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. About 250 New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will be serving on 11 operations overseas over the Christmas period.
237 of those deployed on operations are based in the Middle East. This includes 13 in Afghanistan, two in Bahrain, 28 in Egypt, 113 in Iraq and seven as UN observers in Israel and Lebanon.
Six NZDF personnel are serving as United Nations armistice monitors in South Korea, including two who are based along the Demilitarised Zone with North Korea. Four are supporting the UN mission in war-torn South Sudan.
Eight personnel will be in Antarctica over Christmas, supporting the New Zealand and US research programmes on the continent.