24 Jan 2024

Green Party 'horrified' by Government decision to deploy personnel to Red Sea

From Morning Report, 6:18 am on 24 January 2024

The Green Party says it is horrified at the Government's decision to deploy defence force staff to help target Houthi fighters attacking ships in the Red Sea.

The deployment, which could run until the end of July, will support the military efforts led by the United States to protect commercial and merchant vessels.

The attacks are disrupting supply lines and forcing ships to voyage thousands of kilometres further around Africa.

The Government says the deployment continues New Zealand's long history of defending freedom of navigation both in the Middle East and closer to home.

Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson spoke to Corin Dann.