Articles tagged NZDF

The Government's new defence policy statement caught the eye of many for its more candid discussion of China. But a bigger challenge facing New Zealand may be the gap between its defence resources and what the country may be asked to do, as Van Jackson writes.


The Government has confirmed it will spend $2.3 billion on four P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, with Defence Minister Ron Mark dismissing suggestions the decision is a result of pressure from international partners. Sam Sachdeva reports.


A new Government report has offered a worrying picture of threats to New Zealand and the international order, saying pressure will play out in newly potent ways - including from “an increasingly confident” China. Sam Sachdeva reports.

The Government has laid out its views on the threats facing New Zealand in a new defence document with surprisingly few punches pulled. The strategy answers a number of questions about the main threats we face, but how we can afford the cost of addressing them is less clear, as Sam Sachdeva writes.

A New Zealand military officer has been suspended after calling the new Timor-Leste prime minister the “puppet” of a revolutionary hero and warning a military coup is possible. Sam Sachdeva reports with this exclusive.

New Zealand’s intelligence watchdog has launched an inquiry into our spy agencies’ involvement in the military’s Afghanistan activities - including the raid which allegedly killed innocent civilians. Sam Sachdeva reports.

Lieutenant-General Tim Keating’s four years as chief of the NZ Defence Force draw to a close this week. Keating spoke to Sam Sachdeva about the military’s response to allegations of war crimes, finding the funds to grow, and where the NZDF’s focus should be.