New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel are deployed on major peace support operations, training missions and into headquarters positions around the world. 

The Ministry of Defence’s International Branch partners with the NZDF and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to provide joint advice to Government on existing, or proposed deployments. This advice is drafted in collaboration with other government agencies including Treasury and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Our civilian advice on deployments is all encompassing. We consider a wide range of issues, from the overarching political and security environment to the more specific question of how the NZDF could best contribute to a particular mission. A central concern is always the safety and security of NZDF personnel deployed overseas.

Staying well informed on global pressure points and security trends is a priority. The Defence Force must be flexible and able to conduct concurrent operations, from deploying to Iraq in support of the Defeat-ISIS Coalition to participating in counter-piracy and freedom of navigation operations in the Gulf of Aden. Likewise, the Ministry’s advice on deployments brings together strategic and operational considerations along with the views of our international partners to support the best possible security outcomes.

Read more about our current deployments.