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National Vice President Candidate

John Vincent Smith QSM


Joined the RNZN 1966, still serving with the NZDF in the RNZNR based HMNZS Ngapona Auckland.

Elected RNZRSA National Vice President 2014

  • Elected Member RNZRSA National Executive 2009-2014
  • Have served on the Waikato-King Country-Bay of Plenty Standing Committee since 2001
  • Member of the Tokaanu-Turangi & Districts Memorial RSA since 1977
  • Patron of the club
  • 9 terms as President
  • 7 terms Vice President
  • Member of the Taupo RSA
  • May 2014 attended the 70th anniversary of the Monte Cassino battles in Italy with 38 veterans as the RNZRSA representative.
  • Sept 2015 attended the RSL conference in Brisbane

Other Service

Served on the Executive of the Taupo Officers Club 1999 – 2010 until disbanded
Member of the Taupo branch of the Ex Naval Men's Association until it disbanded.
RNZN representative for the NZ Antarctic Veterans Assn since 2002

Honours & Awards

  • 2003 QSM [public service]
  • 2005 awarded life membership of the Tokaanu-Turangi & Districts Memorial RSA
  • 2007 awarded RNZRSA Merit Badge & Certificate
  • 2012 awarded RNZRSA Gold Star & Certificate
  • 2017 awarded RNZRSA Gold star & Bar

Community Service

  • Retired from Corrections in 2016
  • Married to Kit with a grownup family.  Involved in local community interests in the Taupo/Turangi area.
  • Still serving in the RNZNR until Oct 2022

My focus is to see that we adapt to the future, that service membership is maintained & healthy within the RNZRSA. That we retain our identity and don’t become just another social club, and that the spirit of people helping people remains with our association.

Support of the service community past, present & future is our role and must be maintained

There is much work that needs to be carried out with regards to our younger membership & the present members of NZDF if we are to be of value to them and have their membership, if not we will not survive into the future. I believe that the next few years will be a very interesting period in RNZRSA history and I would like to be a part of it.