The second edition of the war stories booklet was very well received at a presentation to the storytellers at the Napier RSA 13 November, followed by a delicious morning tea.

Thanks go to the Napier RSA for their major efforts getting the stories set out and printed in book form. Thanks also go to Wendy McKenty, from Literacy Aotearoa, for her tireless efforts ensuring the volunteers are well schooled in interviewing procedures, research, grammar, spelling and story layouts.

All (but a few) storytellers in the latest book are over 90. Sadly one passed away just weeks before. These stories, therefore, are an important legacy to capture, the more personal experiences the veterans and those affected by war lived through in times of conflict.


I know I speak for the volunteers in saying, it has been indeed a privilege meeting the storytellers, listening to their stories and endeavoring to be as accurate as possible putting their experiences into print.

Once we gained their trust most were very open in sharing the good and bad. We never cease to be amazed at their memory of events, which is obviously still fresh today as it was all those years ago. We are grateful for them sharing their war stories with us. A truly enriching and humbling experience.

To quote the RSA – They will be remembered.

Maxine Wilson

John Purcell

Presidents Report

Very soon Christmas bells will be ringing and I am never quite sure if we are winding down or winding up to Christmas. I do know that something changes in our household, things seem to take on a frantic and un-organized pace for some reason or another.

Extra shopping for special gifts for the big children and grand kids, the fridge is literally bulging at the seams with food and fancy tasty morsels.
Unfortunately the only deserted area in the house is my beer fridge, a lonely bottle of wine or two and a couple of bottles of low alcohol beer – let’s hope Santa doesn’t leave me off his list again this year.

There is no doubt that this year has had its interesting twists and turns, I could go so far as to say it has been an ‘Annus horribilis’, (that’s Latin for Horrible year) if you were taking our 10 day closure into account.

Much has been said and written concerning the Closure and I don’t want this single event to tarnish our thinking into 2016, the most important year in our history. There is lots of exciting things happening so let hope for an ‘Annus mirabilis (of course that’s Latin for a Wonderful year).

Planning and preparing for our 100 year celebrations have been one of those fantastic occasions that will live in my memory (and hopefully the members) for a life time. By default, the Napier RSA is the oldest trading RSA in New Zealand and we want you to;


The creation of the ‘RSA Legacy Trust and the selling of the RSA National Lottery is the beginning of our 2015/2016 activities and one of the feature projects for the year. Just under
a year later the centenary will culminate with an evening of Celebration which will be held in the Pettigrew Green Arena.

While I am not at liberty to divulge the ‘Evenings’ events, members can be assured it will be spectacular – literally a once in a life time occasion. Tickets will be over $100.00pp (final price not available as yet) and members are welcome to book and pay for them on an easy payment programme from the time they are ‘on sale’ through to 10 days prior to the final evening – trust me, this is one occasion you won’t want to miss out on.

I would like to finish off this month’s report with a small verse to express my appreciation to all of you for loyal support over the previous 12 months. Celebrate this Christmas with all your near and dear ones. Let them all know how much you love and care for them. Party with whistles, music and dance and we look forward to your safe return in the New Year.

Have a Merry Christmas.

J Purcell – QSM J.P.

Woman's Section

Women’s Section Report

The Ladies Section held its final meeting for the year on the 16th November celebrating a three course Xmas Lunch prepared by Bev and her staff. The Ladies bought along a small gift each which  was put in Santa’s sack for delivery after lunch. Everybody enjoyed themselves especially when Santa and his Xmas Fairy arrived. The Section meetings will resume on the 15th February 2016.

Joy Hamer

Santa and her helper distributes tasty treats to Members