Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman has called a damning report
on Defence Force cuts "old news" and claims the Force was
already moving on.
The army denies it has been reckless after two fires were
started on the same day during separate training exercises in
hot, dry conditions.
Military bosses were told "it is important the RNZAF does not
cover up" its illegal shipment of pyrotechnic canisters which
endangered the lives of hundreds of passengers on an Air New
Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman arrived home from the
Middle East this morning to confirm the Government has
offered refuge in New Zealand to 23 interpreters currently
employed by the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Bamiyan.
The incomes of about 80 Defence Force staff on overseas
postings will be slashed from January next year when their
cost of living allowances are cut.
The first of the Defence Force's new NH90 helicopters arrived
in Wellington today.
A Defence Force aerobatic plane that flipped while making a
forced landing on the Desert Road this afternoon sustained
The entire Defence Force will be reshaped by 2015 into what
will be called a Joint Amphibious Task Force that will enable
the army to deploy more people for longer in combat
Defence Minister Wayne Mapp is defending the armed forces
following a rash incidents that have raised questions about
security, safety, and the behaviour of military staff.
Public Service morale is at rock bottom and dumping Defence
Force military staff will make it even worse, a union says.
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