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


Clark welcomes NZ input into UN force

2000 web siteLabour Leader Helen Clark said today that Labour welcomed New Zealand making a contribution to the United Nations peace-keeping force in East Timor.

"Labour has had a long time interest in the future of East Timor. We believe that it is vital that the outcome of the ballot in East Timor is respected and the slaughter of the East Timorese is halted.

"It has been clear for quite some time that an international force would be needed to ensure that East Timor can make a speedy transition to independence and to restore order to the region.

"One of the issues this deployment highlights is the need for a re-thinking of the composition of the New Zealand Defence Force in line with the arguments presented by the Foreign Affairs and Defence Select Committee.

"New Zealand presently lacks a capacity to shift rapidly large numbers of troops. In the future, acquisitions for the Navy will need to be made taking this deficiency into account.

"It should also be noted that this New Zealand involvement requires from the Air Force the contribution of a transport and surveillance capacity. The Skyhawks will not be involved in any way. Nor, if we had them, would F-16s be involved.

"Participation in peace-keeping operations has become a central function of the New Zealand Defence Force. The sooner the force is configured so that we can speedily meet our commitments in this area the better. The East Timor involvement certainly strengthens the case made by the Quigley report for re-thinking the composition of the Defence Force," Helen Clark said.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Joseph Cederwall: Building a Community Newsroom

The “Scoop 3.0” Transition Plan
There is good reason to believe that a new path and a better future is possible for Scoop in 2019 as a pioneering independent Media company. A combination of new technology, ideas, institutions and business models and a renewed energy and commitment by the Scoop team, means Scoop aims to be at the forefront of the development of this renaissance that we term ‘News 3.0’.

By opening up Scoop’s structure to community ownership and exploring decentralised technology through the blockchain we can ensure the public has a stake in this enterprise and a say in its development. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Jami-Lee Ross (And The New Hobbit Law)

Clearly, Jami-Lee Ross is not waging a normal form of political warfare, with agreed rules of combat and rational cost/benefit calculations.

This is politics-as-terrorism where everything is being sacrificed by the man in the bomb vest in order to remove Simon Bridges as the leader of the National Party. More>>

Text Messages Released: National On $100,000 Donation(s)
The Botany Electorate of the National Party received 8 donations, and Mr Ross declared 8 donations to us. More>>


Film Industry Working Group:

Three Killed: DOC Supporting Family, Colleagues After Helicopter Crash

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is rallying around family and colleagues of the staff who died in a helicopter crash this morning in Wanaka... The helicopter, with two DOC staff on board, was on its way to undertake tahr control in the Haast area when it crashed. More>>


Political Donations: Greens Call For Tighter Anonymity Rules And Public Funding

“It is clear that those vested interests have a tangible influence on the decision making of political parties. This is a threat to democracy and should change.” More>>


Education Amendment Bill Passes: Urgency Sought For Partnership School Treaty Claim

The claim takes issue with the acts and omissions of the Crown in respect of the closure of Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua. More>>


Salvation Army Paper: Call For Public Housing Investment

To meet these future demands the report suggests the government needs to look beyond the private rental market and begin to invest heavily into home-ownership programmes and more public and social housing. More>>


Cull: Himalayan Tahr Control Operation Proceeding

“The target of controlling 10,000 Himalayan tahr over the next eight months remains. The revised plan provides for a staged control operation with increased reporting to the Tahr Liaison Group...” More>>


Health: Petitions To Fund Breast Cancer Drugs

Women marching to Parliament today, to present two petitions calling for Government funding of vital medicines, have 100% support from a coalition representing than 30 breast cancer organisations. More>>


Animal Welfare Advisory Committee: Report On Rodeo Practices Released

The independent committee that advises the Minister responsible for Animal Welfare, has today released a report on animal welfare in rodeos, together with advice to the Minister making recommendations to improve the welfare of the animals in rodeos. More>>





InfoPages News Channels