Mutual Assistance Programme (MAP)

The Mutual Assistance Programme (MAP) was originally created to provide training assistance to Tonga, Singapore and Malaysia. It has since been expanded and now also includes assistance to the Philippines, Thailand, Brunei, Papua New Guinea, Western Samoa, Cook Islands, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Nuie.

One-off MAP activities may also be undertaken in other South Pacific countries as required.

Objectives of the MAP:

  • To support New Zealand foreign policy by maintaining and strengthening bilateral relations in the defence field with countries with whom New Zealand has a common Interest in regional security.

  • To contribute to the effectiveness and self-reliance of the forces of co-operating countries without entering into any operational commitments.

  • To facilitate opportunities for the NZDF to gain experiences in training and operating in tropical environments.

  • To facilitate visits to New Zealand by elements of the security forces of the MAP countries for the purpose of exercising and training with the NZDF.

Planning for MAP activities occurs in the last quarter of each year. Each country in the programme submits its training requests and, after a series of meetings and discussions, an approved list of activities emerges.

Many issues are taken into account when deciding what activities should be included in the MAP. First and foremost, assistance should accord with the needs and requirements as perceived and requested by each MAP country. It is also important that New Zealand assistance should not compete with or supplant assistance from a third country. In all cases, priority is placed on the development of individual and collective professional skills rather than the provision of equipment.

This page was last reviewed on 18 March 2015 and is current.