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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
Multinational Force and Observers: Extension of Deployment to 30 September 2018 - Cabinet DocumentsRead more
The Changing Character of PeacekeepingRead more
Proposal to Continue New Zealand's Contribution to Afghanistan Army Training - Cabinet DocumentsRead more
Defence Deployments: Iraq and Afghanistan - Cabinet DocumentsRead more
Deployment of P-3K2 Aircraft in Support of United Nations Security Council Sanctions Against North Korea - Cabinet DocumentsRead more
The latest from The Ministry
Cabinet material released regarding August 2018 decision to deploy P-3K2 aircraft in support of UN Security Council sanctions against North Korea
Cabinet documents have now been released that are associated with the Government's August 2018 decision to deploy a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea.
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.