18 Sep 2012

Defence says pay rise will help boost morale

10:11 am on 18 September 2012

The Defence Force says a $45 million pay boost will help increase staff morale and combat attrition.

Most personnel can expect a pay rise of about 5% - the first general rise for four years.

The increase applies to 8500 regular force members, about 2200 reserves and more than 2500 civilians.

The Vice-Chief of Defence, Rear Admiral Jack Steer, told Radio New Zealand's Morning Report programme on Tuesday 90% of personnel will get a pay rise.

He says the Defence Force has raised the money to pay for this with internal reorganisation.