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New Zealand post celebrates 100 years of service of RSA stamps

New Zealand post celebrates 100 years of service of RSA through stamps

New Zealand post issued six stamps celebrating 100 years of service of RSA, the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association.

Special stamps and coin are issued to pay tribute to the important role played by RSA in New Zealand’s history and communities.

New Zealand post will donate $1 to the RSA from the sale of each presentation pack and $5 from the sale of each stunning 1oz silver proof coin.

History of Returned and Services’ Association (RSA)

The RSA was established by wounded soldiers returning to New Zealand from the First World War. They recognised a need to provide support and comfort for service men, women and their families and to honour and remember those who would never come home.

The RSA was responsible for the introduction of the iconic poppy as a symbol of remembrance and also successfully lobbied for Anzac Day to become a public holiday.

Today, the RSA is one of the country’s largest organisations and continues to support current and ex-service personnel and their families through a re-energised brand and a focus on building awareness in its communities.

100 years on the RSA remains as relevant as ever, with New Zealand producing more veterans today than at any time since the end of World War II.

New Zealand post celebrates 100 years of service of RSA stamps

100 years of service of RSA stamps

The commemorative stamps portray the RSA’s identity and history. The designs incorporate the new RSA ‘heart’ logo, which reflects the RSA’s ambition to be at the heart of New Zealand’s communities.

80c – The Returned
On 28 April 1916 – only three days after the first Anzac Day commemorations – Captain Donald Simson (centre in second row) oversaw a national meeting of returned soldiers in Wellington that established the New Zealand Returned Soldiers’ Association.

$1.40 – The Poppy
Few charitable appeals can claim the history and public recognition as that of the RSA’s Poppy Day Appeal. The first Poppy Day on 24 April 1922 began a tradition as the RSA’s primary means of raising funds to support the needs of the ex-service community.

New Zealand post celebrates 100 years of service of RSA stamps

$2.00 – Supporting those who served
The RSA is famous for its advocacy and support services to assist the veteran and ex-service community – whether it be raising funds on Poppy Day, sending parcels to NZDF personnel posted overseas at Christmas time or lending a hand in the community.

$2.20 – At the RSA
In the aftermath of both World Wars RSA clubrooms went up as quickly as war memorials. From the outset the clubrooms were intended ‘to keep intact the bond of comradeship’ for RSA members, but they also provided much needed facilities for the community.

$2.50 – The Badge
For 100 years, the RSA badge has been one of the most recognisable symbols in New Zealand. It was RSA founder Captain Donald Simson who first floated the idea of a universal badge at the foundation conference in 1916.

$3.00 – We will remember them
Remembrance plays a special part in the life of the RSA. The RSA sought early protection of the word ‘Anzac’ and Anzac Day, and its role as guardian of remembrance has continued in connection with the national day of commemoration and other commemorative days, memorials, and its own ‘Ode’ ceremony.

New Zealand post celebrates 100 years of service of RSA coin

100 Years of Service of RSA silver proof coin

The striking coin’s design focuses on the remembrance aspect of the RSA and incorporates the painting At Rest by Captain Matt Gauldie, RNZA alongside the RSA logo.

At Rest is the final painting in the Unknown Warrior series (2005) and was painted in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior. This powerful painting depicts an officer holding his young daughter, who clasps a poppy and looks inquisitively at the tomb.

Title: New Zealand post celebrates 100 years of service of RSA
Date of Issue: 3 February 2016
Country: New Zealand
Denominations: 80c, $1.40 , $2.00, $2.20, $2.50 and $3.00

Source: New Zealand Post

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