ANZAC Biscuits For National Security
ANZAC BISCUITS FOR F-16s
"Buy biscuits for national security."
That's the message of a group of concerned citizens, who are running a cake stall to help fund New Zealand defence spending.
"It's a crying shame that out defence forces are being run down by underfunding. Other parts of government are attracting resources. Why should defence miss out?" said spokesperson Patrick Morgan.
The group will hold a cake stall on Wednesday morning, April 19th, at the corner of Lambton Quay and Woodward St, in Wellington.
Proceeds will be donated to the government to fund defence purchases such as the proposed F-16 aircraft. "We'll send a cheque to the Minister of Defence with our best wishes."
The F16 was designed as a multi-role aircraft and is suitable for the three roles presently undertaken by Skyhawks; maritime attack, air interdiction, and close air support. F-16s first flew in 1976.
F-16 aircraft retail for around $25 million. If the cake stall raises $200, 125,000 cake stalls would be needed to pay for one aircraft.
"Running down the Defence Force's air firepower would leave our troops vulnerable, walk away from our regional defence commitments, undermine our trading relationships and leave our international credibility in tatters."
"We are outraged by the way the defence forces are treated like an ugly stepchild."
"New Zealand should pay its way in keeping the region secure. We need to send a message that New Zealand has a credible defence capability. We're sure the public will get behind us and show their support for sensible defence spending," said Mr Morgan.