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


Defence Minister Announces Major Tender

26 June 2002

The process of acquiring new light operational vehicles for the New Zealand Army to replace the ageing Landrover fleet is now getting underway, Defence Minister Mark Burton announced today.

"Up to 321 vehicles will be acquired, and the Landrover fleet, which is well past its expected retirement date, will finally be replaced, as part of the Labour-led government's commitment to a long overdue modernisation of the New Zealand Defence Force."

Mark Burton said that following the failure of the original tender process, when no vehicle was fully compliant, he requested a careful reassessment of the army's requirements.

"The Ministry of Defence and the NZDF undertook a review of the numbers and the allocation of armoured and non-armoured types of vehicles. This review resulted in a reduction in the number of armoured/higher mobility vehicles that are needed and introduced the option of a general purpose vehicle.

"A separate requirement for “special operations” vehicles has also been accommodated in this tender. A further 13 vehicles have been added, taking the maximum number of vehicles to 321. The total requirements are for:
Type A: Up to 60 high mobility, lightly armoured vehicles.
Type B: Up to 139 high mobility, non-armoured vehicles.
Type C: Up to 109 standard vehicles.
Type D: 13 special operations vehicles.

"Industry has previously been canvassed on interest in supplying high mobility vehicles (Types A, B and D). Five potential suppliers who have demonstrated that their vehicles have the desired mobility characteristics are being invited this week to tender for these vehicles. There will be a worldwide open tender process for the general purpose military vehicle (Type C). Tender documentation will be released on Friday.

"The tender process should be completed by early next year and the Ministry of Defence will then submit to government its recommendations for acquisition. A Labour government will ensure that the long overdue investment in our defence force provides best value for money," Mark Burton said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Principals' Federation:
End Of National Standards

Today the Minister of Education announced that the Government has stopped the controversial National Standards system of assessment and declared them an arbitrary measure which did not raise children's achievement as the previous Government intended.

"This is such a win for all the principals who never believed in national standards and who, for the past decade, have argued for what is morally right for our nation's young people and their learning," said Cormick. More>>


Public Good: People’s Report On Public Broadcasting And Media Presented

The People’s Commission on Public Broadcasting and Media, was crowdfunded and was informed by an extensive consultation, seeking the views of both those working in Media as well as gathering input both online and in person from ordinary Citizens. More>>


RBNZ To RNZB: PM's Press Conference

Prime Minister Jacinda Adern was joined by Minister of Finance Grant Robertson and Minister for Children Tracey Martin to announce the appointment of Adrian Orr as the new Governor of the Reserve Bank and the name change of the Ministry for Vulnerable Children to ‘Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children’. More>>


'Taming Globalised Capital': Why Is Labour Supporting Investment Rules In WTO?

‘Today, we learned the new government has added New Zealand’s name to a proposal designed to lead to foreign investment rules in the WTO at this week’s ministerial meeting in Argentina,’ said Auckland University Professor Jane Kelsey. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Politics Of Scaring Voters Back Into Line

Fear has always been a useful mobilising tool in politics… yet in 2017, bogeymen of all shapes and sizes seem to have fallen on hard times. For years, the National party had painted itself as being the only reliable defensive bastion against the terrifying prospect of a centre-left government… More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Drinking Water As A Failure Of Political Leadership

It is almost possible to feel sorry for the Health Ministry in their terrible, no good, very bad week... More>>





Featured InfoPages