Public Hearing Module 1 - Thursday 4 April 2019

The Government Inquiry into Operation Burnham held the first in a series of public hearings on relevant issues in Wellington on Thursday 4 April 2019.

Presentations and submissions covered the history of Afghanistan and the political and military context of the current conflict, including New Zealand's involvement.  The Inquiry also heard from the New Zealand Defence Force on locations relevant to the events on 21/22 August 2010 (i.e. Operation Burnham).

Minute No 11 sets out the agenda for the hearing and discusses other relevant issues. 

Read the Minute here [PDF, 294 KB].


Read the full transcript of the hearing here. [PDF, 735 KB]


11 April 2019 Memorandum from NZDF re presentation 4 April 2019 [PDF, 196 KB]

Response from Sir Angus Houston to questions from counsel for the Afghan villagers [PDF, 259 KB]


Presentations at Public Hearing Module 1

The military context - Sir Angus Houston, former Chief of the Defence Force of Australia. Read the presentation here [PDF, 160 KB]

The decision-making process - Hon Dr Wayne Mapp, former Defence Minister. Read the presentation here [PDF, 384 KB]

Location and events of Operation Burnham - Colonel Grant Motley, New Zealand Defence Force. Read the presentation here [PDF, 353 KB]View the presentation powerpoint here [PDF, 1.5 MB].


Background papers for Public Hearing Module 1

Memorandum from Counsel for Crown re background papers Module 1 [PDF, 279 KB]

New Zealand Government's decisions to deploy forces to Afghanistan. Background paper prepared by Crown agencies. Read the paper here [PDF, 504 KB]

An overview of Afghanistan, its history, New Zealand's relationship with the country, the international response to 9/11, current security situation. Background paper prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Read the paper here [PDF, 498 KB]

New Zealand's achievements from 10 years of development assistance to Bamyan province Afghanistan. Annex Two to background paper, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, March 2013. Read the paper here [PDF, 4.2 MB]

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