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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
Defence Capability Plan 2019
The Defence Capability Plan 2019 sets out the planned investments in the New Zealand Defence Force out to 2030, while further identifying potential investments to be made after 2030.Read more
Opportunity to Participate in the Australian Command of the Combined Maritime Forces Combined Task Force 150 – Release of Cabinet MaterialRead more
Release of Papers: Ministerial Overseas Travel 18-09-2019 to 22-09-2019 – Release of Cabinet MaterialRead more
Summary Report on Military Justice: Review of the summary trial systemRead more
Recruit training: A stocktake of recommendationsRead more
Military Women: A stocktake of recommendationsRead more
The latest from The Ministry
Proposal to Nominate a Candidate for the Role of Multinational Force and Observers’ Force Commander – Release of Cabinet material
The Minister of Defence issued a press release regarding the selection of Major General Evan Williams as Force Commander, which is available from the Beehive website: www.beehive.govt.nz/release/senior-nzdf-officer-lead-peacekeeping-mission-sinai-peninsula-egypt (external link).
Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019
On 29 October 2019, the Minister of Defence launched the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019, a Defence Assessment that translates the high-level strategic policy of the Pacific Reset and the Policy Statement into a Defence regional approach.