Defence Regulations 1990

  • This version was replaced on 23 August 2017 to make a correction to regulation 21 under section 25(1)(j)(iii) of the Legislation Act 2012.

Part 1 Terms and conditions of service

3 Oath of allegiance


For the purpose of section 35 of the Act, the oath of allegiance shall be in the following form, or in a form to the like effect:

I, [name], solemnly promise and swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to our Sovereign Lady the Queen, her heirs and successors, and that I will faithfully serve in the New Zealand Naval Forces/the New Zealand Army/the Royal New Zealand Air Force [delete the Services that are not appropriate], and that I will loyally observe and obey all orders of Her Majesty, her heirs and successors, and of the officers set over me, until I shall be lawfully discharged. So help me God.”


This regulation does not derogate from section 4 of the Oaths and Declarations Act 1957, which entitles a person to make an affirmation instead of taking an oath.