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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
The latest from The Ministry
Launch of the Defence Capability Plan 2019
On 1 June 2019, the Minister of Defence released the Defence Capability Plan 2019.
Super Hercules selected as preferred option
On 11 June 2019 the Minister of Defence announced the selection of the C-130J-30 Super Hercules as the preferred option for the replacement of the aging C-130H aircraft.
APEC 2018 in PNG: NZ Security Assistance to Leaders’ Week – Release of Documents
In November 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Defence issued a press release on an NZDF package of support for the 2018 APEC Leaders’ Week in Papua New Guinea. Further to this, the Ministers have now published the documents associated with this decision.