The innovative application of science & technology

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The Defence Technology Agency supports the NZDF by providing technical and scientific advice based on good scientific practice, is independent, unbiased, transparent and timely. The technical solutions we develop are used across the spectrum of defence operations.

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We are a business unit of the NZDF, with our main facility located at the Devonport Naval Base in Auckland and staff based at HQNZDF, Wellington

News & Updates

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DTA Team Member walks the length of New Zealand

Achievements | April 23, 2019

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DTA Scientist's Yachting Success

Achievements | Sports | April 17, 2019

DTA Scientist and Sailor achieves on and off the water

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DTA Volunteers Busy on Motuihe Island

Achievements | Community | July 20, 2018

DTA staff volunteer their time and energy in a day’s work helping the Motuihe Restoration Project.

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DTA Staff Head for The Southern Ocean

Missions | Achievements | July 17, 2018

DTA staff deploy on Naval Patrol Craft as part of Southern Ocean Trials


DTA Engineer Helps Kiwi Sailor

Sports | Achievements | July 17, 2018

When the control system on kiwi sailor Helena Horswell’s yacht stopped working only weeks before the World Champs, DTA engineer Neil Easton answered the call for help.

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Careers at DTA

The Defence Technology Agency (DTA) is a small unit of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) that has about 80 scientists, technologists, technicians and business services staff. We are all civilians and come from a variety of backgrounds.