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 

A New Zealand Defence Force P-3K2 Orion aircraft has found two Kiribati fishermen missing since 13 May. It was the Orion’s second successful rescue in five days.

18 May 2016

A New Zealand Defence Force P-3K2 Orion aircraft logged its second successful search in five days when it found two Kiribati fishermen who were reported missing last week.

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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 538 NZDF personnel deployed on 22 operations, UN missions, exercises and exchanges.