The primary mission for the New
Zealand Defense Force is to protect New Zealand
against outside threat, to protect the country’s
sovereign interests, as well as the Exclusive
Economic Zone, and to take action to meet likely
eventualities in the area of strategic interest of
The New Zealand Defense Force has the mission of
delivering capacities that meet the aims of the New
Zealand state’s Framework of Defense Policy.
Priorities for alteration within Defense are stated
in the government’s Defense Statement of a
Modernistic Sustainable Defense Force Matched to the
Needs of New Zealand.
This has been further heightened through the State’s
decisions aimed at accomplishing a joint Defense Force
centering on single Services and joint fundamental
interaction with the Ministry of Defense.
Priorities for the assuming of equipment for Defense are
stated in the Defense Long-Term Development Plan and
determine a path for formulating the capacities of the Army,
Navy, and Air Force.
The 1990 New Zealand Defense Act allows for armed
forces to be maintained and raised for the Defense
of New Zealand and the security of its concerns,
whether in New Zealand or anywhere else; the banding
together of forces under peace treaties,
arrangements, or agreements; and the contributory of
forces to the United Nations or other international
states or organizations for operations in conformity
with the precepts of the Charter of the United
The New Zealand Defense Act also permits the Armed
Forces to be readily available for the carrying out
assistance and services to the public power in times of
emergency, either in New Zealand or anywhere else.
The Framework of the Defense Policy of New Zealand,
published by the State in June 2000, spotlights the State’s
priorities and goals for Defense and furnishes a model for
future determinations about the capabilities of the
military, funding and resources. It has been augmented by
the May 2001 Government Defense Statement in respect to a
Modern, Sustainable Defense Force appropriate to the needs
of New Zealand.
Defense is one aspect of New Zealand’s security and
foreign policy. While the New Zealand Defense Force
is constitutionally the only supplier of military
forces, it is not the only subscriber to strategic
consequences for security of the nation.
An array of other State Agencies and Departments,
including for instance the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs and Trade, the Ministry of Defense, the
Government Communications Security Bureau, the
Customs and Immigration Services, and the Ministry
of Fisheries, all of which contribute to encouraging
and defending the national security of New Zealand.
In the State of New Zealand’s Framework of Defense Policy, 5
encompassing strategic consequences for the security of the
nation are endorsed. From each of these, an objective of
Defense policy is fixed for each result. In attaining these
objectives, the New Zealand Defense Force creates a wide
array of contributions: it preserves operationally trained
forces for deployment by the State and it carries through
operational commissions in conformity with State direction.
The objectives and outcomes follow.