Ohakea Air Force Base - Ohakea Community Support

Providing support to the Ohakea community.


Community Centre

Hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
Email Bridget.Williams@nzdf.mil.nz
Phone 06 351 5439 or 021 351 542
Location Base Support, Hone Heke Street - opposite Defence Health Centre


The Defence Community Facilitator (DCF) is often one of the first people a family will contact for community information when they are newly posted to a base or camp. The DCF coordinates, promotes and implements a number of educational programs and community events for personnel and their families on behalf of Command and the Base Support Team.

The Defence Community Facilitator (DCF) role is to support and enhance the holistic wellbeing of service personnel and their families, and will be able to provide information on a wide range of services in the local area. 

Ohakea Base App

Ohakea personnel and their dependents can download the app free to their Android/IPhones, and Tablets/IPads to access base newsletters, resources, contacts and alerts.


  1. Email rnzafbaseohapp@hotmail.com Service personnel – please include your name and service number, dependents please include your name and the name and service number of your Service personnel partner.
  2. To download the app, go into the Play Store or App Store and search ‘clubappsnz’.
  3. Open it and search for ‘Ohakea’ –Select the ‘RNZAF Base Ohakea Support App’.
  4. Once open, it will ask whether you are NZDF personnel or a Dependant. Select the correct classification and login using both the email address your password was sent to, and the password you were provided with.
  5. Once that process is complete, you will be able to log in and use the App.

Ohakea Base Bulletin

The Ohakea Base Bulletin is for personnel and their families, and is emailed base-wide each week.

It's a good resource to learn about, or to advertise community and base events, services, or goods for sale, private accommodation (rental or sale) etc. Contact by phone 06 351 5402 or email.

Ohakea Coffee & Playgroup

All dependants and personnel are welcome, children are not a prerequisite.

Location:   Officers Mess, C Wing.
Time:         Tuesdays from 10.00 –11.30am. 

For further information, contact the Defence Community Facilitator.


Base Ohakea is always keen for volunteers to help run activities and events. We encourage personnel and their families to be involved in their Ohakea community.

If you have time and/or skills you are happy to share, please email.

Welfare & Holiday Homes

Welfare Homes

RNZAF have homes available for defence members and their whānau to hire. Two fully furnished houses are available to rent for a period of up to seven days at a reasonable rate by base personnel who contribute to the Base Welfare Fund.

Examples of situations where a family home might be used include: NZDF personnel living in single accommodation who have dependants visiting and require larger accommodation; personnel who are here on overseas exchange; personnel visiting base before a posting to Ohakea; family visiting living-in personnel or visiting the area.

For information about rates, priorities for bookings and application forms, please contact Non-Public Funds (NPF) at the Ohakea Service centre. More information available on DXIS.

Holiday Homes

The Base Welfare Fund manages a number of holiday homes around New Zealand. Houses are available for use by military personnel and their families as well as civilian employees and members of associated organisations such as the NZ Army, Navy, Fire and Emergency NZ, NZ Police Force, and Returned and Services Association.

Holiday accommodation booking requests must be made by the NZDF employee via the Defence Intranet Site or by contacting the Non Public Funds (NPF) booking clerk. These welfare holiday houses are balloted during the holiday periods to make sure all our families have an equal chance of enjoying their benefits. Each service has different criteria for ballot periods and entry eligibility. More information is available on DXIS.

Base Hairdresser

Open to all base personnel, men and women.

Location:           Next to Hot Shots Café
Hours:               Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 9.30am–12.30pm
Contact:            3515035 or ext 7035

Please talk to the hairdresser if you require appointments outside of these hours.

Hire Pool

The Base Welfare Fund is a non-public fund which provides welfare and recreational services for base personnel through our hire pool. Equipment available includes trailers, sports equipment, bouncy castles and much more.

Located:           Gate Pa Ave, Ohakea Base
Hours:              Mondays & Fridays 7.45am – 4pm, Wednesdays 7.45am - 2pm
Phone:              (368) 7036 or 3515 036

Base Recreational Library

The Base Recreational Library is upstairs above Hot Shots Store. Membership is available to all personnel, including civilian employees and dependents. The library stocks a wide range of novels, magazines, fiction, non-fiction and children’s books, as well as reference material and DVDs. More information is available on DXIS.

Location:           Upstairs at Hot Shots cafe
Hours:               Monday to Friday 7.45am - 4.30pm
Phone:              06 351 5155

Childcare in Bulls & Sanson

There are no childcare facilities situated on Ohakea Air Base. However, there are very good childcare centres nearby:

Ohakea Childcare Centre: 8 Holland Crescent, Bulls, Phone 06 322 1283

All About Children Childcare: 106 High Street, Bulls, Phone 06 322 1744

Bulls Kindergarten: Wilson St, Bulls, Phone 06 322 1466 

Sanson Playcentre: 2 Phillips Street, Sanson, Phone (06) 329 3503 

Before & After School Care: All enquiries email or mobile 027 4 ASK ASK

Bulls Toy Library

There are many benefits of being part of the toy library - save money by not buying toys, reduce waste as toys are loved and borrowed many times, borrow toys that are relevant for your child’s age and learning requirements - and why store toys that the kids are bored of? All memberships allow borrowing of four toys and three puzzles.

Location:           The Anglican Church Hall, 198 Bridge Street, Bulls. Next to Bulls School
Hours:               Tuesdays 2pm - 4pm & alternate Saturdays 9am - 12pm
Contact:            Website & follow on facebook.  
Membership:     The Bulls Toy Library welcomes new members at any time
                          Membership options:
                                  12 month membership - $40,
                                  6 month membership - $25,
                                  Casual membership - $10 per fortnight