Our Role

We’re the Army – the fighting force of New Zealand. Highly trained, committed, loyal and passionate, we work together to protect the country, safeguard its interests and support our allies.

The Army is part of the New Zealand Defence Force – a Force for New Zealand – and works closely with the Navy and the Air Force as well as other Government and non-government agencies.


We need to be prepared for all eventualities, so a significant part of our time is spent on exercises. This is the time when we learn the skills required to be a soldier, and to undertake specialist roles, whether that’s as a sniper, an officer or a chef. It’s also when we get to grips with our equipment and understand its capabilities. From Light Armoured Vehicles to night vision goggles to heavy mortars, we’ve always got our hands on the latest technology.


We are here to protect New Zealand and its people. This means that we’re called upon to provide assistance in civilian emergencies at home. This could be anything from search and rescue, to natural disaster relief, bomb disposal or even assisting the police with crime scene investigations.

Our commitment to supporting our allies and helping countries in need regularly takes us overseas too. Warfare is one of our core skills, so as we have seen in Afghanistan, if we’re called into a combat zone we are ready to play our part. Other common scenarios include supporting countries affected by natural disasters and famine, or helping protect civilians caught up in conflict.

There will be plenty of opportunities for you to make a positive difference to the world - you can check out what we’re doing and where here.



At home and overseas, we have many opportunities to bring about positive change. It’s a part of the job that never fails to satisfy.

These are just some of the initiatives that we are involved in.


We have bomb disposal teams throughout the country, on call 24-7. We assist the police with everything from search and rescue to crime scene investigations. In civil emergencies we’re on hand to provide shelter, supplies, transport and security. Our work at home is essential to the welfare of the country and the safety of its citizens.


Less than two hours after the earthquake struck Canterbury in 2011, our teams were there to provide search and rescue, medical assistance and damage assessment. After that came the long-term requirements of re-supplying and re-building, as well as maintaining a security cordon around the badly affected central business district.


We carry the mana of all New Zealanders. There is no better example of this than when we’re overseas. Our work takes us to all four corners of the globe, helping people and countries in need, particularly our Pacific neighbours. From peace support in East Timor to tsunami relief in Papua New Guinea, you will discover that our expertise is essential in effecting positive change.