15 Jul 2013

Govt again told to compensate brothers

4:41 pm on 15 July 2013

A second Parliamentary committee has told the Government it should compensate two brothers badly injured when they were in the Army.

The Maori Affairs Committee says they both deserve additional compensation for their injuiries and subsequent hardship, but it leave it to the Government to determine the amount.

George Nepata fell from a stretcher during an exercise in Singapore in 1989 and is a tetraplegic. His brother, Damien Nepata, was severely burned when a tank overturned at Waiouru in 1994. Both have received compensation from ACC.

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman said on Monday there is no new information in the committee's report and any decision is some weeks away.

In 2003, the Government rejected a recommendation from the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade committee to compensate the Nepatas.