Defence Policy

New Zealand's formal Defence policy settings are reviewed periodically. 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 Policy Review

In 2022, the Government commissioned a Defence Policy Review to ensure New Zealand's Defence policy, strategy and planned capability investments remain fit for purpose. 

Read more about this work here