To be a world-class Army with mana.

‘World-class’ means to be at a standard where the New Zealand Army is considered leading from the front and amongst the best in the world.

'Mana’ incorporates prestige, respect, pride and high status, all of which are earned and given, rather than assumed or taken. Mana is earned and is not afforded by right.



To provide world-class combat ready land forces that are trained, led and equipped to win as part of an Integrated Defence Force

To be combat ready and to be good enough to win in every situation. Leadership, training and modern equipment must be world-class if the Army is to achieve this within an integrated Defence Force.



Serving New Zealand loyally and honourably

Our Ethos is the characteristic spirit, and belief, in our Army. It incorporates two elements that have stood the test of time in peace and war: Loyalty and Honour.

‘Loyalty’ is reflected in the solemn oath of allegiance to the Crown and New Zealand Government.

‘Honour’ requires a high standard of behavior both in war and peace. Acting honourably means to act in a way that gains the respect of other people.


Our Values

Courage | Tū Kaha – Taking action despite your fears

Courage is having the moral and physical strength to do what is right, even in the face of adversity. It is stepping up when things get hard. It is speaking up when you see things that are wrong. Courage is enforcing our standards and discipline. It is not giving in to peer pressure.

Commitment | Tū Tika – Giving your best

Commitment is doing your best. It is always looking for ways to achieve the task, and persevering even when the going gets tough. Commitment is accepting and living our values and standards. It is serving New Zealand.

Comradeship | Tū Tira – Respecting and looking out for each other

Comradeship is respecting the differences of the people around you and treating others as you’d like to be treated. It is working together as a team, being inclusive, recognising we are stronger together. Comradeship is never an excuse for covering up other people’s wrong doing.

Integrity | Tū Māia – Doing the right thing – always!

Integrity is conducting yourself honestly, ethically and to the highest professional standards - even when no one is watching. It is doing the things that you say you are going to do. Integrity is accepting responsibility for your decisions and actions.

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This page was last amended on 20 March 2020