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 Anzac Day Dawn Service held at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Wellington.

26 April 2016

NZDF personnel attended over 350 Anzac Day services all around the country and overseas, in Gallipoli, France, Belgium and Iraq to name a few.

This year marks 100 years since the first Anzac Day service. This year, there is a particular focus on the Western Front, where we suffered our greatest loss of life with more than 12,000 New Zealanders killed between 1916 and the end of the war.

Here's a selection of photos from Anzac Day services around the country and abroad

Media Releases

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

Personnel archives.

Personnel Records at NZDF Archives

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

Deployment map.

Overseas Deployments

There are currently 538 NZDF personnel deployed on 22 operations, UN missions, exercises and exchanges.