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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.
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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
New Zealand’s Contribution to Peace and Stability on the Korean PeninsulaRead more
Extension Requests For Peace And Security Leadership MandatesRead more
Deferment of Southern Ocean Patrol Vessel ProjectRead more
Ministerial Overseas Travel 16-10-2022 to 20-10-2022Read more
Network Enabled Army, Reconnaissance and Surveillance Project: Release of Approval DocumentRead more
The latest from The Ministry
South Pacific Secretaries of Defence meet in Auckland
The South Pacific Secretaries of Defence Dialogue has been held in person for the first time, following two years of virtual meetings.
New Zealand public invited to help shape future of Defence
The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and the Ministry of Defence are asking everyone in New Zealand to help shape the country’s future defence strategy by taking part in the Defence Policy Review.