Public Hearing 3 - Monday 29 July 2019 and Tuesday 30 July 2019
Minute No 13 sets out the agenda for Public Hearing 3 being held in Wellington on Monday 29 July 2019 and Tuesday 30 July 2019.
Public Hearing 2 - Wednesday 22 May 2019 and Thursday 23 May 2019
Minute No 12 sets out the agenda for Public Hearing 2 being held in Wellington on Wednesday 22 May 2019 and Thursday 23 May 2019.
Public Hearing 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].
Presentations at Public Hearing 1
The military context - Sir Angus Houston, former Chief of the Defence Force of Australia. Read the presentation here [PDF, 438 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, 355 KB]. View the presentation powerpoint here [PDF, 1.5 MB].
Background papers for Public Hearing 1
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, 499 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].
Hearing – 21-22 November 2018
The Inquiry into Operation Burnham held a public hearing on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd November 2018 in Wellington.
The Inquiry Members, Sir Terence Arnold and Sir Geoffrey Palmer heard from parties who made submissions on the Inquiry’s Minute No 4 which covered the Inquiry’s processes for dealing with classified information and its overall approach for conducting its investigation.
Read the full transcript of the hearing here: