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 34 New Zealand Defence Force engineers sent to the Sinai Peninsula in January have reinforced the positive reputation built by the NZDF among members of a multinational peacekeeping force.

18 April 2017

From the extreme cold of Antarctica to the heat of Sinai Peninsula, New Zealand Defence Force engineers are proving their ability to excel in any conditions.

Seventeen NZDF engineers returned recently from six weeks in McMurdo Station in Antarctica, where they helped in construction projects for the United States Antarctic Programme, and now 34 members of the New Zealand Army’s 2 Engineer Regiment are halfway through a six-month deployment in the Sinai Peninsular.

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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 230 NZDF personnel deployed on 14 operations and UN missions across ten countries.