Force 4 Families - Connected Families and Whanau

This website is for you – the friends and families who support our serving soldiers, officers, aircrew, sailors, and civilians. You have a special part to play in supporting NZDF personnel and our operations so we want to support and acknowledge you too.


Keep an eye on this site! There’s changing news and views, and a load of resources that will keep you in the loop and support you as a valued person to NZDF.  

If you have any ideas on what we can add then please contact us.

Force 4 Families Discount Card Update

All F4F cards are now expired and a new online system (a web-app) is currently in development to replace these cards. We hope to launch this by the end of the year (2019). In the meantime, we have asked the retailers to accept the expired cards while the new system is being developed. NZDF members can use their military ID to access discounts too. Updates on this will be placed on this website.

F4F Steering Group engaging with our Kakapa Manawa (pulse) of the Camps and Bases

F4F Steering Group engaging with our  Kakapa Manawa (pulse) of the Camps and Bases

Upskill through Open Polytechnic

As part of the NZDF’s commitment to developing strong and connected families, we have extended the existing 50% discount on Open Polytechnic courses to the whānau of NZDF personnel.

You can enrol now for Trimester 3 starting 28 October, enrolments close 20 October 2019.

This offering is a part of the Force 4 Families Discount Scheme which supports the NZDF whānau to make the most of the NZDF way of life.

Open Polytechnic is New Zealand’s specialist provider of online and distance education. Studying by distance means you have the flexibility to control how, where and when you learn. There is a wide variety of programmes available depending on your interest, with popular choices being in Business, Foundation Studies and Engineering Technology. Click here to view all of the courses offered by Open Polytechnic.

Thinking of making 2020 your year of learning? Enrolments are open for Trimester 1, 2020.

How to apply:

  • NZDF personnel (who are not self-funding) please apply through the NZDF Voluntary Education Study Assistance programme here.
  • NZDF personnel who are self-funding please contact us to request code to obtain this discount online.
  • NZDF families please contact us to request code to obtain this discount online.

Acknowledgement of the HQNZDF Force 4 Families outgoing chair

Force 4 Families started as a vision in 2014 that was about recognising, valuing and supporting NZ Defence families and acknowledging that our families are part of a special support and enabling force.

During this period, the Force 4 Families Steering Group (F4F SG) has been chaired by Mrs Brenda Keating. The group has influenced and driven positive changes, along with introducing new initiatives for Defence personnel and their families.  Some of these highlights include, the establishment of the F4F discount scheme, the release of the NZDF supporter’s medallion and the ‘So Special’ story book which is a resource for Defence families of deployed personnel.

Thanks go to Mrs Brenda Keating for providing the passion and drive to establish both a group and a brand that will endure and continue to advocate for Defence personnel and their families. The next stage for Force 4 Families will see an attempt to expand and establish regional Force 4 Families project groups that will shape and identify their unique local context, while championing programmes and support to help train, maintain and retain connected, strong Defence families.

The Integrated Wellness Directorate will continue to support the Force 4 Families initiative.

Community Blog: Kiwi Bounce

Air Force and Navy families in Wellington joined together this school holidays, to spend a couple of hours at Kiwi Bounce this school holidays. We had 35 participants from Wellington Navy and 36 from Air Force families.

Having the venue to ourselves was a fun and relaxed afternoon. It was great to see parents and grandparents catching up with old friends and meeting new people. It’s always great to see the children having fun, jumping and bouncing and spending time together.

Feedback on the day from adults and children was very positive about the venue and it’s location, so we will definitely look at doing this again next year!

Read more of our community blog here.

New to NZDF life?

If you’re new to the NZDF, or a recent partner of someone who serves, check out this information which will help you get an understanding of  how we can support you.

Are you posted?

If your partner is posted to a new location you may need support to help you settle in to your new surroundings.  Here is some information to help you.

Families of deployed personnel

Homebase is our key web resource to help you if your partner is deployed.  Go here to find out more

Other useful information

There are many facilities and services that you can access as an NZDF family:



Force Financial Hub - Plan for my future today

Force Financial Hub Information Savings Schemes for NZDF

Visit the Mercer Superfacts Website to Join the NZDF Savings Schemes

To Join, Visit the Mercer Superfacts Website

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This page was last reviewed on 6 October 2019.