Linton Military Camp

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Linton Military Camp
Palmerston North, New Zealand
Linton Military Camp is located in New Zealand
Linton Military Camp
Linton Military Camp
Coordinates40°24′16″S 175°34′53″E / 40.4044°S 175.5814°E / -40.4044; 175.5814
TypeArmy Camp
Site information
OwnerNew Zealand Defence Force
Controlled byCrest of the New Zealand Army.jpg New Zealand Army
Site history
In use1941–present
Garrison information
Colonel Brett Wellington

Linton Military Camp is the largest New Zealand Army base and is home to the Headquarters 1(NZ) Brigade. It is located just south of Palmerston North.


The land that the present Linton Military Camp stands on was purchased by the Government in 1941 for use as a camp for Territorial and other home defence forces, with the first units taking up occupation in tented accommodation in February 1942, with the first prefabricated huts erected in August 1942. Unlike Burnham and Papakura, Linton was not initially intended to be mobilisation camp and as such was provided with minimal facilities. As the war intensified and the threat from Japan increased and the use of infrastructure in Palmerston North for defence purposes stretched to the limit, the decision was made to bring Linton up to the same standard as Burnham and Papakura. Deliberately designed as a precaution against air attack Linton camp was designed with nine Battalion Blocks, with only eight being completed each with a;[1]

  • parade ground,
  • accommodation
  • cookhouse,
  • mess building, and
  • ablutions.

Wartime construction was completed in 1945, and included;[2]

  • 182 Permanent buildings,
  • 521 two-men huts,
  • 155 four-men huts,
  • 480 eight-men huts,
  • a power plant,
  • water and sewage reticulation,
  • rifle ranges,
  • assault courses
  • magazines.
  • Railway siding.

Alternative Names[edit]

Linton Camp was accepted in general usage from 1943, with the names Camp Manawatu or Camp Kairanga used earlier. Camp Ravenswood or Camp Whitmore were considered as new names in the 1960s, but uses of theses names never eventuated.[1]

Current units based at Linton[edit]

1st (New Zealand) Brigade[edit]

1 (NZ) Brigade supports peace and security through the provision of task organised forces that are ready to win on operations. HQ 1 (NZ) Brigade commands the NZ Army's field forces day to day (less special forces) and prepares them for operations.[3]

  • Headquarters, 1st (NZ) Brigade

Combat Units[edit]

Combat Support Units[edit]

Combat Service Support Units[edit]

  • 2nd Combat Service Support Battalion, Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment
    • Headquarters, 2nd Combat Service Support Battalion
    • 10th Transport Company
    • 21st Supply Company
    • 2nd Workshop Company
    • 5th Movements Company
    • 38 Combat Service Support Company
  • 2nd Health Services Battalion (New Zealand)
    • Headquarters, 2nd Health Services Battalion (NZ)
    • 2nd Health Support Company
    • General Support Health Company
    • Logistics Support Company
  • Linton Regional Support Centre (Linton Military Camp)

Headquarters Training and Doctrine Command[edit]

Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) trains and educates Army's personnel; develops leaders; establishes training standards; manages doctrine; integrates lessons learned and training support across the Army.[4]

  • Mission Command Training School
  • Collective Training Center
  • Land Operations Training Center (Palmerston North)
  • School of Military Engineering

Lockheed Martin New Zealand[edit]

Lockheed Martin New Zealand provides logistics services for the NZDF including Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul, Managed Fleet Utilisation and warehousing.[5]

  • Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul team
  • Managed Fleet Utilisation team
  • Ration Pack Production Facility

Other Units[edit]

  • 2nd Military Police Platoon
  • Joint Logistic Support Agency service center
  • Human Resources service center


In the 1950s, two large fires destroyed the Ordnance Depot and the Cinema.[1]

In October 2012, a series of shots were fired by an armed soldier, believed to be under the influence of alcohol, he then barricaded himself inside a house on the base. The NZ Police Armed Offenders Squad responded.[6] After a five-hour siege, the police originally reported the man was apprehended, but later revealed he had committed suicide.[7]

See Also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Laurudsen, W.J (1989). Linton 1889-1989. Palmerston North: W.J. Lauridsen on behalf of the Linton Centennial Committee. pp. 151–156. ISBN 0473007061.
  2. ^ "Camps and Bases - Linton". NZ Defence Force. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Headquarters 1 (NZ) Brigade". NZ Army. 27 June 2018.
  4. ^ "HQ Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)". NZ Army. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Our Capabilities". Lockheed Martin.
  6. ^ "Multiple shots fired in soldier barricade stand-off". ONE News. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Soldier dead after Linton Military Camp siege". 3 News. Retrieved 5 October 2012.