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 17-member Light Engineering Team led by Lieutenant Cam Gurney (front row, left) showcased their skills in Antarctica and got construction tasks completed earlier than expected

The 17 engineers sent by the New Zealand Defence Force to Antarctica in February have just completed six weeks of construction, working in constant daylight and at temperatures that dipped to minus 26 degrees.

NZDF Engineers Showcase Their Skills on The Ice

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 230 NZDF personnel deployed on 14 operations and UN missions across ten countries.