About us

We are the main provider of research, science and technology support to the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and the Ministry of Defence.

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

We are a business unit of the NZDF, with facilities located at the Devonport Naval Base in Auckland.

Our values

Courage We provide frank and independent advice that is delivered without hesitation, even when it may conflict with the status quo. We take the calculated risks that are necessary to develop the truely creative outcomes that best support NZDF’s mission.

Commitment We understand and emphasise the importance of commitment to our customers, to our stakeholders, and to our people. This commitment is reflected in strong teamwork and in our continuing efforts to provide high-quality science-based outcomes to fulfil our mission.

Comradeship Our comradeship arises from a culture of friendship, mutual respect, teamwork and working together towards a common cause. We recognise that it is our combined efforts that deliver the greatest value.

Integrity Integrity is the basic value underpinning all we do. It is an essential element of our relationships with each other; it is a crucial contributor to our scientific rigour and our personal and professional credibility. Our integrity is what gives our customers and stakeholders confidence in our work.

Innovation Our innovation and creativity are what enables us to provide high quality advice, solutions, and technologies for NZDF. We continually seek new approaches to produce transformative outcomes.

Our stakeholders

Our principal stakeholders are the NZDF and the Ministry of Defence. We also work with:

  • other Government agencies and Crown entities in New Zealand
  • other science and technology providers in New Zealand and overseas
  • defence organisations overseas
  • the wider scientific community (including research organisations and universities)
  • public and private sector organisations and businesses.