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We are the Government’s lead civilian advisor on defence. We also purchase major equipment which becomes a capability when it is used by service men and women of the New Zealand Defence Force.
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Featured & recent publications
Strategic Defence Policy Statement 2018
The Strategic Defence Policy Statement recognises the full scope of value that Defence provides for New Zealand, across the Community, Nation, and World. The Policy Statement also articulates for the first time a set of principles to describe the Government's expectations for Defence and provide enduring policy guidance, examines developments in the strategic environment, and updates the Defence Force outcomes, principal roles and priorities.Read more
Defence: Approval to Buy a Dive and Hydrographic Vessel - Cabinet DocumentsRead more
NZDF: Fixed High Frequency Radio Capability - Cabinet DocumentsRead more
Proposal to Continue New Zealand's Contribution to Afghanistan Army Training - Cabinet DocumentsRead more
Proposal to Extend the Current Iraq Deployment Mandate - Cabinet DocumentsRead more
Proposal to Renew the Multinational Force and Observers Deployment Mandate - Cabinet DocumentsRead more
The latest from The Ministry
Release of Papers on Approval to Buy a Dive and Hydrographic Vessel
Documents have been published on Cabinet's June 2018 decision regarding the purchase of a Dive and Hydrographic Vessel.
Release of Cabinet Documents Regarding September 2018 Decisions to Extend Deployments
Documents have now been published regarding Cabinet's September 2018 decisions on five deployments.
The Climate Crisis: Defence Readiness and Response
On 6 December 2018, the Minister of Defence and Minister for Climate Change launched a Defence Assessment that explores the links between climate change and security, and how climate change will be a driver for future Defence Force operations.