The Air Training Corps, known as Air Cadets, is a branch of the New Zealand Cadet Forces. A disciplined, uniformed organisation which provides military-based leadership, personal development and operational training to persons aged between 13 and 18 years old.
No 17 (City of Christchurch) Squadron is one of the largest and oldest Air Cadets units in New Zealand, formed in 1942 during World War II. The squadron has a proud history, having been recognised as the most efficient squadron in New Zealand ten times since 2000, and was awarded the inaugural Chief of Air Force Unit Commendation in 2007.

We offer training in:

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

We also are a provider of the The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award.

We parade (meet) on Thursday nights at the Christchurch Cadet Training Centre (43 Corsair Drive, Wigram) from 6:15 pm to 9:15 pm.