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Charter of Support

1. Introduction

  1. The Participants in this Charter are:
  1. The Chief of Defence Force (CDF);
  2. the Chief of Navy (CN);
  3. the Chief of Army (CA);
  4. the Chief of Air Force (CAF);
  5. the National President of the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association Inc (RNZRSA);
  6. the President of the Sea Cadet Association of New Zealand Inc (SCANZ);
  7. the Chair of the Cadet Corps Association of New Zealand (CCANZ) and
  8. the President of the Air Training Corps Association of New Zealand Inc (ATCANZ).
  1. CN, CA, and CAF are collectively referred to as the single Service Chiefs. RNZRSA, SCANZ, CCANZ and ATCANZ are collectively referred to as the Recognised Organisations, being recognised by the Minister of Defence under section 81 of the Defence Act 1990.
  2. This Charter records the understandings of the Participants as to their responsibilities and the assistance to be provided to the NZCF; namely, the Sea Cadet Corps (SCC), the New Zealand Cadet Corps (NZCC) and the Air Training Corps (ATC) by each of the Participants. For the avoidance of doubt, the SCC is affiliated to the Royal New Zealand Navy and SCANZ, the NZCC is affiliated to the New Zealand Army and CCANZ, and the ATC is affiliated to the Royal New Zealand Air Force and ATCANZ.
  3. This Charter reflects the provisions of Part VI of the Defence Act 1990. The Charter has the status of a memorandum of understanding and is not intended to create binding legal obligations.
  4. Nothing in this Charter is designed to diminish CDF's direction and real support for the NZCF, which includes the requirement to provide directions and guidance for all NZCF activities. Nor is it intended to diminish the responsibility of NZCF Officers to control and supervise the Cadet parades, training and other Cadet activities. Rather, it is intended to establish and define joint and separate NZDF and community responsibilities for the provision of general support to Cadet units which are Crown entities. The community, which includes parents, caregivers and guardians of Cadets, for the purposes of this Charter, is represented by the Recognised organisations (unit branch committees).

2. Role of NZDF

  1. NZDF resources will be directed primarily towards the provision of personnel and other support for Cadet Unit training; training courses appropriate for NZCF Officers; provision of uniforms for NZCF Officers and Cadets; NZCF Officer management; a Code of Behaviour; and the provision of opportunities for Cadets to undertake training in NZDF establishments.
  2. NZDF support for NZCF includes the provision of Regular Force personnel to plan and supervise a predetermined number of NZCF Officer and Cadet student training days of courses and training activities per annum; the number to be promulgated by the CDF in Defence Force Orders. It also includes the provision of travel and course accommodation for these courses. These courses and activities will provide relevant military skills and leadership training to enable both NZCF Officers and Cadets to carry out their own Cadet Unit training with a military flavour. The NZDF courses will recognise that the Cadet Unit training programme is delivered to youth who are not subject to the Armed Forces Discipline Act 1971.
  3. Acting under section 74(1A) of the Defence Act 1990, CDF will:
    1. Issue and monitor the implementation of regulations for NZDF training courses and activities;
    2. Provide direction and guidance for the conduct of NZCF Officers and Cadets during all NZCF activities, included by
      1. Ensuring that directions and procedures for NZCF training programmes are published and regularly reviewed;
      2. Ensuring that instruction is provided to all NZCF Officers and Cadets in Service knowledge and the development of discipline, leadership and team building;
      3. Promulgating risk management rules and procedures for adventurous activities; and
      4. Monitoring compliance with this Charter and the relevant regulations issued by CDF in consultation with the Recognised Organisations
    3. Require that all authorised NZCF courses and training activities be properly directed and supervised by suitably qualified personnel.
  4. Acting under section 78(1) of the Defence Act 1990, CDF will:
    1. Meet annually with the national representatives of the Recognised Organizations and the single Service Chiefs as a Cadet Advisory Council (CAC). The CAC will address issues affecting NZCF support and it will allow representatives to decide on ways in which the partnership may be further developed and clarified to assist the activities of the NZCFs;
    2. Provide facilities for a Standing Committee of the CAC (CACSC)to meet regularly throughout the year to consider the progress and achievements of the NZCF and to discuss day-to-day issues for recommended action;
    3. Provide a public liability insurance policy for the purpose of indemnifying NZCF Officers and other approved adult leaders from civil liability for loss of or damage to third parties or their property, which arise from NZCF activities undertaken in accordance with proper controls;
    4. Fund Authorised Activities to provide NZCF Officers with:
      1. The basic knowledge needed to administer their Cadet Unit;
      2. Basic training in military style leadership and instructional technique;
      3. The basic skills to equip them to train and manage youth in a NZCF environment; and
      4. the skills to monitor and develop the Cadet NCOs and others who conduct training within Cadet Units.
    5. Fund Authorised Activities to provide NZCF NCOs with:
      1. Basic training in military style leadership and management; and
      2. Basic skills and knowledge to enable them to train younger Cadets.
    6. Publish public information, of the functions of the NZCF and the role of NZDF in supporting Cadet Units;
    7. Maintain Records of Service and relevant data for the appointment and administration of NZCF Officers;
    8. Provide funds to assist the national executive of SCANZ, ATCANZ and CCANZ to maintain contact with their Branches (Unit Branch Committees of Cadet Units) to fulfil their obligations in this Charter.
  5. CDF will provide most support or direction through the Commandant, NZCF, and the Commandant acts with the authority of CDF for these purposes.
  6. Each single Service Chief will:
    1. Provide assistance and administrative support to Authorised Activities to be provided by or with the assistance of his Service under the Annual Training Plan (ATP).
    2. Provide suitably qualified Regular Force personnel for full time employment on NZCF duties.;
    3. Provide other Service personnel as appropriate to assist in the direction and conduct of NZCF courses and training activities;
    4. Authorise the issue to each Cadet Unit affiliated to his Service of adequate uniforms, suitable for parade purposes, as are prescribed for wear by Cadets affiliated to that Service;
    5. Arrange for liaison between his Service and the Cadet Units affiliated to his Service, as appropriate; and
    6. Provide single Service facilities for Cadet Unit use to the extent possible consistent with his responsibility for the efficient, effective and economical management of the resources to his Service.

3. Roles of the National Executives of the Recognised Organisations


  1. The RNZRSA will:
  • Support of the operation of individual Cadet Units by providing appropriate resources;
  • Encourage its members to become Cadet Unit Branch Committee members; and
  • Include NZCF Officers and Cadets in relevant ceremonial and commemorative activities.


  1. The national executives of SCANZ, CCANZ and ATCANZ will:
  • Promote their affiliated Corps nationally;
  • Approve Corps training and activities which complement the training programme provided by NZDF;
  • Seek third party sponsorship to fund their affiliated Cadet Units;
  • Support inter-unit activities between Cadet Units and Corps;
  • Assist affiliated Cadet Units to find accommodation and will, except where the Cadet Unit is accommodated in a defence area, generally hold title, whether freehold or lease hold, to the property occupied by the Cadet Unit, either directly or through a Unit Branch;
  • Provide suitable training and activity equipment;
  • Issue policy on the insurance of all property to which they have title, whether real or personal property, and consult with the Commandant to ensure that the property used by the Cadet Units is appropriately protected
  • Inform the commandant NZCF of any Association policies which affect their roles as mutually understood under this Charter;
  • Regularly consult with the Commandant NZCF on policy issues affecting Cadet Units;
  • Liaise with other organisations which support Cadet Units or Corps;
  • Send a representative at the annual CAC meeting and to the CACSC meetings; and
  • Liaise with overseas Cadet organisations or Units for international cadet exchanges.
  1. Additionally SCANZ will:
  • Administer national resources and assets acquired for the benefit of the SCC; and
  • In consultation with the Commandant, provide a disputes resolution process for use by SCANZ Unit Branches

6. Obligations of the Cadet Unit Commander (CUCDR)

  1. Every CUCDR is to:
  • Implement the individual Corps Three Year Training programme in consultation with HQ NZCF, through Area Headquarters;
  • In consultation with the Unit Branch of the affiliated Recognised Organisation, develop, coordinate, implement and supervise an annual programme of events, activities and local training for all Cadets (Recognised Activities);
  • Conduct activities during weekly Unit parades properly and consistent with the direction provided by CDF and the requirements of the community;
  • With the assistance of the Unit Branch of the affiliated Recognised Organisation, safely conduct adventurous and outdoor activities in accordance with guidance issued by CDF and those standards prescribed by the Mountain Safety Council, the New Zealand Coastguard and other bodies relevant to the activity undertaken;
  • Ensurie that his or her own personal conduct and that of his or her other NZCF Officers complies the NZCF Code of Behaviour;
  • Promote the participation of Cadets in community service projects;
  • Foster links and communications with other Cadet Units; and
  • Comply with the conditions of any licence to occupy Unit accommodation used by the Cadet Unit.

7. Roles of Recognised Organisation Unit Branches

  1. Every Unit Branch of the affiliated Recognised Organisation will:
  • Assist the CUCDR with the preparation and support of the annual programme of local Unit training activities which require community funding and support (Recognised Activities);
  • Approve and support of Cadet activities planned by the CUCDR (Recognised Activities) which are additional to NZDF provided training and activities.
  • Provide and administer funds for the Unit's local training, activities, equipment and clothing;
  • Assist with the provision of Unit accommodation and accommodation maintenance;
  • Promote the Cadet Unit within the region;
  • Assist to the CUCDR with NZCF Officer and Cadet recruitment from within the community;
  • Liaise with the CUCDR on budgetary matters which may affect the Cadet Unit's operations and activities;
  • Foster links with other Cadet Units in conjunction with the CUCDR;
  • Regularly liaise with the local branch of the RNZRSA and similar organizations;
  • Promote of the participation of Cadets in community service, in support of the CUCDR.
  • Assist to the CUCDR in the supervision of Unit events to ensure the activities meet the aims and objectives of the NZCF; and
  • Assist to the CUCDR with managing risks associated with Cadet Unit activities.
  1. This Charter of Support is entered into with effect from the date of its signature and replaces all other previous Charters of Support entered into between the Participants

Signed at Wellington on __5th____ March 2012

[signed original]
R.R.Jones ,
Lieutenant General
Chief of Defence Force

[signed original]
A. J. Parr
Rear Admiral
Chief of Navy

[signed original]
T.J.. Keating
Major General
Chief of Army

[signed original]
P.J. Stockwell
Air Vice Marshal
Chief of Air Force

[signed original]
D.S. McIver
Lieutenant General (Retd)
National President
Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association (Inc)

[signed original]
I. A. Hunter
Rear Admiral (Rtd)
Sea Cadet Corps Association of New Zealand (Inc)

[signed original]
L.J. Gardiner
Major General (Retd)
New Zealand Cadet Corps Association of New Zealand

[signed original]
P. R. Adamson
Air Vice Marshal (Rtd)
Air Training Corps Association of New Zealand

This page was last reviewed on 18 January 2016, and is current.