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 New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) HMNZS WELLINGTON assists the Vanuatu and Solomon Islands with patrolling their respective Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) in the South-West Pacific.

19 August 2015

The New Zealand Defence Force’s Offshore Patrol Vessel HMNZS WELLINGTON has arrived in Honiara after helping New Zealand’s South West Pacific neighbours patrol for illegal and unlicensed fishing activity in their waters.

Navy Helps Pacific Neighbours Deter Illegal Fishing

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 445 NZDF personnel deployed on 22 operations, UN missions, exercises and exchanges.