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Rear Admiral (Retired) Jack Steer ONZM has commenced as Chief Executive of the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association (RNZRSA).

Jack has had a wide and distinguished career with the Royal New Zealand Navy for almost 43 years, including appointments as Commander, Joint Forces New Zealand, Vice Chief of the Defence Force and latterly Chief of Navy.

A Message from Jack

We welcome Jack Steer to the RNZRSA.

Greetings from the National Office of the RNZRSA. I am delighted to have been appointed as the Chief Executive and look forward to working with you all to provide support to our returned and service personnel, their families and dependents.

During my time serving in the Royal New Zealand Navy I was fortunate enough to meet and engage with many of our veterans. Of course today, as I write this, young men and women are still serving our country, often in unfriendly and dangerous environments. They are our new veterans who also may need the support of the RSA, perhaps in a different way than we have been used to.

The work of the RNZRSA in providing support is very important to the livelihood and wellbeing of many. When coupled to the remembrance activities and advocacy work, this gives us a great profile, both in New Zealand and internationally.

One of the things that has always impressed me is the hard work of all of those people who make our organisation tick. Supporting those who have served our country is an honourable profession and I am proud to be working with you.

The National Office will be increasing our efforts to provide support and improve communication throughout the RNZRSA organisation. Keep an eye out for more social media and information, including our Website and of course, Basecamp. There will also be a regular email update from my office to as many of our members as possible.

That’s all for now. I look forward to getting around and meeting as many of you as I can and working together with you to advance the work of the RNZRSA.


Jack Steer

Chief Executive



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