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 Handbook

Force 4 Families Discount Card

The Force 4 Family Discount Card is a great initiative to allow a chosen family/whānau member to receive the same kinds of fantastic offers and discounts previously only available to our NZDF personnel.

It’s one way NZDF can say thank you to a force behind the Force!  Did you know that we have a range of discounts from well known businesses throughout New Zealand?

Find out more here.

Dessert Night at RNZAF Base Woodbourne

In the second half of last year we started a new initiative at RNZAF Base Woodbourne for family members to get together and enjoy some time out without having “little nippers” interrupting conversations.

We wanted something regular, but not too costly or formal, so some ladies came up with the idea of a “dessert night”.  This is now being held once a month from 7pm until, well, whenever people get tired, really. Those that come bring a dessert, though if anyone is not able to get something together, there is always enough to share!
Dessert Night is a great way for newcomers to meet others, especially if they don’t feel comfortable to come to any activities that involve children as well, such as playgroup. At times we will celebrate special occasions, such as a baby shower, or an upcoming wedding.

Pictured is the celebration of a “gender reveal”, with a cake cutting revealing a baby girl. She arrived safely earlier this month.

If you are coming to Woodbourne, or are new to the Base and would like to know more, please contact the Woodbourne Community Coordinator.

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 18 April 2017, and is current.