The Navy has issued the following statement;
“There will be helicopter training operations conducted in and around the Naval Base and the Navy sports fields at Ngataringa Bay 15 to 17 August 2011.
These helicopter operations are part of the wider government-directed preparations for the Rugby World Cup, for which the NZ Defence Force has a supporting role. This activity has been directed and co-ordinated from the Headquarters Joint Forces NZ, the operational HQ of the NZ Defence Force, and will involve the Army, Navy and Air Force, as well as other NZ government agencies. These helicopter operations in and around Devonport are part of a larger exercise activity around the Auckland area. As such we do not have accurate details as to the timings as it is dependent on how other aspects of the exercise progresses.
We have been advised that the broad timings are 5:00PM to 9:00PM each day, and we have been assured they will go no later than 9:45 PM.
We are very aware these UH-1H Iroquois helicopter operations do impact on our neighbours in Devonport. We are also aware that many people have not had the opportunity to have a closer look at an Iroquois.
To enable our neighbours to have a closer look it is intended to have an Iroquois open to the public at the Ngataringa Sports fields from 3:00PM to 5:00PM on Monday 15 August. This will be a good chance for you and your family to see an Iroquois up close, and to meet the crew.”