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Te Uru o Tāmaki Makaurau West Auckland Veterans’ Forum

Te Uru o Tāmaki Makaurau West Auckland Veterans’ Forum

Wednesday, 29 November 2023, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
The Trusts Arena
65-67 Central Park Drive
Auckland, 0610

This free event is an opportunity for New Zealand veterans, their families and whānau to meet with staff from Veterans' Affairs to discuss entitlements and other support options for themselves or their families.

It is being held at The Trusts Arena, 65-67 Central Park Drive, Henderson, Auckland.

Register for the Forum(external link)

Who can come

It is free to attend for both you and your whānau.

Whether you are still serving or have 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.

Meet with Veterans’ Affairs staff

At this forum, you can speak with staff from Veterans’ Affairs. Look out for staff wearing red lanyards or head to the Veterans’ Affairs table for VIP services, application and entitlement support, service questions or general questions about what Veterans’ Affairs can offer.

We will have case managers available to speak to. If you need to meet with one, an appointment will be made for you on the day. We want to meet with as many veterans as we can.

If you’re short on time, the best idea would be to go straight to the Veterans’ Affairs table.

What to expect

The event will have a relaxed atmosphere where you can sit down, catch up with others, and learn about support services from Veterans' Affairs and 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 Artillery Association
  • Taskforce Kiwi
  • Te Kiwi Māia — The Courageous Kiwi
  • The Navy Club
  • Vietnam Veterans Association
  • Viet Nam Veterans and their Families Trust
  • Vietnam Veterans Children & Grandchildren Trust
  • NZSAS Association
  • Patriots Defence Force Motorcycle Club
  • Royal New Zealand Air Force Association Inc
  • Soldiers, Sailors & Aviators Association of New Zealand (SSAANZ)

Health support

  • Independent Living Solutions (ILS)
  • Advance Care Planning (ACP)
  • Bay Audiology
  • Bowel Cancer New Zealand
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Blind & Low Vision NZ
  • Green Cross Health

Vocational options

  • Fulton Hogan
  • ELE Group

Finance and insurance

  • NZDF Force Financial Hub
  • Tower Insurance
  • Aon NZ Ltd
  • Become Wealth
  • Perpetual Guardian

Other organisations

  • Ministry of Social Development (MSD)
  • NZDF Personnel Medals & Archives
  • NZDF Employer Support Group
  • NZDF — Debby Prideaux
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum — Online Cenotaph

What to do on the day

  • Step 1 Find a park

    Enter the car park from Central Park Drive. 

    Parking inside the Trusts Arena car park is free.

  • Step 2 Enter the building

    Look out for the Veterans’ Affairs banners.

    Our staff will greet you at the door.

  • Step 3 Check in with our staff inside

    We will scan your ticket if you’ve registered online, or we'll take some details if you’re registering on the day.

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

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


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

Please stay at home if you are unwell. We want to keep all the attendees at the forum safe.

Masks aren’t mandatory, but please feel free to wear one if you like.

VA Forum