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 

1000th Last Post ceremony at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park

Thursday 18 January marks the 1000th Last Post ceremony at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park since they began on 25 April, 2015.

The New Zealand Defence Force, in partnership with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, has been marking the First World War centenary each evening with a Last Post ceremony. Anyone can be a part of this daily remembrance and members of the public are welcome to attend.

You can find more information on the Ministry for Culture and Heritage website.

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 over the Christmas period.