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

 


Defence Force ceremony to mark 857 days service

Defence Force ceremony to mark 857 days service

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman have paid tribute to members of the New Zealand Defence Force for their dedicated service to Christchurch on the eve of their longest ever domestic deployment.

“Tomorrow afternoon around 120 members of the Army, Navy and Air Force will be thanked in person by Prime Minister John Key for their duty to Christchurch,” Mr Brownlee says.

“They will be officially dismissed from duty at 2pm in Worcester Boulevard, and I’d urge members of the public to come along and thank Defence Force members for their service to our city.

“While tomorrow will bring to a close the service of hundreds of soldiers who have manned the cordon around Christchurch’s battered central city for the past 857 days, it is also an opportunity to thank members of the Navy who helped bring supplies to the city when we most needed them, and the Air Force, who played a significant role ferrying people and goods in the immediate aftermath of the quakes.

“This is a physical and psychological milestone of great significance, with the official cordon now gone and large parts of the city which have for so long only been viewed at a distance open to the public.”

The original CBD cordon was 387 hectares.

Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman says the New Zealand Defence Force deserves appreciation for its longest ever domestic deployment.

“Along with Police, Fire and Ambulance staff, the Defence Force were able to respond to the immediate needs of those worst affected in the days following the February quake, and this has been followed by keeping the extremely dangerous central city area locked down to all but those who have needed to be in there.

“Working on two month rotations and shifts of 12 hours a day, five days a week, has been a challenging task.

“Initially manned by the Regular Force, soldiers from our Reserve Forces took over the cordon, allowing their colleagues to return to their normal duties.

“I acknowledge the impact their service has had on their families. I also acknowledge the employers of our Reserve Forces who made it possible for some members to return several times to the city to help.”

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) has worked with the Christchurch City Council, SCIRT, the Fire Service, Police and a variety of other agencies and services to ensure the streets are safe for public use and the necessary infrastructure repaired.
ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Anzac Day:


Reshuffle: PM Announces Changes To Ministerial Portfolios

Prime Minister Bill English today announced the appointment of Gerry Brownlee as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nathan Guy as Minister of Civil Defence, Nikki Kaye as Minister of Education and Mark Mitchell as Minister of Defence.

The changes follow the resignations from Cabinet of Hekia Parata and Murray McCully.

In other changes Simon Bridges has been appointed Leader of the House and Nicky Wagner has been made Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration. More>>

 

Q+A Transcript: CTU Call For 'National Standards' On Wages

‘If you look at countries who do better than us, who pay wages better, who have more competitive industries, more successful economies, they have systems where there are national standards.’ More>>

ALSO:

Health Workers Respond: People's Mental Health Report Released

The People's Mental Health Review reinforces a recent YesWeCare.nz survey of 6,000 health workers, which found nine in 10 believe they don't have the staff or resources to deliver the care Kiwis need when they need it. More>>

ALSO:

More Mental Health:

Energy: Greens Launch Plan For Cheaper And Cleaner Electricity

$112 million for winter warm-up payments to help low-income households cover their power bills • setting a goal for 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030 (in average hydrological conditions) • an investigation into the electricity wholesale market. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Aged-Care Settlement

Until yesterday, a National government has always been the sworn enemy of women seeking justice in the workplace, in the face of gender-based pay discrimination. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news