Current Deployments

The NZ Army deploys several hundred personnel overseas each year. Currently there are personnel in the following locations:


The NZDF has contributed to international military efforts in Afghanistan since 2001. Until April 2013, this involved sending Provincial Reconstruction Teams to Bamiyan Province to help create a secure environment for reconstruction and development to take place.

The 13 NZDF personnel currently deployed in Afghanistan comprises eight mentors, three personnel providing real life support at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy in Camp Qargha and two headquarters staff officers supporting NATO’s Resolute Support mission.


The NZDF contributes to the New Zealand Government’s continuing involvement in Antarctica though the Antarctic Treaty system.

Up to 200 personnel are deployed during the summer season, including air crew, refuelling operators, Army engineers, heavy plant operators, communications specialists and staff providing ground support and passenger and cargo handling.

The NZDF involvement is coordinated through collaboration with Antarctica New Zealand and its partner-nations in the Ross Sea region.


Since May 2015, seven rotations that each comprise around 100 - 150 personnel have been deployed alongside the Australian Defence Force to train Iraqi Security Forces personnel.

The mission, originally for two years, has been extended by the government to June 2019. New Zealand soldiers have also been training stabilisation forces such as the Iraqi Border Guards in addition to the Iraqi Army.

There are also NZDF staff officers working at the headquarters of the Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve In Baghdad, which was established by the international coalition against ISIS to coordinate military efforts in Iraq and Syria and is comprised of personnel from more than 30 countries.

Israel, Lebanon

The NZDF has been providing UN Observers to the United Nations Truce and Supervisory Organisation since 1954. These personnel patrol the area of operations and monitor ceasefires and military activity within the region.


A senior NZDF officer assumed the role of Chief Military Intelligence Officer (U2) for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali in March 2018.

The deployment is for 12 months and marks the first time that the NZDF is contributing to the UN mission in Mali.

Middle East

The NZDF maintains a small team providing operational support to forces operating in the Middle East region. A Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft and a 32-member detachment has been deployed to support New Zealand, Australian and coalition operations in the Middle East from May-December 2018.

Officers are stationed in headquarters in Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain. NZDF personnel are also embarked on UK and Australian Navy ships and in shore-based roles to assist allied nations that are conducting counter-piracy patrols in the Arabian Gulf and Horn of Africa maritime operating areas.

Republic of Korea

The NZDF provides staff support to the operational, liaison and corridor control functions of the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission in Korea.

Sinai Peninsula

The NZDF has participated in the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) since it was established in 1982 to ensure compliance with the commitments of the 1979 Treaty of Peace between Egypt and Israel.

New Zealand contributes a transport section, a training and advisory team and a number of key staff positions to the MFO.

South Sudan

The NZDF contribution to the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) started with the deployment of personnel to its predecessor, the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), at the request of the United Nations in 2005.

The NZDF provides two Military Observers, a Staff Officer working as Deputy Chief of Plans and another officer serving as Military Assistant to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General.

Early this year, the New Zealand Government approved the 12-month deployment of a Brigadier who will take up the role of Force Chief of Staff and help supervise the estimated 14,000 military personnel from 60 countries who are serving as part of UNMISS.


The NZDF has been supporting various operations through the United Nations Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) since 1999.

Although New Zealand’s military and police participation in UNMIT concluded on 31 December 2012, NZDF’s engagement continues through the five Technical Advisors attached to the Timor-Leste Defence Force.

United States of America

A NZDF National Planning Element and operational support has been based at the United States Central Command in Florida since 2003. They perform liaison and planning functions.

This page was last amended on 15 February 2019