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About the RSA

Courage, Compassion, Camaraderie, Commitment

The values that built our society post war

The RSA was formed in New Zealand in 1916 by returning Anzacs during World War One to provide support and comfort for service men and women and their families.

The Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association is made up of over 180 local RSAs around the country, each an entity in their own right, with over 100,000 members. Local RSAs are managed by their own executive committee while being united with the RNZRSA in our strategic pillars, vision, and values. We believe in a nation joined by a heartfelt connection to the Anzac spirit of courage, commitment, comradeship and compassion.

While honouring the past is an important part of who we are, we’re also focused firmly on the present. Support is at the heart of what we do. The National Office is responsible for helping local RSAs with the great work they do, from classic kiwi hospitality, to support for our past and present servicemen and women including the NZ Police, and their dependents. This can be anything from financial assistance and advocacy to creating support networks with other RSA members who have had similar experiences.

We take pride in representing our current and ex-service personnel nationally, as well as internationally, and fostering a positive relationship with other organisations in the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League. There is also a number of other ex-service associations in New Zealand which are affiliated to the RSA.

If you’d like to learn more about us, get in touch with your local RSA, or give National Office a call on 04 384 7994. Details for all clubs can be found on our “Find an RSA” page here:



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