An international military exercise is taking place at the top of the South Island, involving more than 2,000 personnel.

Exercise Southern Katipo 17 gets under way on Monday and runs until November 18.

The New Zealand Defence Force is hosting personnel from 13 countries, including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Fiji, New Caledonia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea.

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Exercise director, Lieutenant Colonel Martin Dransfield, says high levels of threats will be used to create challenging training environments across the spectrum of operations.

The exercise areas will be the West Coast, Tasman and Marlborough, extending south to Greymouth in the west and Kaikoura in the east.

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Translation - exercise director says we will be practice moving around the areas after really really big earthquakes. We will be checking the effects of geo engineering/haarp on a major fault line, plus the effects of the 1080 aerial drops. Round up of survivors, hunt them if necessary like the recent Texas floods will bring the local military up to overseas eugenics standards.  A side benefit should be cutting out the off grid hippies cash crops & watching them starve. Lots of real world skills will be deployed like mass grave digging, setting up mass concentration camps oops I mean rescue centres & protecting these from discovery.   

Good article Baza, but you seem to have published it thrice!

Let me know if you want the extraneous deleted for you mate.

Thanks Martin. Thrice sounds rather Shakespearean, as in old crones stirring a cauldron, or real blokes making home brewsies

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