What is the difference between a Z and a H?

Apparently our army transport and naval patrol air-wing (sorry, airforce) got new helicopters called NZ90‘s…there’s a fair distance between the H and Z keys on the keyboard…not that it would concern the “decent journalists, trained and skilled” at the Herald.

NH-90

They could of course be referring to the NH-90:

The NHIndustries NH90 is a medium sized, twin-engine, multi-role military helicopter manufactured by NHIndustries. The first prototype had its maiden flight in December 1995. Thirteen nations have ordered the NH90 with deliveries starting in 2006.

New Zealand

In July 2006, the New Zealand Government signed a contract to purchase 8 NH90s (plus 1 extra for spares) to replace their Air Force’s fleet of UH-1 Iroquois. These eight aircraft cost NZ$771m (~€500m), of which “over a third” was for support, implying each cost around €35m. The first two arrived in New Zealand in March 2012.

Even the Airforce refers to them as NH90. Still I imagine I’ll get an email soon from the editor telling me that it is a little known fact unpublished anywhere except in the Herald that they are affectionately known as NZ90.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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