Force 4 Families - Connected Families and Whanau

This website is for you – the friends and families who support our serving soldiers, officers, aircrew, sailors, and civilians. You have a special part to play in supporting NZDF personnel and our operations so we want to support and acknowledge you too.


Keep an eye on this site! There’s changing news and views, and a load of resources that will keep you in the loop and support you as a valued person to NZDF.  

If you have any ideas on what we can add then please contact us.

Excited to receive her medallion

Excited to receive her NZDF Supporters Medallion

NZDF Supporters Medallion Now Available

Families/whānau provide crucial support to our Defence personnel and their efforts often go unseen – officially, at least. To help change this, we have created a “NZDF Supporters Medallion”.

The launch of the medallion, coincides with the United National International Day of Families – 15 May 2017.  Families Day is of special significance to Force 4 Families not only to promote family wellbeing but also as this was the day it was launched back in 2015.

The NZDF Supporters Medallion is a tangible recognition of the huge contribution that family members play in supporting personnel, and NZDF operations.

Family could be your best friend, your spouse or partner, children, a parent, an in-law – or anyone else in your life that you feel especially close to, who has supported and stood by you in the work that you do at NZDF.  The medallion is also for those wanting to show their support of NZDF.

The supporters medallion can be engraved with a personal message on the reverse.  Wear the medallion on the right-hand side to show your support for NZDF.

The medallion can be purchased from each of the service museums for $21.50 (plus postage): National Navy Museum, National Army Museum and the Air Force Museum.

New to NZDF life?

If you’re new to the NZDF, or a recent partner of someone who serves, check out this information which will help you get an understanding of  how we can support you.

Are you posted?

If your partner is posted to a new location you may need support to help you settle in to your new surroundings.  Here is some information to help you.

Families of deployed personnel

Homebase is our key web resource to help you if your partner is deployed.  Go here to find out more

Other useful information

There are many facilities and services that you can access as an NZDF family:



Force Financial Hub - Plan for my future today

Force Financial Hub Information Savings Schemes for NZDF

Visit the Mercer Superfacts Website to Join the NZDF Savings Schemes

To Join, Visit the Mercer Superfacts Website

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This page was last reviewed on 17 May 2017, and is current.