A US State Department advisory has NZ First concerned that the Air Force’s six P-3K2 Orions, which undertake vital maritime patrol tasks, could be replaced by just four aircraft.
NZ First says the Air Force’s eight NH90 helicopters, which cost $86m each, are flying a lot less, if at all, and costing a lot more than the Iroquois they replaced.
For years the families of Kiwi soldiers buried overseas have been made to jump through hoops to bring back their loved ones and now in Election Year National has conveniently changed its mind, says New Zealand First.
New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters says an inquiry must be ordered into allegations made about an SAS raid in Afghanistan in which six civilians were killed.
The Minister of Defence is being asked to urgently intervene with insurers after the tragic death of decorated ex-Special Air Service (SAS) soldier Corporal Steve Askin has highlighted appalling discrimination against former defence personnel who apply for insurance.