A judge has found that the Army was "highly culpable" in the death of a soldier during a training exercise last year. 29-year-old Private Michael Ross was tipped from a poorly-inflated boat during an exercise where he was carrying about 20 kilograms of equipment, including a machine gun.
An inquiry into the incident found that Private Ross could not have inflated his life jacket because its gas canister was empty.
Last week, the NZ Defence Force pleaded guilty to a charge of negligence brought by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).
In his decision convicting the NZDF, Judge O'Driscoll noted that the Army had already paid the Ross family $240,000 in reparations. He commended them for that.
Someone may care to explain how this tragic incident differed from the ANZAC Day Iroquois crash. I blogged about it here.
Both incidents were the result of bad planning and faulty execution. In the latest case the family received substantial reparations. In the earlier one and to the best of my knowledge the families received zip, zero, nothing.