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 

Seven aircrew and two survival training instructors from the Royal New Zealand Air Force dug trenches on the Ross Ice Shelf as part of a survival training course conducted recently in Antarctica by the New Zealand Defence Force.

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has conducted a survival training course in Antarctica, as it gears up for the start of its annual airlift mission to the continent.

Battling temperatures as low as -31C, seven aircrew and two survival training instructors from the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) spent one night in tents on the sea ice in front of the Erebus Ice Tongue. For the second night in the open, they dug trenches on the Ross Ice Shelf.

NZDF gears up for airlift mission to Antarctica

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 300 NZDF personnel serving on operations and UN Peacekeeping missions in six of the seven continents.