Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Minister Comments On Project Reshape

The Minister of Defence Mark Burton said the personal letters and briefings given this morning to 1100 RNZAF personnel brings to an end an unavoidable period of uncertainty.

"These have, I know, been difficult and demanding times for RNZAF personnel," Mark Burton said.

"I am very conscious of the impact that disbanding the air combat force has had on individual members of the airforce and their families. Looking after staff and their needs has been a priority and considerable effort has been made in this regard. I want to acknowledge the leadership provided by Air Vice-Marshal Hamilton at this difficult time.

"The reduction of 350 positions is being achieved through a number of means, including a reduced training intake, scheduled end-of-service, early release, transfers, civilian redundancies and voluntary discharge. I note that forced discharges have been kept to just 20.

"The decision to disband the air combat force was not taken lightly," Mark Burton said. "The professionalism and skill of the pilots, ground staff and other supporting personnel of the air combat force is of the highest order.

"But the government has had to address long-standing issues of obsolescence and under-resourcing throughout the Defence Force. Tough choices just had to be made and we could not shirk from our responsibilities to front up to those decisions.

"This decision was part of a package of announcements made in May this year, which was the result of a carefully considered process. We are charting a sustainable and affordable path forward for the New Zealand Defence Force.

"Central to these plans is the modernisation and re-equipping of the remaining elements of the RNZAF. Plans are being developed to upgrade or replace the ageing Iroquois helicopters and the C130 Hercules and Boeing-727 airlift capability, equipment modernisation for our P-3 Orions, as well as updating and maintaining necessary army and navy capabilities.

"All of the affected RNZAF personnel will be able to access support measures and practical assistance. I want to thank all the men and women of the RNZAF for approaching the challenges ahead of them with the highest level of professionalism, commitment and determination," Mark Burton said.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

The Gili Islands: A Community Earthquake Recovery Effort

Joseph Cederwall travelled to the Gili Islands in October 2018 to talk to locals about their experiences of the event and witness the impact and the rebuild efforts on this unique ecotourism destination.

2018 was a difficult year for the Indonesian archipelago. This chain of fragile and largely low-lying islands is situated on a particularly unstable segment of the Pacific rim of fire. Last year the islands were hit by a series of devastating natural events including a series of Lombok, Sulawesi and Java based earthquakes and resultant tsunamis.More>>

 
 

DHBs "Prepared": Junior Doctors Strike Tuesday, Wednesday

The needs of acute patients will be met during tomorrow's junior doctor strike, a DHB spokesperson says... Almost 3000 junior doctors are expected to walk off the job, which will affect all DHBs apart from West Coast District Health Board. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On MBIE’s Social Media Scam

Given the ambit of MBIE’s work, almost any form of social activity could qualify as being part of MBIE’s brief, so the privacy threats posed by this training programme are extensive. The current oversight safeguards seem threadbare to non-existent. More>>

ALSO:

JusTrade: New Campaign For A 21th Century Trade Agenda

‘Critique is no longer enough. If anything is to really change, we need to step away from the existing framework and take a first-principles approach to rethinking what will work for the 21st century.’ More>>

Earlier:

Gordon Campbell: Thompson + Clark Are The Tip Of The Iceberg

How can we tell where and how any lines are being drawn? Oversight is not exactly robust. If it were, Thompson + Clark would have been out of contention for state security work ten years ago. More>>

Trainers: Taratahi Institute of Agriculture In Interim Liquidation

Taratahi employ 250 staff and this year has provided education to over 2500 students. Taratahi owns and manages 8 farms throughout the country. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA Report: Complaints About Deputy Commissioner Wallace Haumaha

The Authority has found that DC Haumaha acted improperly by approaching staff and others to provide information to support him to refute the allegations about his 2016 conduct, or solicited other staff to do so on his behalf... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels