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Latest News

  • The Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General Tim Keating, has hosted a visit to New Zealand by the United Kingdom’s Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, and Chief of Defence Force Australia, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin.
    Chief of Defence Force Hosts Australian/UK Counterparts
  • The combined maritime patrols between New Zealand and Fiji involving HMNZS Hawea have ended on a high note, with about 550 vessels boarded and 110 alleged infringements detected over the past seven months.
    Combined NZ-Fiji Patrols End on High Note
  • After 30 years of service, the Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN’s) support tanker will celebrate her links with Taranaki in the lead-up to her decommissioning in December.
    Taranaki to Farewell HMNZS Endeavour

Latest Public Documents

  • As required by the Public Finance Act 1989, the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) produces an annual report for the House of Representatives. This provides a report on the NZDF's strategic initiatives, output expenses, and financial performance for the year under review.
    Annual Report for the year ended 30 June 2017 [pdf | 1.81Mb | 174 pages]
  • Briefing to the Incoming Minister: This joint briefing was provided to the incoming Minister of Defence, Hon Mark Mitchell, in April 2017. Produced by the New Zealand Defence Force and Ministry of Defence, it provides background on the Defence portfolio and upcoming work programme.
    Briefing to the Incoming Minister  [pdf | 1.83 MB | 35 pages]
  • The Defence White Paper 2016 was released by the Ministry of Defence on 8 June 2016. It sets out the Government’s expectations for Defence over the coming decades.
    Defence White Paper 21016 [pdf | 1.43mb | 40 pages]
  • Under statute - the Public Finance Act 1989 - all government departments and agencies are required to produce a Statement of Intent. The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Statement of Intent is a medium-term strategic document produced annually and tabled in the House of Representatives every year. Essentially, as the title implies, the SOI provides a summary of what the NZDF intends to achieve over the medium term (three to five years) and how it intends to do this.
    New Zealand Defence Force - Statement of Intent for the period 1 July 2015- 30 June 2018 [pdf | 1.68mb | 40 pages]
  • The 2016 Defence Capability Plan outlines the investment in capability required to deliver the force structure of the Defence White Paper 2016. It is the primary vehicle for the Government to communicate its defence capability priorities to the public, industry, and international partners.
    Defence Capability Plan 2016 [pdf | 5.29mb | 86 pages]
2016-2017 NZDF Annual Report Annual Report for the year ended 30 June 2017 [pdf | 1.81Mb | 174 pages]
Defence White Paper 2016 View the Defence White Paper 2016 [pdf | 3.12mb | 88 pages]
Defence Capability Plan 2016 Defence Capability Plan 2016 [pdf | 5.29mb | 86 pages]
This page was last reviewed on 8 November 2017, and is current.