Our structure

The Ministry of Defence is made up of five divisions: Policy and Planning, Capability Delivery, Finance, Governance People and Executive Services, and Strategy Management and Assessment.

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Policy and Planning

In consultation with the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), we provide advice to the Government on Defence policy matters, including:

  • the strategic environment

  • Defence and security policies

  • military capabilities needed to meet Defence policy goals, including the costs, benefits and risks associated with proposed capability options; this includes technical analysis and advice

  • the effective operation of the Defence Capability Management system

  • the management of bilateral and multilateral defence relations, including NZDF deployments.

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Capability Delivery

We purchase major military equipment/defence capability for the three NZDF services: the Royal New Zealand Navy, New Zealand Army and Royal New Zealand Air Force.

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We provide financial services and advice, manage cash and foreign currency funds, and produce estimates and reports on all financial aspects of Ministry business.

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Governance, People and Executive Services

We support the Secretary of Defence in his role as Chief Executive of the Ministry of Defence.

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Strategy Management and Assessment

The Strategy Management and Assessment Division has two branches: Strategy Management Office and Defence Audit & Assessment.

The division works closely with leaders from the Ministry of Defence and the New Zealand Defence Force to:

  • deliver a joint Defence strategy framework and system that supports the delivery of Defence objectives and measures the delivery and impact of Defence activity

  • assess or audit of any function, duty or project of the New Zealand Defence Force and of the Ministry of Defence, as set out in section 24(2)(d) of the Defence Act 1990, and

  • review the performance of the Defence system and identifying opportunities to improve Defence as a system, as set out in section 24(2)(e) of the Defence Act 1990.

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