General Information

The purpose of this section is to provide general information to help facilitate the transition from overseas to NZ. A number of independent sources have been included and individuals are strongly encouraged to undertake their own research to develop a realistic and personal impression of life in NZ.


Personnel enlisting from overseas need to be prepared to pay their own relocation expenses. Partial funding may be available and will be determined on an individual basis. Any funding that is approved will be included in the OOS. Funding is done on a pay and claim basis and will bond you to the NZDF for a period.


We aim to recruit successful lateral candidates at a rank and seniority that reflects their military service, however we are a small Defence Force and this will be dependant on vacancies. If you are offered a reduction in rank, it is in no way a reflection of your skills and experience. You will likely be required to complete the respective promotion courses to amalgamate you into the NZDF, establish a peer group and enable us to assess you for further career progression.


NZDF personnel are paid fortnightly and subject to ‘PAYE’ (Pay As You Earn) tax in accordance with current NZ tax rates. Details of tax rates and brackets can be found at NZDF rates of pay are regularly reviewed and your salary will be determined by your skills, experience and knowledge. The details of your remuneration package will be included in your OOS.

You will join the Government Kiwisaver superannuation scheme. Members contribute a minimum of 3% of their salary and the NZDF will contribute 4%, however benefits are locked in until at least age 65 (with minor exceptions). For more information on the Kiwisaver scheme, visit


All service personnel are provided with subsidised medical and dental care. The NZDF does not provide cover for families of service personnel.

NZ’s public health system is good by world standards. All essential health care is provided free to NZ Residents through the public health system. This means that some routine services, such as visits to local doctors and dentists, must be paid for. NZ Residents may receive free hospital treatment, subsidies on prescriptions and support services for specific disabilities. Please visit the Ministry of Health’s website for more information: 


Upon enlistment Members of the regular force are entitled to apply for service housing.  There is a waiting list for service housing in some locations.  In these locations, members will be placed on the housing register and allocated housing based on their priority when a house becomes available.  


The NZDF has family friendly, equal employment and anti-harassment policies in effect. Family friendly policies have been implemented so that the unique aspects of service (such as deployment) do not impact adversely on families. There are also trained personnel who are able to provide guidance on any aspect of discrimination, harassment or other adverse events.


You must seek permission to wear any awards or medals on the NZDF uniform. We will apply on your behalf to the NZDF’s medals team for recognition of any awards or medals you hold. Please provide all relevant details including evidence to your Candidate Coordinator.


The NZDF’s standard entitlement to Annual Leave is 25 working days leave. The Statutory Leave entitlement is 11 Public Holidays each year, however you will likely be expected to parade on ANZAC Day (25th of April). You are also granted two Armed Forces days which are normally given between Christmas and New Year.

For more information see our Frequently Asked Questionsemail us or call us on +64 04 342 6925.