Welcome to NZDF

Every hour of every day, 365 days a year, the New Zealand Defence Force is contributing to the defence, security and well-being of Aotearoa/New Zealand. It is our goal to maintain well-trained and equipped armed forces that can react to crisis at short notice. We work in partnership with many other government agencies helping people and protecting our territory and our oceans. Regular Force, Reservists and Civilians – together we are a Force for New Zealand.

Latest News 

The NZ LAV rolling through the training area during a contact. QAMR are working as part of 7th Brigade (Australian Army) in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area

21 July 2015

Exercise Talisman Sabre, which has just finished,  involved almost 30,000 troops from Australia, the United States, New Zealand and Japan, 21 surface ships including the US Navy aircraft carrier USS George Washington, more than 200 aircraft and three submarines.

Australians Honoured to 'Fight' with Kiwis During Exercise

Go to our YouTube channel to watch some great videos from Exercise Talisman Sabre.

Media Releases

This section offers the latest Defence Force news. We regularly issue statements and background information to the media.

Personnel archives.

Personnel Records at NZDF Archives

This section provides information about how to apply for military service records from NZDF Archives, what to expect from the files and where to go for further information.

Deployment map.

Overseas Deployments

There are currently 990 NZDF personnel deployed on 27 operations, UN missions, exercises and exchanges.