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.
PROPOSED WEEKEND AGENDA - details to be confirmed - keep watch on this page
Friday 22nd September: - details to be confirmed
Anyone wanting to play 9 holes of golf on Friday afternoon please Paul Nes firstname.lastname@example.org for information
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: details to be confirmed
Morning shoot: - booking essential
Starts 9am - finishes 12 (or before if ammo runs out) - so don't be late!
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 sign can be seen from Pyes Pa Road. Please note that 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 an FN, SKS, .303 Martini Henry, .303 SMLE, .30 M1 Carbine, 9mm pistol and a .22 for use.
If the weather is too wet to shoot we will put on a tour of the Classic Flyers Museum, Jean Batten Drive, Mount Maunganui from 10am.
Call Hugh on 027 545 8069 to check on plans in the event of rain.
RV: - booking essential
Registration from 2pm. Welcome at 3pm sharp - don't be late!
Venue: Garrison Club, 3/6 Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, cnr Devonport Road/11th Avenue, Tauranga
Cost $40 per adult (includes $15 annual RhSA subs); under 12 year $12.50.
Bank account details suppled on request - booking essential email Hugh Bomford on firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 24th September: - this is confirmed
AGM meeting starts 10am - 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 email@example.com
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