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RSA Support Services

Local RSAs provide support services to assist ex-servicemen and women in need, whether or not they are members of the RSA. Each RSA appoints Support Officers to coordinate these services and provide advice on the various community services available.

How we can help

RSA assistance ranges from monetary grants for those in financial difficulty to helping with practical tasks, visiting the sick, meals-on-wheels, and offering friendship and support in times of need. Listed below are some of the ways we can help:

  • War Pensions advice and assistance
  • Financial assistance (conditions apply)
  • Twice monthly cemetery visits
  • Assistance filling out forms
  • Home & hospital visitors
  • Residential care advice
  • Bereavement support
  • Mobility equipment
  • Health advice

Who We help

Help is available to all ex-servicemen and women, their spouses/partner, widows/widowers and dependents, whether or not they are members of an RSA.

How to get help

The Mount Maunganui RSA Support Service is managed by our Support Advisor Shelly Kerr, who has a wealth of  experience working with a diverse range of people and situations and is always ready to listen and advise on the many community services available, and when appropriate on sources of financial assistance. Give her a call on 07 575 2385, or send her an email:

Poppy Day

The annual Poppy Day Appeal embodies the core values of the RSA — remembrance and support. For over 85 years, Poppy Day has been a yearly event usually held on the Friday before Anzac Day (25 April). It is the RSA’s most crucial fundraising appeal of the year, raising funds to help support returned servicemen, women, and their dependents in need.

On Poppy Day, RSA volunteers distribute hundreds of thousands of red poppies throughout New Zealand in exchange for generous donations from the public. The poppies are traditionally then worn on the left lapel for a few days, but especially on Anzac Day, to signify remembrance of the nation’s war dead and support for the valuable work of the RSA.