Former Chief of Defence Force Carey Adamson was farewelled at a funeral with full military honours in Wellington today.
Air Marshal (Retired) Adamson, also a former Chief of the Air Force, died on May 10 aged 76.
His funeral, attended by his family, Defence Minister Ron Mark and a large contingent of military figures, was held at St Paul's Cathedral this afternoon.
Adamson, who was Defence Force Chief between 1999 and 2001, was escorted to Parliament by a 100-strong procession of all three branches of the Defence Force.
Following the service at 2pm, Adamson's casket was carried to a waiting hearse by Air Force personnel for the short procession to Parliament's forecourt, a firing party firing three rifle volleys.
The road was closed to allow the funeral procession to walk uninterrupted across the road from the cathedral to Parliament.
At the forecourt, his family laid poppies on his casket.
While Chief of the Defence Force, Adamson established Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand at Trentham which has overseen NZDF operations and large exercises ever since.
He was awarded the Air Force Cross in 1979 and Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 1999. He retired in 2001 after 41 years in the military.
A Defence spokesperson said military funerals with full honours were usually reserved for those who had attained top posts in the Defence Force. The last was for Air Marshal Sir Richard Bolt, also a former Chief of Defence Force, in August 2014.