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The Government plans to
increase its defence spending for
the first time in four years with
a half-billion dollar investment,
but Labour says the new money
will not buy back morale and
expertise lost during years of
Defence Minister Jonathan
Coleman confirmed yesterday
the Defence Force’s budget will
rise for the first time since 2010.
National will allocate $100.3
million in next month’s Budget
and a total of $535 million over
the next four years.
Dr Coleman said the previous
Labour Government bought
offshore patrol vessels and
helicopters but did not increase
funding to operate them.
The funding boost came after
major reforms in 2010 which
required the New Zealand
Defence Force to reduce costs by
$350m to $400m a year.
Hundreds of jobs became
civilian before the programme
was halted in 2012 because it
was causing high attrition rates
and low morale.
As a result, the navy was not
able to crew its patrol vessels, the
air force lost a large number of
trained crew, and the army was
unable to perform some basic
Labour’s defence spokesman
Phil Goff said the funding boost
was a belated concession from
National that the cuts went too
“It’s an acknowledgment of
the disaster that the policy
of cuts was. For the pathetic
amount of money they saved . .
. they lost so many people from
skilled and non-commissioned
officer levels, which takes about
seven years to train for,” Mr
Dr Coleman said the new
money was not reparation for
years of cuts.
“The savings programme was
moving money around to fund
our priorities. We’ve done that,
we will continue to do that, but
this is new money on top of that.
This is not make up for cuts.”
The reforms were designed
to cut costs by $350m a year by
Since 2010, they have saved just
over $200m a year.
He said the Government was
also close to awarding contracts
for training facilities for the
Special Air Ser vice and for an
upgrade of the navy ’s frigates.
It was seeking a replacement for
the navy ’s tanker the Endeavour.
These projects would not be
funded out of the new money.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Morale boost doubt
The driver of a car which rolled 600m off a
rural road killing him and his passenger has
been described as a loving and caring person
by his sister.
Clarence Collier, 40 of Bridge Pa, and Bruce
Cardie, 52, of Flaxmere, died when their car
left Burma Road off State highway 2 near the
settlement of Te Hauke.
Their wrecked Honda car was found by a
farm worker on Monday and police believed
the crash occurred on Sunday night.
Police released the names of the two men
Mr Collier was found dead in the car and
Mr Cardie had been thrown out and was
found some metres from the vehicle, police
Mr Collier’s sister, Hinemoa Collier, said
her brother, a Bridge Pa-based horticultural
developer, was “a loving and caring person”.
“My brother would go out of his way to do
anything for anyone,” Ms Collier said.
“He loved his community and the people
Mr Cardie was described by family as “a
much-loved son, brother, uncle and friend”.
Road policing sergeant Kevin Stewart said
police recovered shearing gear halfway down
the hill at the scene of the crash.
Police would have to wait for post-
mortem examination results before it could
be determined if alcohol was a factor in the
cause of the crash, Mr Stewart said.
The serious crash unit was investigating.
The crash was on an unsealed part of Burma
Road where it ran alongside steep farmland
— APNZ-Hawke’s Bay Today
Families pay tribute to crash victims
About 500 Telecom customers in the
lower South Island have had their ultrafast
broadband ser vice cut for the second time in
two weeks after the flooded Kakanui River
severed a fibre cable near Maheno.
Telecom spokeswoman Lucy Fullarton said
heavy rainfall had caused the river to flood
at Easter, and again on Monday evening,
and the torrent had damaged the fibre cable
which runs over the river.
“The river has increased in height
tremendously because of flooding. It ’s pretty
phenomenal just looking at the damage.”
Ms Fullarton said the cable was
encapsulated in protective casing, but the
strength of the flooded river had caused it
The cable was used to ser vice Telecom’s
ultrafast broadband customers, and as a
result, about 500 residential and business
customers in Otago and Southland had lost
internet and e-mail ser vices.
“That has affected fibre customers in the
lower South Island — from just south of
Oamaru to as far south as Invercargill.”
A Dunedin bed and breakfast owner, who
declined to be named, said the disruption
meant the business had no e-mail or internet,
and was unable to take on-line bookings.
Ms Fullarton said contractors had been
working to reconnect the fibre, but it had
been difficult because the water was so
“The guys have had to stop work for now
(yesterday afternoon) because it was getting
pretty dangerous, but they will continue to
try to fix it.
“ It sounds like they are going to need to
wait until the water levels dip a little bit.”
She expected the contractors would resume
attempts to fix the cable this morning, and
it was hoped it could be repaired by the end
“They are working on it as fast as they
“ It ’s quite hard to say how long it will take
at this point, because it does rely on them
being able to get through this river.”
Given that the river had flooded and
disconnected the cable twice in the past two
weeks, the contractors were investigating
how to prevent it happening again, she said.
— Otago Daily Times
Floods cut southern broadband link
Defence cuts hit staff badly — Labour
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