What’s On at the Palmerston North RSA


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There’s something happening every club night at the Palmerston North RSA. New members are welcome, along with guests of existing members and visitors from affiliated clubs.

Typically, the Club will meet between 4:00pm and 7:00pm on Wednesday evenings and engage in the following activities:

  • Yap Yap Night – a social sit and chat.
  • Cook’s Night off – dine in or out
  • Members’ Draw Night
  • Pub Quiz or other special feature night that come along from time to time

Check out newsletter further down on this menu item for this month’s activities

Note that guests are always welcome to these events, with PNRSA members.

Other Calendar Events


Second Thursday in the month (February to November inclusive), commencing at midday at Level 2 (Heritage Section) at the City Library.  Also, other presentations on days and venues provided.

See posters in respect of each presentation for time and venue and other needful  information.

2023

(Note: These presentations and topics may change according to speaker availability.  Also, that all the 2020-22 audio recordings and Powerpoint presentations are on the “nzsappers” website (Heritage Audio Section – see letterhead above). For 2023, all EPLP = Evening Public Lecture Presentations will be at the Globe Theatre and MMMHP = Monthly Midday Military History Presentations will be on Level 2 (Heritage Section) of the PN City Library.

9 Feb (MMMHP) – “A Conscripted Society – NZ in the Second World War”, by Dr David Littlewood, Massey University

9 Mar (MMMHP) – “The Signals Corps Centenary”, by LTCOL Jared McGregor, RNZ Sigs

13 Apr (MMMHP) – “The Battle of Gate Pa (Pukehinahina) in 1864”, by LTCOL (Rtd) Dr Cliff Simons, ED

24 Apr (Mon EPLP) – “Muddle, Myth, and Meaning – Anoher Viewpoint on the Gallippoli Campaign in the First World War”, by LTCOL (Rtd) Dr Glyn Harper, QSM

11 May (MMMHP) – “The Battle of Manners Street (3 April 1943)”, by LTCOL Dr Peter Wood, ONZM, Director of the NZ Wars Study Centre, NZDC

8 Jun (MMMHP) – “Vietnam War Presentation”, by WO1 (Rtd) Dave Hayward, RNZIR, ex Sergeant Major of Army

27 Jun (Tue – EPLP) – “The RNZAF (Permanent Air Force) Centenary”, by SQNLDR (Rtd) Jim Rankin, DSD, RNZAF

13 Jul (Thu – MMMHP) – “The Battle of Kolombangara and NZ Cruisers in the Pacific”, by CDR (Rtd) Richard Jackson, RNZN

10 Aug (Thu – MMMHP) – “70th Anniversary of the End of the Korean War (Armistice on 27 June 1953)”, by LTCOL (Rtd) Don Jones, ex-Defence Attache to Korea (in Seoul, 2018-2022)

29 Aug (Tue – EPLP) – “To the Sangro and Orsogna – “80th Anniversary of the NZ Division on the ‘Winter Line’ in Italy in 1943, by LTCOL Dr Peter Wood, ONZM

14 Sep (MMMHP) – “RNZN selected presentation”, by RADM (Rtd) David Ledson, RNZN, ex Chief of Navy

12 Oct (Thu – MMMHP) – NZ Wars Month – “Te Kooti’s War, 1868-72)”, by LTCOL Dr Peter Wood, ONZM, Director of the NZ Wars Study Centre, NZDC

11 Nov (Sat – EPLP) – “Armistice Day – The Battle for Passchendaele”, by Dr Andrew Macdonald, FRHistS, RNZRSA Official Historian

16 Nov (Thu – MMMHP) – “The Battle for the Mareth Line and Tunisia” – End of the North African Campaign and 80th Anniversary of WW2 in 1943, by LTCOL (Rtd) Dr Glyn Harper, QSM

2 Dec (Thu – MMMHP) – Operation DRAGOON – Second French D-Day in August 1944, by PO(EWO) (Rtd) Dennis O’Rourke, MNZN, RNZN

24 Feb (Fri) NZ War Animal Memorial (Purple Poppy) Day at NAM, Waiouru

11-31 Mar – 80th Anniversary of the formation of the NZ Corps in North Africa

10-21 Apr – WHAM Conference (“Scarred Nations” – Intra-state conflict theme) at the Auckland war Museum

21 Apr (Fri) – RNZRSA and PNRSA National Poppy Day

24 Apr (Mon EPLP) – “Muddle, Myth, and Meaning – Anoher Viewpoint on the Gallippoli Campaign in the First World War”, by LTCOL (Rtd) Dr Glyn Harper, QSM

25 Apr (Tue) – Dawn and Civic Parades and services in tThe Square and elsewhere in Ashhurst, Bunnythorpe, Linton Camp, and the Maori Battalion Hall

6 May (Sat) – Coronation Day Day HM King Charles III

8 May (Mon) VE (Victory in Europe – WW2) Day

6 Jun (Thu) 79th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings in France in 1944

14 Jun (Fri) 81st Anniversary of the landing of 1 (US) Marine Division (5000) troops in Wellington

25 Jun (Sun) 73rd Anniversary of the start of the Korean War, 1950

27 Jun (Tue – EPLP) – “The RNZAF (Permanent Air Force) Centenary”, by SQNLDR (Rtd) Jim Rankin, DSD, RNZAF

1 Jul (Sat) – 71st Anniversary of the formation of of the NZWRAC

27 Jul (Thu) – 70th Anniversary of the end (Armistice) of the Korean War, 1953

15 Aug (Tue) – 78th Anniversary of VJ (Victory over Japan) Day in WW2, 1945

29 Aug (Tue – EPLP) – “To the Sangro and Orsogna – “80th Anniversary of the NZ Division on the ‘Winter Line’ in Italy in 1943, by LTCOL Dr Peter Wood, ONZM

3 Sep (Sun) – 80th Anniversary of the Allied Landings in Italy

1 Oct (Sun) – 80th Anniversary of the legal constitution of the establishment of the WRNZNS, WAAC, and WAAF, as parts of the Navy, Army, and Air Force in NZ, 1942

12 Oct (Thu) – 106th Anniversary of Passchendaele (WW1)

30 Oct (Mon) – 80th Anniversary of the establishment of the Women’s Land Service

11 Nov (Sat) – Armistice Day – Parade and Service in the Square and NZPPT launch of more Linton Streets of significance following the service

11 Nov (Sat – EPLP) – “Armistice Day – The Battle for Passchendaele”, by Dr Andrew Macdonald, FRHistS, RNZRSA Official Historian

27 Nov (Mon) – 80th Anniversary of 2 (NZ) Div crossing the Sangro River in Italy