16 September 2023

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.

Those Members that have had or are having a stint in Hospital, we hope soon you will be back in the comfort of your home.

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.

Club Activities


Wednesday 6 September: Yap Yap Night

Wednesday 13 September: TBC after ODE Dinner at ANKOR George Street

Wednesday 20th September: Egg Presentation by Pip Crystal

Wednesday 27th September: Members' Draw

Sunday 24th September:  PNRSA AGM  11am

You are also welcome to come along to BPN on Friday nights from  4:00pm. Most Fridays they have their kitchen open. Check by phoning 06 354 2695 or 027 579 4477



Nominations for Committee will be called for from the 11th of August and received by 8th September Pick up your nomination form from the Office.  Notice of Motions to be in by the 1st of September.


There was a good turnout for the "Cooks Night Off" and enjoyed by all.

This was done by Gary and Mere in their new named kitchen "GREENSIDE EATERY"

Raffle winners that night were Barbara Papuni 1st and Tony Smith 2nd.  Seemingly it seems to be a bit of a winning trend forming here !

PALMERSTON NORTH RSA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING IS BEING HELD ON Sunday 24th SEPTEMBER 2023 AT 11:00AM AT THE BOWLS LOUNGE LINTON STREET. Nominations for Committee were called from the 11th of August and to be received by 8th September. Pick up your nomination form from the Office.


Pitt/Ferguson Sts Work 

We’d like to say a big thank you for your patience and understanding as our contractor Downer reconstructed the road at the corner of Ferguson and Pitt Streets.

This project marks a significant milestone in completing the final link to our city’s inner ring road (comprising of Pitt, Walding, Grey, Princess, and Ferguson Streets). This route is a vital part of our strategic vision to encourage safer and more efficient traffic flow through the inner city.

The Ferguson – Pitt transformation included several crucial improvements:

  • Traffic-light controlled intersection: The intersection at Ferguson and Pitt Streets has been upgraded to include traffic lights, enhancing safety and ensuring smoother traffic flow.
  • Widening to four lanes: The road has been widened to accommodate four lanes of traffic, reducing congestion and improving overall road capacity.
  • Signalised pedestrian crossing: We have installed traffic lights for pedestrians near the Pak 'n Save fuel station on Ferguson Street, providing a safer crossing point in this area.
  • Wider footpaths: A wider footpath near Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School is making it safer and more convenient for pupils and pedestrians.
  • Intersection changes: Minor changes were made to the Linton-Ferguson intersection to prevent right turns across four lanes of traffic.

Completing the inner ring road has been a decades-long endeavor, consisting of multiple phases over 50 years. It provides a convenient route across Palmy by connecting four major roads with high traffic volumes: Pioneer Highway, Fitzherbert Avenue, Rangitikei Street (State Highway 3), and Main Street East (SH3). Our strategic vision is for commercial and heavy vehicles to use this route rather than our inner-city streets – which are built for cars and pedestrians. It also discourages motorists from rat-racing through the city centre by providing an efficient dual-lane alternative. 

Once again, we extend our thanks to everyone for your patience and cooperation during the construction period.


Palmerston North City Council

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.

An Invitation

You are invited to a commemoration dinner and lecture  on Thursday 12 October 2023 at 6.00pm for 6.15pm at the Officer’s Mess, Trentham Military Camp,  35 Messines Ave, Upper Hutt 

Join us for a evening at the Trentham Officer’s Mess as we commemorate the Battle of Passchendaele, marking the bloodiest day in New Zealand's history. The evening will commence with a pre-dinner shandy in the bar. This will be followed by a three-course meal which will be served in the Mess Dining Hall.

Our keynote speaker for the evening is the renowned military historian, Lt Col (ret’d) Professor Glyn Harper QSM. His insights into the Battle of Passchendaele will serve as a reminder of the trials our countrymen faced.

After the speeches, guests are invited to the Mess lounge where they will have an opportunity to continue conversations and further discuss the historical significance of the day.

Transportation will be provided to and from the Wellington Railway Station and Trentham Station before and after the event for those who require it. Parking is available for those who choose to drive.

In respect for the anniversary and the occasion, we kindly ask guests to adhere to a dress code of Black Tie/Mess Dress/Cocktail Attire or lounge suits (with decorations).

We extend our heartfelt invitation to you, as we gather in remembrance of a significant yet tragic chapter of our history.  

Please click on this link to purchase your ticket at a cost of $50.00 (plus a small Eventbrite fee).

Gerard Birss

Board Member

Passchendaele Society

Cell:  021 619 610

Ellen Ma Presentation

You are invited, just let Val know by phoning her on the number below.

Senior Citizens are holding a meeting on Saturday 30th September 2023 at 11.00am in our hall to talk with Ellen Ma who is a MNZAS Audiologist in relation to Hearing Loss, Hearing Aids & the effect of Hearing Loss on Brain function.

Ellen has a background in neuroscience and is focused.  on how the brain process sound. Her talk would be around 45 minutes to 1 hour on hearing matters with a lot of focus on the effects on our cognition.

Senior Citizens would like to invite members of our group to join them.  Please advise numbers by phoning, there is no cost. Val 027 588 288 before 15th September 2023


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


Welcome to the following new members:

Mike Pettersen
Peter Russell
Chris Henry


On the 5th September Vern Lumley Passed away. Vern was a regular member and will be missed by our members.


Happy Birthday

Chris Precey, David Hartley, Kevin McKenna, Evan Torrence,  Russell Honeybone, Micheal Oliver, Vern Lumley, Ted Keene, Leigh Murray, Robin Ware,Stewart Couchman, George Best, Howard Asplin, Maureen Armstrong, Phillip Maxwell, Mike Pettersen, John Busch and Inez Avenell.

PNRSA Welfare Trust

The RSA Trust is located at the Senior Citizens Lounge, Main Street, Opposite Globe Theatre
PNRSA Trust currently open only on Tuesdays 9.45am -11.45.
For enquires, please ring  Mike O'Connor 06 358 9983 or Albie Armstrong  06 358 881

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 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.


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”


Fun At The Movies

Last week John went to the movies at the Events Centre in Palmerston North to see "Slumdog Millionaire" but because of two women loudly chatting together who were sitting in the row in front of him, John was unable to hear the dialogue clearly. John leaned forward and said in a stage whisper, 'Excuse me ladies but I can't hear.'
'I should hope not,' stormed the woman, 'this is a private conversation.'


A father brought his little girl to “bring your child to work day. They were talking with other parents and having a great time. His daughter burst out crying and her dad asked her what was wrong. She said “where are all the clowns you said you worked with?”