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Public Consultation For Defence Review 2009

Posted on 26 Jun 2009

Hon Heather Roy speech for the launch of Defence Review 2009 Public Consultation; Te Papa, Cable Street, Wellington; Friday, June 26 2009.

Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I wish to reinforce Hon Dr Wayne Mapp's introductory comments about Defence Review 09. We have both noted often that the primary role of any government is protecting its citizens, and the release of the defence Review 09 Terms of reference on April 21 reflected the importance of that challenge.

The history of this nation is tightly woven with its armed forces. All Kiwis have some connection - past or present - through families, friends and neighbours. The state of our three services reflects, not just practical requirements but also, the respect we hold for the sacrifices of our forebears. That's why it is especially appropriate that the launch of the public consultation phase of the review today is set amidst the backdrop of Te Papa.

I am well aware that there are many differing views on how New Zealand's defence should be conducted. I'm pleased to have specific responsibility for ensuring that those views are heard and the public consultation documents you see laid out here are one of the many methods that enable every New Zealander to have their say as part of the review process.

Submission forms can be found inside this document, which is available from public libraries and RSA clubrooms. There is also the ability to make an online submission through the Ministry of Defence website at www.defence.govt.nz. Dedicated phone lines and email addresses offer further choice for submitters, and a series of public meetings will be held around the country later this year.

An undertaking of this scale cannot be achieved without the efforts of many, and I would like to acknowledge the staff members at the Ministry of defence and Headquarters New Zealand Defence Force who have brought this impressive set of media together.

I also acknowledge the Royal New Zealand RSA, represented here today by National President Air Vice marshal (retired) Robin Klitscher and other senior members.

The presence of Neal Garnett and other members of the Defence Industry Committee of New Zealand represents one of three companion studies covering Defence Industry, Youth Programmes and Voluntary National Service. The views of the public on these issues is also welcome.

At this point, would Robin Klitscher and Gina Manning - representing the past, present and future links of New Zealand society with its armed forces - please come forward to receive the first two copies of the public consultation documentation for Review 09.

ENDS

I feel New Zealand should

I feel New Zealand should develop a specialist response unit to work closely with the Sas which utilises the technology of the N.Z. developed Martin jetpac. I think the New Zealand military also needs to embrace and develope home grown defence. Also we have to focus on the very real threat of cyber warfare and should be using the very clever minds and lateral thinkers of this country.
Another idea is sea floor sonic detection stations be placed around New Zealand's territorial waters linked to detect incirsions of illegal fishing vessels and submarines. There by sending data of object and heading in real time to defence headquarters. I guess comes down to the money the government is willing to spend...how much do we value this wonderful country that the rest of the world envies.
Value New Zealand made technology and at the same time create jobs for people instead of spending all the defence money off shore.

These are just a few ideas I hope something is useful

Cheers

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