New Zealand Cadet Forces
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Where are our units?

Please Note - "Parade Night" refers to the weekly time of instruction.  It does not mean cadets spend all their time on a parade ground.

The New Zealand Cadet Forces has units spread the length and breadth of the country, from Kaitaia in the north to Invercargill in the south.  Some of the larger centres have units of all three Corps, the Sea Cadet Corps, the NZ Cadet Corps and the Air Training Corps.  Most of the smaller settlements parade a unit of one of these Corps.

To locate your closest unit just click on your region selected from the list on the left of your screen.  Displayed will be the Unit Commander, parade times and contact details of all the NZ Cadet Forces units in your area.

The most numerous Corps is the Air Training Corps followed by the NZ Cadet Corps and then the Sea Cadet Corps.

Regardless of the Corps, cadets receive similar training diverging only in the specialist nature of each Corps.  For example, the Sea Cadet Corps has a focus on marine activities while the Air Training Corps looks towards aeronautical content.

As they move around New Zealand, cadets can serve with any Corps that parades in their locality.  In the same way cadets sometimes enrol with one Corps and then transfer to another Corps in the same locality for a variety of reasons.

For administrative purposes New Zealand is divided into three areas, Northern, Central and Southern. Each area has an Area Office referred to as a Cadet Forces Training and Support Unit.  The northern office is based in RNZN Base Devonport, the central office at RNZAF Base Ohakea and the southern office at NZA Camp Burnham.  Area Advisors located in these offices visit units in their area on a regular basis to advise and assist the Cadet Forces officers in the day-to-day running of their units. The Area Advisors are also responsible for managing the many leadership training courses run for cadets on Defence camps/bases during the school holidays.

If you would like further information about a Cadet Forces unit just visit them during their parade night.  Officers are always willing to talk to prospective new members and will make you feel most welcome.

This page was last reviewed on 19 January 2016, and is current.