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.

Happy New Year and Happy Holidays


11 January 2017

Happy New Year everyone from the F4F Team. Wishing you and your Whanau, your nearest and dearests a very happy, healthy and prosperous New year. Enjoy the summer holidays too!

Whatever your goals and dreams are for the year, as Albert Einstein says: Learn from yesterday, live for today and hope for tomorrow.

Happy Holidays - Devonport Community Blog - 11 January 2017

The past three months have been packed with a variety of community events for the families and folks of Devonport.  It started with a hiss and roar in October with the Kids Camp on Motutapu Island out in the Hauraki Gulf.  40 kids and volunteers became adventurers for a week. 

The first big adventure, and shock for some, was tramping the 11 kms from the arrival wharf to the homestead.  Everything after that was fun. Five days of team and confidence building created some very tired but self-assured young people arriving back on Base at the end of the week.  DOC personnel on Motutapu provided a great programme for the week, and the addition of committed Navy volunteers added another dimension to the success of the event.

As part of the wider local Devonport Community, a Sausage Sizzle was provided for more than 600 at the Community Halloween celebration – as a developing event the creativity of costumes is astounding.  Many of our families live in the area and it is always great to catch up with them (even if sometimes we don’t recognise them with their face paint and spiders webs).   

Just before Christmas was the Grande finale for the Year – the Kids Christmas Party – a legend in these parts – 600 children’s tickets were sold and around 2000 people attended the event.  Families were very well organised and had all the necessities and more.  The party atmosphere was punctuated through the day by screams from the huge bouncy castle slide and tears from Santa’s knee.  Arrival of the Jolly Red Man by Airforce Helicopter was an exciting addition to the day and the kids, both big and small, were wowed all over again.

Happy Holidays, hope you are all enjoying the wonderful summer weather.

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 11 January 2017, and is current.