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 

RNZAF Boeing 757, P-3K2 Orion and C-130 Hercules practice their Kiwi Thunder routine for the 2017 Air Tattoo

22 February 2017

Aucklanders were treated to a sneak preview of a practice formation flight called Kiwi Thunder -  one of many displays that will be showcased at this weekend's 2017 Air Tattoo military air show.

For more information about the show and how to get tickets visit

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.