We live in an insecure world, and National believes New Zealand should play our part in keeping it safe. We have a direct interest in ensuring our partners enjoy the same peace and prosperity we do, both for global stability and the safety of New Zealanders at home and abroad.

And in an age where our lives are so intertwined with digital tools, it’s vital we are protecting our cyber-security.

Our Defence Force also helps at home – they’re vital in responding to natural disasters, and helping secure our borders.

New Zealand has the world’s fourth largest exclusive economic zone, covering almost 10 per cent of the planet’s surface. As a nation of traders, it’s critical we police our borders.