New Zealand soldier suffers gunshot wound to shoulder after live firing exercise

  • 03/08/2018
Soldiers at the Tekapo Military Camp.
Soldiers at the Tekapo Military Camp. Photo credit: NZDF

A New Zealand Army soldier has suffered a gunshot wound to his shoulder during a live-firing exercise in Tekapo.

The private, was injured during the live field firing training exercise at the Tekapo Military Training Facility on Thursday night, The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) says.

He was treated by Army medics at the scene and then airlifted to Christchurch Hospital from Fairlie.

He is in a stable condition but is scheduled to undergo surgery. 

The live-firing component of the exercise was suspended immediately and an investigation into the incident has been launched.

Health and safety responsibilities are taken seriously and strict rules govern live firing exercises. Careful contingency plans are in place during such exercises which were immediately carried out, The NZDF says.

The solider, is a member of the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment's 2nd 1st Battalion based at Burnham Military Camp.