New Zealand's foreign minister, Murray McCully, who is visiting Fiji, says New Zealand wants to strengthen bi-lateral defence ties.
Fiji media reported he has held talks with various government ministers and he says New Zealand is keen to progress defence co-operation.
FBC News reported Mr McCully spoke of the opportunity for the countries' military forces to co-operate during disaster relief operations.
It also quoted him saying 20 personnel from the disciplined forces would travel to New Zealand in coming months, but there were no other details.
Mr McCully's visit comes just a month after the arrival in Suva of a consignment of arms gifted from Russia.