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About the RSA

Every day the RSA movement helps all service personnel and their families get the support they need.


Our Mission is to support veterans and their families.

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 182 local RSAs around the country, each an entity in their own right, with over 102,000 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.

What can you do to help?

There are many ways to get involved with the RSA. You can join as a member of a local RSA and get involved in your local community. Or you can join the Online RSA - an emerging community of like-minded individuals with veteran support at its core.

Can you offer your time to support our veterans? If you have free time and are physically able - reach out to your local RSA and let them know what you can do to help. Mowing lawns? Driving a veteran to an appointment? Stacking firewood? The gift of a little time can mean so much to someone in need.

And of course - you can donate to the RSA.

Your donation could go towards funding a cataract operation, medical care, mobility assistance, help with school fees, emotional support including trauma counselling and help with treatment for post-traumatic stress, hearing aids, equine therapy, or companion dogs

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