21 Aug 2008

NZ troops to train with US

7:57 am on 21 August 2008

New Zealand troops are to train with US forces in Germany next month.

Defence Minister, Phil Goff says 172 personnel from Burnham will be involved in Exercise Cooperative Spirit with Australia, Britain, Canada and the United States.

It's the first time New Zealand soldiers will be training with the group.

Mr Goff says it's an important exercise and shows the relationship with the US is continuing to improve, following the suspension of the ANZUS Treaty.

The ACT Party says a more significant step would be to repeal the legislation which prevents nuclear propelled ships into New Zealand waters.

However, Heather Roy MP says the training exercise in Germany will give New Zealand soldiers access to new weapons and technology.