Since April 1999, NZDF has been responsible for all types of explosives disposals in New Zealand. Explosive disposals teams work in conjunction with the New Zealand Police. Handling explosives is a very specialised task and requires many hours of training. If you come across any unexploded material, ordnance or ammunition contact the Police immediately. DO NOT try to handle it yourself!
Improvised Explosive Device Disposal
An improvised explosive device is any object suspected of containing explosive material.
NZ Police may call in NZDF Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD) teams to neutralise suspected objects with specialised equipment. This equipment may include the ANDROS Mark VA1 remote disposal vehicle and the Echidna. The Echidna is a remote handling device for bomb disposals. The basis track driven Echidna has a rotatable turret that a variety of bomb disposal accessories and attachments can be fitted. The Echidna is used as a backup to the ANDROS.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal
Since the New Zealand Wars we have been involved in (and trained for) WWI, WWII, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and these involvements mean that finding unexploded military ordnance is not uncommon in New Zealand.
Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) is performed using a dedicated commercial four wheel drive vehicle, plastic explosives, perhaps an A Booster, some detonating cords and a detonator.
Stray and Deteriorated Commercial Explosives
Stray or deteriorated commercial (non-military) explosives can be in many forms from commercial dynamite, powergel, and detonators to road flares in imported cars.
NZDF assists Civilian Ammunition Inspectors, and provides primary disposal services for stray and deteriorated commercial explosives on an as-needs basis.
This page was last amended on 18 March 2015