Defence Estate Regeneration Plan Refresh and First Principles Estate Footprint Review

July 11 2019

The Government has approved $2.1 billion indicative funding 2030 to continue the regeneration of the Defence estate and asked NZDF to carry out a long term review of the estate footprint.

The Defence Estate Regeneration Plan has been refreshed.  In the short term $300 million will be directed towards infrastructure for the arrival of Boeing P-8A maritime patrol aircraft at RNZAF Ohakea with a new hangar and extra accommodation and messing facilities; $134 million will be spent on infrastructure to support the consolidated logistics project at Burnham and Linton; improved barracks will be at Papakura and a multi-purpose training and accommodation facility at Ardmore; a new HQ at Devonport and an upgrade of the wharf and other facilities; a Mounting Base HQ communications centre at Waiouru; and upgrades and improvements to facilities at Linton, Trentham, Woodbourne and Burnham.

While investment in the Estate continues, the Minister of Defence has asked us to carry out a First Principles Estate Footprint Review to determine what the Estate may need to look like in the year 2070.

The First Principles Estate Footprint Review will give a full picture of what the Defence Estate footprint is now, what it needs to look like 50 years from now and, at a very high level, provide a road map to get there.  It will take into account previous studies that have been done. 

The Review will look at the locations and requirements for all Defence Force sites including camps and bases, headquarters, logistics, regional facilities and training functions that will be needed to best meet the Defence Force’s strategic capability requirements, taking into the account wider social and economic drivers.

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