November 2018

Travel Club next trip invitation

An invitation from the Napier RSA Travel Club…

A trip to the New Plymouth is scheduled for the 3rd – 6th November 2017.

This is the weekend after Labour weekend which is also the last weekend of the Taranaki Garden Festival and includes the Rhododendron displays.  It is now necessary for us to ask intending travellers for this festival to pay 20% deposit ($60) towards the costs of bus fare and accommodation.  The total cost of this trip is $300 and the balance due after the deposit can be paid on a weekly/fortnightly basis.  We envisage that this will make it easier to reach the amount due for the trip.  We have until the middle of October to meet our target cost.  Our plan is to take 40 people on the wonderful trip away, this, in turn, will help keep the costs affordable.

So if you are interested in this trip or to be part of the Napier RSA Travel Club please let us know.

Good travelling to all

Brian Williams

Travel Club President

New in 2017 – Country Sundays

This year we welcome NEW to the Hawkes Bay and the Napier RSA the great sound of Country Music from Annabelle and Ash.

Annabelle & Ash, newcomers to the Hawkes Bay, are seasoned performers having performed over 1000 shows both in New Zealand and across the world. The pair spent the last two years with their band, “Latitude”, as the resident party band on a variety of cruise ships and on their return decided to continue as a duo. Annabelle & Ash enjoy playing the classics, but with their own twist to make it unique. They look forward to getting your toes tapping!

The doors are open to everyone, free entry and we highly recommend these events for all Country Music enthusiast.

Live on stage from 5pm on the 4th Sunday of each month in 2017.

For more information about the Country Sundays or Annabelle & Ash please contact the Napier RSA office.


New Years Eve 2016

Ignite NYE 2016

Ignite Deals 2016

Xmas Eve 2016

Christmas is a special time of year and we here at the Napier RSA want to share in the Christmas cheer.

Last year we had a Christmas Eve Party with our local DJ – Big Beat and a sack load of goodies.

This year we are loaded up to do it again with Candy Canes, Christmas Crackers, Prizes, Music and Christmas Jolly.

Due to this special occasion we welcome you all to wear your Christmas Hat and share in some photos with us.


But someone has hidden the mistletoe again…


Joseph Parker V Andy Ruiz

Watch LIVE @ Napier RSA

Napier RSA is excited to be screening New Zealand Joseph Parker’s “Road to the Title” fight against the Mexican Heavyweight, Andy ‘The Destroyer’ Ruiz

This world class battle will be fought in Auckland and LIVE streamed in the Napier RSA on our Big Screens.

Join us to see if Joseph Parker will take the ultimate victory and the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT title!

Live screening begins from 7.30pm, Saturday 10th December 2016


Be in the club for the boxing before 8pm and you can enjoy the boxing for FREE

After 8pm is a $10 cover charge (Ticket)

Tickets available from Napier RSA clubrooms Bar

100 years of Napier RSA Celebrations


Napier RSA

100 year Weekend

December 2nd – 4th 2016       Celebrating our Centenary       1916-2016

We extend an invitation to Members, Guests, Visitors and the Napier Community to commemorate our centenary year weekend in December 2016.

The Napier RSA was founded 100 years ago by local men who saw the need for an organisation to support and assist those soldiers returning from both Gallipoli and the European conflicts. Many were physically and mentally affected by the war and were finding it hard to re-adjust and fit into society.  In 1916 they formed the Returned Soldiers Association a safe, understanding and social environment, far removed from the horrors of conflict.  During the years changes were made to involve the wider community and is now known as a Returned and Service Association (RSA).  Membership 100 years ago was limited to only Returned Servicemen and women, now in 2016 the Napier RSA doors are open to all forces personnel, their families and the entire community.  Together we share remembrance, compassion & camaraderie as a legacy to the past and our tribute to the future. NZ RSAs are a proud part of the fabric of New Zealand society and demonstrate its motto “People helping people”.  The Napier RSA has exceeded the visions of our founding members, and has produced exceptional result with the integrity of their founding objectives which remain as robust as they did in 1916.

We are one of the few RSAs celebrating a centenary, it is because of the ongoing support from members and our wider community which has bought us to this momentous occasion. We take this opportunity to thank all of our members for your continued support.  We are proud to offer this centenary weekend, one that will be an event worthy of remembrance for the next 100 years.

Friday December 2nd 2016

9am              100 years Message board begins

Friday morning we will have message paper for anyone to leave a message; these messages can be displayed to our large exhibit area attached with a poppy and pin. Donations for poppies go directly to the Napier RSA Poppy Trust.

4.30pm         Club Raffles

Friday night club raffles are very popular and it can often be hard to get in the queue fast enough to get your lucky numbers. There is a variety of raffles to select from and is a lot of fun for everyone – especially the winners!!!

5pm                Tui Girls, greeting around clubrooms

Napier RSA has invited special guests; The Mangatainoka Tui Brewery Girls. They will be taking the opportunity to meet our members and absorb the atmosphere that our club has to offer.  Photos and smiles will be a domino effect while meeting these lovely ladies.

6pm              Live ODE

Because this is a “once in a hundred year” occasion we will be having the ODE performed live with all welcome to join in.

6.45pm         Super Door Swindle

“Guaranteed $1000 cash”

A popular feature of the Friday night club raffles has been the door swindle. To enter the Super Door Swindle you will need to purchase a ticket $2 each or 3 for $5, each ticket puts you in the draw.  Up to 10 draws are made.  When a number is drawn the holder of the ticket will come up to the Raffles and pull a key from a bag with the hope that it will unlock the padlock.  If the key pulled out doesn’t unlock the padlock you will still walk away with $50 cash and if you have more tickets you might get another chance.  The first person to pull the right key that unlocks the padlock will win $1000 CASH

7pm                     Live Music on stage

Every Friday night the Napier RSA has offered entertainment, with live music the common. A special entertainment with Buckshot Billies and will be on stage live to entertain you.

Saturday December 3rd 2016

9am              100 year Message Board continues

Saturday morning we will continue the message paper for anyone to leave a message; these messages can be displayed to our large exhibit area attached with a poppy and pin. Donations for poppies go directly to the Napier RSA Poppy Trust.

10.30am              Club Raffles

Saturday club raffles are just as popular as Friday night but with a different group of members. The queues fill faster and you may need to change your lucky number.  These raffles are a lot of fun and offer a variety of prizes for everyone – particularly for those who pick the winning numbers.

2pm                     Club Reshuffle

From 2pm the Main Clubrooms will be having a facelift and will be closed to everyone. The Norfolk Lounge Restaurant will be remaining open for members to use.  Non-ticket holders are able to purchase drinks and bar snacks in allocated area of the Norfolk Lounge Restaurant for the remainder of the evening.

Cocktail Dinner – 5pm

Napier RSA Clubrooms will be opened from 5pm to ticket holders. Tickets are $30 per person and will give entry to the Cocktail Dinner hosted by the Napier RSA for the commemoration of its Centenary.

This formal event includes dinner surrounded by cocktails, award presentations and live music. To mark this occasion the ODE will be performed live and followed by guest speakers.

Tickets price includes 3 course meal, complimentary drink on arrival and table wine throughout the evening. Tickets are limited, purchases must be made in the clubrooms bar, and no door sales will be available.

All non-ticket holders wanting to come to the club rooms will be redirected to the Norfolk Lounge where bar snacks will be available.

Sunday December 4th 2016

9am              100 year Message Board continues

Sunday morning we will continue the message paper for anyone to leave a message; these messages can be displayed to our large exhibit area attached with a poppy and pin. Donations for poppies go directly to the Napier RSA Poppy Trust. This will be the last day the message board will be available to leave messages.  Messages will be collated with some going into a memorial book of the weekend that celebrated the Napier RSA trading for 100 years.

11am            Greenmeadows Primary School performance

2 special concerts from Greenmeadows Primary School students, will be performed on the Napier RSA stage by the students beginning with a Kapa haka demonstration, followed by a ukulele show.

12noon         Sunday Lunch BBQ

Napier RSA Committee members will be hosting a classic summer lunch providing a BBQ, gold coin donation going to the Napier RSA Welfare Trust

12.30pm              Children’s Party

This special centenary weekend will be celebrated by all including our next generation. Providing a DJ to get the kids up dancing along with games for all the kids to enjoy. Special appearance from a magician and will have face painting available.


This is a “Once in a lifetime” event and everyone is welcome to join us in celebrating our centenary weekend

December 2nd – 4th 2016

100 Year Celebrations – The Foundation Stone

Immediately following the Inaugural ANZAC Day Civic Ceremony on Marine Parade, on the 25 April 1916 the people of Napier moved across the road to witness his Worship the Mayor, J. Vigor Brown ESQ M.P. place the foundation stone into the wall of the J.A Louis Hay designed ‘Soldiers Club’ building.

The Foundation Stone was cemented in place, where it still remains today, with a silver trowel which was donated to him after the occasion by the members of the Association. This momentous occasion gave birth to the Napier Returned and Services Association, currently the oldest RSA in New Zealand.

Almost 9 months after this auspicious occasion, the 4 December 1916 the ‘Soldiers Club’ was incorporated and so began the 100 year history of the Association. The RSA has moved locations twice since 1916 and currently operates out of modern premises in Vautier Street, less than 2 kilometers from its original location.



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.