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A firefighter with a red hose pipe over his shoulders runs towards a wooden shutter door on a red metal frame during the Firefighter Challenge in Wellington.

NZDF firefighters too hot for the competition

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Afghanistan pioneer passes on

Corporal Ash Peden

Machine Guns, Mortars and Shoddy Bike Parts – an Armourer’s trade

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Third P-8A arrives

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NZ Army helps repair community halls and water tanks in Tonga

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Art on our Arms

Sir Henry Wigram (centre, with bowler hat) with Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Bettington, from the British Air Ministry at Sockburn Aerodrome in 1919

Air Force Museum To Mark 100 Years Of New Zealand Military Aviation

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NZDF in largest ever New Caledonia Croix Du Sud exercise

A female pilot wearing a green suit and helmet inside the flight deck of a Hercules aircraft.

RNZAF Successfully Drops In On South Island During Exercise

Five female high school students with wide smiles siting inside an NH90 helicopter during flight. Both the left and right side doors are open and the students are looking out and can see the green pastures below them.

Hands Up For School To Skies Programme

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Specialist Kiwis bring their skills to the New Zealand Army

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Bombs, deployments, explosions and scars

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Double success on one mission earns RNZAF squadron Search and Rescue award

Eleven ship formation of the Air Force's Texan aircraft on a nice day blue sky day.

Rare formation shows pilots' skills

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A day in the life of an Air Force firefighter

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A dog’s world

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Pharmacist finds New Zealand Army Reserve Force just the tonic

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New Zealand Army helps make mobility in family home possible

Sub Lieutenant Emily Aull stands in an engine room with arms crossed, wearing blue ear protectors and white overalls with a black and gold name badge.

Palmerston North Navy trainee roams two oceans with UK Navy


New Zealand-China strategic defence dialogue

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Ohakea worker goes above and beyond to keep fearless dotterels flying

LTCOL Ropitini stands with arms crossed, wearing Army uniform in from of two MHOVs.

Army’s newest Commanding Officer

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Celebrating our veterans: Korean War

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History-making moment for NZDF Contingent marching in coronation of His Majesty King Charles III

NZDF personnel deliver infantry training in the UK to Armed Forces of Ukraine trainees. Photo credit: Australian Defence Force.

NZDF personnel train more than 1000 Ukraine recruits

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Personnel march in London at King Charles’ Coronation

Able Hydrographic Systems Operator Kenneth Woodall.

Navy skills provide springboard to professional degree

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Navy Officer experiences life on an icebreaker

Former New Zealand Army Special Air Service soldier and Victoria Cross recipient, Willie Apiata, with auction items at his fundraiser for Ngāti Porou in Auckland

Apiata memorabilia auction raises more than $200,000 for cyclone-hit Ngāti Porou

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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.