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GEOFF SLOCOMBE // NEW ZEALAND
NEWS FROM ACROSS THE TASMAN
Prime Minister John Key and Defence Minister Gerry
Brownlee released the 2016 Defence White Paper
on 8 June. The 88 page document reaffirms the
principles under which the NZ MoD and the NZDF
have been working in recent years, and outlines a
15-year modernisation plan worth nearly $20 billion
to ensure the New Zealand Defence Force has the
capabilities it needs to meet the country’s security
and defence challenges.
“These challenges include having awareness of, and
being able to respond to, activities in New Zealand’s
Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), supporting our
interests in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, and
protecting Defence information networks against
increasing cyber threats,” Mr Brownlee said.
“The White Paper outlines current plans to replace
or enhance existing major capabilities such as the
ANZAC frigates and strategic and tactical airlift
capability, as well as investing in new capabilities.
These include new cyber support capabilities to
improve protection of Defence Force information
networks, and ice strengthening for a third Offshore
Patrol Vessel and a naval tanker as we look to better
support our interests in the Southern Ocean and
• DEFENCE BUDGET 2016-17
The Defence Force receives new operating funding
of $300.9m over four years as part of Budget 2016
to support its capabilities and operations, Defence
Minister Gerry Brownlee said. The new funding is
made of up of $31.8 million in 2016-17 and $89.7
million in each of the following three years.
The overall Defence Budget rises from $2.88
billion estimated actual spend in 2015-16 by 30 June
2016, to $3.42b in 2016-17, followed by $3.03b,
$3.08b and $3.16b in the following three years out
to 2019-20. The spike in 2016-17 a catch-up from
the major capital underspend in 2015-16 of $308m.
Navy gets $459 million for generation of
capabilities that achieve the levels of readiness for
joint military operations and other tasks as directed
by the Government. This covers combat, sealift,
replenishment, littoral operations, patrol and naval
control of shipping.
Army is allocated $809 million for special operations
forces, high-readiness land combat capability, and
combined arms land combat capability within the
region and globally.
Air Force receives $770 million for land and ocean
surveillance, naval combat capability, strategic and
tactical airlift, and a tactical air mobility capability
prepared to support land operations, special
operations forces, aeromedical evacuation and
combat search and recovery operations.
Defence’s capital budget rises from an estimated
actual spend by 30 June 2016 of $323m to $747m
in 2016-17, dropping back to $346m, $397m and
$479m in the subsequent three years to 2019-20.
This four year capital budget estimate will cover the
frigate systems upgrades, special operations forces
vehicles and equipment, soldier modernisation, land
combat weapons, NZLAV upgrades, land transport,
network enabled army, maritime sustainment and
littoral operations support capabilities, A109
helicopter refresh, consolidated logistics, strategic
bearer network and remotely piloted aerial vehicles
• INTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY
“The Budget will enable our security agencies to remain
effective in a rapidly-evolving security environment,”
NZSIS and GCSB Minister Christopher Finlayson
said revealing that the New Zealand Intelligence
Community (NZIC) will receive new operating and
capital funding of $178.7 million over four years as
part of Budget 2016.
“New Zealand is not immune to global threats such
as cyber-attacks and the risks posed by extremist
groups such as ISIL. Proper resourcing is critical in
an increasingly complex international and domestic
“This investment helps ensure the NZIC meets
the Government’s priorities and the expectations of
the public,” Mr Finlayson said. “It strengthens the
DEFENCE WHITE PAPER 2016
Prime Minister Key looks on as SAS storm their new BTF.
21/07/2016 6:59 PM
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