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Navy, Air Force wow at Napier's Art Deco Festival

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Wellington forum makes it easier for veterans to access support

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Northland students sample Navy life

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Royal New Zealand Navy readying for Waitangi commemorations

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School to Seas Success

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Sword of distinction goes with pride of service

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Schools to Seas and Skies sparks central North Island teacher in STEM subjects

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Kaikōura teacher takes Navy and Air Force lessons back to school

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Northland teacher inspired by hands-on Navy and Air Force camp

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Teachers’ Skies and Seas camp helps inspire female STEM students

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Keeping the connection going

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Whangamata sailor’s overseas adventure

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Navy joins the team at Government House

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Engineer recognised for helping bring NZ Navy's largest ship into operation

Lieutenant Commander Mark Te Kani has been awarded the Distinguished Service Decoration in the 2024 New Year Honours

Transformational work in Rarotonga earns Gisborne-born Navy Commander second honour

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Navy Lieutenant is New Zealand snooker champion

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Deployed Christmas messages

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Defence Force Sports: A Year in Review

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NZDF contingent returns home after supporting Solomon Islands during Pacific Games

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Year in Review: Royal New Zealand Navy

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Navy training from a mother’s view

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Mammoth Indo-Pacific disaster exercise highlights countries' similarities: NZ Navy Captain

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Royal New Zealand Navy to trial uncrewed, renewable-powered vessel

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NZDF Person of the Year 2023

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NZDF People of the Year Awards 2023

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Sailor of the Year

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Soaring at Wings Over Wairarapa 2023

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RNZN sailors train Fijian counterparts in crucial firefighting skills

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HMNZS Manawanui provides tropical cyclone assistance to Fiji

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We are Te Taua Moana - Warriors of the Sea, professionally trained and committed to doing what is right for our country and for those who ask for our help.

As an island nation with no immediate neighbours, maritime security is vital for New Zealand. Around 90% of our imports and exports are transported by sea so ensuring our trade routes are secure is critical for our economy. Our Exclusive Economic Zone is one of the largest in the world, and at 30,000,000 square kilometres our search and rescue area of responsibility is 7% of the earth’s surface. We protect our own natural ocean resources along with those of our Pacific Island neighbours and play our part in maintaining and preserving order in our region. We are one of the first responders to natural disasters and crises, spearheading the humanitarian response by carrying people, equipment, supplies and expertise to where they are needed most.

Our maritime force is made up of highly trained professionals.

We come from all walks of life and share a strong sense of what it means to be Kiwi - our culture is based on our values Tū Kaha (courage), Tū Tika (commitment), Tū Tira (comradeship) and Tū Maia (integrity). Together, we are Force for New Zealand and are proud to serve Aotearoa and its diverse communities.

Our fleet comprises nine modern and versatile ships and over 2,500 uniformed personnel who undertake a full range of maritime tasks from a combat capability to conducting humanitarian aid and disaster relief missions, fishery and border patrols through to support for government agencies.

Royal New Zealand Navy recruits march on during a graduation with the Navy logo and values on a wall behind them.

Considering a career in the navy?

A career in the Defence Force is unlike anything out there. You'll be working as part of a tight-knit team, protecting your family, friends, the environment and your country from harm and representing the New Zealand way of life where you go. It's an incredibly rewarding job that gives you a real sense of purpose.

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