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ACT The Liberal Party Heather Roy

Ensure the proper funding of our defence forces over the long term, avoiding block obsolescence and focusing on integration within the forces and with our allies
Rebuild an air force strike capability. At least 16 aircraft are needed for New Zealand to meet its obligations. Our surveillance aircraft need submarine detection capability and a replacement policy for the rotary wing and the C-130 Hercules is needed
Invest in intelligence-gathering in concert with our allies ensuring we have the capability to deal with modern warfare, including terrorism

Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand Keith Locke

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New Zealand Labour Party Hon Phil Goff

Remain committed to the concept of a defence force consisting of an updated air force with airlift, and air patrol capabilities
Continue to rebuild the Defence Force through the Defence Sustainability Initiative, with funding of an extra $4.6 billion over the next ten years
Bring into service the upgraded aircraft (C-130s and P-3 Orions), and new helicopters (NH-90s and Sioux replacement)
Ensure that necessary levels of training are provided for defence force personnel
Continue to offer NZDF resources to assist in upskilling unemployed young people

Maori Party Dr Pita Sharples  
National Party of New Zealand Dr Wayne Mapp

Rebuild credible combat capability
Review the pay and conditions of personnel to ensure they get the recognition they deserve in the service of this country
Address issues affecting the serious attrition rate in our forces, part of which involves the families of defence personnel
Undertake a comprehensive Defence Force Review

New Zealand First Ron Mark

Put in place programmes to address the exodus of Defence Force personnel at all levels and to attend to staffing issues in general
Review entry standard requirements to ensure that no suitable candidates are excluded from joining the Defence Forces
Contribute to global security through the provision of Defence Force elements as and when appropriate, and ensure New Zealand's forces are never pawns being manipulated for political gain
Expand the size of the New Zealand Special Air Service and have them work more closely with British, Australian and US Defence Forces
Review the disposal process of the Skyhawks, Air Mackies and the M113s, with a view to the practicalities of tagging them onto refurbishment programmes being undertaken by the Australians

Progressive Coalition Hon Jim Anderton  
United Future New Zealand Hon Peter Dunne

Establish closer defence co-operation between New Zealand and Australia in a revitalisation of the ANZAC tradition such as exploring the possibility of joint air strike forces

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Democrats for Social Credit
Direct Democracy Party
The Republic Party of New Zealand

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