Govt still considering compensation for brothers

7:37 pm on 11 June 2013

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says it will be several weeks before he can respond to calls to compensate two brothers badly injured when they were in the Army.

George Nepata fell from a stretcher during an exercise in Singapore in 1989 and is a tetraplegic. His brother Damien Nepata was burned when a tank overturned at Waiouru in 1994.

Neither have been compensated for the training accidents.

At a select committee hearing in May this year, senior soldiers were urged to break ranks and demand compensation.

Dr Coleman is having a fresh look at the cases, but says it is still too soon to determine the outcome.

He said it is two decades since the Nepatas were injured and the Government wants to get its response right.