Defence Youth Development facility opens in Auckland on Friday

1 June 2010

The New Zealand Defence Force’s Youth Development Unit (North) at Hobsonville in West Auckland will be officially opened on Friday, June 4 at 3pm.

The Youth Development Unit (YDU) is the Auckland regional base for the delivery of three youth oriented programmes by the New Zealand Defence Force, for the Ministry of Social Development and the Ministry of Education.

The YDU will provide the Limited Service Volunteer (LSV) course, support the work of service academies in the Auckland region and provide the Military Activity Camp (MAC) programme.

LSV is an intensive six-week residential course providing life skills to unemployed young people aged between 17-25.  Trainees are volunteers who apply for the course through Work and Income.  In 2010 up to 2000 trainees will go through the LSV course at Christchurch, Trentham or Hobsonville.

Ten Secondary Schools in the Auckland region operate Service Academies. Service Academies provide a structured academic program supplemented with physical activity for students who may otherwise have left school without qualifications.  Service Academies are run by the individual schools with funding from the Ministry of Education and support from YDU staff.

The MAC programme is part of a comprehensive programme for youth offenders run by the Youth Justice staff of Child, Youth and Family. The MAC programme will be run in the Auckland region but not at YDU (North) in Hobsonville. 

What:  Opening of New Zealand Defence Force Youth Development Unit (North), Hobsonville, West Auckland.

Where: Marine Parade, Hobsonville, (Formerly Hobsonville Air Base).

When: 3-4pm, Friday 4 June (Media to arrive no later than 2:45pm).

Note: As access to Hobsonville is controlled, all media wishing to attend must register .


To register please contact Lieutenant Jeremy Seed no later than 5pm, Thursday 3 June, on 021-0233-2663

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