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What we believe in is what defines us as an exceptional Force. We're guided by four key values both on and off duty. They're at the heart of all that we do no matter where we are in the world.

Who we are, how we act, and what we believe in is at the heart of the trust we have in each other. Our communities know they can count on us because of our courage, commitment, comradeship, and integrity.

Tū Kaha Courage

Courage is having the strength – moral and physical – to do what's right, even in the face of adversity. It's about stepping up when things get hard. It's about speaking up when you see things that are unfair or wrong. Courage keeps us honest. It allows us to admit when we're wrong, and to try to be better. When we are courageous, we learn from our mistakes, we stand up for what's right, and we're proud of who we are.

Warrant Officer Paul Chadwick in Air Force uniform standing on the streets of London framed by green trees of Summer.

Blenheim man serves around the world in name of Queen

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A modern-day signaller

Tū Tika Commitment

Commitment means doing your best. It's about looking for ways to get the job done, and sticking with something even when it feels impossible. Commitment is about living and breathing our values at all times. We're committed to serving New Zealand. We respect our country and our people, we honour each other, and we work together in difficult situations. We don't give up.

Cadet Warrant Officer Hamish Cook stands smiling, looking away form the camera with greenery in the background.

Cadet of the Year an inspiration to the next generation

Defence Force soldiers recognised for actions in Taji rocket attack

Defence Force soldiers recognised for actions in Taji rocket attack

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Celebrating our veterans: Korean War

Tū Tira Comradeship

Comradeship means respecting what makes people different. It's about treating others as you’d like to be treated. We are a family. We work together as a team, recognising we are stronger together. Comradeship is about being inclusive. As a Defence Force we say no to racism, sexism, heteronormativity, homophobia, xenophobia, and all other forms of hurtful behaviour. We go one step further and do what we can to prevent, stop, and report actions we don't stand by.

Going the extra smile to make managed isolation better

Going the extra smile to make managed isolation better

An SAS soldier walks through a tree lined path, his face hidden by his pack and hat.

Endure, achieve, succeed: The SAS

Members of the Fijian Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief Task Force joined forces with NZDF engineers to help a cyclone-affected farming family.

Fijian And Kiwi Expertise Aids Farmer

Tū Maia Integrity

Integrity means conducting yourself honestly, ethically and to the highest professional standards – even when no one is watching. It's about doing what you say you're going to do, and accepting responsibility when you fail to. People who own up to their actions and accept the consequences - good or bad. They learn from their failures and help others to avoid the same pitfalls. When you have integrity, people trust you to act on your values and do the right thing.

An airman in uniform stands looking at the camera with their hat on.

Joining the Air Force a family affair for Northland man

Mr George Brown from Bayview, grateful to see some soldiers from 5/7 Battalion.  Private Williams passes him some supplies.

Hawke's Bay soldiers in middle of Gabrielle response

Major Timothy Cocks was on the road within hours during Cyclone Gabrielle

Linton transport unit thrown in Gabrielle deep end