Air Force Recruits Help the Local Community

21 March 2016

More than 50 Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) recruits from Base Woodbourne have spent time helping out at Kaipupu Point Wildlife Sanctuary in Picton.
The R1/16 recruit course spent the day doing various labour intensive tasks from digging steps, clearing paths and moving traps.

Kaipupu Point Sounds Wildlife Sanctuary was first created in 2005 to protect and enhance our unique New Zealand wildlife.

Sergeant and Instructor at Command Recruit Training School (CRTS) Mark Atkinson said that the benefits the recruits receive are extremely valuable.

“The recruits get a great sense of pride and achievement from helping the local community and putting something back into it.”

“Community Service is integrated into the recruit training as it allows our recruits to not only increase their sense of belonging into the community and give back, but also to build teamwork within each other and with local services,” he said.

The CRTS at Woodbourne Air Force Base has been assisting with various community programmes in the local area for a number of years. Previous recruit courses have helped in repairing and maintaining tracks, assisting with the distribution of traps, and various other tasks.

Base Woodbourne is where it all starts for the personnel and has been used to conduct recruit training for more than 60 years. The facilities at Woodbourne have been designed and purpose built to support induction training and all RNZAF training accordingly.


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This page was last reviewed on 21 March 2016.