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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 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
Maritime Security Commitments in the Middle EastRead more
Increasing Defence Diplomatic Presence in the PacificRead more
Operational and Regulatory Aviation Compliance Sustainment, Phase One: NH90 HelicopterRead more
Ministry of Defence Manatū Kaupapa Waonga Statement of Intent 2020-2024Read more
Chief Executive disclosure of expenses 2019 - 2020 (PDF file)Read more
The latest from The Ministry
Release of Cabinet material regarding the Increasing Defence Diplomatic Presence in the Pacific
In July 2020, the Minister of Defence announced the Government’s decision to establish a resident Defence Adviser in the Kingdom of Tonga.
Cabinet decision on Operational and Regulatory Aviation Compliance Sustainment, Phase One: NH90 Helicopters
The Minister of Defence has issued a press release about the Government’s May 2020 decision to invest up to $21.21 million in the ORACS Phase One systems for the NZDF’s NH90 Helicopters.
Release of Cabinet Material relating to Proposed Ongoing Military Contribution to the Defeat-ISIS Coalition
In March 2020, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Defence announced that New Zealand Defence Force personnel were returning to New Zealand following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity mission at Taji.