RSA members belong to a nationwide voluntary welfare organisation committed to the rich tradition of comradeship and community service that characterises the RSA
All members are welcome to visit and enjoy the recreational facilities of RSAs throughout the country, take part in social and sporting events, or simply relax in congenial surroundings close to home.
Who may join?
Membership applications are invited from adults of all ages, who are either citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand or any other Commonwealth country. Our membership is divided into four categories – Returned, Service, Associate and Women’s Section.
Membership of the RSA brings a range of benefits: easy access to welfare and pensions advice; social and sporting opportunities; member only promotions from financial institutions and other companies. You also belong to other Affiliated RSA’s and Chartered Clubs.
Who may join the RSA? Applications for membership are welcome from adult citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand or any other Commonwealth country:-
- war veterans, ex-servicemen and women, their families and friends
- serving members of New Zealand’s Armed Forces
- sworn NZ Police Officers
- men and women without military connections who share the ideals of the RSA movement
Membership category is determined according to the applicant’s relationship to the Forces.
- Returned Servicemen and women who have served in any war or in a peacekeeping or peacemaking deployment as defined by RNZRSA.
- Service members are either retired or serving members of the Armed Forces who do not qualify for ‘Returned’ membership. They include those who have served under CMT, the Territorial Forces, Cadet Force Officers and sworn members of the New Zealand Police.
- Single Associate membership is open to adults, who although having not served in the Armed Forces or Police would like to belong to the Club.
- Couple Associate membership is open to 2 adults, residing at the same address, who although having not served in the Armed Forces or Police would like to belong to the Club.
- Women’s Sections are affiliated to their local RSA. This membership is open to Wives, Widows, Daughters and Granddaughters of Returned and Service personnel.
You will find some useful links here relating to researching your family service history:
Archives New Zealand is digitising and publishing online the New Zealand Defence Force's WWI service records. So far, around 85% of the 160,000+ records have been digitised and around half have been published online. You can view them by searching, for example, for a service-person's name, rank, or military unit.