Our Spirit and Character

The Ministry of Defence employs people from many different backgrounds – including public servants, engineers, diplomats, policy analysts and professional project managers, among others.

Our spirit and character forms the bedrock of every decision we make, how we treat each other, our stakeholders, clients and suppliers.

If you want to work for the Ministry, find out more about working for us and our current vacancies(external link).


Kia whai mana

Our work shapes the agenda and our advice is persuasive.


Kia mahi tahi

We work together and in partnership. We build trusted relationships to understand what's going on and get things done.


Kia kaha

We do the right thing, even when that is personally and professionally hard.


Kia hihiri

We see where change will improve results, we self-start it, and we see it through.


Kia whai kiko

We find a way; we are practical, resourceful, and hard-nosed.


Kia ngaio

People know us for our integrity, skills and attitude. 

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