Friday, May 24, 2019

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It comes as no surprise to read in today's Herald about imminent demise of the Christchurch RSA. It was  a failing business before the earthquakes due to it’s location and while other the other inner city RSA’s were closing, notably Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland the CHC executive thought it would be a good idea to rebuild at a huge cost in the same place with half the car parking which was not a lot to begin with.

Why oh why are ex soldiers with no background in the hospitality industry allowed access to vast sums of money to fritter away on what amounts to vanity projects when any psychologist will tell you that people unconnected with the military do not like drinking or entertaining amongst memorials or reminders of others service.

The RSA ’s that have no customer base should just die a natural death as their economic usefulness is now over, it is different world and until such time as we send 100’s of thousands of personnel overseas again there is no point in flogging a dead horse.

11 comments:

Psycho Milt said...

...any psychologist will tell you that people unconnected with the military do not like drinking or entertaining amongst memorials or reminders of others service.

Pretty much. I used to like walking past the old RSA in Chch when I lived there, because it had a couple of 25-pdrs outside it, but I'd never have gone in for a drink. The big guns were a bit of a giveaway as to who was welcome in there and it wasn't me.

Noel said...

The RSAs that fail are those that never future proofed their membership over the last 15 years .Those who secured a major increase in associate membership are the survivors.

Noel said...

Should have added the Lugers and 303s remain on the walls and all stand for the Ode at my RSA with 3800 membership.

Seabird said...

My dad, who was a WW2 returned soldier often said that when the last of the returned guys dies, the RSA should be disbanded. It is great that so many younger people attend ANZAC day services, but there doesn't need to be the "club's" for that to survive.
I also served in the army but not overseas, and I tend to agree.

Lord Egbut Nobacon said...

Noel....my post was about inner city RSA's where no one lives anymore. Dunedin, Wellington, Auckland failed for a reason. They were within a 300 metre circle of intense competition for both drinking and dining.

Tragic as they were the earthquakes threw a lifeline to CHC. They should have taken the insurance money sold to a developer and moved out to a suburb where their natural customer base is and no competition. The small town RSA is apart of the fabric of NZ life and properly run should be with us for many years.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Your are spot on with this one Legbut.

Noel said...

The small town RSA is apart of the fabric of NZ life and properly run should be with us for many years.

From memory over the last couple of years Stratford, Palmerston North, Levin, Waitara, Rotorua, Manurewa, and Kerikeri have all closed. Probably more.

Noel said...

I never joined the RSA until I retired. Today my RSA offers those things that were not available to me. The most important change has been the recognition of families.
Sure there was some bitching from the snooker section about kids running around the tables but that was easily dealt with. And those children have their own membership card and draw.
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12181798



Ray said...

My old dad (75 Squadron, RAF 425757) reckoned it would be a great day for NZ when all the RSAs closed due to lack of members.

RosscoWlg said...

My old Dad, RAF 5 Group, always enjoyed the ANZAC Parade and a drink at the RSA afterwards, but you would never see him there any other time.

Lord Egbut Nobacon said...

I sympathise, it must cost a bomb coming from the Ukraine once year......wonder if you could be specific....5 group consisted of ten squadrons throughout the five year war.