2017 Open Evenings

We will be holding open evenings for potential recruits in early 2017, at the Christchurch Cadet Training Centre (43 Corsair Drive, Wigram). Dates to be confirmed.

The evening will start at 6:30pm with the squadron parade, followed by a informative presentation and sports activities. The evening will conclude at 9:00pm. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. Recruits should wear clothing appropriate for sports activities.

75th Anniversary Reunion

The 75th Reunion Programme is Available here

Registration for 17 SQN ATC's 75th anniversary reunion is now open. Please complete this form to register, and be sure to share with anyone you know from 17 SQN. We look forward to seeing you all in 2017!

About 17 Squadron

No 17 (City of Christchurch) Squadron is one of the largest and oldest Air Training Corps (ATC) units in New Zealand, formed in 1942 during World War II. The squadron has a proud history, having been recognised as the most efficient ATC squadron in New Zealand ten times since 2000, and was awarded the inaugural Chief of Air Force Unit Commendation in 2007.

No 17 (City of Christchurch) Squadron parades on Thursday nights at the Christchurch Cadet Training Centre (43 Corsair Drive, Wigram) from 6:30 pm to 9:15 pm.

Our training program includes:

  • Aviation Studies
  • Citizenship Skills
  • Cadet Force Knowledge
  • Dress and Ceremonial
  • First Aid Skills
  • Instructional Technique
  • Navigation
  • Bushcraft & Outdoor Safety
  • Firearms Safety
  • Marksmanship
  • General Service Knowledge
  • Leadership Skills
  • Radio Procedures
  • Public Speaking

We offer NZQA accredited Unit Standards across our training program. Cadets can also complete the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award through the squadron.

We conduct several weekend camps, tramps and exercises which provide our cadets the opportunity to take part in practical leadership and outdoor activities.

New Zealand Cadet Forces

The New Zealand Cadet Forces (NZCF) is a voluntary youth leadership training organisation, supported by the community and the New Zealand Defence Force, for 13 – 18 year olds. The NZCF is run by volunteers (Cadet Force Officers and support staff) and Defence Force personnel.

The NZCF’s core values are respect, integrity, loyalty and discipline. Our mission is to develop confident, responsible young citizens who are valued within their community by providing them, within a military framework, safe, enjoyable and challenging opportunities.

The NZCF consists of the Sea Cadet Corps, the New Zealand Cadet Corps, and the Air Training Corps. Each corps’ training, traditions and uniforms link them to their parent services of the Royal New Zealand Navy, the New Zealand Army, and the Royal New Zealand Air Force respectively.