Strategic Defence Policy

New Zealand's formal Defence policy settings are reviewed periodically. The results of these reviews, including Defence White Papers and Strategic Defence Policy Statements, are the highest-level expression of Government's Defence policy settings. The Ministry supports Government to develop and publish these policy documents.

Typically these policy documents will present an assessment of New Zealand's strategic environment and set out at a high level the range of activities the New Zealand Defence Force must be prepared to undertake. Defence White Papers will usually set out the intended mix of capabilities the Defence Force is to have.

The most recent formal expression of New Zealand's Defence policy is the Strategic Defence Policy Statement 2018. 


  • Strategic Defence Policy Statement 2018
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    6 Jul 2018