Proposed New Zealand Defence Force Contribution to Military Action Against Houthi Targets

Published: 04 Apr 2024

Category: Cabinet material

This publication provides documents on Cabinet’s January 2024 decision to deploy a targeting team of up to six New Zealand Defence Force personnel to the United States-led coalition conducting military action against the Yemen-based Houthi militia, until 31 July 2024.

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This pack comprises the Cabinet minute of decision Proposed New Zealand Defence Force Contribution to Military Action Against Houthi Targets [CAB-24-MIN-0007] and the associated Cabinet paper [CAB-24-SUB-0007].

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  • the security or defence of New Zealand or the international relations of the Government of New Zealand [section 6(a)]
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