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National President Candidate

BJ Clark (QSM JP)

Service History

I joined the Army as a Regular Force Cadet in January 1970, Ngarimu VC Class serving for twenty-one years in the Corps of Royal New Zealand Engineers attaining the rank of Warrant Officer Class One and retiring in December 1991.

During my career I served in Moscow, Singapore, Fiji, Antarctica, and the Sinai

RNZRSA Involvement

I joined the RNZRSA in 1973 and have held the following appointments.

  • Papanui RSA: Executive committee member March 1992-1993; Vice President 1993 – 1998; President 1998 – 2014
  • Canterbury District: Vice President 2000 – 2004; President 2004 - 2008.
  • RNZRSA: National Vice President 2008 -2014; National President 2014.

Honours and Awards

  • Queens Service Medal in January 2003
  • Appointed a Justice of the Peace in June 2004
  • Christchurch City Council Civic Award for services to veterans Dec 2010
  • RNZRSA Merit Badge and Certificate of Merit in May 2005.
  • RNZRSA Gold Star and Certificate of Merit in July 2010
  • RNZRSA Gold Star and Bar 2019

Community Service

  • I serve on a community justice initiative called the Community Justice Panel which works with offenders to curb future offending.
  • I became a Marriage Celebrant in 2013.
  • I was elected Vice President of the NZ Justice of the Peace Association in 2015 and President in 2017, serving until 2019.

Personal Statement

I am committed and passionate to ensure that those who have served this country receive the support they are entitled to expect as a result of that service.

We can only be successful if we work together as one team, sharing our experience, abilities, networks and resources.