Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment

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Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment
Active9 December 1996 – Present
Country New Zealand
AllegianceHM The Queen
BranchCrest of the New Zealand Army.jpg New Zealand Army
SizeTwo Battalions
Motto(s)Ma Nga Hua Tu Tangata
Colonel-in-ChiefThe Duke of York

Formed on 9 December 1996, the Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment (RNZALR), "the Duke of York's Own", is the New Zealand Army's main military Logistics and combat service support (CSS) element. It is the largest regiment in the NZ Army.


Prior to 1996, the logistic support to the New Zealand Army was provided by three separate and distinct Corps:

On 4 April 1996 the New Zealand Army Chief of the General Staff Major General Piers Reid signed a directive to initiate the establishment of a fully integrated logistic function in the New Zealand Army, with the intention of improving logistic support in both operational and non-operational environments. The integrated logistic organisation would combine the three separate Corps into a single Regiment. The new regiment, known as the Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment (RNZALR), was formed on 9 December 1996.[2][3]

On 9 December 1996, members of the RNZCT, RNZAOC and RNZEME marched onto parade grounds on each camp and base, the Flags of the individual Corps were lowered, headdress was replaced with and members of the RNZALR marched off.

Colonel in Chief[edit]

The Duke of York is the Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment.

Regiment Banner[edit]

The Prince Andrew Banner is an outward sign of the Regiment’s heritage, an acknowledgement of the important role it performs today, and the role its predecessors performed with courage and resilience in the past. The Banner represents the focal point for the traditions, loyalty and spirit of the RNZALR. Presentation of the Prince Andrew Banner by the Colonel in Chief, Royal New Zealand Logistic Regiment, His Royal Highness Prince Andrew on 16 Nov 1998 in Palmerston North.[4][5]

The RNZALR Badge[edit]

The RNZALR was to amalgamate not only the RNZCT, RNZAOC and RNZEME Corps but also All Arms Storeman trade personnel from across all Corps and Regiments of the New Zealand Army. To break down the resistance to the new Regiment and extinguish the perceived traits of tribalism that existed among the corps and trades about to be amalgamated, a neutral badge was to be adopted. Following a design competition encompassing 110 designs, a design with no connection to the forming Corps and that was acceptable to the Herald of Arms was selected and approved on 21 October 1996.[6]

The RNZALR badge consists of the following elements;

  • A set of green ferns unique to New Zealand providing the main body,
  • Crossed Swords representing the Army supporting an oval shield.
  • The oval shield has a blue background displaying the stars of the Southern Cross. The Southern Cross is an identifier long associated with New Zealand Army logistics in that it was used as an identifier by;
  • A riband embossed with “Royal N.Z Army Logistic Regiment.”
  • All surmounted with a St Edwards Crown, which represents the ties to the Monarch.


Currently the Regiment includes:

Both battalions are part of the New Zealand 1st Brigade.

Given the nature of NZ Army Units, RNZALR personnel are also embedded in most other units of the NZ Army providing 1st line logistic support to those units.


The RNZALR includes eleven trades providing various support functions within the NZ Army and across the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF).

Ammunition Technicians[edit]

Ammunition Technicians provide support for the inspection, maintenance and disposal of all ammunition and explosives used by the New Zealand Army. This also includes civil NZ's Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) capability.[7]

Combat Drivers[edit]

Combat Driver operate transport from light to heavy vehicles carrying stores or troops.[8]


The hospitality trades ensure that the forces are sustained with a balanced diet in garrison and field environments. the Hospitality trade consists of two trades;.[9][10]

  • Chef
  • Steward

Maintenance Support Trades[edit]

There are five Maintenance support trades;

These trades are responsible for the repair and general maintenance of all the Army's equipment. This includes vehicles, radios, night vision devices, general engineering, electrical components and weapons. [11][12][13][14][15]

Movement Operators[edit]

Movement Operators work across all the three services facilitating the movement and support of troops and equipment. The Movement Operator trade consists of three specialties:

  • Movement control - the planning and executing of the movement of personnel, vehicles and equipment by road, sea or air.
  • Terminal Operations - the management of the loading, unloading and transit of forces by road, sea and air. Terminal Operations include stevedoring and port operations.
  • Aerial Delivery - the Air Dispatch and Movement control of troops and equipment by aircraft including the rigging of stores for delivery by parachute or as under slung loads underneath helicopters.[16]

Supply Technicians[edit]

The senior trade of the RNZALR, Supply Technicians provide Supply & Quartermaster support for the provision, accounting and managing of ammunition, fuel, rations, weapons, general stores, spare parts, vehicles and any other mission critical equipment required by the NZDF within NZ or overseas.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ New Zealand Army, Duke of York to visit Army Logistic Regiment, Duke of York to visit Army Logistic Regiment, 23 September 2005
  2. ^ Morris, Grant (2012). Wagons of War: A History of 10 Transport Company RNZCT 1951–2011 (PDF). Massey University. p. 89.
  3. ^ Reid, Major General Piers (4 Apr 1996). Army General Staff Directive 7/96.
  4. ^ Morris, John Grant (2012). Wagons of War: A History of 10 Transport Company 1951-2011 (PDF). Massey University. p. 158. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Duke of York to visit Army Logistic Regiment". Scoop Media. 23 September 2005. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  6. ^ McKie, Robert (2018-09-10). "New Zealand Logistic Regiment Badges". To the Warrior his Arms: The History of the Royal New Zealand Army Ordnance Corps and its Predecessors. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Ammunition Technician".
  8. ^ "Driver".
  9. ^ "Chef".
  10. ^ "Steward".
  11. ^ "Vehicle Mechanic".
  12. ^ "Armourer".
  13. ^ "Electronics Technician".
  14. ^ "Electrical Fitter".
  15. ^ "Maintenance Fitter".
  16. ^ "Movement Operator".
  17. ^ "Supply Technician".


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Preceded by
Royal New Zealand Corps of Transport
Royal New Zealand Army Ordnance Corps
Royal New Zealand Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment
1996 - Present
Succeeded by
incumbent and the Royal New Zealand Electrical and Mechanical Engineers V2.0