Over the past week the annual Cadet Corps skills competitions have taken place around the country. During the area competitions each team is competing for a spot at the national competition held in Waiouru at the end of October. Teams are tested and challenged on a wide range of skills from General service knowledge to conducting a causality evacuation scenario. This year saw some very high levels of competitive spirit and very close competitions all round. Congratulations to all teams that competed at an area competition and good luck to the three teams competing at the National Skills competition in a few weeks.
Northern Area: 1st – Western Bay of Plenty Cadet Unit 2nd – Opotiki College Cadet Unit 3rd – City of Auckland Cadet Unit
Central Area: 1st – Fielding Cadet Unit 2nd – City of Napier Cadet Unit 3rd – Palmerston North Cadet Unit
Southern Area: 1st – Nelson Cadet Unit 2nd – City of Christchurch Cadet Unit 3rd – Timaru Cadet Unit ... See MoreSee Less
Day 2 of the central area NZ Cadet Corps skill comp. Still walking, talking, swimming and singing (what is with that anyway?) And the weather is better than yesterday. Even the visiting Aussies are loving it! #nzcadetforces #cadetskills #lovewaiouru www.instagram.com/p/BZ-TlvfAeOF/... See MoreSee Less
A few pics of the central area NZ Cadet Corps skills comp today. There's been walking, talking, smiling, swimming, and even some singing (despite the weather). More again tomorrow! #nzcadetforces #cadetskills #lovewaiouru www.instagram.com/p/BZ7sBZ7gcSa/... See MoreSee Less
Last month, 41 Squadron (Porirua), 49 Squadron (Kapiti) and TS Tutira (Levin) visited Auckland together, attending several activities with the highlights being the two base visits in Auckland. Their first stop was to HMNZS Philomel in Devonport where the majority of their time was spent in the Bridge Simulators and a ship visit on board HMNZS Rotoiti before proceeding to RNZAF Base Auckland, Whenuapai where they visited 5 SQN and were able to look through several aircraft.
The cadets said that they had a great time visiting both bases, they were thankful for being giving the opportunity and some even mentioning they had gained a new insight for possible career opportunities and even a change in their perceived career plan. ... See MoreSee Less
Cadets and Reservists from all over the country made their way to HMNZS Philomel to compete in the Cadet of the Year and Reservist of the Year competitions, which were held on the 30th of September. The competition tests competitors in a wide variety of both mental and physical skills to ultimately determine the top Cadet and Reservist for 2017.
The competition started with competitors completing a “Gun Run” in which two teams had to carry logs, tyres and weights around Devonport Naval Base to assemble a ‘gun’, swim off a wharf, climb ropes out of the water, grab their equipment and carry it back to the start. During this activity the Reservists and Cadets participated side by side, working together to complete the tasks. The encouragement and comradeship shown by the Reservists towards the Cadets was exceptional, and demonstrated the strong values of the competitors.
After the “Gun Run”, the competitors were split into teams of five and rotated through the stands. They had to complete a ‘man overboard’ drill which involved jumping off of a RNZN Inshore Patrol Vessel, retrieving a dummy, and then providing first aid to a wounded patient. They also had to work as a team to assemble a Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB) and row out and around some buoys. Their memory and aptitude was tested by having to navigate a tunnel system in gas mask using a glow stick, and answer questions based on knowledge learnt at the Navy Museum. Their shooting skills were tested by on the WETS range, and they also had to deliver a presentation to a panel of judges.
The competition concluded with a formal function and awards ceremony to announce the winners. All cadets received a plaque from the Vice Chief of Defence Force, AVM Kevin Short and CDTWO Hilario delivered her competition presentation at the formal function to all in attendance.
Congratulations to CDTWOII Emily Atkinson (City of Dunedin Cadet Unit) who took out the title of Cadet of the Year for 2017. Special mention must go to CDTW/O Stefan Crabbe (No. 5 SQN ATC) and CDTWO Sophia Hilario (TS Achilles) who came in second and third respectively, noting that all the participants performed exceptionally on the day. ... See MoreSee Less
Cadets and Reservists from all over the country made their way to HMNZS Philomel to compete in the Cadet of the Year and Reservist of the Year competitions, which were held on the 30th of September. T...
As a part of the Community Service aspect of our training in the New Zealand Cadet Forces, No 40 (Howick) Squadron will be conducting a Food Bank to collect canned and non-perishable food items for donation to a local charity.
The Food Bank will run for two weeks from the 17th to the 31st October. Cadets are encouraged to bring food items to the unit on Tuesday 24th October and Tuesday 31st October.
The Food Bank will also foster some healthy competition between our three Flights to see which Flight can bring the most food items over the two weeks.
All support is appreciated and donations will be going to a great cause. ... See MoreSee Less
Last night 40 SQN held their annual Dining In at the Howick Rsa. We were extremely privileged to have SQNLDR Jon Irving, RNZAF (Officer Commanding Avionics Squadron) as our special guest. A great night was had by all! ... See MoreSee Less