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Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland Forum

Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland Forum

Tuesday, 28 March 2023, 10:30 am to 3:00 pm
770 Great South Road
Due Drop Event Centre
Sir Noel Robinson Conference Centre

This event is an opportunity for veterans to meet with Veterans’ Affairs and other support organisations to discuss entitlements and other support for them and for their family and whānau.

This forum is being held in the Sir Noel Robinson Conference Centre at the Due Drop Event Centre in Manukau.

Online registrations for our Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland Forum close at 5pm Friday 24 March. However, you don’t have to register online, you can just turn up (although we prefer that you register as this gives us an indication as to who is coming) and we’d love to see you there.

Who can come

It is free to attend for both you and your whānau. You just need to register.

Whether you are still serving or have just left service, and even if you are feeling OK and don’t require support, come along and learn what is available for you and your family and whānau.

What to expect

The event will have a relaxed atmosphere where you can sit down and catch up with others, and learn about support services from Veterans' Affairs as well as from other support organisations.

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be available throughout the day.

What to expect at the event

Veteran Support Organisations you can meet

As well as staff from Veterans’ Affairs, you will have the opportunity to meet with other support organisations.

Veteran organisations

  • The Ranfurly Veterans' Trust
  • Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association (RNZRSA)
  • New Zealand Vietnam Veterans Association
  • Viet Nam Veterans and their Families Trust
  • Royal New Zealand Artillery Association (RNZAA)
  • Vietnam Veterans Children & Grandchildren Trust
  • Royal New Zealand Air Force Association (Inc)
  • Patriots Defence Force Motorcycle Club (Auckland Chapter)
  • Taskforce Kiwi
  • Sisters in Arms

Health support

  • Bay Audiology
  • Independent Living Solutions (ILS)
  • Green Cross Health
  • Advance Care Planning (ACP)

Vocational options

  • Air NZ
  • ELE Group

Other organisations

  • NZDF — Force Financial Hub
  • NZDF Personnel Medals & Archives
  • Ministry of Social Development (MSD)
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum — Online Cenotaph

What to do on the day

  • Step 1 Find a park

    Enter the car park from Great South Road. Follow the clearly marked signs when you approach the event centre.

    Parking at the Due Drop Event Centre is free for this event. 

  • Step 2 Enter the building

    Enter the foyer. We'll have Veterans' Affairs signs to show you where to come in.

    One of our staff will greet you at the entrance and then guide you to the next area.

  • Step 3 Check in with our staff inside

    Inside, another member of our staff will ask if you registered online at EventFinda or if you are a "walk-in".

    They will then ask for your name. You can show them your digital ticket if you have one.

  • Step 4 Enter the Sir Noel Robinson Conference Centre and enjoy

    The Veterans' Affairs stall can help with questions you may have. 

Case management appointments

When you register, you can also make an appointment to meet with a member of the Veterans’ Affairs case management team.

There are limited appointments. These will either be in person or on Zoom with a Case Manager back in Wellington.

When you register, please book an appointment with a Case Manager by selecting a ticket at the time you would like to meet them.

If you would like to bring a support person to your appointment, please select one case management ticket for yourself and a general admission ticket for your support person.

Register and book an appointment(external link)


The wellbeing of veterans and their whānau is our top priority.

If you aren’t feeling well at all, please stay at home.

Our aim is keep all the attendees at the Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland Forum safe.

Masks aren’t mandatory, but please feel free to wear one if you like, and hand sanitiser will be available throughout the venue.

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