2016 marks 100 years since the formation of the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association (RSA). New Zealand Post pays tribute to the role it plays with this stamp and coin issue.
The Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association (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 the Second World War.
This commemorative stamp and coin issue consists of six gummed stamps that portray the RSA’s identity and history and a 1oz silver proof coin. The designs incorporate the new RSA ‘heart’ logo, which reflects the RSA’s ambition to be at the heart of New Zealand’s communities. The 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.
The presentation pack and 1oz silver proof coin are the highlights of the issue. For every presentation pack sold, $1 will be donated to the RSA and for every silver proof coin, $5 will be donated to the RSA.