Our Story

Estate Regeneration

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is a military force that operates at sea, on land, and in the air.

Our Defence estate provides the property, infrastructure and facilities to generate and maintain our military skills and capabilities.

From the early days of canvas camps set up to mobilise troops during World War I, our estate now comprises 81,000 hectares and 5000 buildings at nine main camps and bases, two large training areas, several regional facilities and our NZDF headquarters in Wellington.

Over the years, the level of investment in our estate has fallen short of that required, and a major upgrade is getting underway so our buildings, facilities and infrastructure are fit for a modern Defence Force.

The improvements we’re making mean we’ll deliver military outputs more effectively, have more efficient buildings, use energy in a more sustainable way, and improve compliance. Other government agencies will be able to make greater use our resources and we’ll enhance the wellbeing of our personnel by improving our camps and bases so they have the best possible working and training environments.