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Kaipara range off limits for Army training

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 20/10/2016

Explosions on the Kaipara Air Weapons Range after a bomb is dropped from a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion during high explosive aerial bombing testing on June 25, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand. © Jason Oxenham/Getty Images Explosions on the Kaipara Air Weapons Range after a bomb is dropped from a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion during high explosive aerial bombing testing on June 25, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand. An air weapons range north of Auckland will be off limits to the public over Labour Weekend for a standard military training exercise.

The NZ Defence Force says Army personnel will be conducting the exercise at the RNZAF Kaipara Air Weapons Range at South Head.

To ensure public safety, the Trig Road gate will be closed from 8am on Saturday to midday on Sunday and there will be no access to the Waionui Inlet.

Access to the weapons range area along Muriwai Beach will also be prohibited.

The NZDF says the exercise will include the use of high-explosive mortar ammunition, which will be fired from 8am until 6pm daily, and people might hear explosions during this period.

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