In complex and difficult situations it is vital that a Defence Force still prevails. When stakes are high, New Zealanders have to be confident not only in the Defence Force’s ability to do the job, but also in the values they represent and live when they do it.
We have a culture that pushes our people to not only be very good at what they do, but have the strength of character to drive them to success and great outcomes for themselves and the Defence Force as a whole. Our values lie at the heart of everything we do. They guide us and set expectations and standards for our people to display.
Courage | Tū Kaha
Courage is having the strength – moral and physical – to do what is right, even in the face of adversity. It is stepping up when things get hard. It is speaking up when you see things that are wrong. Courage is enforcing our standards and discipline. It is not giving in to peer pressure.
Commitment | Tū Tika
Commitment is doing your best. It is always looking for ways to achieve the task, and persevering even when the going gets tough. Commitment is accepting and living our values and standards. It is serving New Zealand.
Comradeship | Tū Tira
Comradeship is respecting the differences of the people around you and treating others as you’d like to be treated. It is working together as a team, being inclusive, recognising we are stronger together. Comradeship is never an excuse for covering up other people’s wrongs.
Integrity | Tū Maia
Integrity is conducting yourself honestly, ethically and to the highest professional standards – even when no one is watching. It is doing the things that you say you are going to do. Integrity is accepting responsibility for your decisions and actions.
Living our values
Celebrating our people