Parliament

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

 

Orions: New Zealand’s Most Useful Defence Asset

The Orion aircraft are perhaps the most useful piece of equipment that the New Zealand Defence Force owns, said ACT Leader, Hon Richard Prebble.

“The Orions in their present state are well past their used by date. In spite of excellent maintenance programs they have an embarrassing lack of reliability for planes in a national airforce.

“The Orion proposal would have seen the aircraft substantially upgraded and gain a significantly higher capacity. The Orion is the workhorse of the New Zealand Defence Force and is used for a wide range of military and civilian tasks.

“It is ironical that the Government appears to have turned down, what all three armed forces branches would agree, is the top priority defence purchase.

“This latest decision will concern not just New Zealand’s defence community but also our allies. The coalition Government’s decision clearly demonstrates their lack of commitment to ensuring a defence force with the capability to work alongside our traditional allies.

“One is left with the impression that this Government does not have a co-ordinated, thought through defence policy.

“It appears that our defence spending is being driven by the immediate needs of East Timor rather than New Zealand’s long term strategic interests. Hopefully New Zealand defence personnel will have withdrawn from East Timor before the armoured cars go onto service,” said Hon Richard Prebble.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Chilling The Warm Fuzzies About The US/China Trade Deal

Hold the champagne, folks. This week’s China/US deal is more about a change in tone between the world’s two biggest economies – thank goodness they’re not slapping more tariffs on each other! - than a landmark change in substance. The high walls of US and Chinese tariffs built in recent years will largely remain intact, and few economists are predicting the deal will significantly boost the growth prospects for a slowing US economy. As the New York Times noted this morning, the likes of New Zealand will still face the trade barriers imposed by the Trump administration during the recent rounds of fighting. More>>

 

PGF Kaikōura $10.88M: Boost In Tourism & Business

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Whitebaiting: Govt Plans To Protect Announced

With several native whitebait species in decline the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has today released proposals to standardise and improve management of whitebait across New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Resource For Schools On Climate Change

New resource for schools to increase awareness and understanding of climate change... More>>

ALSO:

In Effect April: New Regulations For Local Medicinal Cannabis

Minister of Health Dr David Clark says new regulations will allow local cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis products that will potentially help ease the pain of thousands of people. More>>

ALSO:


RNZ: New Year Honours: Sporting Greats Among Knights And Dames

Six new knights and dames, including Silver Ferns coach Dame Noeline Taurua and economist Professor Dame Marilyn Waring, have been created in today's New Year's Honours List. The list of 180 recipients - 91 women and 89 men - leans heavily on awards for community service, arts and the media, health and sport.
More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What An Inquiry Might Look Like

Presumably, if there is to be a ministerial inquiry (at the very least) into the Whakaari/White Island disaster, it will need to be a joint ministerial inquiry. That’s because the relevant areas of responsibility seem to be so deeply interwoven... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels