RNZAF Base Auckland is the Air Force’s largest operational air base and is located to the north west of Auckland City on the upper western reaches of the Waitemata Harbour. It’s home to a number of squadrons including those carrying out airborne surveillance of New Zealand waters, the South Pacific and the Southern Ocean, as well as tactical and strategic transport, including to Antarctica.
The base was established in 1937, and most buildings are between 30 and 70 years old. Many are not fit for purpose. A new gym and air medicine facility are among plans to improve facilities within a health and wellbeing precinct on base.
Other planned upgrades to RNZAF Base Auckland include flight line fencing to make sure visitors to the base are kept away from flight areas, hardstanding replacement, a parachute training support unit and flying unit facilities, base operations and a fire rescue building.
Vincent Block is our newest barracks. The 36-room two-storey barracks replaces a 1940s timber building that could no longer be maintained or used. It has been built with sustainability in mind - solar panels will provide electricity and hot water and a tank will collect rainwater to flush toilets and use in the laundry.
A new purpose-built Youth Development Unit is due to be completed by the end of 2018. The facility will support a range of youth programmes including Limited Service Volunteers, a programme that teaches life skills to unemployed young people, and Service Academies, which teach life skills to high school students. The new unit is a partnership between NZDF and the ministries of Social Development and Education.