NZDF

Employment Contexts

Within each Employment Context, a number of plausible events have been identified, and those highlighted in the following table have been developed for use in NZDF outputs planning. Each has a description of a particular security event, and an operational concept for NZDF response.

To carry out its mission to secure New Zealand against external threat, protect sovereign interests, and take actions to meet likely contingencies in New Zealand’s strategic area of interest, the NZDF trains and prepares military units to be available to Government for response to security challenges.

It is not possible to be ready for every contingency, nor to predict exactly what security challenges will eventuate. Therefore, a representative and illustrative range of circumstances - Employment Contexts (EC) - have been identified that are consistent with Government’s defence policy priorities, and for which there is a high likelihood that a New Zealand Government would expect to provide a military response.

Within each Employment Context, a number of plausible events have been identified, and those highlighted in the following table have been developed for use in NZDF outputs planning. Each has a description of a particular security event, and an operational concept for NZDF response. They are used in the NZDF Output Plan between the Minister of Defence and the Chief of Defence Force to ensure that the NZDF is funded, equipped and assessed on its ability to deliver effective military capabilities available to meet Government’s defence policy objectives.

  • EC 1 - Security Challenges and Defence Tasks in New Zealand and its environs:
    • EC 1A - Illegal exploitation of marine resources within the New Zealand EEZ, and other low-level threats to New Zealand territorial sovereignty.
    • EC 1B - Natural and manmade disasters.
    • EC 1C - Support to the delivery and maintenance of essential services in exceptional circumstances, including the hosting of major events.
    • EC 1D - Terrorist and Asymmetric Threats.
    • EC 1E - Support for Antarctic presence.
  • EC 2 - Security Challenges to New Zealand’s Interests in the South Pacific:
    • EC 2A - Illegal exploitation of marine resources within South Pacific EEZs, and other low-level threats to South Pacific nations’ territorial sovereignty.
    • EC 2B - Natural and manmade disasters.
    • EC 2C - State failure or fragility leading to internal conflict and/or humanitarian crisis.
    • EC 2D - Terrorist Threats.
    • EC 2E - Challenges to legitimate governments, including civil war and secessionist conflict.
  • EC 3 - Challenges to New Zealand and Australia Common Security Interests:
    • EC 3A - Illegal exploitation of marine resources within Australia’s EEZ, and other low-level threats to Australia’s territorial sovereignty.
    • EC 3B - Natural or manmade disasters.
    • EC 3C - External aggression against Australia.
    • EC 3D - Terrorist or Asymmetric Threats.
  • EC 4 - Security Challenges to New Zealand’s Interests in the Asia-Pacific Region:
    • EC 4A - Aggression to alter maritime boundaries or seize resources, or threats to freedom of navigation.
    • EC 4B - Natural or manmade disasters.
    • EC 4C - State failure or fragility leading to internal conflict and/or humanitarian crisis.
    • EC 4D - Terrorist Threats.
    • EC 4E - Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) proliferation.
    • EC 4F - Inter-State conflict.
    • EC 4G - Acts of piracy and people smuggling.
  • EC 5 - Security Challenges to New Zealand’s Interests in Global Peace and Security:
    • EC 5A - Aggression to alter maritime boundaries or seize resources, or threats to freedom of navigation.
    • EC 5B - Unresolved conflict or conflict resolution process where protagonists have sought third party resolution assistance.
    • EC 5C - State failure or fragility leading to internal conflict and/or humanitarian crisis.
    • EC 5D - Terrorist Threats.
    • EC 5E - WMD proliferation.
    • EC 5F - Contravention of international norms that triggers a multi-national response.
    • EC 5G - Major breakdown in international security leading to wide-scale war.
This page was last reviewed on 12 February 2015, and is current.