New Zealand has a history of contributing to international efforts to resolve conflict. The NZ Defence Force is a valued international coalition partner committed to peace and security, and regularly works alongside international partners on operations and exercises throughout the world.
It is in New Zealand’s interests to play a leadership role in the South Pacific, acting in concert with our neighbours, helping to maintain stability, enhance regional security capabilities, and promote good governance and economic and social development .
The NZ Defence Force supports a number of major operations around the world including:
- Afghanistan (8 personnel)
- Antarctica (8 summer season personnel + various short term task specific teams)
- Iraq (106 personnel)
- Middle East (8 personnel)
- South Korea (5 personnel)
- Sinai (26 personnel)
- South Sudan (3 personnel)
- United Arab Emirates (11 personnel)
The number of personnel in each location may vary from time to time due to the nature of operations.
At any time there are many other Defence Force personnel on other overseas activities such as training exercises and courses.