New Zealand First places great value and recognition on the service and sacrifice made by our veterans. We believe that policy must reflect this as our nation has a special obligation to our veterans, especially those who have suffered as a result of their service.



  • Respond to the findings of the national conversation on the establishment of a Kawenata, or Covenant, between service people, the government and the people of New Zealand
  • Investigate the establishment of a Ministry for Veterans, as a separate statutory entity from the New Zealand Defence Force
  • Establish and resource a dedicated research capability to study matters of concern to veterans and their wellbeing
  • Explore ways of supporting emerging, contemporary veterans support organisations
  • Continue to implement the recommendations of the independent report Warrant of Fitness (an independent review of the Veterans’ Support Act 2014)
  • Working with the Veterans community, investigate the establishment of a Veterans’ Day
  • Respond to the recommendations of the Veterans’ Advisory Board that the definition of a veteran be expanded so that all who have served are considered veterans