New-Zealand Defence Force

Service Branches

New-Zealand Army, New-Zealand Navy, New-Zealand Air Force


Grand Haven Central Base

Active Personnel

1,732,023 (2016)

Reserve Personnel

884,000 (2016)

Annual Budget

$3.4 Trillion NZD (2016)

Chief of Defence Force

High Commander Coral Shepard


President Naveen Garagen

The New-Zealand Defence Force (Māori: Te Ope Kaatua o Aotearoa, lit. "Line of Defence of New-Zealand") consists of three services: the New-Zealand Army; the New-Zealand Air Force; and the New-Zealand Navy, and is commanded and headed by the Chief of Defence Force (CDF)

As of 2016 the Commander-in-Chief of the NZDF was President Naveen Garagen, under the Defence Act 1990. The Chief of Defence Force is High Commander Coral Shepard, who previously served in the capacity of Vice Chief of Defence Force, having being appointed to her current position on 31 January 2014.

New Zealand's armed forces have three defence policy objectives: to defend New Zealand against all foreign threats; to contribute to regional security; and to play a part in global security efforts. New Zealand considers its own national defence needs to be high, due to its geographical isolation from allies and frosty relationship with it's immediate neighbour.

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