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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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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
Joint briefing to the incoming Minister of Defence, Hon Ron Mark, December 2017View file
Strategic Defence Policy Review 2018 Cabinet DocumentsRead more
Current NZDF Deployments Proposed Release of InformationRead more
Deployment of Operational Personnel to Iraq in 2018Read more
Rotation of New Zealand Defence Force Deployed ForcesRead more
The latest from The Ministry
Release of Documents Supporting Cabinet's Decision to Purchase Four P-8A Poseidon Aircraft
The Cabinet paper and associated minutes for Cabinet's decision to purchase four P-8A Poseidon aircraft are available.
Rotation of New Zealand Defence Force Deployed Forces
The Minister Defence has issued a release regarding Cabinet decisions clarifying the arrangements for the rotation of deployed New Zealand Defence Force personnel.