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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 Defence Force Support to Afghanistan for Evacuation OperationsRead more
Principles for Defence 2021Read more
Ministerial Priorities for Defence 2021Read more
Terms of Reference for the Senior Officials Steering Group for the Establishment of an Independent Inspector-General of DefenceRead more
Progress Update on the Establishment of an independent Inspector-General of Defence - Cabinet DocumentsRead more
The latest from The Ministry
8th United States – New Zealand Defence Policy Dialogue 16 December 2021
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs, Dr Ely Ratner, and Deputy Secretary for Defence Policy and Planning, Michael Swain, met virtually to conduct the 8th annual United States – New Zealand Defence Policy Dialogue on December 15 (Washington) and December 16 (Wellington).
Release of the Defence Assessment 2021, Ministerial Priorities for Defence and Principles for Defence
On 8 December 2021 the Minister of Defence, alongside the Secretary of Defence, released the Defence Assessment 2021: he moana pukepuke e ekengia e te waka, Ministerial Priorities for Defence 2021 and Principles for Defence 2021.
NZ tops global transparency ratings for defence and security sector
The New Zealand Defence Force and Ministry of Defence have welcomed the latest Transparency International Government Defence Integrity Index results, where New Zealand received the highest international rating for anti-corruption and integrity measures.