Dunedin RSA Newsletter 2017 - 14th Dec 2017

Dunedin RSA Newsletter 2017

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All Blacks and RSA to mark 99th Armistice Day with special tribute - 9th Nov 2017

All Blacks and RSA to mark 99th Armistice Day with special tribute
All Blacks to wear New Zealand’s RSA poppy on sleeve in Armistice Day Test 
For the first time, the All Blacks will wear the Returned and Services Association’s New Zealand poppy on the sleeve of the All Blacks jersey when the team takes the field on Armistice Day against France in Paris.
The poppy, which is known as the Earl Haig design, was designed specifically for New Zealand and has been in use since 1978. The All Blacks will wear an embroidered poppy on their jerseys to honour those who died in the service of New Zealand and all serving and ex-service veterans in the Test match on Saturday November 11. 
It is the second year that New Zealand’s Returned and Services Association (RSA) has joined forces with the All Blacks to honour Armistice Day. November 11 marks the days that the guns fell silent on the Western Front in 1918, signalling the end of the First World War.
As well as wearing the RSA poppy on their sleeve, an All Blacks contingent will also pay their respects at a rekindling of the eternal flame ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Wednesday evening (French time).
The remains of an unknown French solider were buried at the monument on Armistice Day in 1920 and the flame ceremony has been carried out every evening at 6.30PM since 1921.
RSA President BJ Clark says Armistice Day is a day of great historical significance, solemnity and remembrance through-out the world, particularly in Europe.
“Anzac Day has traditionally been the focus of remembrance in New Zealand. But Armistice Day is far larger internationally, so we are keen to educate Kiwis about this important milestone. Having the All Blacks help us tell that story and pay tribute to all New Zealand veterans, is a great help.”
All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “I think it’s important for all New Zealanders to honour our veterans for what they do for us, and what they’ve done in the past.  So many lives have been lost in various wars and campaigns over the years, and all of that has been for the protection of our own freedom and rights.”
Every year in recent times the All Blacks have marked Armistice Day during their Northern Hemisphere tours and no more so than when they have played France on or around Armistice Day. The two countries play for the Dave Gallaher Cup, which is named after the captain of the 1905-06 “Originals” All Blacks. Gallaher died on October 4, 1917, from wounds suffered in the Battle of Broodseinde, part of the bloody Passchendaele campaign. 
Watch members of the All Blacks talking about the importance of honouring those who have served our country: 
Sally Turner  - Administrator - Dunedin RSA  & Welfare Trust
+64 3 466 4886
63 Bay View Rd, PO Box 4008, St Kilda, DUNEDIN 9046

Armistice Day Service of Remembrance - 31st Oct 2017

Armistice Day Service of Remembrance The President  & Executive  of the Dunedin
Returned and Services Association
Invite you to attend the
2017 Armistice Day Service of Remembrance
at the Cenotaph, Queens Gardens, Dunedin .
Saturday 11th November 2016
at 10:45 am.

A Remembrance Sunday service will be
held  at St Pauls' Cathedral
at 10am on Sunday 12th  November 2017

Ghost Soldiers - 5th Sep 2017

Ghost Soldiers

When: Sat 14th October , 12noon

 Where: Queens Gardens, Queens Gardens, Dunedin, Otago 

  • Ghost Soldiers is a live action tribute to the Otago soldiers who lost their lives at the Battle of Passchendaele during the First World War.
  • Ten volunteers dressed as soldiers will slowly walk through central Dunedin from Knox Church to Queens Gardens on 14 October singing NZEF songs, talking among themselves, and resting, while acting as if there is no one else around them. If approached they will hand you a bereavement card, carrying the name of one of the many Otago men who fell at Passchendaele.

Dunedin RSA Welfare Trust Scholarship - 30th Aug 2017

Dunedin RSA Welfare Trust Scholarship Scholarships are available from the Dunedin RSA Welfare Trust for 2018.
Applications are invited from high school students living in the area of the Dunedin RSA who are  embarking on further education with an institution recognised by the NZQA and who have had a Parent or Grandparent serve with the NZDF.

Dunedin RSA area covers- Cromwell, Lawrence, Maniototo, Upper Clutha, Omakau Metropolitan Dunedin City excluding Mosgiel.

To apply email: finance@dn-rsa.org.nz or telephone (03) 466 4886/ 0800 664 888
or click on the link to downlaod the application

The closing date for applications will be 20th November 2017
Application should be forwarded to,

Dunedin RSA Welfare Trust
Scholarship application
P.O. Box 4008
St Kilda
Dunedin 9046

Or emailed to finance@dn-rsa.org.nz


RNZRSA Limited Edition Battle Pins $10 each - 26th Jul 2017

The official RNZRSA Battle Pins commemorate the WWI battles that were significant to New Zealanders. 
Gallipoli 1915- 2015   Ist Battle pin produced
Battle of Somme 1916
Battle of Romani 1916 - 2016
Battle of Jutland 1916 - 2016
Battle of Messines 1917 - 2017
Please email finance@dn-rsa.org.nz to place your order or you can phone 03 4664 886

Dunedin RSA

RSA thanks Kiwis for supporting 2017 Poppy Appeal: $1.9 million raised to help NZís service community - 4th Jul 2017

RSA thanks Kiwis for supporting 2017 Poppy Appeal: $1.9 million raised to help NZís service community

New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association (RSA) and its member clubs thank New Zealanders for their generosity in supporting our current and former service personnel through the 2017 Poppy Appeal.

The RSA’s 2017 Poppy Appeal raised $1.9 million in donations. 

RSA National President BJ Clark said the RSA’s ability to support those impacted by service relied on public donation. Poppy Appeal funds are used exclusively to provide health, welfare and support to New Zealand’s current and former service personnel, and their families.

“We are grateful for the fantastic public support, for all our volunteers who contribute their time and effort, and for our corporate partners who contribute so generously to the Poppy Appeal. They make it possible to care for those who have served our country at home and overseas – whether or not they are members of the RSA,” he says.


These funds will assist in many ways, including assisting recovery from Post-Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI), helping the families of current and former military personnel deal with health or hardship issues, or assisting those who have served rejoin civilian life once their time in uniform is done.


Clark says it is critical that the RSA and New Zealand as a whole understand that younger servicemen and women have been impacted by their time in uniform as much as their older predecessors were. 


Many of those who serve – whether deployed in recent conflicts, or in routine service – face major challenges as a result of the actions and circumstances they witness and participate in.

“Military service – undertaken to help those who can’t help themselves – can take a significant toll, whether physical, mental, or on families. This money will go a long way towards helping address this,” Clark says.

Some highlights of the 2017 Poppy Appeal included:


  • RSA members, including veterans and returned and servicemen and women, were out in force on Poppy Day and were joined in the street appeal by members of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), volunteer collectors and other supporters including members of the US armed forces stationed at the US Embassy in Wellington.
  • The RSA Poppy Appeal was supported by a team of Poppy Appeal Ambassadors, including former All Blacks Captain and Royal New Zealand Navy sailor Buck Shelford; NZDF Liaison Officer for Family of the Fallen Sergeant Tina Grant; All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen; actor and comedian Oscar Kightley; singer and Royal New Zealand Navy reservist Rebecca Nelson; and filmmaker Sir Peter Jackson.
  • The 2017 Poppy Appeal also featured unprecedented levels of support from corporate partners: Spark, NZME, Phantom Billstickers, ANZ, SKYCITY, Countdown, Perception Group, Z Energy, Sky and New Zealand Rugby. 



About New Zealand’s service personnel:

  • New Zealand currently has about 41,000 veterans of overseas military deployment: 11,000 from the period from WWII to Vietnam, with another 30,000 who served in in New Zealand’s 42 overseas deployments since 1974.
  • Tens of thousands more New Zealanders have served without a recognised operational deployment – though may have undertaken disaster relief, ocean surveillance and rescue, or other challenging work.
  • NZDF currently employs about 14,532 people: 11,667 service personnel, and 2,865 civilian staff.



For further details, please contact:

Hamish Stuart

Communications and Marketing Manager 

04 894 9188

027 201 1811

Quiz Night - - 12th Jun 2017

A Quiz night is being held on the 20th June @7pm
Mosgiel RSA,
6 Church Street , Mosgiel 

Funds raised will  enable Nicki Fairbairn to compete in the Invictus Games In Toronto 2017.
register your team at the Mosgiel RSA  4897182 or email restaurant.mmrsa@vodafone.co.nz


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