Marlborough RSA

Royal New Zealand Returned, and Services Association is a service organisation. It is one of the largest voluntary welfare organisations in New Zealand and one of the longest established ex-service organisations in the world. Today, a network of 170 local RSA's with over 130,000 members throughout New Zealand share a joint commitment to the Crown, the nation and the community, dedicated to the RSA motto – 'People Helping People.'

Burleigh Memorial Olive Grove

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil blended from the olive trees at the Burleigh Memorial Olive Grove, Blenheim. RSA volunteers planted the 1300 tree olive grove in 1995 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of VJ day.

Many returned soldiers fought in World War II in Greece, Crete, North Africa and Italy, sheltered from the enemy and enemy planes in olive groves. The first 100 trees planted are identified with individual plaques dedicated to lost soldiers.

Limited stocks of 750 ml bottles are $25 each. Unique, limited edition packaging is now on special at $10 per bottle. It is a table pourer that can be reused. These are available directly from the Clubs.

Fruit and Leaves
Poppy Wall

Parades

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The MRSA observe and commemorate several occasions, and the following details the permanent ones observed.

ANZAC Day, 24 April, at Ward. A full service at the Ward domain at 2 PM each 24 April.

ANZAC Day, 25 April, each year with services held at 6 AM Picton, 6:30 AM Awatere (Seddon), 9 AM Renwick, 9:30 AM Spring Creek, 10 AM Havelock and Rai Valley, 11 AM Kaikoura and Blenheim.

Korean War, 27 July, to commemorate the signing of the truce in the RSA Lounge. Service commences at 11 AM.
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Battle of Long Tan Vietnam War, 18 August, to commemorate the anniversary of the battle. Held in the RSA Lounge at 11 AM.

Battle of Britain, 16 September, at Blenheim Cenotaph. Service conducted and arranged by the RNZAFA commences at 11 AM.

Malayan Veterans Day, 16 September, at the Blenheim Cenotaph. Service commences at 11 AM.

Police Remembrance Day, 29 September, or as decided by the area police commander. 11 AM in the RSA Lounge of Clubs of Marlborough and by invitation from the Police Area Commander.

Boer War or South African War, 21 October, at the Tuamarina monument to commemorate the departure of the first contingent from Marlborough. Service commences at 11 AM.

Armistice Day, 11 November, at the Blenheim Cenotaph, to commemorate the signing of the armistice between the Germans and the allies in WW1. Service commences on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

RSA Newsletter

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For updates and news regarding the RSA, please make contact with them directly by calling: (04) 384 7994 or emailing, enquiries@rsa.org.nz

Image by Ian Taylor
Army Boots

RSA Affiliates

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If you are interested in joining one of these affiliates of MRSA or the Associations, please email mrsa@clubsofmarlborough.co.nz or telephone (03) 578 5230 for further contact information.

Kings Empire Veterans (KEV): Peter Rhind
Korean War Veterans Association: John Dodson
Malaya Veterans Association: Michael McCann
Vietnam Veterans Association: Peter Slape
Royal NZ Naval Association: Terry Grant

Women’s Section: Mary Yemm
Renwick RSA: Anthony van de Water
Havelock RSA: Jan Osbourne
Picton RSA: John McCarthy
Kaikoura RSA: Yvonne Morrison