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 provided.

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

(NOTE:   that all the 2020 presentation audio recordings and Powerpoint presentations are on the “nzsappers” website. EPLP = Evening Public Lecture Presentation at Globe Theatre and MMMHP = Monthly Midday Military History Presentation at Level 2, PN City Library)

2022

Thursday 13 October 2022 – NZ Wars Month – “Pork, Potatoes, and Powder: The Musket Wars from the Early 1800s” by LTCOL Dr Peter Wood ONZM Director of the NZ Wars Study Centre NZDC

11 Nov (Fri – EPLP) – “A Tale of Two Myths., 1914-15”, by Dr Ian McGibbon, ONZM, General Editor (War History) at the Ministry of Culture and Heritage

24 Nov (Thu – MMMHP) – “Hunting the Bombers – the Luftwaffe Night Fighter Campaign”, by PO(EWO) (Rtd) Dennis O’Rourke, MNZN, RNZN

Draft 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) – “Second World War Conscription in NZ”, 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 Chris Pugsley, ONZM, FRHistS

11 May (MMMHP) – “The Battle of Manners Street (in 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 Dr Peter Wood, ONZM, Director of the NZ Wars Study Centre, NZDC

29 Aug (Tue – EPLP) – “80th Anniversary of WW2 (1943) topic”, by LTCOL (Rtd) Dr Glyn Harper, QSM

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) – “A Place for Heroes – The Battle of Rossignol Wood (Copse 125 – July 1918)”, by LTCOL (Rtd) Dr Chris Pugsley, ONZM, FRHistS

30 Nov (Thu – MMMHP) – “RNZAF selected topic”, by PO(EWO) (Rtd) Dennis O’Rourke, MNZN, RNZN