Latest Air Force Plane break down highlights Government’s public service cost cutting agenda

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Prime Minister Chris Luxon about to inadvertently walk into and be shredded by plane propeller

Prime Minister Christopher Luxon’s Defence Force plane trouble puts NZ’s reputation at risk, expert says

Other countries will make fun of New Zealand because of the poor state of the Defence Force plane used to ferry the Prime Minister, an international law expert says.

Christopher Luxon had to book a commercial flight to Japan after the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) plane, a Boeing 757, broke down on Sunday. An Air New Zealand flight between Auckland and Japan diverted to pick up Luxon in Brisbane.

The Air Force plane blew a fuse, a New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) spokesman said. When the fuse was replaced, it blew again. It is the latest incident in a string of breakdowns.

University of Waikato international law professor Al Gillespie told the Herald the plane trouble risked denting the respect New Zealand received on the diplomatic stage, calling it “embarrassing”.

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Nothing manages to sum up the idiocy of this Government’s slash and cut campaign than the Air Force Plane breaking down.

Again.

National have slashed public services and slashed public funding and slashed infrastructure and lo and behold, their plane breaks down.

A Government focused on tax breaks and borrowed tax cuts for their rich mates being let down and embarrassed by the public services they are slashing.

Hilarious!

32 COMMENTS

  1. He used to run an airline but couldn’t arrange reliable transport to Japan. Then the first thing he does is leave his mates behind as he is the only one that matters. It was demonstrated by the limo to cross the road some time back what a shallow person he is & this just confirms it.

  2. The plane broke down for Jacinda as well despite the boost to public servants she made.It was used as a bus for her and her family.

  3. Get Luxury Luxon a “rock star” style private jet–if he and his donors bloody pay for it!–and he will be able to travel when he likes, even if it is just to holiday in Hawaii.

    The thing is military aircraft have wider landing rights just about anywhere, which commercials do not. So…a couple of new, or newer planes may need to be purchased for Defence.

    Prime Ministers need to travel, with various hangers on…Security, Ministry staff, business reps etc. The media contingent I am not so sure about, it seems a hangover from pre internet US Presidential Campaigns when there were dedicated aircraft for journalists and camera people.

    • ” Get Luxury Luxon a “rock star” style private jet–if he and his donors bloody pay for it!–and he will be able to travel when he likes, even if it is just to holiday in Hawaii. ”

      No, it doesn’t work that way T.M.

      He is entitled to a taxpayer funded private jet just like we fund MP’s housing allowances and other perks so they can live a better life after serving you and me.

      I am surprised that the shyster never had his taxpayer funded upgraded aircraft like Air force one. He did love the status of the PM’s job and Luxon is no different.

  4. I can remember sitting next to Muldoon on a local flight when he was PM, and being on a plane to Oz a few rows from then PM Lange. These guys flew cattle class amongst their sheep. No PM needs to ponce about on an airforce aircraft if the national carrier can take you.

  5. The Tiger yet again reveals his intense dislike for our Prime Minister which precludes him the ability to comment objectively.

    • This coming from Bob, the polar opposite. A man who grabs a box of tissues and hangs out the do not disturb sign, at the mere mention of Luxon. Your comments on the PM cannot be taken as objective.

    • This coming from Bob, the polar opposite. A man who grabs a box of tissues and hangs out the do not disturb sign, at the mere mention of Luxon. Your comments on the PM cannot be taken as objective.

    • Yet again Bob the troll reveals his intense dislike for anyone criticizing our appalling Prime Minister which precludes him the ability to comment objectively. Idiot Bob is the consummate doormat for anything right wing.

  6. Props are far more reliable and eco friendly than jet aircraft, and much kinder on the budget which means more tax cuts for the squeezed middle.
    Something like a Piper Cub would be perfect for Luxon, he could probably even fly it himself he is a man of such talent.
    Time he stood up and showed what he is really made of.

    • If he’s anything like the appalling and uneducated grammar you use where you put a full stop after “Mr” then he is also an embarrassment.

  7. According to Willis the nine months to 31 March 2024 still showed a small net increase of 3.4 per cent in FTEs since June 2023 to 65,283 FTEs. In other words she needs to slash more public service roles. Typical National. They are just Labour lite.

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