New Zealand has a history of contributing to international efforts to resolve conflict. The NZ Defence Force is a valued international coalition partner committed to peace and security, and regularly works alongside international partners on operations and exercises throughout the world.
It is in New Zealand’s interests to play a leadership role in the South Pacific, acting in concert with our neighbours, helping to maintain stability, enhance regional security capabilities, and promote good governance and economic and social development .
The NZ Defence Force supports a number of major operations around the world. As of Mid May 2017, around 720 NZDF personnel are serving in 15 operations and UN Peacekeeping missions in 15 countries, including:
- Afghanistan (10 personnel)
- Asia (232 personnel)
- Egypt (57 personnel)
- Fiji (28 personnel)
- Iraq (114 personnel)
- Israel/Lebanon (8 personnel)
- Middle East region (99 personnel)
- South Korea (5 personnel)
- South Pacific (excluding Fiji) (160 personnel)
- South Sudan (4 personnel)
- Tanzania (2 personnel)
At any time there are many other Defence Force personnel on other overseas activities and exercises.