21 Nov 2022

Defence Minister on trip to Ukraine

From Morning Report, 6:42 am on 21 November 2022

The Defence Minister says New Zealand could help pay for more equipment for Ukraine, which could include weapons.

Peeni Henare has concluded a top-secret mission to Ukraine, where he held talks with his Ukrainian counterpart.

The Defence Force has personnel in the UK offering training, logistics and intelligence support to Ukraine.

Henare told Morning Report while New Zealand doesn't have the equipment Ukraine wants, he plans to raise the option of funding it with cabinet.

Henare says he did not discuss the death on the battlefield of off-duty New Zealand soldier Corporal Dominic Abelen, or the efforts to repatriate his body.