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.
Upgrades for RNZAF Base Auckland also include new barracks, with work due to get underway in 2017/18. Plans also include flightline fencing to make sure visitors to the base are kept away from flight areas and the indicative programme of works includes hardstanding replacement due to get underway in 2017/18.
A parachute training support unit and flying unit facilities may get underway in 2019/2020 and from 2020/21 building could start on a hangar upgrade, base operations and fire rescue building, a workshop as well as the next phase of the hardstanding replacement.