I am a family member

Our Defence whānau are important members of our Defence community. Without our families and their support the NZDF would not be able to perform at its best.

This website has a range of resources to help our families stay well, to learn more about the services and facilities NZDF provides, better understand some of the challenges and opportunities associated with the military environment, and know where families can reach out for a helping hand for themselves or others.

Some sections that may be particularly useful for you include:

Your Health – an introduction to the four domains of Physical, Mental, Spiritual and Social/Whānau Health, common health concerns and strategies for enhancing health.

There are a range of self-checks you can do to learn more about your health, and some tips for setting some goals and coming up with a plan of action if you want to make some changes.

You can also find tips on maintaining healthy relationships and managing some of the challenges associated with parenting in a military environment and time apart due to deployments, training and other assignments.

There’s also information about a range of lifestyle activities such as nutrition and exercise, healthy drinking habits and gaming, and tips for managing finances.

You can learn more about the services available in each camp/base location – eg. the opening hours of the pool and the library, information about community support, contacts for the community centre … and much more!

There is also information about the range of support services families members can access and how to contact these, as well as information about support for your military whānau.

There are a range of personal stories from members across our community as well as videos on a range of topics.

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