The first witness of the day was Nicky Hager, the veteran New Zealand investigative journalist. Hager’s co-authored book “Hit and Run” detailed a disastrous New Zealand SAS raid in Afghanistan, “Operation Burnham”, that achieved nothing but the deaths of civilians, including a child. Hager was the object of much calumny and insult, and even of police raids on his home, but in July an official government report found that all the major facts of his book were correct, and the New Zealand military had run dangerously out of control:
Police Association president Chris Cahill said he couldn’t comment on international forces, but said police across the Asia-Pacific region generally have a close relationship.
The timing of the training course would have helped with a rapid response, he said. „You need a bit of luck sometimes.“