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 

A Royal New Zealand Air Force NH90 helicopter and an Australian Defence Force MRH90 land at Sam Hill Airfield in the Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area in Central Queensland after a flight integration training in the run-up to Talisman Sabre 2015.

5 July 2015

The largest warfighting exercise that Australia conducts with the United States military, Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015, has kicked off with around 620 personnel from the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) participating for the first time.

Big Kiwi Presence in Australia's Largest Warfighting Exercise

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 893 NZDF personnel deployed on 27 operations, UN missions, exercises and exchanges.