Veterans' Affairs
Ngā Take Ika ā-Whiro

Our focus is to reach that all those with qualifying service to assist with their wellbeing at home, at work and in their communities.

An introduction to Veterans' Affairs

Veterans' Affairs (VA) is part of the New Zealand Defence Force and works alongside other government agencies and veterans' groups to support those with qualifying service as well as their family and whānau. VA works to celebrate the service, courage, comradeship, and commitment of our veterans as well as commemorating loss and sacrifice. 

How we help

  • Veterans' Affairs NZ - Support for veterans
  • Veterans' Affairs NZ - How will Veterans' Affairs work with me?
  • Providing support to those with qualifying service, their family and whānau, so they can be well at home, at work, and in their communities
  • Helping coordinate commemorative activities
  • Maintaining over 180 service cemeteries throughout NZ
  • Working with other organisation that also support and advocate for veterans.

For more information on Veterans' Affairs work programmes.

Who we help


  • Veterans' Affairs NZ - Eligibility
  • Veterans' Affairs NZ - Support for family
  • Veterans' Affairs NZ - What if I live outside of New Zealand?

Our clients range from 19 to more than 100 years old. They include retired people, those in civilian life, current service members, and their families. There are over 31,000 New Zealanders who could be eligible for support, services, and entitlements from us.

Veterans' Affairs will support currently serving, ex-serving, family & whānau and non-military personnel.

Contact Veterans' Affairs on 0800 483 8372 or +64 4 495 2070 if you are outside of New Zealand.

The legislation we work under


  • Veterans' Affairs NZ - What's your code of rights?
  • Veterans' Affairs NZ - How does Veterans' Affairs make their decisions?
  • Veterans' Affairs NZ - What if I disagree with your decision?

The Veterans' Support Act 2014 defines what support we can provide to those with Qualifying Service and their families and whānau. It guides our decision making and outlines what happens if people disagree with the decisions we make. Our policies help our staff to interpret and apply the Act consistently.

Find out more about our policies.

Useful resources

The Veterans' Affairs website provides valuable resources and documentation.

Latest Veterans' Affairs Quarterly Newsletter.