About the Taumarunui RSA

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About the Taumarunui RSA
Taumarunui is situated in the Heart of the King Country as part of the Ruapehu District.

We are the gateway to the adventure capital of New Zealand with the Tongariro National Park at our doorstep.

With upwards of 800 members we are an integral part of the community.

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Rotary Club hold their meetings at the club along with many other voluntary organisations.Facilities include a conference room with full catering facilities for up to 180 people, Snooker tables, Pool tables, Darts, Sky TV, 18 Gaming Machines, Jukebox and a 50 seat Restaurant open from 5.30pm 7 nights a week.

The clubrooms are fully air conditioned and offer free Tea, Coffee and Chilled filtered water to members and guests.

Accommodation is close by with charge back facilities operating.

The club can organise Golf, Trout Fishing, Helicopter flights, canoeing, Mountain excursions and team building exercises. We have a courtesy van operating plus we can hire out our 3 vans for Community Groups.

Our History
Taumarunui CenotaphThe Taumarunui RSA was formed in 1920 by army veterans who were returning to New Zealand at the end of WW1.

The object of the association was to offer support to their comrades who and in many cases their widows and dependants who were struggling to make ends meet.

The club occupied various buildings, using them as clubrooms and offices for administration purposes, and it was not until 1944 that the club moved into its own clubrooms. These were situated where our present car park is.

At the time the whole of the King Country area was a proclaimed area, and as such it was illegal to buy or sell alcohol within the area.

Alcohol could be purchased outside of the King Country and delivered by rail to individuals, but a declaration had to be attached stating that the buyer was 21 or over and was of European decent.

Original Taumarunui RSAIn 1950 the RSA was granted a charter to sell alcohol to their members under stringent conditions.
Prohibition was finally lifted in 1958.

The association continued to make improvements to 1960 when the members then decided to start fundraising to build a new clubrooms this due to the cost of mandatory regulations, and also the costs of bringing the old club up to the required standard.

It was decided to build a new clubrooms on the land adjacent to the old club. In 1965 the new clubrooms were opened. In the years ahead, further improvements were made to the club and in 1996 the Victory lounge and Restaurant were opened. With the opening of the restaurant this gave members and their guests access to quality food at affordable prices.

Up until the late eighties, members had to have served in the armed forces, or served in the police or fire service. This all changed when Central Government changed legislation to enable RSA clubs to recruit members who did not meet the previous requirement. At present any person over the age of 18 and of good repute may apply to join.

Taumarunui RSA BarToday, the Taumarunui RSA is a modern, purpose built building that all the members can be proud of.

The ground floor contains a modern comfortable lounge bar, Gaming room and a restaurant. Upstairs is a conference room, kitchen and a large hall.

The upstairs conference room has the aid of a lift for easy access.

Membership Enquiries
new-nomination-formMembership is open to persons 18 years and over. A nomination form for membership needs to be filled out. Membership fees for the 2016 year are $25 for 18 to 69 years of age and $20 for over 70’s.

Each nomination form and photo goes before the Executive Committee meeting held on a monthly basis. If the nomination is accepted the new member is sent out the activities of the club and also the rules.

We also have Junior membership for 14 to 17 years of age for $5. They are nominated for membership by a members family. Junior members can enjoy all the clubs facilities with the exception of the Gaming room. They cannot purchase any alcohol.

Visitors to the club must sign the Visitors book at the front entrance. The office hours are 11am to 5pm. Outside these hours direct your enquiries to the Bar staff.

Make yourself known and enjoy our hospitality.

General Information
RSA Regulations BookletWelcome to the Club. Here are a few things we would like you to know about the Club. We hope you will enjoy being a member here.

We give you a Membership booklet on joining with all of the membership information included.

Please feel free to call in to the office and discuss any concerns or praise you may have.

The Club has a notice board at the front entrance as well as a board inside the Club near the bar. Please check them for coming events as well as relevant information regarding the Club.

Monday to Saturday the Club is open from 11 am.

Sunday the Club opens at 1 pm & in Winter the Club opens at 11.30am. Friday and Saturday nights are our late nights closing approx midnight.

Most other nights we close approx 9 pm depending on patronage.

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