The October RV has been the catalyst for the strength of the Rhodesian Services Association. It has become a part of the the Rhodesian Services Associations annual calendar taking place in October over Labour Weekend in Tauranga, New Zealand. We are now expanding this to alternate venues between Tauranga and Auckland on a year-about basis.
The first RV was intended as a one off event. It was set up as a reunion and to acknowledge and honour the soldiers who had been decorated for their services in Rhodesia.
The first RV took place in Tauranga at the 6th Battalion (Hauraki) Group's HQ* in Tauranga during Labour Weekend in October 2002. The Commanding Officer of the unit, Lt. Col. John Dick ED welcomed us. During the course of the welcome Lt. Col. Dick said that he recognised us as soldiers and people who had lost our country and he invited us to form a museum display in the regiment's History Room to safeguard our history. When Lt. Col. Dick said the word "recognised" he did not realise the importance of that word to all Rhodesians. I assure you that there were very few dry eyes at the end of his speech that day.
That was the beginning which has led on to a strong association between former Rhodesian soldiers, their families and our new country, New Zealand. It must not be forgotten that the association between Rhodesia and New Zealand dates back to the late 1800's and the Anglo-Boer War and on through WWI and WWII and even into recent times where former Rhodesian soldiers work with New Zealanders in Iraq and Afghanistan
Anyone is welcome to attend the RV, irrespective of nationality or service to Rhodesia.
The 2017 October RV will be held over the weekend starting Friday 22nd September - evening social, Saturday 23rd September - RV, Sunday 24th September - AGM in Tauranga, NZ.
WEEKEND AGENDA - details to be confirmed - keep watch on this page
Friday 22nd September:
Join us for an evening of socialising at the Garrison Club, 3/6 Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, cnr Devonport Road/11th Avenue, Tauranga from 4pm. All welcome. Cash bar - food (BBQ meal) and drink available.
Saturday 23rd September:
GOLF Starts 9am. You will play a round of golf and then have time to move to the shooting range should you wish. Please contact Greg O’Carroll mob 027 268 0374 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Be there from 10.30 for 11am start
Venue: LoadedNZ, 1069 Taumata Road, Tauranga. This is 16.8 km up Pyes Pa Road on the right as measured from the Pyes Pa Cemetery. It is just off Pyes Pa Road. The LoadedNZ signs can be seen from Pyes Pa Road. Please note: You must come up Pyes Pa Road. Taumata Road has two entrances off Pyes Pa Road - you must use the 2nd Taumata Road entrance coming from Tauranga side.
Booking essential. Contact Hugh Bomford email@example.com
CASH sales of ammo packs of value $5, $10 and $20 will be available on the day. There will be a variety of weapons to shoot with.
RV REGISTRATION: From 3.30pm up in the Garrison Club to collect name tags etc.
RV WELCOME: 4pm Everyone must be assembled upstairs in the Garrison Club for housekeeping announcements following which will be the Welcome.
Sunday 24th September:
AGM meeting starts 10am so be there by 9.45 please - expected finish 11am followed by brunch.
Venue: 10 Satori Key, Papamoa.
Cost $12 per person - pay on the day
Please book to assist catering and seating - email Hugh Bomford on firstname.lastname@example.org
This photo above was taken in April 2003 when Lt. Gen. Walls opened the Rhodesian display at the 6th Battalion (Hauraki) Group's Garrison Club.
Left - Right Lt. Gen. Walls, Mr Des Anderson President of the 6th Battalion (Hauraki) Regimental Association and Lt. Col. Dick ED.
The Hauraki Museum and Garrison Club are open to the public every Friday from 16.00 hrs.
* NOTE - The 6th Battalion Hauraki Regiment is now the 3/6 Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment