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.
Sniffer dogs working with Fiji’s Police and Customs staff trained on the Royal New Zealand Navy Inshore Patrol Vessel HMNZS Hawea, which has been deployed to Fiji for six months to help with maritime surveillance.
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There are currently around 265 NZDF personnel serving in 13 operations and UN Peacekeeping missions in 8 countries.