Policy and Planning

The Ministry of Defence is a civilian agency that gives advice to the Government on defence matters. We contribute to making New Zealand safe and enhancing the security of other nations.


Defence Policy Branch is headed by Bronwyn Evans-Kent

We develop and prepare strategic defence policy advice to the Government, which includes assessing the defence and security implications of the future strategic environment. We lead the preparation of Defence Assessments on issues of strategic importance for New Zealand, and support Government to develop Defence White Papers and Policy Statements as required. We also lead the Ministry's policy work on issues such as maritime security, Antarctica, cyber, space and counter-terrorism, and contribute to whole-of-government national security initiatives, proposals and policy advice.

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Development Branch is headed by Sophie Vickers

We work on capability projects and programmes before the purchasing/procurement stage. This includes:

  • defining capability requirements (in conjunction with the NZDF)
  • supporting identification and assessment of on capability options
  • co-leadership of portfolio management for capability investments
  • supporting capability planning, including production of the Defence Capability Plan
  • preparing and analysing business cases for capability projects.


International Branch is headed by Kathleen Pearce

The International Branch leads policy advice and analysis on New Zealand’s deployments, Defence relations, and offshore security issues to Ministers, Defence principals and partner agencies. The White Paper emphasises that New Zealand has an enduring interest in fostering strong international relationships characterised by mutual transparency and trust. Our Defence diplomacy, and support for deployments, enhances New Zealand’s security and broader interests. Team members conduct Defence diplomacy activities globally and support the Minister of Defence and Defence principals in their overseas engagements – this can include bilateral and multilateral meetings, participation in international security dialogues, and supporting visits to where the NZDF personnel are deployed. The Branch operates in close partnership with the NZDF, and collaborates with partner agencies at home and overseas.

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