John Hamilton (RNZAF officer)

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John Hamilton
AllegianceNew Zealand
Service/branchRoyal New Zealand Air Force
Years of service1971–2006
RankAir Vice Marshal
Commands heldChief of Air Force (2002–06)
RNZAF Air Command (1998–02)
RNZAF Base Ohakea (1996–98)
No. 3 Squadron RNZAF (1989–90)
AwardsOfficer of the New Zealand Order of Merit
Member of the Royal Victorian Order

Air Vice Marshal John Henry Staples Hamilton, ONZM, MVO is a former senior commander in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, who served as Chief of Air Force from 2002 until his retirement from the Air Force in 2006.[1]

In June 2006 it was announced that Hamilton would become the Director of New Zealand's Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management.[2] Following the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake, Hamilton became National Controller of the Civil Defence Emergency Response, with Civil Defence as lead agency, supported by New Zealand Police, Fire Service, Defence Force and many other agencies and organisations.[3] He stepped down from Civil Defence in 2014.[4] In 2019 he took up the position of operations manager for Air Napier.[5]


  1. ^ "DEFENCE FORCE SERVICE CHIEF'S CHANGE OF COMMAND" (Press release). Royal New Zealand Air Force. 26 April 2006. Retrieved 23 August 2007.
  2. ^ "Civil Defence Ministry Director Announced" (Press release). New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs. 11 July 2006. Retrieved 23 August 2007.
  3. ^ "National state of emergency extended". ONE News. TVNZ. 7 March 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2011.
  4. ^ "John Hamilton: Leaving Civil Defence". NewstalkZB. 23 October 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  5. ^ Voorend, Blair (17 June 2019). "Air Napier shakes things up with new ownership and change of management". Hawke's Bay Today. Retrieved 15 October 2019 – via The New Zealand Herald.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Air Vice Marshal Don Hamilton
Chief of Air Force
Succeeded by
Air Vice Marshal Graham Lintott