Parliament

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

 

Defence Force honours well-deserved

Defence Force honours well-deserved

Defence Minister Ron Mark has extended warm congratulations to the New Zealand Defence Force staff who have been recognised for their service in the New Year Honours List.

Dr John Kay, who has worked for the Defence Technology Agency and predecessor organisations in Auckland for 39 years, has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM).

Dr Kay is a prominent figure in the international defence science community, leading New Zealand’s participation in research collaboration in such areas as maritime, electronic warfare and sensor systems.

“Dr Kay’s contribution to the work of the Defence Force and to the safety and security of New Zealanders through his many scientific endeavours over a very long period of time cannot be under-estimated,” Mr Mark said.

“There is a great deal of largely-unseen hard work that goes into equipping and preparing our personnel and platforms for the wide range of tasks they carry out in all environments. Scientists like Dr Kay play a huge part in that, and in preparing for the future.

“This is very well-deserved recognition.”

Squadron Leader Rhys Evans of the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s Whenuapai-based 40 Squadron has been awarded the Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD).

Squadron Leader Evans was Commanding Officer of the first rotation of a C-130 Hercules deployment to the Middle East during June to September 2016. The contingent was part of an Australian Defence Force Air Mobility Task Group supporting coalition forces in the area.

“Squadron Leader Evans has demonstrated outstanding leadership in preparing for and carrying out what was a new task for the Defence Force in the face of numerous challenges in a very complex environment, where harsh conditions are the norm,” Mr Mark said.

“He rose to the challenge with distinction, taking the members of the contingent he commanded along with him, to a level at which they achieved an incredibly high success rate and brought great credit to the Defence Force.

“All our people who have served, and are still serving, in the Middle East are making a vital contribution to the coalition’s work towards building peace and security in the area.

“Squadron Leader Evans is one such whose contribution has been deservedly recognised by the award of the DSD,” he said.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Malaysia Exposing Our Dodgy Policies On China

Last week, we all owed a vote of thanks to Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad for breaking with protocol during his bilateral meeting in Singapore with New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern. Reportedly, Mahathir used the photo opportunity phase of the meeting – which usually involves just an exchange of smiles and pleasantries before the media is sent out of the room – to launch into matters of genuine substance.

By doing so, Mahathir usefully exposed how New Zealand is trying to make a virtue out of sitting on the fence over the South China Sea dispute. More>>

 

Health: Changes To Drinking Water Standards

David Clark said many of the changes he is making, which will take effect on 1 March 2019, are clarifications or corrections, “but there are two changes which will significantly improve the ability to test and respond to the presence of harmful bacteria such as E.coli”. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Police Detention "Unlawful But Reasonable"

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that while Police acted unlawfully in October 2017 when they detained a Queenstown man for a mental health assessment, their actions were reasonable in the circumstances. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Statement: Chile President's NZ Visit

At the invitation of the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, undertook a State Visit to New Zealand on 19 November 2018... More>>

ALSO:

Climate Change: Top Academics Call On Government To Take Action

One hundred and fifty academics and researchers from around Aotearoa, including Dame Anne Salmond, Emeriti Professors and several Fellows of the Royal Society, have signed a strongly-worded open letter to the Government demanding bold and urgent action to tackle climate change. More>>

ALSO:

Teacher Qualifications, Class Sizes: Ten Year Plan For Early Learning

“Moving towards 100 percent qualified teachers in early childhood education centres and improving adult:child ratios are among some of the key proposals for change put forward by the sector and experts in the new draft ten year strategic plan for early learning,” Chris Hipkins said. More>>

ALSO:

Teacher Strikes: Meeting, March And Rally In Wellington

Throughout the Wellington region the NZEI rolling strikes entered their final day Friday. Thousands of teachers met in Wellington, Kapiti, Porirua and the Wairarapa. More>>

ALSO:

14/11: Two Years’ Progress Since The Kaikoura Earthquake

Mayor John Leggett said it was a day for reflection, but also a time to recognise the work by many people to support progress towards recovery made across Marlborough since November 2016. More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Mine Drift Re-Entry Plan To Proceed

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels