Welcome to the Ministry of Defence website
Our role is to:
- Advise the Government on the defence of New Zealand and its interests.
- Acquire military equipment.
- Assess and audit the New Zealand Defence Force functions, duties and projects.
At our website you can find information about:
- The Ministry, our management, divisions and contacts.
- New Zealand's defence policy.
- Defence acquisition projects and current tenders.
- Reports and publications relating to the Ministry and New Zealand's defence policy.
- Links to New Zealand and international defence agencies.
The Ministry works with the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), which is a separate organisation comprising the Royal New Zealand Navy, the New Zealand Army and the Royal New Zealand Air Force. The NZDF is responsible for:
- managing the armed forces day-to-day.
- delivering the Government's defence policy.
Visit the NZDF website for information about that organisation, including for information about medals and accessing military service personnel records.
Ministry of Defence Appoints Chief of Air Force to Senior Role
The Ministry of Defence has appointed Mike Yardley, the current Chief of Air Force, as Deputy Secretary Acquisition, heading up a new five-person Acquisition Leadership Team.
Announcing the appointment, Secretary of Defence Helene Quilter said that Air Vice-Marshal (AVM) Yardley and the new team will provide the Ministry with a strong combination of professional and technical expertise.
“They will drive the change programme we have begun in the Ministry, in partnership with the New Zealand Defence Force, to build our capacity to deliver an acquisition programme of around $11 billion over the coming decade, including replacements for the NZDF’s air transport and air surveillance fleets and the Anzac frigates,” she said.
You can read more about the appointment in this press release, issued 27 January 2016.
Defence White Paper 2015
The Government has directed that a review of its defence policy be conducted over the course of 2015. The Defence White Paper 2015 will focus on the contribution of the Defence Force and Ministry of Defence towards New Zealand’s security, resilience and prosperity. It will set out New Zealand’s defence policy and how policy will be implemented to advance the nation’s national security and interests. In this regard the Defence White Paper 2015 will provide the basis for the Defence Force’s and Ministry of Defence’s strategy and planning from 2015 onward.
The Defence White Paper public consultation process closed on 22 June 2015. Thank you to everyone that either made a submission or attended one of the public meetings. The submissions that we received during the consultation process and the results of the 12 public meetings will assist the Government in finalising the 2015 Defence White paper. A summary report on the public consultation process will be prepared and made available online in the next couple of months.
Defence White Paper 2010
The Government's defence policy is set out in the Defence White Paper 2010.
Last website update:5 May 2016