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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
Terms of Reference - Defence Capability Plan Review 2018Read more
The Climate Crisis: Defence Readiness and Response - A3 SummaryRead more
The Climate Crisis: Defence Readiness and ResponseRead more
Ministry of Defence Statement of Intent 1 July 2018 - 30 June 2022Read more
Ministry of Defence Annual Report for the year ended 30 June 2018Read more
The latest from The Ministry
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.
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.