Welcome to NZDF

Every hour of every day, 365 days a year, the New Zealand Defence Force is contributing to the defence, security and well-being of Aotearoa/New Zealand. It is our goal to maintain well-trained and equipped armed forces that can react to crisis at short notice. We work in partnership with many other government agencies helping people and protecting our territory and our oceans. Regular Force, Reservists and Civilians – together we are a Force for New Zealand.

Latest News 

The New Zealand Army's High readiness Task Unit arrive on a C-130 Hercules at RNZAF Base Woodbourne to take part in Exercise Southern Katipo.

17 October 2017

The New Zealand Army's High Readiness Task Unit have arrived at RNZAF Base Woodbourne to take part in Exercise Southern Katipo. Their job is to secure various locations in the fictional country of Becara ahead of the arrival of the main force by air and sea.

For more information on the exercise visit our Exercise Southern Katipo page.


Media Releases

This section offers the latest Defence Force news. We regularly issue statements and background information to the media.

Personnel archives.

Personnel Records and Medals at NZDF Archives

Information about how to apply for military service records and medals from NZDF Archives, what to expect from the files and where to go for further information.

Deployment map.

Overseas Deployments

There are currently around 300 NZDF personnel serving on operations and UN Peacekeeping missions in six of the seven continents.