About us

We’re a modern, agile, highly adaptive, light combat force that is regarded as world-class. We are from, and represent, New Zealand’s diversity - with the strong culture of Ngāti Tūmatauenga at our core.

Our Army

Our Mission is to provide world-class combat ready land forces that are trained, led and equipped to win as part of an Integrated Defence Force.

We are an information-enabled Army that leverages modern equipment and technology in order to improve our training and enhance our decision making.

We are made up of integrated Regular and Reserve Force personnel, supported by a civilian workforce – each ready to support the outputs required of us by Government. We work and train alongside the Royal NZ Navy, the Royal NZ Air Force and partner agencies as experts in the land domain.

New Zealand Army’s well equipped and operationally prepared land forces provide effective combat capabilities for a wide range of tasks, working alongside national, regional and international partners, allies and friends, and supporting peace, stability and prosperity wherever our Government directs us.

As a light combat force, we are highly mobile and capable of operating in a range of complex threat environments. We are active on operations domestically and regionally, supporting the peace and prosperity of New Zealand and our Pacific neighbours.

Our Leadership

Chief Of Army - Major General John Boswell, DSD

The Chief of Army commands our Army providing leadership and management to all Regular and Territorial Force personnel and our civilian staff. The Chief of Army is responsible for ensuring we meet the goals set by the Chief of Defence Force and the New Zealand Government, and he is the principal advisor to the Chief of Defence Force on NZ Army matters.

Sergeant Major Of The Army - Warrant Officer Class One Wiremu Moffitt

The Sergeant Major of Army is often referred to as the senior soldier in our Army. The Sergeant Major of Army is an advisor to the Chief of Army on matters affecting the training, management and welfare of our soldiers.

Deputy Chief Of Army - Brigadier Matthew Weston

The Deputy Chief of Army is responsible and accountable to Chief of Army for the strategic level planning and resourcing with emphasis on strategy development and delivery, and future capability management.

Land Component Commander - Brigadier Jim Bliss

The Land Component Commander is the principal advisor to Commander Joint Forces New Zealand and his staff on the employment of land force capabilities. The Land Component Commander commands assigned land forces and this responsibility includes contributing soldiers to overseas operations.

Assistant Chief Army (Reserves) - Colonel Bede Fahey

The Assistant Chief Army (Reserves) is the senior officer in the Army Reserve. The key responsibility of this appointment are ensuring that the Army Reserve is effectively contributing to the New Zealand Defence Force meeting its directed outputs. The Assistant Chief Army (Reserves) provides advice to the Chief of Army and the Army Leadership Board on Army Reserve and general organisational issues.

Where we are

Despite the chain of command, many units within the NZ Army are spread across New Zealand in locations that enable the NZ Army to respond as required. The main NZ Army Camps are located in Waiouru, Trentham, Burnham, Linton and Papakura. View our current locations. [PDF, 59 KB]