Industry associations and agencies

Due to the wide variety of suppliers to Defence, there is a range of industry associations that play a vital role in the Defence sector. Most are organised around the nature of their industry, goods or services rather than the sector they supply. Supplying to Defence is not their primary purpose, although Defence may be a major purchaser in their market.

The New Zealand Defence Industry Advisory Council (NZDIAC) provides national and international Defence industry advice to the Minister of Defence. In addition it encourages strategic relationships between Defence and industry, and acts as a conduit between the Minister and industry on Defence matters. It does not hold any statutory or executive functions. With support from the Ministry of Defence, DIAC runs the annual Minister of Defence Award of Excellence to Industry to highlight the contributions of industry to Defence in New Zealand.

If you are interested in making contact with other suppliers that are supporting Defence, visit the New Zealand Defence Industry Association (NZ DIA) website (external link) .

Some of the many industry associations include:

  • New Zealand Marine Industry Association

  • Aviation New Zealand

  • the Heavy Engineering Research Association

  • the Employers and Manufacturers Association.

Working with Defence and industry on capability issues are the Defence Technology Agency (external link) , the Crown research institutes, Government agencies such as Callaghan Innovation (external link) , and New Zealand universities. These research agencies are involved from policy development to disposal.