New Zealand has contributed to United Nations peace support operations since 1954. We are also a long time contributor to humanitarian operations in our region and around the world through:
- incorporating humanitarian assistance into peace support operations, for example the Forward Surgical Team deployed to East Timor.
- disaster relief, for example the 1998 tsunamis in Papua New Guinea
- The Mutual Assistance Programme (MAP), providing support to our pacific neighbours using overseas exercises as opportunities to provide humanitarian assistance, for example Exercise Tropic Twilight.