North Otago RSA could be absent at annual meeting


The national Returned and Services’ Association annual general meeting in Wellington on October 15-16 is unlikely to feature a representative from the North Otago RSA.

A member from every RSA in the country attends the meeting and with the current situation which is surrounding the North Otago RSA its likely they will be absent from the meeting.

RSAs gather from around the country to attend the event, this could be the first time in some years the North Otago RSA is not represented.

While it is not confirmed it’s believed when former president Ian McKay stood down they cancelled the flights due to what is going on with the RSA.

Otago Southland District RSA vice-president Michael Blackstock said everyone sends a representative.

“It’s a big deal the national gathering in Wellington and while it will be disappointing not to see anyone from North Otago going they have other issues which need sorted out.”

The RSA has appointed someone to look through things at the moment and it won’t be known until after the meeting on October 12 at the North Otago RSA whether or not someone will be attending the gathering.

“I hope they manage to get someone to go, it’s a great occasion.”

The meeting is a gathering where local RSAs and other affiliates wishing to raise policy or other issues for consideration by national council, must first submit a remit to the chief executive. These remits are considered at the national council meeting and voted upon. All resolutions of national council are binding on local RSAs.

Mr Blackstock said he is unsure with what is happening with the North Otago RSA.

“I haven’t been told much about what is happening, and at this stage they are just trying to work out exactly what they need to do to get back up and running.”

Former North Otago RSA president Ian McKay took over 18 months ago as president, but health issues have resulted in him having to stand aside.


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