What’s On at the Palmerston North RSA


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.

  • Wednesday, 3rd March: a good old Chin Wag & Yap Yap. This is usually a big night at the Bowling club for their annual Golden Oldies tournament week. Due to Covid-19 Level 2, this has been cancelled for this year. Our Club night will still be on, but we will have to observe Level 2 restrictions. There will not be a meal available.;
  • Wednesday, 10th March: Get your brain working! QUIZ NIGHT, make up a team of four $2.50 pp, A fun night;
  • Wednesday, 17th March: COOK'S NIGHT OFF at the PN Bowls Club. Please book by phone 06 354 8271. This helps Gary and Mere to organise the blackboard menu. ;
  • Wednesday, 24th March: To Be Advised ;

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.

(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)


Thursday 11 March 2021 – PN Military History and the Manawatu Mounted Rifles and other local military units (1870 to 1914) by LtCol Peter Wood, PhD, Director of the NZ Wars Study Centre, NZ Defence College.

Thursday 8 April 2021 – “Operation GRAPPLE – Nuclear testing on Christmas Island”, by Roy Sefton, QSM (RIP 11 Jan 21 – speaker to be replaced as a memorial presentation and details to be confirmed soon)

Thursday 13 May 2021 – “The Long-range Desert Group (LRDG) in WW2” by WgCdr Peter Hurly, RNZAF.

Thursday 10 June 2021 – “75th Anniversary of the Formation of the UN” by Associate Professor Bethan Greener, Massey University.

Thursday 8 July 2021 – “Operation BIG TALK: The Bougainville and PNG Peace Talks” by RAdm (Rtd) David Ledson, RNZN.

Thursday 12 August 2021 – “Bloody October: The NZ Division before Passchaendaele” by LtCol (Rtd) Dr Chris Pugsley ONZM, FRHistS

Thursday 9 September 2021 – “175 years of NZ Army” by LtCol IJ Brandon, RNZE, CO, 2nd Engr Regt, Linton Camp.

Thursday 14 October 2021 – “NZ Wars Month: The Wellington War 1847-48 – Boulcott Farm and Battle Hill, etc.” by LtCol (Rtd) Dr Chris Pugsley ONZM, FRHistS

Thursday 25 November 2021- Air/RNZAF Topic, “USAAC Bombing of Japan in WW2: by Dennis O’Rourke MNZM

19th February to 27th June 2021 at Te Manawa: “Children’s Holocaust Memorial Exhibition”

6th March to 3rd May 2021 at Te Awahou, Nieuwe Stroom, Foxton, Dambusters – Boffins, Bravery, and Bouncing Bombs. See notice below:

Sunday 7th March 2021 – “Explore Esplanade (World Young Persons Day)” NZDF/Linton Camp display at the Esplanade (PNCC). Herewith the latest news from PNCC.  Esplanade Day on Sun 7 Mar 21 has been postponed, to a date yet to be advised (see below.  This is disappointing, but looking at the long term weather forecast for the coming weekend, things don’t look to flash.

So you can now have your Sunday for other things at this stage.  Will pass on more info about the new date, once to hand.  Many thanks, Joe

Saturday/Sunday 13th-14th March 2021 – NZ Rural Games. (Possible NZDF Teams participating).

Wednesday 24th March 2021 – Commemorative events at Pukeahu Memorial Park in Wellington to mark the end of the 175th Anniversary of the formation of the NZ Army

Friday 16th April 2021: RNZRSA and PNRSA) National Poppy (Appeal) Day

Sunday 25th April 2021 – 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 midday at the PN Cenotaph on this day.

Tuesday 22th June 2021 – PN Military History – Awapuni Racecourse and PN Showgrounds (by Leanne Hickman) and the Maori Battalion Hall, (by Maj (Rtd) George Kereama, RNZIR)

August 2021: PNRSA Youth Essay and Speech Competition evening (date and details TBA)

Tuesday 24th August 2021 – Launch of the book “Images of War II (WW2)” by Prof Glyn Harper QSM, and MUP.

Thursday 11th November 2021 – Armistice Day Parade and Service in The Square and NZPPT launch of more Linton Camp streets of significance, following the service

Thursday 11th November 2021 – Placeholder – 2020 WW2 (Wgtn) Conference Papers/book launch – TBA

24th-26th November 2021 – NZ History Association (Biennial) Conference, hosted by Massey University in PN (with a military history panel included)