The innovative application of science & technology

Ko te tono auaha o te putaiao me te hangarau

The Defence Technology Agency | Pokapū Hangarau o Te Ope Kātua 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.


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

MINDEF visit 7

Visit by the Minister of Defence and the Secretary of Defence to DTA

July 18, 2022

RHIB trials

The Science of Safety - DTA RHIB trials

Missions | March 22, 2022

DTA drone onsite

Wings over Wairarapa

Community | Missions | July 29, 2021

Cubic GATR

Protecting our Comms

Achievements | July 5, 2021

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DTA Know-how Assists Navy

Achievements | March 23, 2021

Lake Tasman Ice Trial

An Icy Mission

Missions | February 16, 2021

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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 72 scientists, technologists, technicians and business services staff. We are all civilians and come from a variety of backgrounds.