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

 

New report on NZ’s weapons and military-related industry

Profiting from War: new report on NZ’s weapons and military-related industry released
From: Peace Action Wellington
Date: Thursday, 12 November 2015

Peace Action Wellington has today released a report into New Zealand’s weapons and military-related industry. This report, entitled Profiting from War, has been produced in support of the campaign to stop the annual New Zealand Defence Industry Association conference starting Tuesday morning at the TSB Arena in Wellington.

The report outlines links between the New Zealand Government and the local and international weapons and military-related industry. It provides background information about the companies involved, their clients and the New Zealand government’s support for that industry.

“Sadly, what we found doing this research is that despite NZ participating in numerous arms control treaties, it is actively encouraging the export of weapons componentry and military-related goods and services,” said Valerie Morse from Peace Action Wellington.

The support for the industry comes in three forms: funding for research and development, funding of trade promotional activities, and government contracting and investments with multinational arms companies.

“One of the discoveries we made was the Callaghan Innovation Fund’s* provision of multiple taxpayer-subsidised grants over the years 2012-2016 to Cubic Defence, the NZ subsidiary of US arms-producing companies, the Cubic Corporation, that holds contracts with the Israeli Defence Force and the US military and is listed among the world's top 100 arms producers.”

“Trade promotional activities have included funding weapons and military-related companies to travel to overseas weapons conferences. New Zealand Trade and Enterprise has sponsored trade stalls in Australia for the NZ weapons lobby group to seek new business opportunities.”

“Meanwhile, the New Zealand government has outstanding contracts with the world’s largest weapons manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, for a half-billion dollars. This is a company that recently justified the widespread horrific bombing of civilians in Yemen by the Saudi Air Force using Lockheed-made F-16 fighter jets and Hellfire missiles.”

“Similarly, there is $136 million of New Zealand taxpayer money that is going towards Super Fund investments in major arms manufacturers. We think that most ordinary New Zealanders would be appalled to know that their retirement fund is essentially seeking to profit from war and conflict. Arms companies like Boeing, BAE and Raytheon make money when they sell more weapons. Wars make the use of weapons much more likely, so these companies have a vested interest in more conflict. These companies don’t just wait for war to happen, they are heavily involved in lobbying for more war spending.”

“The weapons and military-related industry is not legitimate. It is not ethical to cash in on murder and maiming. We will continue to work to stop the operation of the industry, in particular its annual weapons conference, and the NZ government support of it. On Tuesday, there will be a community blockade of the conference starting at 8am. People from all around the country are coming to help shut down this war profiteering.”

PDF:PAW Report

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Political Twins, And On Labour Extending Its Wage Subsidy Scheme


A quick quiz for the weekend. Which political party currently represented in Parliament issued a press release yesterday that contained these stirring passages:
“[We have] long supported a free trade and free movement area between Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom…on trade, immigration and investment, New Zealand must favour countries who share our values. New Zealand must do its part to reinforce freedom and democracy around the world by diversifying our markets and building stronger relationships with those who share our values... More>>

 

Parliament Adjourns: Adjournment Debate: Speaker Trevor Mallard

The 52 Parliament has sat for the last time before the September Election. It sat for 245 days... More>>

ALSO:

E-Cigarettes: Vaping Legislation Passes

Landmark legislation passed today puts New Zealand on track to saving thousands of lives and having a smokefree generation sooner rather than later, Associate Health Minister, Jenny Salesa says. The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) ... More>>

ALSO:


National: $4 Billion Investment To End Wellington’s Congestion Woes

A National Government will invest another $4 billion in transport infrastructure across Wellington, igniting the economy and delivering the congestion-busting solutions the region has long been crying out for, National Party Leader Judith Collins says. ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Virtues (and Fluffed Opportunities) Of The Operation Burnham Report

One unspoken rule of thumb in any official public inquiry is : whatever you do, don’t conclude you were made to listen to “a litany of lies” even if the evidence of a deliberate cover-up is right there under your nose. In that respect, the report ... More>>

ALSO:


Horizon Research Limited: How Judith Collins Stopped The Bleeding

Horizon Research includes questions on voting from time to time in its surveys – for both forthcoming referenda and general elections. More>>

Your Vote 2020: Bringing Election Coverage To Viewers Across TVNZ Channels And Platforms

As New Zealand gets ready to head to the ballot box this September, 1 NEWS is bringing voters comprehensive coverage and analysis of this year’s General Election. TVNZ’s coverage will draw on the depth of experience held across the 1 NEWS team, says Graeme ... More>>

Economy: 30% Believe Households Worse Off, 298,000 Expect To Lose Jobs

64% of New Zealanders feel the economic position of their households is the same or better than a year ago – and 30% think it is worse or much worse, while 298,000 think they will lose their jobs in the next 12 months. Households’ perceptions ... More>>

State Services Commission: Findings Of Investigation Into COVID-19 Active Cases Privacy Breach

Deputy State Services Commissioner Helene Quilter has today announced the findings of an investigation into a breach of privacy regarding sensitive personal information. The investigation looked into who or what caused the disclosure of the information, ... More>>

International Security: New Zealand Suspends Extradition Treaty With Hong Kong

The New Zealand Government has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and made a number of other changes in light of China’s decision to pass a national security law for Hong Kong, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says. More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels