About us
our story

Courage, Compassion, Comradeship, Commitment

The Taupo RSA is an affiliated member of the Royal New Zealand Returned Services Association (RNZRSA), one of the largest voluntary welfare organisations in New Zealand and one of the oldest ex service organisations in the world. It was founded by returned soldiers from the Gallipoli Campaign in 1916 to provide for the welfare of veterans.

The Club continues to deliver on the vision of the founding veterans. Poppy Day, usually observed on the Friday before ANZAC Day (25 April), when red poppies are exchanged for donations from the New Zealand public fund the welfare needs of our local veterans.

Our History


1934 The RSA was formed, following an inaugural meeting of a small group of returned servicemen.
1939 RSA went into recess during WW2. Older returned members realised the younger servicemen being invalided back to Taupo needed help and started the RSA up again.
Taupo’s growing population meant that Rickit’s Hall was too small and with the help of a government subsidy of 4500 pounds, built the Taupo War Memorial Hall.
1948 The McCauley family gifted two sections on Horomatangi Street to the RSA to ensure a permanent home for the association. A Queen Carnival was organised and 400 pounds were raised.
1952 The Taupo Lawn Cemetery came into existence and the area designated for servicemen and women has been cared for by RSA members ever since.
1952 Taupo saw the first ANZAC Day parade marching to the music of the Taupo Silver Band.
1959 Commencement of the planning for the new clubrooms on the sections.

Two years of working bees with the Women’s Section providing afternoon tea to the working bees of volunteers.

1962 Grand opening of the new clubrooms.
1983 The RSA members which at that time consisted of only ex-servicemen and women decided to safeguard their assets and formed a trust. $10 was given to the trust as an initial fund for the purposes of the Trust and the clubrooms and flats owned by the RSA were transferred to the new Trust. Known as The Taupo RSA Trust Inc.