Armed Forces Canteen Council
The Armed Forces Canteen Council was established under the Armed Forces Canteens Act 1948.
FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Council had its origins following the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, when it became apparent some form of canteen service was required to cater for the large intake of troops. The Defence Canteen Emergency Regulations promulgated on 15 November 1939 created the Canteen Board.
At the end of the war, Government decided the Defence Canteen Emergency Regulations should remain in force and on the 26 November 1948 Parliament passed the Armed Forces Canteens Act 1948. The initial funding was 106,833, being an 11.6% share of the assets of the Canteen Board. As a result of the expansion of canteen and shop facilities at Service establishments and through sound financial management, the size of the fund and the distribution of profits to the Services has increased over the years. The equity is currently $5.47m.
In recent years, the Council has provided a full range of commercial services to anticipate and keep pace with new demands. Trading outlets include grocery supermarkets, variety and duty free stores, cafeterias, canteens for field exercises and a wholesale service for military groups. The erosion of the commercial infrastructure at military establishments in more recent times has necessitated the Council assuming a greater role in providing an extended range of services.
The mission of the Council is to be the preferred and respected provider or retailing and cafeteria services on all NZ Defence Force Camps and Bases and to thereby contribute to the well- being of all those associated with the NZ Defence Force. The primary pupose of the Council is to deliver a service to personnel, and where this can be achieved profitably, to distribute profits for the benefit of personnel in accordance with the spirit of the Armed Forces Canteens Act 1948.
HEAD OFFICE ORGANISATION
The Council comprises:
- Minister of Defence (Chair)
- Chief of Defence Force (Deputy Chair)
- Chief of StaffArmy, Navy and Airforce
- Deputy Chief of Defence Staff
- Commercial and Financial Advisorappointed by Government
- Chief Executive
The Council has trading outlets at all the major camps and bases located from Auckland to Burnham and seasonally, at New Zealand's southernmost store, at Scott Base Antarctica. Support is also provided for field exercises and aboard RNZN frigates on deployment.
NORTH ISLAND STORES
SOUTH ISLAND STORES
Scott Base Antarctica
The Council maintains records for all its trading activities. Accounting and administrative procedures are documented in the Head Office of the Council. More detailed information is available in the Annual Report to Parliament.
Armed Forces Canteen Council
PO Box 11246
Phone: (04) 388 1991
Fax: (04) 3881906