SSAANZ is a community support organization started by Ex-service people and staffed by veterans which is committed to improving the way Serving and Ex-service people interact, socialize and support each other.
Our aim is to improve the way serving and Ex-service men and women interact with each other through outdoor pursuits, adventurous activity and sporting endeavor. To grow and foster support, friendship and Esprit De Corps of our respective units and the NZDF community as a whole, which recognises our unique bond and rewards those who have served for their sacrifices.
Established early 2018, the charity has begun from the ground up with the core strength being the passion and drive from it's dedicated volunteers and growing community.
Eligibility to be a member of the Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen's Association of New Zealand is based on service with the New Zealand Defence Force either Regular or Territorial.
For those New Zealand Citizens who have served overseas we have a 'Foreign Service' sub group.
At its core SSAANZ is a 'thank you' to all who have been prepared to put themselves in harms way for New Zealand.
By organising and subsidising sporting events and adventurous activities around New Zealand we provide a platform for our members to socialize in the outdoors of our amazing country whilst also enjoying the benefits to our physical and mental wellbeing from such activity.
In doing so, we also create a strong community for all who have served or are serving in the armed forces maximising our ability to support each other and pool our resources in times of need. At its core SSAANZ is a 'thank you' to all who have been prepared to put themselves in harms way.
Through our work as a charity, we provide cost-free spaces in our Rest Stand Clear (RSC) program for every activity we organise to anyone within the NZDF community struggling physically or mentally. By owning our own means to support each other we parallel the levels of commitment shown to each other whilst serving and on operations around the world.
We also aim to work closely with all other NGOs, Government departments and organisations tasked with supporting service people within New Zealand so we can identify areas for improving outcomes for our unique community of Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen. Once a shortfall is identified we can provide much-needed assistance wherever required through fundraising or allocation of funding.