Parliament

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

 

Territorial Force to take on Peacekeeping

Hon Phil Goff
Minister of Defence

17 October 2006

Territorial Force Soldiers to take on Peacekeeping in Solomon Islands

Territorial soldiers will for the first time make up the majority of service personnel being deployed in an international mission, Defence Minister Phil Goff announced today.

"Over the next 12 months, the New Zealand Defence Force commitment to the Regional Assistance Mission in Solomon Islands will consist mainly of territorial force personnel", Mr Goff said.

"The volatility of the situation in the Solomon Islands means that this will be no easy task. The decision to deploy territorial force personnel is an expression of confidence in their commitment, skills and professional competency by both the Defence Force and the Government.

"All New Zealanders, regular and territorials, serving in RAMSI will be trained and equipped to the highest standards.

"Selected TF personnel from South Island based units are currently undergoing pre-deployment training at Burnham Camp, prior to their deployment to Solomon Islands.

"New Zealand's military commitment to the Regional Assistance Mission Solomon Islands (RAMSI) force consists of a platoon group of approximately 40-50 personnel who deploy to Solomon Islands for four month periods.

"The Territorial Force supplements the Regular Force when additional manpower is needed. Utilising TF personnel for these deployments will take pressure off other regular force units of the New Zealand Army during a period of high operational tempo and bring new experience into the TF.

"In recent years, over 520 TF personnel have deployed to operational peacekeeping roles in the Sinai, Bougainville, East Timor, Bosnia, Sudan, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan. They have consistently demonstrated their capability and skills in every deployment", Mr Goff said.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>

 
 

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>

ALSO:

Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>

ALSO:

Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>

ALSO:

United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>

ALSO:

Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election