Relations with New Zealand

  • Last updated: 12 Sep. 2018 13:28

NATO and New Zealand are strengthening relations to address shared security challenges. New Zealand has made valuable contributions to NATO-led efforts in Afghanistan and in the fight against piracy.


  • NATO and New Zealand have been engaged in dialogue and cooperation since 2001.  New Zealand is one of a range of countries beyond the Euro-Atlantic area – often referred to as “partners across the globe” – with which NATO is developing relations.
  • Since 2012, work is being taken forward through an Individual Partnership and Cooperation Programme.
  • New Zealand currently provides support for NATO-led defence capacity-building efforts in Afghanistan and also seeks to continue cooperation in the maritime security sphere.
  • NATO and New Zealand are deepening joint work in areas of common interest, including science and technology, maritime security, cyber defence, counter-terrorism, and furthering the Women, Peace and Security agenda.

Key areas of cooperation

New Zealand’s cooperation with NATO is mutually beneficial and includes:

Building capabilities and interoperability

  • Since 2014 under the Partnership Interoperability Initiative, New Zealand participates in the Interoperability Platform that brings Allies together with 24 partners.
  • An important focus of cooperation is to develop capability between NATO and New Zealand and to project stability and build capacity in others.  This includes participation in operations, exercises, training, exchanges of information, personnel and lessons learnt, as well as involvement in development of standards and science and technology cooperation.

Support for NATO-led operations and missions

New Zealand made a significant contribution to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, which completed its mission in December 2014. It led a Provincial Reconstruction Team in Bamyan Province. New Zealand currently contributes to the Resolute Support Mission to train, advise and assist Afghan security forces and institutions.

  • New Zealand has also contributed twice to NATO’s past maritime counter-piracy operation off the Horn of Africa, Ocean Shield.
  • Several New Zealand officers served in the NATO-led Stabilisation Force (SFOR) in Bosnia and Herzegovina.