A re-elected National Government will continue to invest in defence, will keep all camps and bases open, and will ensure appropriate recognition, care, and support is provided to our veterans and their families.
We have confirmed an extra $535.5 million investment over the next four years to strengthen the capabilities of the New Zealand Defence Force. This builds on the more than $1 billion invested in new and upgraded equipment over the last year including new naval helicopters, a frigate combat systems upgrade, new army vehicles, an SAS battle training facility, and a new pilot training package.
The National Government has also provided a $60 million package to support the Veterans’ Support Act, which comes into force on 7 December this year. The new legislation will extend eligibility for the Veteran’s Pension to all those with qualifying service, and will better ensure we meet the needs of older, contemporary, and future veterans.