NEWSLETTER

4 March 2024

Office Hours:  Monday and Friday (except Public Holidays) 1pm - 3pm, and Wednesday 4pm - 5.00pm
Club Night:  Wednesday from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Bowls Palmerston North Club Rooms Lounge, Linton Street.

Membership and Subscriptions

Subscriptions were due on the 1st July, our Treasurer Kevin has either posted or emailed out notices.  As per the rules you have 30 days to comply.   You can either pay by internet, or come into the office and pay by cash.

PNRSA (2014) Inc Account Number 06 0746 0384063 00 or cash at the office.  Don't forget to put your NAME and LAST FOUR DIGITS of your membership number in the reference if you're paying by internet banking.

I take this opportunity in thanking those that have paid and to those that have given a donation. Give us a call on 06 354 8271 to see if your new card has arrived.

Subscription for 2023 – 2024:

  • $35 for members under 80 years of age.
  • $20 for members over 80 years of age, up to 90 years of age and widows.
  • Free for members over 90 years of age and serving members.

Please come and collect your membership card before we close on the 13th December. You may need your card if you're travelling over the holidays and want to visit other RSAs/Clubs. The BPN cannot help with any enquiries or get your membership card.

Club Activities

CLUB NIGHTS

Wednesday, 6 March:  Meal at India 2Nite. Meet there at 5:30pm (Not at the Clubrooms - No Club Night)

Wednesday, 13 March:  Early celebration of St Patrick's ay. Wear something green and there could be a prize for the best dress

Wednesday, 20 March:  Cook's Night Off - at  Gary & Mere’s “GREENSIDE EATERY” Bowls PN Lounge.

Wednesday, 27 March:  Members' Draw, Raffle, and Easter Buns

You are welcome to go along to the BPN lounge when they are open.  Most Friday’s the Greenside Eatery is open for meals. Check by phoning 027 5794477. It’s a very friendly club and I’m sure you will enjoy the atmosphere.

NOTICES

A TIME LIKE THIS

The Manawatu Theatre Society are putting on a production of “A Time like This”, by local writer and Director Jackie Davis. This play is set in modern times, around a WWI veteran reminiscing about his experiences in the war, and his experience as an old person in modern times. This play runs from April 18 to 27 in The Globe Theatre (Globe 2).

We are planning to run a matinee performance on Anzac Day.

POPPY DAY

Poppy Day for 2024 has been confirmed for Friday 19 April.

Before you know it, that date will be here. If you can help sell Poppies please contact

Either Evan Torrance 3549914 or 0276474337

Or Mike O’Connor 3589983

HELP NEEDED

The PNRSA Executive requires an assistant to help with Treasury accounts. We are not a large Association therefore will not too time-consuming.  If you could be of help and are interested, please ring President Peter on 021 455 069 or email pandjhurly@gmail.com

Medals

Medal applications

NZDF Personnel Archives and Medals (PAM) issues war, operational, and service medals to NZDF former and current service members. Within the limits of the Privacy Act 2020, we also provide advice about medals NZDF former and current service members might be entitled to, and information about which medals have already been issued to them.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to the volume of Personnel Archives and/or Medals requests currently on hand, please be aware that we may not be in a position to provide you with a decision on your request within the statutory time period.  We are working on rectifying this situation as quickly as possible.

Applying for an unclaimed medal

To apply for a medal and for general enquiries on medal entitlement, (for you or for a family member) or for information on which medals have already been issued (and when) you will need to complete the Medals application form and provide supporting information that is requested on the form.

For information on the application process for the COVID-19 Response Recognition Award click here.

Home Guard

Unfortunately the military personnel files of many of those who served in the Home Guard have not survived to the present day. This is likely due to the New Zealand Army purging a large number of military personnel documents in the years following World War II.

If we do not hold a military personnel file for someone who served with the Home Guard we will ask applicants if they can provide us with evidence of service such as old copies of the NZ Gazette, copies of posting notices, or letters home. A photograph on its own will not be sufficient to prove service, but could support other documents if the image is clear and the person is identified. Please note that for a service person to be eligible for a medal, we need to be able to confirm that they served with the New Zealand Army for a minimum of six months. NZ Royal Honours

NZDF PAM does not hold or administer any stock of awards, decorations or medals issued under the auspices of the NZ Royal Honours system (i.e. MNZM, etc.). Information on these awards should be sought from the Honours Unit, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.Foreign Awards 

NZDF PAM does not hold quantities of stock of any foreign awards, medals or decorations, except of the Pingat Jasa Malaysia (for issue for those who have not yet claimed this medal) and of miniatures of United Nations and NATO medals (for issue to NZDF serving personnel). Enquiries about all other foreign awards should be sent to the issuing Government/authority/agency.

For NZDF serving personnel, permission to wear a foreign award must be obtained by submitting form MD 1456. For those NZDF serving personnel who were recruited laterally from another country, permission to wear medals awarded for service in another country must be obtained by submitting form MD 1655.

To see the details of the links below, hold the Control Key and click on the link name.

Completing the application form

Please complete the Medals application form, scan and email it to NZDF.PAM@NZDF.MIL.NZ.  Alternatively you may post it to:NZDF Personnel Archives and Medals
Headquarters New Zealand Defence Force
Private Bag 905
UPPER HUTT 5140Please include the following information about the service person in your application:  Full name

  • Date of birth
  • Date of death (if applicable)
  • Service number
  • Service (i.e. Navy, Army, Air Force)

Additional information you might want to include is:

  • Rank and Service (Army/Navy/Air Force)
  • Regiment/Battalion/Unit/Ship
  • Period of Service
  • Next of Kin, Address and Occupation at time of Enlistment
  • Don’t forget to include your current postal address, phone number and email address

Applying for a long service award (good conduct is required)

All Regular and Territorial members of the Armed Forces of New Zealand who serve for the required period and have a record of irreproachable conduct and character are recognised by a long service and good conduct award, governed by a New Zealand Royal Warrant. The full eligibility criteria are outlined in the NZDF Long Service Awards Regulations 2020.

To apply for a long service award please complete the Medals application form and email it to NZDF.PAM@nzdf.mil.nz  alternatively you may post it to:

NZDF Personnel Archives and Medals
Headquarters New Zealand Defence Force
Private Bag 905
UPPER HUTT 5140

Good conduct is required for the entire period of qualifying service towards a long service award.

For a Regular Force officer, soldier, sailor or airman who has served on or after 1 December 1977 this means that he or she must have at least 14 years of unbroken good conduct to qualify for a long service award.

An adverse recordable occurrence (often called a ‘recordable entry’) breaks the period of good conduct.

A Regular Force officer, soldier, sailor or airman will need at least 14 years of unbroken good conduct after the adverse recordable occurrence to qualify for a long service award.

Medal duplicates and replacements

Replacement medals are only available for purchase during the lifetime of current and former NZDF serving members. The cost of the replacements is met by the applicant.  Personnel Archives and Medals will issue you a quote for the cost of replacing the lost medal/s when we receive your request.

Requesting replacement medals

To obtain replacement medals write to NZDF PAM at nzdf.pam@nzdf.mil.nz including a scanned copy of the attached Statutory Declaration swearing that you have lost your medals.  Alternatively, you may post your request and completed Statutory Declaration to:

NZDF Personnel Archives and Medals
Headquarters New Zealand Defence Force
Private Bag 905
UPPER HUTT 5140

NZDF does not provide duplicate sets of medals under any circumstances. Duplicate medals and replacement medal ribbon may be obtained through commercial providers which you will find by searching Google or using the yellow pages.

Medal mounting and medal ribbon bars

NZDF does not provide medal mounting services and medal ribbon bars for former NZDF service members and their families. Unfortunately we are unable to recommend a medal mounter to you so we suggest you identify your nearest one by searching on Google or using the yellow pages.

The mounting of medals and provision of medal ribbon bars at public (NZDF) expense is provided to NZDF serving personnel because they are required to wear medals on their uniform as a part of their employment.

 

Veteran's Affairs  

Check out their website or Facebook, or call us 0800 483 8372   Our phone lines are open from 9am to 3pm, Monday through Friday.

There is now more information on our website about processing times. This update includes average waiting times for some commonly claimed entitlements and some examples of why processing times vary. We will continue to update this web page with the current timeframes. We are very sorry for the delays in resolving claims for entitlements. We continue to look for ways and take steps to process the claims quicker.

    Veterans' Independence Programme 

    If you are an eligible veteran you can apply for a service from the Veterans’ Independence Programme (VIP) by going to this page on our website and then download and then complete the VIP application form. If you are already a client of Veterans’ Affairs and have a case manager, please don’t apply, you can catch up with your case manager about your needs.

    VIP is a non-urgent needs-based programme, and it aims to help veterans with qualifying service, who don’t have access to any other support, to stay safely in their own homes. If they have more complex requirements, we recommend that they approach their GP to access more appropriate community support through Te Whatu Ora. If the veteran has a service-related health condition, we would like them to make a claim before applying for a VIP service.

    MILITARY HISTORY PRESENTATIONS

    Starting again on 8th February

    PRESENTATIONS FOR 2024.  PLEASE BE AWARE THE MIDDAY PRESENTATIONS COULD CHANGE

    14 Mar 24 – next MMMHP session – LTCOL (Rtd) Dr Glyn Harper talking on the “Battles for Cassino”, midday at PNCL

    PURPLE POPPY

    “NEW ZEALAND SERVICE ANIMALS & MEMORIALS “

    “Purple Poppy Day” recognised internationally on the 24th February,  acknowledges service animals, particularly those that gave their lives in conflict.  It is estimated that more than 16 million animals served during WW1 and more  than eight million animals died. 20,000 Dogs serving Britain and her allies,  500,000 cats served in the trenches of the western front as there was serious  problems with rats. The cats also detected gas. More than 100,000 pigeons served  Britain in WW1 and 200,000 in WW2.  

    Between 1914-1916 the NZ government acquired more than 10,000 horses to  serve in German Samoa, at Gallipoli, the Middle East and on the Western Front.  4,000 of these were draught used for artillery & transport purposes. Only four  horses were repatriated from France to England in March 1919 and subjected to  12 months quarantine, they arrived back home in NZ in July 1920. They were  Beauty, Dolly, Nigger and Bess. Bess continued to help Captain Powles perform  his duties as commander at the GHQ school at Trentham and then headmaster at  Flock House (Bulls) an agricultural training school for the dependants of war  veterans. Bess died on land near Flock House in 1934 and a memorial was  erected where she has been buried. 

    The Purple poppy was created in 2006 by a UK charity “Animal Aid” to  commemorate animals which served during conflicts as they had been the  forgotten victims’ of war. 

    NZ born Nigel Allsopp who lives in Australia, is the President of the “Australian  War Animals” and the Ambassador representing Australia and NZ for service  animals plus is the ANZAC representative for the UK Blue Cross Awards. In February 2018 Nigel was asked to establish the NZ War animal memorial at  the Army National Museum in Waiouru. Australia raised funds and purchased a  bronze statue. The unveiling was held on the 24th February. In June 2018 a  plaque which was donated by the Australian War Animal Memorial Org was  presented to the NZ Veterinary Ass as a tribute to the men and women that cared  for all the animals during WW1. This plaque is housed at Massey University in  Palmerston North ( NZ’s only Veterinary school ) 

    It came to our women’s sections attention in February 2018, when told about the  unveiling in Waiouru, that Australia along with many other countries were  acknowledging their service animals, something NZ had not been doing. The  Waikato, B.O.P Women’s Section District Sections decided to mark the 24th  February 2019 with the first “Purple Poppy Day” in NZ to get our own war and  service animals recognised.  

    In 2019 the RNZRSA National Women’s Assn were given the responsibility by  RNZRSA of looking after and running all matters relating to our “NZ Service  Animals” and the “Purple Poppy”. That same year the RNZRSA National  Women’s established the first Welfare Fund for the “NZ Service Animals &  Memorials”, the aim of this fund is to provide financial support to service and  ex service animals in need. 

    We do not at this stage see the 24th February “purple Poppy Day” as a street  appeal. We see this as an ongoing project for our RSA Women’s Sections to  embrace, along with their communities, and to raise funds and awareness as well as  honouring our four-legged and winged veteran’s.  

    Since 2010 the Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation have established 35  war animal memorials within Australia and Internationally. 

    On the 19th December 2020 Bess, a horse from WW1 was honoured with the  “Blue Cross” from the UK. This is the highest award given to a service animals  (the equivalent of the Victoria Cross). In June 2019 Caesar, a NZ WW1 dog was  awarded the first Blue Cross for NZ which is on display at the National Army  Museum in Waiouru. The 2021 Recipient was a dog named “Gunner” from  Afghanistan. His Blue Cross is also on display at the Museum. 

    In June 2021 an unveiling at Whenuapai Air Force Base which done of a bronze  statue and plaque in Recognition Of the amazing work by our RNZAF Military  Working Dogs.  

    In November 2021 a plaque was placed on the Cenotaph in Rangiora (Christchurch) to all the animals that served in wars and conflicts making this the first plaque to be placed on a cenotaph to honour our NZ Service animals for their  service. 

    On the 24th of February 2023 a plaque was placed in Nelson also to honour our NZ service animals. 

    Also on the 24th February 2023 a plaque was placed on the wall of remembrance in  Levin to honour the pets and mascots that paid a very important part of our  military culture,and a simple distraction from the grim realities of war. 

    We Honour all our NZ service  

    animal past and present for  

    their service and faithfulness. 

    Written by:  

    Diane Wilson  

    RNZRSA National Women’s  

    President 

    New Members

    We welcome the following members to our Club:   Dale Judd, Josephine Bailey, Trevor Gillbanks, Murray Batten, and Arnold Bloxham.

    Happy Birthday

    Birthday Greetings to those that have a Birthday in March:  Trevor Cotton, Jock Robinson, Tim Scott, Ray Taylor, Gary Milligan, Josphine Bailey, Nola Johanson, Una Chadwick, Bill Boyd, Arnold Bloxham, Lorraine Featherstone, Marj Fox, Kim Herbert, Alan Cull.

    PNRSA Welfare Trust

    The RSA Trust is located at the Senior Citizens Lounge, Main Street, Opposite the Globe Theatre

    The Trust re-opens Tuesday 13th February 9.45-11.45

    We are closed on Public Holidays

    For enquires from the 13th February

    please ring Mike O’Connor 06 358 9983 or or Albie Armstrong 06 3586881

    - Poppy Day for 2024 has been confirmed for Friday 19 April. Before you know it that date will be here.

    If you can help sell Poppies please contact (on/after 13 February)

    Evan Torrance, 06 3549914 or 027 6474337, or Mike O’Connor 06 358 9983

    Remembrance Army Working Bees

    If you can help, please contact Ian Bailey 06 356 7517.

    The Manawatu co-ordinator for the NZ Remembrance Army has ceramic poppies available to place on service graves in the area. If you would like one, please contact Sarah Cole on 021 2930333  or  sezy.lvn@gmail.com with grave details.

    Please note: They are not to go in RSA sections or on CWG, so must be in a public section. Please also advise if you would like a clean and/or restoration.

    A donation to the NZRA would be appreciated though the givealittle address.

    https://givealittle.co.nz/org/the-remembrance-army-charitable-trust

    RAZA Pool Club

    Club nights held on Thursday evenings from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Why not pop down and join them. As Harry would often have said “let the cue do the talking”

    RSA Womens' Section

    We are very proud of our National Women Section President Mrs Diane Christine Wilson receiving in the new years honours list As “MEMBER OF THE NEW ZEALAND ORDER OF MERIT” DIANE has been involved in many activities, eg.

    A strong advocate for the purple poppy, Diane helps run the New Zealand Service Animals and Memorials welfare fund.

    JOKE TIME

    To save money, I suggested to one of my grown sons that we all live together in one house. I could tell he didn’t think it would be cost-effective when he asked, “Who’s going to pay the therapist?”

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     During a lesson about adjectives, my friend, an elementary school teacher, asked her class to describe their mothers. One boy described his mother's hair as auburn.

    Impressed by his sophisticated word choice, my friend asked, "How do you know her hair colour is auburn?" Her student replied, "Because that's what it says on the box."