'I'm sued more than a thousand times a year' - Attorney-General being sued by Deputy PM

David Parker is being sued by Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters over personal information about his pension being leaked. Source: 1 NEWS



Findings of investigation into SAS Afghanistan raids to be released soon

As the Australian Defence Force looks into allegations of war crimes in Afghanistan, its New Zealand counterpart is carrying out its own probe into serious accusations against troops.

Outgoing New Zealand Defence Force chief Tim Keating today confirmed that allegations New Zealand soldiers had provoked a deadly firefight, mistreated corpses and tied up Afghan civilians in 2004 were being investigated.

"I'm looking at all those allegations. I'm compiling the information that was provided and the accusations that were made," Mr Keating told reporters in Wellington today.

The investigation was in its final stages and the findings would be released shortly, he said.

Mr Keating defended the time taken, saying there was a legal process to go through.

The claims were made in a documentary series by news website Stuff last year, citing local villagers and military sources.

The NZDF at the time released a 34-page reply, standing by its original inquiries into the 2004 skirmish in which two New Zealand soldiers and four Afghan troops were killed.

It is the second probe into Kiwi troops in Afghanistan.

The government in April launched an inquiry into allegations six civilians were killed and 15 injured during a "revenge attack" on two Afghan villages led by New Zealand SAS troops in 2010.

Lt Gen Tim Keating has spoken today about a raid in Afghanistan in 2010 involving NZ SAS that saw civilians killed.
Lt Gen Tim Keating. Source: 1 NEWS


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Watch: PM won't rein in Shane Jones following blistering attack on Fonterra

Jacinda Ardern has distanced Government policy from Regional and Economic Development Minister Shane Jones' recent comments on Fonterra. 

Mr Jones yesterday said dairy giant Fonterra had become disconnected from the farming community.

"I thoroughly believe this, and I've said it elsewhere, as the CEO leaves Fonterra the chairman in quick order should catch the next cab out of town," he said. 

The Prime Minister today said today Mr Jones made the comments in a personal capacity.

"He did not make them as a Minister, and it's not Government policy, end of story."

She said at the time Mr Jones made clear it was not Government policy, "and that's true, it's absolutely not". 

Ms Ardern said there was a consultation currently on dairy, and they were asking the farming community on what they'd like to see. 

She said she would only rein him in if he was speaking in a Ministerial capacity".

Ms Ardern was previously forced to pull Mr Jones into line after critical comments he made about Air New Zealand. 

Mr Jones said he believed Fonterra had become disconnected from the farming community. Source: 1 NEWS