Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Aide-Memoire

The NZDF is capable of providing a range of capabilities and assistance to the New Zealand community during times of significant emergencies and disaster be they natural, man-made, national or local state emergencies.

In all but exceptional circumstances, the military will deploy in support of an appointed Lead Agency (LA) such as NZ Police and the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management.


The intent of this Aide-Memoire is to provide commanders and planners with a tool to assist them in planning a military response to a significant domestic emergency and disaster event. Other government agencies may also find it a useful tool to assist their understanding of how the military operates.

This page was last reviewed on 12 July 2019.