The Commanders Respond: Royal New Zealand Navy

We also must strive to continuously demonstrate value to the government, the people of New Zealand, and international partners as we go about performing our mission. We must be seen and understood by those stakeholders as being able to deliver effectiveness in maritime operations with professionalism and expertise. For the government this means demonstrating value for money as well. We must constantly reassure all that the navy is providing a good return on investment in being able to bring about desirable outcomes.

A third challenge is that of achieving balance between effectiveness and efficiency. For the RNZN the key to efficiency is the nurturing of a culture of ‘continuous improvement’ in navy people in all aspects of our business. That means we constantly look for ways to improve processes and practices so the resources of money, people, and time can be allocated sufficiently—and no more—to all parts of the endeavor. In other words, we want to do the right things right and cease doing those things that no longer add value.

The next three to five years will undoubtedly be tough. We will need to stay well focused on our challenges and strive to do things smarter as we go about our duties.

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