The RSA

The RSAThe Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association is a service organisation. It is one of the largest voluntary welfare organisations in New Zealand and one of the longest established ex-service organisations in the world.  Under the auspices of "The Soldiers Club;" its primary function was to offer a safe and understanding haven for those soldiers returning from the First World War. As the winds of war fade into distant memory the bond of fellowship remains as strong today as it was yesteryear.

Today over 120,000 members throughout New Zealand share a common commitment to the Crown, the Nation and the Community; dedicated to the RSA motto – ‘People Helping People’.

RSA commitment to welfare is embodied in Poppy Day when red poppies are exchanged for donations to hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders to raise funds for veterans’ welfare and to honour the memory of those who have given their lives in times of war.

Poppy Day is usually observed on the Friday before Anzac Day.

Anzac Day is observed each year on the 25th April. RSAs throughout New Zealand take part in wreath-laying ceremonies of remembrance for fallen comrades.

How We Help

RSA people rally to help fellow New Zealanders in need and war veterans in particular. RSA help is available at local and national level to eligible war veterans and their families, RSA Members and non-members and to the wider New Zealand community.  See Pensions and Welfare page.
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