14 March 2011
The New Zealand Defence Force has signed a six year lease for a building in Upper Hutt’s central business district.
About 110 Defence Force staff who will provide human resource administration and payroll services for all of the Defence Force are expected to move into the building in Upper Hutt’s main street in the middle of this year.
NZ Defence Force’s Acting General Manager of Organisational Support, Peter Thomas says, the move is designed to make Defence Force HR functions more streamlined and efficient and also strengthens the long standing relationship between the Upper Hutt community and the Defence Force.
“This is a win for the Defence Force as we can provide staff with a good working environment that is close to public transport, as well as local shops and facilities such as the pool and library,” he says.
“Historically Defence Force facilities and resources have been located inside a military base in a remote location. But here we are centralising our back-office functions and locating them closer to amenities, making it a more attractive workplace.”
Mayor of Upper Hutt Wayne Guppy says the city is proud of its strong links with the Defence Force which dates back to World War I when Trentham Military Camp opened in October 1914.
“Upper Hutt has a long and important association with New Zealand’s Defence Force, and we’re obviously pleased that now military and civilian personnel will be working in the heart of our city centre.”
“This move will no doubt be a welcome boost to local retailers. And it also boosts our growing role as an alternate commercial location that provides quality working accommodation at a reasonable cost to taxpayers.
“Council, NZDF and the developer have been working collaboratively behind the scenes and it’s exciting to see it come to fruition.”
For further information please contact:
Defence Communications Group, Zen Gregor, 021 840 358.