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 

Aircraft Technician Corporal Wade Phelps from the Royal New Zealand Air Force with a US LC-130 Skibird transport aircraft at Williams Field in Antarctica.

Aircraft Technician Corporal Wade Phelps is one of two aircraft technicians from the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s 40 Squadron who have been seconded this summer season to support the New York Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing.

NZDF Aircraft Technicians Work on 'Skibirds' in 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.