New Zealand has a history of contributing to international efforts to resolve conflict. The NZ Defence Force 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 including:
- Sustainment of personnel in support of operations in Afghanistan.
- Continuing operations in the Solomon Islands in support of the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI).
- Sustainment of personnel in support of United Nations missions around the world.
There are currently 73 New Zealand Defence Force personnel deployed on 11 operations and UN missions across 8 countries, including:
Afghanistan (23 personnel)
Iraq (1 person)
Korea (3 personnel)
Middle East (7 personnel)
Sinai (23 personnel)
South Sudan (2 personnel)
There are 219 Defence Force personnel on other overseas deployments and exercises.