Defence White Paper 2010

John Key Wayne Mapp Defence Prime Minister

Defence White Paper 2010

The National-led Government is committed to making sure that New Zealand has a strong and effective defence force.   That is why we have delivered on our pre-election promise and completed the first defence review in 13 years.

This White Paper presents the Government's plan for a modern Defence Force that will meet our security needs over the coming 25 years.  The paper sets out a plan to progressively enhance capability and to be able to replace core capabilities in a planned way over the next 20 years.

We want to reprioritise resources from the back office to the frontline.  Defence requires a skilled and disciplined workforce, and this paper introduces a new approach to managing the New Zealand Defence Force's workforce.

Media Releases

PM launches Defence White Paper

Prime Minister John Key today launched the Defence White Paper, the first comprehensive defence review in 13 years.

White Paper signals new era for Defence

The Defence White Paper launched by the Prime Minister today sets out the Government's plan for a modern Defence Force to meet our security needs for the next 25 years, Defence Minister Wayne Mapp says.


Launch of the Defence White Paper 2010 - Hon Dr Wayne Mapp

Can I join in extending the thanks and appreciation of the Government to Secretary of Defence, John McKinnon, who has led the entire defence review process. He and his team, especially Deputy Secretary (Policy) Dr Brook Barrington, have done an excellent and thorough job.


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Main Documents

White Paper Executive Summary

Defence White Paper 2010