“When the last Defence White Paper was published in 2010 the Government noted that it had been thirteen years since the previous White Paper. It was also signaled that the Government wished to return to the provision of regular defence reviews.
On Tuesday Defence minister Gerry Brownlee announced the Government’s intention to undertake the development of a new Defence White Paper this year
In announcing the development of a new Defence White Paper, the minister emphasised the importance of New Zealanders taking the opportunity to contribute to the development of government defence policy.
There are a number of ways individuals can contribute to the debate. Later this month the Centre for Strategic Studies at Victoria University together with the Centre for Defence and Security Studies of Massey University will be hosting a Defence White Paper 2015 symposium in Wellington. Individual submissions can also be made directly from the Ministry of Defence
On 5 May 2015, the Minister of Defence, Hon Gerry Brownlee announced the beginning of the Defence White Paper 2015 public consultation process, running to 22 June 2015.
The links below provides further information on the aims and objectives of the public consultation process, the times and locations of meetings that are being held around New Zealand, and how you can have your say:
- Information about the public consultation on the Defence White Paper 2015
- Defence White Paper 2015 Public Consultation Document
- How to make a submission
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