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Five-month deployment for Royal New Zealand Navy vessel includes military exercises, operations and engagements

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Southland marine engineer hones skills in South Atlantic Ocean with the Royal Navy


HMNZS Taupo supports MPI in South Island fishery compliance

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Gold standard for father and son

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NZDF’s unique approach to getting the best out of personnel sparks overseas interest

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Customs and Navy stop transnational cocaine smuggling attempt

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RNZAF P-8A Poseidon maritime patrols monitor suspected evasions of UNSC sanctions against North Korea

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Exercising with the Five Powers

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RNZAF Poseidon crew monitors fishing activities in five Pacific EEZs

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Chief of Defence Force Change of Command Ceremony marks new leadership

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Aid lands in Wapenamanda, Papua New Guinea

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RNZAF Base Ohakea decommissions boiler in switch to cleaner heating

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NZDF adopts dog mannequin for canine trauma training

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Chief of Defence Force recognised for decades of service and leadership

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NZDF supports Papua Guinea landslide response


Southern transit promotes good officers

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Flying on silver wings

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NZDF to send humanitarian aid and experts to Papua New Guinea

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Ohakea Firefighter breaks records

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NZ Army electrician sparked by exotic start to her military career

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Fijian-born Auckland soldier commands NZ Army construction troop in Tongan exercise

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Assisted departure flights continue from New Caledonia

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Middle East and Africa deployments extended for NZDF

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Celebrating Samoa Language Week

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Providing free dental care on remote Tongan island a rewarding exercise for Lower Hutt soldier

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Manahi Sword returned to Rotorua iwi and presented to new Defence Force chief

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Third Royal New Zealand Air Force flight for New Zealanders in New Caledonia

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Kiwi patch goes pink

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Former Woodbourne recruit returns as new Base Commander

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Royal New Zealand Air Force aircraft involved in safe return of New Zealanders

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We are a combat-capable force, trained, equipped, and ready to respond every hour of the day, every day of the year.

We keep Aotearoa New Zealand safe and secure. Our core task is to protect the sovereign territory of New Zealand including our Exclusive Economic Zone. We advance our nation’s interests through military operations at sea, on land and in the air. Our equipment and expertise supports people and communities in need at home, across our region, and around the world.

We are comprised of


regular force personnel, reserves and civilian employees.

Our people, structure and leadership

We utilise a diverse range of modern military equipment.