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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 Capability Plan 2019
The Defence Capability Plan 2019 sets out the planned investments in the New Zealand Defence Force out to 2030, while further identifying potential investments to be made after 2030.Read more
2019 Deployment in Support of United Nations Security Council Sanctions against North KoreaRead more
Network Enabled Army Programme: Tranche Two - Release of Cabinet materialRead more
Surge Request for a New Zealand Defence Force Electrical Audit Team into the Multinational Force and Observers MissionRead more
Opportunity to Participate in the Australian Command of the Combined Maritime Forces Combined Task Force 150 – Release of Cabinet MaterialRead more
Release of Papers: Ministerial Overseas Travel 18-09-2019 to 22-09-2019 – Release of Cabinet MaterialRead more
The latest from The Ministry
Release of Cabinet material relating to the 2019 Deployment in Support of United Nations Security Council Sanctions against North Korea
In October 2019 the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Defence announced the Government’s decision to again deploy a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/new-zealand-announces-further-p-3-deployment-support-un-sanctions (external website).
Next stage of Network Enabled Army programme to begin
The Minister of Defence has issued a press release about the Network Enabled Army: Tranche Two. This is available from the Beehive website: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/next-stage-network-enabled-army-programme-begin.
Proposal to Nominate a Candidate for the Role of Multinational Force and Observers’ Force Commander – Release of Cabinet material
The Minister of Defence issued a press release regarding the selection of Major General Evan Williams as Force Commander, which is available from the Beehive website: www.beehive.govt.nz/release/senior-nzdf-officer-lead-peacekeeping-mission-sinai-peninsula-egypt (external link).