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.


The New Zealand Defence Force has deployed the Royal New Zealand Navy’s offshore patrol vessel HMNZS Wellington to the sub-Antarctic islands to provide logistical support to the Department of Conservation and MetService as they do resupply and maintenance work. (file photo)

The New Zealand Defence Force is taking 54 government staff and five tonnes of equipment needed to maintain and repair key buildings in a three-phase operation in the sub-Antarctic islands.

NZDF on resupply mission to sub-Antarctic islands

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 250 NZDF personnel serving on 11 operations overseas.