The State Services Commissioner, Iain Rennie, today confirmed that he would soon appoint a person to conduct an Independent Quality Assurance (IQA) review of the implementation plan and actions taken to date by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) in response to the recommendations in relation to the crash of the Air Force Iroquois helicopter on Anzac Day in 2010.

The Minister of Defence has directed the Commissioner to undertake the IQA in relation to the NZDF Court of Inquiry recommendations (Under Section 11(4) of the State Sector Act 1988). 

An independent reviewer will be appointed to this role and an announcement on the person conducting the IQA and the terms of reference will be made shortly.

In a related but separate review, the Minister of State Services has directed the Commissioner to undertake a review of the role of State Sector agencies and their investigative processes in relation to military aircraft accidents.

This review will be undertaken by the State Services Commission.   

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Media enquiries:  Lisa-Marie Richan, Director – SSC Communications (021) 244 1361

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