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 

C-130 Hercules NZ7001 in flight over Port Vila

24 March 2015

Hercules NZ7001 turned 50 this week, and is spent her birthday doing what she has so often done before - delivering aid in the Pacific.

Hercules Celebrates 50th Birthday at Work in Pacific Islands


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 203 NZDF personnel deployed on 11 operations and UN missions across 10 countries.