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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 Assessment 2021: he moana pukepuke e ekengia e te waka
Defence Assessment 2021: he moana pukepuke e ekengia e te waka / a rough sea can still be navigated was released on 8 December 2021 by the Secretary of Defence alongside the Minister of Defence. The document provides a comprehensive review of the challenges to New Zealand’s strategic defence interests, as well as defence officials’ advice to Government on changing New Zealand’s defence policy settings.Read more
Copies of submissions received during the targeted consultation process on proposals for establishing an independent Inspector-General of DefenceRead more
Summary of Submissions Report: Proposals for establishing an independent Inspector-General of Defence in New ZealandRead more
Final Regulatory Impact Statement: Establishing the Inspector-General of DefenceRead more
Cabinet Paper: Establishing an independent Inspector-General of Defence – Policy ProposalsRead more
Combined Space Operations Vision 2031Read more
The latest from The Ministry
Establishing an independent Inspector-General of Defence
The Government has agreed to establish an independent Inspector-General of Defence to oversee the activities of the New Zealand Defence Force.
Frigate Systems Upgrade Programme draws to a close
The Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS Te Mana and its 165-strong crew are setting sail for Aotearoa New Zealand, following completion of a major systems upgrade in Canada.