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. There are currently 271 NZDF personnel deployed on 17 operations and UN missions across twelve countries, including:
- Afghanistan (8 personnel)
- Antarctica (1 person)
- South Korea (3 personnel)
- Middle East (8 personnel)
- Sinai (27 personnel)
- Combined Maritime Force (CMF) (52 personnel)
- Iraq (140+ personnel)
- South Sudan (3 personnel)
There are 719 Defence Force personnel on other overseas deployments and exercises.