Woodbourne is a joint civil/military airfield operated in conjunction with Marlborough Airport. Some 165 ha in size, and with one paved runway and two grassed runways, Woodbourne is one of three RNZAF bases in New Zealand.
Located 8km west of Blenheim the base has strong social and economic links to the Marlborough community.
The base is divided in two by State Highway 6 and is nestled among farm land and vineyards. It is primarily used for training new recruits, carrying out initial officer training, and trade and command training.
Maintenance and repair of aircraft airframes, engines and avionics systems is also part of the work at Woodbourne where around 450 personnel are based.
Air field fencing is among the first projects in the pipeline for RNZAF Base Woodbourne and this work is due to get underway in 2018/19. Around 2020/21 there are plans in the pipeline to build a new, purpose-built fire rescue facility.
Other projects that could potentially start in 2022 include a main gate and entrance way to the base, hazardous waste storage facilities, upgrades to engineer training workshops and a base headquarters facility.
There is flexibility in the indicative programme of works to adjust timelines according to the requirements on base.