extensive military, scientific and industry experience. Read this report [PDF: 408Kb, 63 pages]

Defence science review making good progress | February 15, 2011

The independent expert panel reviewing the provision of defence science and technology support in New Zealand and the role of the Defence Technology Agency (DTA) says it is making good progress. Read the full story [NZDF website]