Defence White Paper 2016

The Defence White Paper was released by the Ministry of Defence on 8 June 2016. It sets out the Government's expectations for Defence over the coming decades.

The Defence White Paper 2016 provides the foundation for New Zealand’s security now and into the future at a time of increasing instability and uncertainty in the international strategic environment.

The Government directed that a review of its defence policy be conducted over the course of 2015. The Government last updated its defence policy through the Defence White Paper 2010. The White Paper provides Defence with the direction it needs to be able to effectively prioritise the roles and tasks it undertakes, both at home and overseas, and guide the modernisation of many of the Defence Force’s military capabilities. The Defence White Paper 2016 provides an opportunity to take stock of changes to New Zealand’s strategic circumstances since 2010.

View more information about the Defence White Paper 2016 on the Ministry of Defence site.

This page was last reviewed on 09 June 2016 and is current.