Frigates late & over budget – Auckland Peace Action


“The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that weapons giant Lockheed Martin will be late on its delivery of Te Kaha, the first of the Navy frigates being upgraded in Canada. This military contract is just a slush fund for the world’s largest weapons company,” said Valerie Morse, member of Auckland Peace Action.

“The forecast date for delivery was June 2020. Now it is December 2020. This is alongside a nearly $200 million cost blowout. It is absolutely outrageous that we are funneling money to a nuclear weapons producer to upgrade military vessels we don’t need. People in this country are dying in our underfunded hospitals and living on the streets.”

“These frigates were purchased primarily to help fight wars in places like the Persian Gulf. They are not fit for New Zealand’s purposes, but for those of the US and Australia. We need to scrap these white elephants and abandon any ideas about future replacements.”

“When you have warships, you fight wars. The last thing we need to be doing is sending the NZDF to help Trump threaten the Iranians.”


  1. “ Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” Albert W Einstein

    The warmongers for profit are rich and powerful investors who largely control or own MSM and Hollywood.

    Having a frigate plays right into their hands.

    Local initiatives need support and a more public following and voice.

    Political elements representing Western war mongers have tried and succeeded to some extent in dividing the peace movement.

    People who want peace are the majority globally but need to fight for their principals with education about peace.

    A newcomer is more acceptable to Western anti socialim and while the peace aspect is strong so is political direction.

    The USA has its toxic finger in the pie.

    Our local Hero for peace
    ” I’ve come to realise that socialism and peace cannot be separated” – BR

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