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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
Defence Policy Review Terms of Reference - Cabinet DocumentsRead more
Kia Toipoto – Gender and Ethnicity Pay Gap Agency Report and Action Plan 2022Read more
Cabinet documents: Inspector-General of Defence Bill: Approval for IntroductionRead more
Terms of Reference: Ministerial Advisory Panel for Defence Policy ReviewRead more
TE PŪRONGO-Ā-TAU ANNUAL REPORT 2022Read more
The latest from The Ministry
Establishing an independent Inspector-General of Defence
The Government has introduced the Inspector-General of Defence (IGD) Bill to Parliament. The Bill would establish an independent Inspector-General of Defence (IGD) to oversee the activities of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF). The IGD would be an independent statutory officer with investigatory and assurance functions to complement and strengthen the existing system of oversight over the NZDF.
Freyberg scholar: Niamh O’Donnell
Niamh O’Donnell was the recipient of a 2021 Defence Freyberg scholarship worth $23,000 toward her Master of International Studies at the University of Otago.
P-8A Poseidon: Air Surveillance Maritime Patrol for Aotearoa
The countdown is on for the arrival of the first of four P-8A Poseidon’s in December. Track the progress the team at the Ministry of Defence is making on this significant investment in strengthening Aotearoa’s maritime surveillance capability.