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 Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS Te Kaha is joining warships from Japan, Canada and the United States this week for an exercise that involves tracking and destroying simulated enemy submarines.

This week we have been taking part in a multilateral defence exercise in Japanese waters that involves detecting, tracking and conducting simulated attacks on enemy submarines.

Read more about the NZDF hunting submarines in a joint exercise in Japan


Media Releases

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

Personnel archives.

Personnel Records and Medals at NZDF Archives

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

Deployment map.

Overseas Deployments

There are currently around 720 NZDF personnel serving in 15 operations and UN Peacekeeping missions in 15 countries.