RSA Affiliates

If you are interested in joining one of these affiliates of MRSA or the Associations, please email MRSA@clubsofmarlborough.co.nz or telephone 03 5785230 for further contact information.

Kings Empire Veterans (KEV): Peter Rhind
Korean War Veterans Assn: John Dodson
Malaya Veterans Association: Michael McCann
Vietnam Veterans Association: Peter Slape
Royal New Zealand 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

Within the ranks of ex servicemen there have been many organisations formed with the sole purpose of maintaining contact with the veterans to ensure that their welfare as well as that of their families is looked after and to maintain social contact with its membership.

Some are devoted to a particular unit such as a Regiment Squadron or Ship others to a War or Campaign, examples being the Kings Empire Veterans (KEV) Italy Star Association, Korean Veterans, Malayan Veterans, RNZAFA Association, Ex Navalmen’s Association etc.

Many of these organisations are affiliated to the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association which represents all ex servicemen and has a dedicated welfare structure for Veterans anal their Families.

In 1900 Lord Ranfurly, Governor general of New Zealand considered there was a need for an organisation that War Veterans could identify with and founded the Empire Veterans Association.

At that time there were no fewer than 7000 Veterans in New Zealand consisting of ex Havel, Imperial and Colonial troops. They were Veterans of Wars dating from 1840 and included the CZ Wars and the Boer War.

In 1911 the Association changed its name to the Kings Empire Veterans after a suggestion from Lord Kitchener.

The requirements to become a member of KEV has Changed over the years, in earlier times the first priority was given to decorated soldiers and then to those with 10 years active service.

In 1963 this changed and ex service personnel over 60 years of age who had served overseas in His or Her Majesty’s service in any War, Conflict, Occupation Force or emergency waged by the crown and sanctioned by the NZ Government became eligible. Today there is no age limit, any Veteran may become a member and associate members are also welcome.

The establishment of the NZRSA in 1916 and its rapid expansion after World War 2 saw the decline of KEV particularly as Boer War and World car 1 veterans passed away.

KEV members were resolved that their unique Association should continue in existence and increased promotion of social, sporting and leisure activities at branch and national level and the 1980’s saw a remarkable resurgence of membership and sporting and social participation that still goes on today.

Members are ever mindful of the comradeship born of service and offer help and assistance to members in need, it liaises and supports the RNZRSA particularly in the Field of welfare.

The Marlborough branch of KEV meets on the first Thursday of each month at the Marlborough RSA Lounge and organises social, sporting and leisure events for its members.

It is currently organising a luncheon for its members and widows t0 take place shortly and welcome enquiries from veterans who may be interested in joining the Association to participate in its activities.

The President is Peter Rhind: Phone 5787684
Vice President Brian Selwyn: Phone 5783225
Secretary David Rasmussen: Phone 5786816
Treasurer Peter Callahan: Phone 5785995

In conjunction with MRSA, the signing of the armistice is commemorated in the MRSA annually on 27th July each year with a wreath laying ceremony and light refreshments.

All welcome.
Further information is available from the MRSA Reception 03 5785230
or MRSA@clubsofmarlborough.co.nz.

Parade Warning
MRSA Lounge for a wreath laying service 1100 on 27 July.

The Marlborough Branch of the Malayan Veterans Association commemorate the National Malayan Veterans day annually on 16 September with a parade and wreath laying service at the Blenheim Cenotaph in Seymour Square.

We meet casually each Thursday in the MRSA Lounge and have regular committee meetings and our AGM for 2017 is on Saturday 24th June at 1500 hours in the MRSA Lounge.

Patron: P. Callahan
President: M. McCann
Vice President: A. Hill
Treasurer: T. Slipper
Secretary:  J. Forrest
Members: R. Shoemark, John (Aussie) Chauval, Christine Bamber and John Capill

We meet casually each Thursday in the MRSA Lounge and have regular committee meetings.

Further information is available from the MRSA Reception 03 5785230 or MRSA@clubsofmarlborough.co.nz

Patron: Mr Jeremy Hall
President: Barry Rolton
Secretary: Terry Grant
Treasurer: Charlie Govind
Contact: generalltegrant@yahoo.co.uk
or RNZNA Marlborough
PO Box 653
Blenheim 7240

The Marlborough Branch of the New Zealand Vietnam Veterans Association commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan annually on 18 August with a parade and wreath laying service at the Blenheim Cenotaph in Seymour Square.

We meet casually each Thursday in the MRSA Lounge and have regular committee meetings.

Further information is available from the MRSA Reception 03 5785230 or MRSA@clubsofmarlborough.co.nz

President: Peter Slape
Vice President
Treasurer
Secretary
Member

The Marlborough RSA Women’s Section meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in the MRSA Lounge and have regular committee meetings and gatherings.

Further information is available from the MRSA Reception 03 5785230 or MRSA@clubsofmarlborough.co.nz

President: Mary Yemm 03 5785857