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


Merry Christmas, Mr Goff

Merry Christmas, Mr Goff

In the spirit of festive goodwill, ACT New Zealand National Security Spokesman Heather Roy today offered Defence Minister Phil Goff an early Christmas present - a sensible plan for what to do with the Skyhawks.

"If anything needs of a good home this Christmas, it is our Skyhawks," Mrs Roy said.

"This plan would keep all but one of the Skyhawks in New Zealand, and see up to eight able to be re-generated in time of need:

* Six Skyhawks - three single-seat A4s and three dual-seat TA4s - to go to the RNZAF Tactical Training School: they would be kept inside and in constant maintenance - and therefore capable of re-generation.

* One A4: to be given to the RNZAF Museum.

* One TA4: for the RNZAF, maybe via the Red Checkers display team, to form a memorial flight - in the same way the RAF keeps a Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane in flying order for flypasts etc.

* One A4: the one already kept in flying order to demonstrate to potential buyers - perhaps paid for by Arts, Culture & Heritage and stored at MOTAT.

* One A4 of the original Australian jets: to be re-painted in Australian colours and given to the RAAF Museum as a gift from the people of New Zealand.

"There are a couple of options for the remaining seven aircraft.

* War Reserve: essentially strip them and put into long term preservation - this would be a one-off cost and much less than the current arrangement.

* Other Museums and Collections: New Zealand has at least four military aircraft collections in Wanaka, Blenheim, Masterton and Ardmore - one display frame could go to each.

* Sell them as parts on the world market, less the avionics and other US sensitive items.

"Our 17 Skyhaws include four TA4s that should be kept in flying condition. Project Kahu avionics would be removed from civilian-gifted frames, and ownership could remain with our Government - allaying US State Department concerns that they will be on-sold.

"In the spirit of Christmas goodwill - and because the Skyhawks should be looked after properly - I'm even happy for Defence Minister Phil Goff to use my plan and call it his own," Mrs Roy said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>


Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election