Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence
Budget 2019 delivers the largest investment in a generation to the Defence Force of $2.175 billion dollars, whilst also focusing on improving the wellbeing of those who have undertaken military service.
This historic investment is underpinned by $1.704 billion in capital funding and $273.7 million in operating funding required to purchase, own and operate the four new P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, scheduled to arrive in 2023. The Poseidon’s are a once in a generation purchase, and will ensure that the Air Force’s crucial maritime patrol capability is maintained for decades to come.
“The purchase enables New Zealand to continue to deploy in a wide range of airborne maritime situations independently, and when required, work effectively with partners including Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, which all operate, or will operate, the aircraft,” says Ron Mark.
The extra funding for Veteran’s Affairs comprises $2.1 million in operating funding, and a capital injection of $2 million to upgrade the existing client management system.
The additional funding has been allocated to support the wellbeing of New Zealand’s veterans and their families, including providing health and wellbeing assessments for veterans to ensure that when they leave the Defence Force they are linked to the right support services.
New Zealand First backs the Defence Force and veterans and are committed to providing them with the necessary resources.