Defence Policy Review: Terms of Reference

Published: 07 Jul 2022

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This publication sets out the Terms of Reference for a Defence Policy Review that will enable delivery of a long-term strategy for Aotearoa New Zealand’s defence.

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Additional info

Additional info

The Minister of Defence will be provided a Defence Policy and Strategy Statement and Future Force Design Principles for consideration by the middle of 2023. This is a delay from the original dates in the terms of reference, although it is expected the full review will still be completed by the original timeline of mid 2024.

Certain information is withheld, where the making available of the information would be likely to prejudice the security or defence of New Zealand or the international relations of the Government of New Zealand [section 6(a)].

In addition, certain information has been withheld under the Official Information Act 1982 in order to:

  • maintain the constitutional conventions for the time being which protect the confidentiality of advice tendered by Ministers of the Crown and officials [section 9(2)(f)(iv)]

  • maintain the effective conduct of public affairs through the free and frank expression of opinions by or between or to Ministers of the Crown or members of an organisation or officers and employees of any department or organisation in the course of their duty [section 9(2)(g)(i)]

It is not considered the public interest in this information outweighs the need to protect it.


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