NZSAS - Basic Info
The New Zealand Special Air Service (NZ SAS) was formed on July 7, 1955 and is a New Zealand Army Special Forces unit which was modeled on the British Special Air Service (SAS). The New Zealand Government states that NZ SAS is the "premier combat unit of the New Zealand Defence Force", is based in Auckland, and has the motto “who dares wins”. The elite unit is "capable of undertaking unconventional warfare". Its key roles are to undertake overseas missions and respond to domestic terrorist attacks. The New Zealand SAS is held in high regard internationally - as demonstrated by the United States Presidential Citation which was awarded to the NZSAS on 7 December 2004.