Operation Burnham

On 11 April 2018, the Government announced it would conduct an inquiry into Operation Burnham and related matters.

The operation in Afghanistan in which the NZSAS were involved was the subject of the book Hit and Run. 

In anticipation of its participation in the Government inquiry, the NZDF has established a Special Inquiry Office.

Below are links to relevant information and documents.

NZDF press releases

NZDF Special Inquiry Office Established (15 May 2018)

NZDF Stands by Accounts of Operation Burnham (11 April 2018)

Rebuttal of the book Hit and Run (27 March 2017)

NZDF Statement on Hager/Stephenson book (26 March 2017)

NZDF Response to Book (21 March 2017)

Release of information after Ombudsman direction

First information pack release

Operation Burnham Information Pack [pdf | 3.85MB]

Second information pack release

It should be noted that the information titled ‘Operation Burnham Advice to Government (second information pack)’ is in addition to the considerable briefing notes and correspondence that the NZDF has already released related to Operation Burnham (see first information pack). It should be read in conjunction with this material.

Related Information

OIA responses (in month order)




This page was last reviewed on 23 April 2020.