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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 a force of highly trained professionals.

We undertake a wide variety of roles in our Navy, Army, and Air Force, and in civilian positions. 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.

We utilise a diverse range of modern military equipment.

A black and white photo of three NZDF personnel. The left is Air Force and is wearing a flying helmet and mask. In the middle the personnel is Navy and wearing a lifejacket and helmet with a headset. The person on the right is soldier and wearing headgear

Considering a career in defence?

A career in the Defence Force gives you real purpose. You'll work as part of a tight-knit team, protecting your whānau, your country and our environment from harm. And you'll have the honour of representing New Zealand wherever you go.

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