The purpose of this section is to provide general information to help facilitate the transition from overseas to NZ. A number of independent sources have been included and individuals are strongly encouraged to undertake their own research to develop a realistic and personal impression of life in NZ.
Personnel enlisting from overseas need to be prepared to pay their own relocation expenses. Partial funding may be available and will be determined on an individual basis. Any funding that is approved will be included in the OOS. Funding is done on a pay and claim basis and will bond you to the NZDF for a period.
Rank and seniority
We aim to recruit successful lateral candidates at a rank and seniority that reflects their military service, however we are a small Defence Force and this will be dependant on vacancies. If you are offered a reduction in rank, it is in no way a reflection of your skills and experience. You will likely be required to complete the respective promotion courses to amalgamate you into the NZDF, establish a peer group and enable us to assess you for further career progression.
Pay, tax and superannuation
NZDF personnel are paid fortnightly and subject to ‘PAYE’ (Pay As You Earn) tax in accordance with current NZ tax rates. Details of tax rates and brackets can be found at www.ird.govt.nz. NZDF rates of pay are regularly reviewed and your salary will be determined by your skills, experience and knowledge. The details of your remuneration package will be included in your OOS.
You will join the Government Kiwisaver superannuation scheme. Members contribute a minimum of 3% of their salary and the NZDF will contribute 4%, however benefits are locked in until at least age 65 (with minor exceptions). For more information on the Kiwisaver scheme, visit www.kiwisaver.govt.nz
Medical and Dental
All service personnel are provided with subsidised medical and dental care. The NZDF does not provide cover for families of service personnel.
NZ’s public health system is good by world standards. All essential health care is provided free to NZ Residents through the public health system. This means that some routine services, such as visits to local doctors and dentists, must be paid for. NZ Residents may receive free hospital treatment, subsidies on prescriptions and support services for specific disabilities. Please visit the Ministry of Health’s website for more information: www.health.govt.nz
All members of the NZDF are entitled to apply for service housing. Please note that service housing is in short supply in both Auckland and Wellington and supply fluctuates in the other areas. Therefore, you are strongly advised to research the different options such as renting or purchasing a house.
For information on the current housing and rental markets please visit
For the option to rent fully furnished holiday homes for extended periods without the requirement to enter into a tenancy agreement you may wish to visit;
If you request service housing, you will be added to the housing list once an enlistment date is agreed. Personnel will be allocated a house as soon as one becomes available. The number of bedrooms offered may depend on availability and the gender of your children. We would not normally expect children of different genders to share a bedroom, so you may have to wait longer for a house with more than 2 bedrooms.
In special circumstances, welfare housing may be available on a temporary and casual occupancy basis at full rates. Please note that welfare situations take priority over casual occupancy and those using welfare housing for casual occupancy will be expected to vacate if a welfare situation arises. Therefore, casual occupants must have a back up accommodation plan in case.
Family friendly / EEO
The NZDF has family friendly, equal employment and anti-harassment policies in effect. Family friendly policies have been implemented so that the unique aspects of service (such as deployment) do not impact adversely on families. There are also trained personnel who are able to provide guidance on any aspect of discrimination, harassment or other adverse events.
You must seek permission to wear any awards or medals on the NZDF uniform. We will apply on your behalf to the NZDF’s medals team for recognition of any awards or medals you hold. Please provide all relevant details including evidence to your Candidate Coordinator.
The NZDF’s standard entitlement to Annual Leave is 25 working days leave. The Statutory Leave entitlement is 11 Public Holidays each year, however you will likely be expected to parade on ANZAC Day (25th of April). You are also granted two Armed Forces days which are normally given between Christmas and New Year.