Welcome to The Ministry of Defence
We are the Government’s lead civilian advisor on defence. We also purchase major equipment which becomes a capability when it is used by service men and women of the New Zealand Defence Force.
Ko mātou ngā kaitohutohu matua ki te kāwanatanga mo ngā kaupapa waonga. Nā mātou hoki, ngā taputapu nunui i hoko, hei āheitanga i roto i ngā ringa o ngā tāne me ngā wahine o Te Ope Kātua o Aotearoa.
Featured & recent publications
Defence White Paper 2016
Sets out the Government’s expectations for Defence over the coming decades.Read more
ANZ joint statement on closer defence relationsView file
Ministry of Defence Annual Report for the year ended 30 June 2017Read more
Ministry of Defence Statement of Intent 1 July 2017 - 30 June 2021Read more
Proposal to increase New Zealand's Contribution in Afghanistan - Cabinet paperRead more
Proposal to increase New Zealand's Contribution in Afghanistan - Cabinet minuteRead more
The latest from The Ministry
Briefing to the Incoming Minister of Defence available
The Government has now published Briefings to Incoming Ministers on the Beehive website. Included is the briefing provided to the incoming Minister of Defence, Hon Ron Mark, by the Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force.
NZDF Contribution in Afghanistan Increased
In August 2017, Cabinet agreed to increase New Zealand's contribution to the NATO's Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan by an additional three personnel.