18 Nov 2008 Otago Daily Times - A particularly tough six-month stretch in East Timor starts this week for 149 New Zealand Defence Force personnel, as they prepare to spend Christmas away from family.
Chief of Army Major General Lou Gardiner, family and friends were to attend the troops' departure from Ohakea Air Force Base on Thursday morning.
This is the sixth rotation of New Zealand troops to serve in East Timor since May 2006.
Their regular tasks will include carrying out patrols, liaising with locals and providing assistance to United Nations police.
Image: New Zealand troopers in East Timor