Ōpōtiki College Cadet Unit

The Ōpōtiki College Army Cadet Unit (OCCU) is part of the organisation of New Zealand Cadet Forces (NZCF) and is a disciplined, uniformed organisation which provides military-based leadership, personal development and operational training to persons aged between 13 and 18 years old.  

OCCU provides personnel with a three-year NZQA training curriculum, while a number of unit, area and national courses provide further experience and qualifications in specific training areas. Opportunities include outdoor and adventure training such as:

  • Camping
  • Tramping
  • Sailing
  • Range shooting
  • Gliding
  • Leadership activities

Our Goals

Vision: Preparing New Zealand’s successful leaders of tomorrow.

Mission: To develop and enable self-disciplined, confident and responsible young New Zealanders.

Core Values:

Courage – Confronting challenges, both physical and moral, to overcome any adversity.

Commitment – Being reliable and loyally serving and supporting the NZCF, local

communities and New Zealand.

Comradeship – Looking out for each other, having respect for all, and championing the

benefits of friendship, teamwork and diversity.

Integrity – Having self-discipline and always being honest, trustworthy and responsible.


To foster a spirit of adventure and teamwork, and to develop those qualities of mind and body essential for good citizens and leaders.

To provide challenging and disciplined training activities, which will be useful in either Service or civilian life.

To promote an awareness of the Armed Forces, and the role they play in the community.

Parade nights are Mondays 1630 – 1830 hrs (4.30 – 6.30pm), Ōpotiki College A Block. Contact Captain L. Lawson-Barrett 021 202 7238.

We are very proud of our cadets and the units. Please Click here for more information.

Click here to download our promotional poster.