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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
Major Projects Report 2022Read more
New Zealand Defence Force Support to Ukraine - August 2022Read more
Appointment of the Defence Policy Review Ministerial Advisory PanelRead more
Proposal to participate in the Counter Terrorism Information Facility in SingaporeRead more
Operation Gallant Phoenix: Proposal to extend the mandate and increase New Zealand's multi-agency contributionRead more
The latest from The Ministry
New Bushmaster vehicles welcomed at Trentham
Minister of Defence Andrew Little today welcomed the first 18 of 43 new NZ Army Bushmaster vehicles, at an event at Trentham Military Camp.
New C-130-Js taking shape
A key C-130-J project milestone was celebrated this week, as representatives from New Zealand, Defence personnel and Lockheed Martin senior staff gathered for a bulkhead signing ceremony at the factory in Marietta Georgia, USA.