Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Senior British Defence officers visit

Senior British Defence officers visit

Two senior British Defence officers will arrive in New Zealand this Wednesday for high level talks with their New Zealand counterparts.

They are Major General Richard Felton, Commander Joint Helicopter Command, and Rear Admiral Clive Johnstone, Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff at Royal Navy.

Major General Felton will meet members of the New Zealand Joint Force Command in Auckland on Wednesday to discuss issues associated with the New Zealand Defence Force study “Future 35”.

The Major General has seen service in a wide range of theatres including Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

He is currently responsible for 30,000 troops and around 30% of the equipment budget for the United Kingdom’s Armed Forces.

After his talks in Auckland he will travel to Tonga to present medals to 110 Tongan troops who have just returned from service in Afghanistan. They were imbedded in the British Armed Forces and provided perimeter security at Camp Bastion.

Major General Felton will also take part in the King’s Parade which will honour eight years of offshore military operations for Tonga in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Solomons.

Rear Admiral Johnstone is leading the British team in the annual navy-to-navy talks. The agenda this year includes shared training opportunities, a discussion on operational doctrines, lessons learned by the respective navies, and development of a strategic plan.

Rear Admiral Johnstone is a senior naval and maritime executive who operates at board level within the Royal Navy and British Chamber of Shipping. His past responsibilities include Flag Officer Sea Training at Royal Navy, Principal Staff Officer to the Chief of the Defence Staff at the Ministry of Defence, and Captain of HMS Bulwark.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Ombudsman’s Verdict On Paula Rebstock And Ian Rennie

Unfortunately, the brave and damning report by Ombudsman Ron Paterson on the “flawed” and “unfair” inquiry conducted by Dame Paula Rebstock into events at MFAT pulls back the veil on a far wider issue. More>>

ALSO:

Charities' Report: Stressed Families - Overstretched Services

“Like so many of the whānau and families they serve social service organisations are under huge financial stress. The support demanded from desperate people in communities is far outreaching the resources available.” More>>

ALSO:

Detention: Wellingtonians Protest Treatment Of Refugees

Peace Action Wellington (PAW) and around 50 Wellingtonians blockaded the Australian High Commission, creating a symbolic detention centre to protest the Australian Government's policy of mandatory offshore detention for refugees and asylum seekers. More>>

ALSO:

Diver's Alarums: Breach Means Training Provider Must Repay $1.47 Million

The New Zealand School of Outdoor Studies is to repay $1.47 million (GST-exclusive) to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) following an investigation which showed that some student enrolments between 2009 -2014 could not be validated and that courses were under-delivered against their agreement with the TEC. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Government Plans Suggest Bulk Funding Return

Plans by the Government to return to bulk funding are likely to see increased class sizes and schools most in need missing out on much-needed resources, Labour’s Acting Education spokesperson Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Auckland Looks Long Term To Pay-Per-Km Road Pricing

Aucklanders can expect to be paying variable rates per kilometre to travel on the city's most congested roads under an emerging transport strategy being formulated by the government and the Auckland Council. More>>

ALSO:

Despite Promises: Government Extends Iraq Deployment

Cabinet has agreed to extend New Zealand’s contribution to the joint New Zealand-Australia mission to train Iraqi Security Forces until November 2018. More>>

ALSO:

On The 'Terrorism' Card:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news