I suspect that part of the reasoning behind what the current Vote Defence size has been is due to some Kiwis perceiving that is all that can be afforded, while others perceive that is all that is needed. IMO the reality is a bit different from the perception, and I suspect that the specific perception has been deliberately cultivated to a degree. One of those 'deliberate cultivations' that I am referring to is also the actual size, in real terms, of the NZ Vote Defence. Now I did go looking through the current Vote Defence to see if I could locate the Capital Charge and I did not see it, but I would not be surprised if was still around in a slightly different or perhaps renamed form. It definitely has been in past Vote Defence budgets and IIRC was typically around 23% of the Vote Defence budget but did not represent actual funding Defence received and could use/expend on operations, upgrades, or acquisitions. I am not going to keep banging on about it (people have periodically complained over the years) but there have been times when gov't was basically claiming that the NZDF budget was 1% GDP, but the actual amount of funding to cover personnel costs, acquisitions, support, operations, etc. was only ~0.67% GDP after accounting for the GST and Capital Charge. Just keeping the NZ Vote Defence at 1% GDP but completely eliminating the Capital Charge would be the equivalent of a ~23% increase in the NZDF budget and would work out to some NZD$400+ mil. more p.a. available for defence spends.