Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence supports the Government in protecting New Zealand's territorial sovereignty and meeting its responsibilities for the maintenance of regional and global security. The purpose of the Ministry of Defence is to provide high quality advice to enable the Government to make well-informed judgements on the defence of New Zealand and its interests and to make available the resources which are needed. In carrying out this task, the Ministry works closely with the New Zealand Defence Force.

The Ministry purchases major items of military equipment approved by the Government and manages each contract through to delivery. The Ministry also assesses and audits New Zealand Defence Force functions, duties and projects, and major equipment purchasing activities.