11 April 2021

Office Hours:  Monday and Friday (except Public Holidays) 1pm - 3pm, and Wednesday 4pm - 5.30pm
Club Night:          Wednesday from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Bowls Palmerston North


Did you forget to pay your subscription? this was due on the 1st July 2020. You can pay by internet banking or cash at the office. We do not have EFTPOS. Bank  Account for internet banking: PNRSA (2014)Inc: 06 0746 0384063 00.  Put your name and last four digits of your membership number in the reference.

Membership: 80yrs to 90yrs, Widow's & Widowers of Returned and Service pay $20.00 for this year. Those who were paying $45.00 will now be paying $35.00 for this year.

If you know you are not financial, please pay as soon as possible.

We have quite a lot of membership cards waiting in the office for pick up. If you have been waiting for your card please ring the office to check to see if it has arrived.  If you are going away and want to visit another RSA or Club: you will need your card.


Don’t forget Bowlers, you are all welcome to come down and join in with the RSA on a Wednesday night.


Poppy Day 16th April, if you can help sell Poppies please contact Evan Torrance 06 354 9914


You are also invited to join the Bowlers on Friday evenings from 4pm. They also have meals on Fridays.

Our "Cooks Night Off" had a good turnout , many comments on the Irish Stew & trimmings seemingly it was 

very tasty.  In fact one of the members (I don't think I should mention his name) I'm sure if he was at home would have licked his plate.  It was also noted he put  something special over his stew 😉 that really got his taste buds flowing ....    My meal was lovely, the fish & chips were hot, crispy and soft in the centre with a nice salad.

Many of the Bowlers were dressed in Irish costumes. Some of   our members had something green on, showing a bit of leg, or wearing Irish sunglasses! 

Rosemary was done up like a Irish Christmas Cracker 😁 but the winner was Barbara who was dressed like a  wee  Leprechaun. Well done Barb.  A few Irish jokes were told and, all in all, a good evening.

What's Happening this month:

7th April:  Yap Yap, lots of laughs, chit chat and sorting out the world!!!

14th April: Yap Yap,   lots of laughs, chit chat and sorting out the world!!!

Friday 16th April: POPPY DAY

21st April: Cooks Night Off: Black Board Menu, please phone 06 354 8271 to book. This gives Gary and Mere an idea on catering requirements.

Sunday 25th April:  ANZAC DAY.

28th April:  Members Draw


PN Bowls Club - Bar Hours 

Tue 3.00pm - 6.00pm                                   

Wed 4.00pm - 9.30pm                                 

Thu 4.00pm - 6.00pm                                   

Fri 4:00pm - 9:00pm 

Sat 3.00pm - 6.00pm            

Sun 4.00pm - 6.00pm 

 Bar hours may be altered due to cancellation of games or events/functions. 

BAR MANAGER: Brian Little      Phone 06 354 2695

PNRSA members you too are all welcome on BPN club night every Friday from 4.00pm


Club Evenings are on Thursday from 6.30 pm – 9 pm Bar open. If you wish to join this friendly group and have fun playing Pool, the subscription is $20.00


Members, if you or you know someone who has time on their hands and would like to get involved in our RSA? Rosemary Hollander has been on the Executive and filled in as our Secretary for a couple of years. She has a lot on her plate and would like to step down from the duties of Secretary.  She has said it is not a daunting task, but with her other commitments with other organisations she feels she needs to step aside. This position is for either a male or female 😁 We work as a good team that strives to keep our members happy and also keep the continuance of our PNRSA in Palmerston North. Please give it some thought, if you think you would like to join us please get in touch with Rosemary for more information 06 357 5497.

Birthday Greetings for April

Ian Crellen

Phil Cowie

Janet Darvill

Mark Dunwell

Leslie Embling

Judith Gaskin

Kevin Hicks
Arthur Hudson

Jeanne Hyde

Dion Jensen

Jenni Kearns

Charles Manumua

Eileen O'Brien

Barbara Papuni



LOWE, George Samuel:

Service No. 26265639 (WWII) Of Palmerston North. On Sunday 14th March 2021,  passed away peacefully at Arohanui Hospice, in his 100th year.


Past PNRSA President, Passed away on Saturday 27th March 2021

Children’s Holocaust Memorial Exhibition

19th February to 27th June 2021 at Te Manawa: “Children’s Holocaust Memorial Exhibition”. During the years of the Holocaust, the Nazi regime in Germany oversaw the killing of six million Jews and millions more Romani, Poles, Russians, LGBTQ people and disabled people. This exhibition remembers the 1.5 million of these victims who were children.  The New Zealand Children’s Holocaust Memorial is a collection of 1.5 million buttons, gathered from all over the world. Each one represents a child who perished. It illustrates the sheer vastness of the number of children killed, and ensure they will not be forgotten. It was established to honour and give a voice to the children, and serve as a reminder to stand up to prejudice, discrimination and apathy.

POPPY DAY Friday 16th April

The PNRSA Trust are needing Poppy Sellers for Friday 16th April if you or your family  can help please contact Evan Torrance 354 9914. Your assistance would be appreciated.

Explore Esplanade Day   

Victoria Esplanade will come alive on Sunday 18 April with live performances, food trucks, stalls and kids’ activities.  From 10am to 4pm our city’s biggest playground will commemorate Palmerston North’s 150th year with the biggest kids’ party of 2021. Victoria Esplanade is always a great place for a day out. With the popular paddling pool, accessible bushwalks and the beautiful rose gardens, as well as family favourites like the Esplanade Scenic Railway, Junior Road Safety Park, and Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery, there’s always so much to do. Bring your family, your hats and your sunscreen, and come on down and connect with your community.

Arena Redevelopment Opening Day

Saturday April 24th. Come and take a look around Palmy’s newly redeveloped Central Energy Trust Arena from 10am to 3pm. This is the first major construction project to be completed in Palmerston North’s 150th year! Come and see our world-class venue with redeveloped speedway pits, plaza entrance, pedestrian bridge, ablutions block, south stand and food court. Get up close and personal with a stockcar, watch live sport and activations, or get your face painted. There will be live performances, food trucks, sport, stalls and kids’ activities.

PNRSA Welfare Trust

 The RSA Trust is located at the Senior Citizens Lounge in Main Street (opposite Globe Theatre). 10:15 am - 11.45 am  on Tuesdays and Fridays.

ANZAC DAY Sunday 25th April


25 Apr – (MCE) ANZAC Day (Dawn and Civic) Parades and Services in Te Marae o Hine/The Square and elsewhere in Ashhurst, Bunnythorpe, Linton Camp and the Maori Battalion Hall.  Note that the PN Sesquicentennial Charter Parade is likely to be merged with the PNCC Civic Service and parade at 10am at the PN Cenotaph on this day

Dawn Service starts at 6am. The Cosmopolitan Club is putting on breakfast at $5.00pp this will start just after 7.00am.
For the both Services that are will step out from the South side of MAIN Street up to the Cenotaph.
Civic Service starts at 10:00am



For those groups such as schools, Guides, Scouts and the likes, that have a Wreath:

Here is the link you can share for those wanting to register for the Civic Service parade and wreath laying, only. 

Operation 'Grapple' May 1 to 15 August at Te Manawa

Photographic portraits with the moving stories of 19 New Zealand nuclear test veterans who participated in "Operation Grapple" - codename for a series of nuclear tests carried out in the Pacific from 1957-58.

Bowel Screening

The National Bowel Screening Programme is for men and women aged 60-74 years To find out more: freephone 0800 924 432 or

RNZRSA Events Update

A reminder that the following sports events are still going to proceed subject to any Covid-19 rules that are in place at the time:

Remembrance Army Report

The Saturday working bee continues with up to 5 assisting each Sat. for period covered by this report. Currently there are 103 upright plaques under refurbishment, of the 700 odd to do, 23 are finished.

At the present we are concentrating on having all the bronze upright plaques we are working on in D Block readable by the 23rd April. You do not have to be skilled, training is on the job, Saturdays from 1000hrs to 1200hrs. 

Please Ian Bailey phone 06 356 7517 if you can give a couple of hours, particularly on the 17th and 24th April to get those bronze upright plaques ready for ANZAC Day. More hands on deck would be appreciated.

New Books of Interest to RSAs (and interested Members) from Graeme McLeod


We have two new books available of interest to your club members

The first book, "New Zealand Honours and Awards, 1840-2020", is a complete register of ALL ORDERS AND DECORATIONS to New Zealanders since 1840. There are more than 50,000 entries, both military and civil.
New Zealanders who served with overseas forces are included, as are people from other Commonwealth countries who served in New Zealand.
Foreign awards to New Zealanders are included.

This is a large A4 format, hard-backed book, case bound, with cloth cover. There are 704 pages! It is shipped in a custom protective carton.

The second book, "Two Home Runs", is the story of John Redpath, DCM, MM, New Zealand Engineers. Redpath was one of only two New Zealanders to be awarded these two medals in WWII. He successfully escaped twice from German captivity: "two home runs", and continued to serve with clandestine operations in the Aegean until the end of the war. This is a 180 page paperback.

The normal selling price for the large book is $85, plus courier delivery of $12.40, plus GST of $14.61 = total $112.01, delivered.
The normal selling price for the small book is $25, plus postage of $4.90, plus GST of $4.49 = total $34.39 posted.

We are offering these two books, in an exclusive offer to RSAs and members, in recognition of previous service, for the price of the large book only - $112.01. This offer is for a limited time only.  


For those that enjoy reading history:

The Autograph books of Sister Florence Duckett Memories of Gallipoli is a unique personal collection of notes, cartoons and poems penned by soldiers from the Gallipoli Campaign. Each dated entry carries the writer's name and rank. Foreword by Sir Jerry Mateparae and endorsed by RN 

For $25.00 (plus $7 postage within NZ   www.forget-me-notlifestor


After a long night of making love, the guy notices a photo of another man on the woman’s nightstand by the bed. He begins to worry. "Is this your husband?" he nervously asks. "No, silly," she replies, snuggling up to him. "Your boyfriend, then?" he continues. "No, not at all," she says, nibbling away at his ear. "Is it your dad or your brother?" he inquires, hoping to be reassured. "No, no, no! You are so hot when you’re jealous!" she answers. "Well, who in the hell is he, then?" he demands. She whispers in his ear:  "That’s me before the surgery."


A woman on the phone to her friend; I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor’s permission to join a fitness club and start exercising.... I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. But, by the time I got my leotards on, the class was over.