29 February 2020
More than 100 people attended an expo in Manukau today to help personnel transition out of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF).
The Post-Service Employment and Wellbeing Expo at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) South Campus was for service personnel looking to transition out of the NZDF and those who have transitioned recently. It was open to all former service personnel.
It was focused on employment and support after service. Recruiters, the business community, and support organisations came together to provide a one-stop shop.
Recruiters from organisations including Air New Zealand, Babcock, ExServices Recruitment, New Zealand Police, and Workbridge met attendees exploring their employment options outside of the services.
Support organisations including the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association, No Duff Charitable Trust, and the Veterans of Combined Forces Surfing Association were also available to talk to about what is available for former serving personnel and their families.
Head of Veterans’ Affairs Bernadine Mackenzie said the expo format made it easy for those who had left service to find out what was available to them once they had become civilians.
“Our aim was to support former service personnel in a way that best suited them,” Ms Mackenzie said.
“We held three expos last year aimed at those who had served in Vietnam, and they were very popular. This time we focused on younger veterans, who are either already out of service or planning to leave shortly.
“Civilian life can be very different from what someone has known in the military, and we hope the information that was available at the event can help smooth the path for those who have left or are leaving one of the services.”
Veterans’ Affairs hosted the event in partnership with AUT and the Ranfurly Veterans’ Trust.