15 Jul 2013

Maori committee backs payout for injured army brothers

8:22 pm on 15 July 2013

A group of MPs says the Government should give more compensation to two brothers badly injured while serving in the army.

Damien Nepata suffered extensive burns in 1994 when the tank he was driving in Waiouru overturned. His brother George is a tetraplegic after falling from a stretcher during an exercise in Singapore in 1989.

Echoing calls from the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee 10 years ago, the Maori Affairs Select Committee is also recommending that the state provides more money so the men can pay for continued care.

Committee chair Tau Henare says all members agreed there should be a payout and it's up to the Government to decide on the level.

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says there's no new information in the Maori Affairs Select Committee report.

Dr Coleman says he's awaiting further information from officials before making a decision and that will be some weeks away.