The Chilcot Report released today shows John Key was wrong to call New Zealand “MIA” over the 2003 war in Iraq and Labour made the right decision not to send troops, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says.
“At the time John Key said: ‘Our traditional allies are in this agreement. Where is our name? Missing! It is MIA just like it was during the war in Iraq—missing.’
The Auditor-General has found the Defence Force failed to follow the rules when it hired a company -- run by its own personnel – to service its life jackets, Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff says.
“In a damning report, the Auditor General today found the arrangement between the Defence Force and the company Miltech failed to follow public sector good practice principles and raised ethical concerns.
It is appalling the Government rejected a plea by families to return the remains of soldiers killed in Malaya and Vietnam to New Zealand, Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff, who presented their case, says.
Their request was voted down by Government MPs on the Foreign Affairs Select Committee yesterday.
Labour Defence spokesperson Phil Goff has paid tribute to the New Zealand Defence Force personnel awarded medals for gallantry.
“The soldiers who received decorations for gallantry in Afghanistan and South Sudan upheld the proud traditions of New Zealand soldiers in the courage and leadership they showed in combat. New Zealand can be proud of them and the service they have given to their country”, Phil Goff said.