New Zealand has a history of contributing to international efforts to resolve conflict. The NZ Defence Force (NZDF) is a valued international coalition partner committed to peace and security, and regularly works alongside international partners on operations and exercises throughout the world.
It is in New Zealand’s interests to play a leadership role in the South Pacific, acting in concert with our neighbours, helping to maintain stability, enhance regional security capabilities, and promote good governance and economic and social development .
The NZ Defence Force supports a number of major operations around the world. Currently there are personnel deployed on 14 operations and UN missions across ten countries, including:
- Afghanistan (8 personnel)
- Antarctica (8 personnel)
- Iraq (106 personnel)
- Middle East (8 personnel)
- Sinai (26 personnel)
- South Korea (5 personnel)
- South Sudan (3 personnel)
- United Arab Emirates (11 personnel)
At any time there are many other Defence Force personnel on other overseas activities and exercises.