Milestone for MIQ as NZDF security departs

Published: 31 March 2022

An important milestone in the operations of Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) has been reached with the release of the vast majority of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) security personnel. Their significant duties have contributed greatly to the success of MIQ.

About 90% of NZDF personnel have now returned to camps and bases around the country. A small number of NZDF personnel remain in MIQ national office and supporting regional operations for the next few months, while roles transition to MBIE staff.

More than 6,000 NZDF personnel have been involved at all levels of MIQ’s operations, both nationally and regionally. For NZDF, this has been their single largest commitment of personnel to a response in more than 50 years. 

Not only did they provide leadership and operational expertise in the National Office, Regional Command Centres and the facilities, from September 2020 they also played a significant role in boosting the safety and security of our facilities.

MBIE Deputy Secretary and Head of MIQ, Chris Bunny said the contribution of the NZDF had been instrumental over the past 2 years.

“The skill, professionalism and mahi of the NZDF contribution has been a defining factor in shaping the success of MIQ.

“Along the way bonds have been formed, different perspectives shared and a common approach achieved. The involvement of the NZDF has been an intrinsic part of the fabric of MIQ.

“Around the country where there are MIQ facilities, NZDF staff played an important role in building community trust and confidence in the safety and security of our facilities. They also formed strong friendships and bonds with hotel, health, and other security staff, and also assisted with numerous community engagements. The opportunity to work alongside members of this remarkable organisation has been a highlight for many.

“I would like to personally that the many people from NZDF who have contributed to the success of MIQ – we couldn’t have done it without out you.”

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