Although the Royal Over-Seas was established in New Zealand before WWI, it was after the return of New Zealand’s World War II servicemen that membership flourished. Many had experienced great hospitality at the ROSL Headquarters in London and were keen to support the ideals and aims of fostering international friendship and understanding with membership reaching 6000 during the 1950s.
New Zealand Headquarters maintain a wide NZ membership and individual Branches are active in Manawatu, Christchurch, Timaru, Oamaru and Southland with regular monthly meetings involving local speakers. Young musicians regularly perform and are encouraged and supported by our members. Commonwealth Day Church Services and dinners along with Christmas celebrations are also highlights of the year.
For the past ten years a Chamber Ensemble Scholarship with sponsorship from Professor Barrie and Maureen Pettman combines with ROSL ARTS to offer a three day workshop from New Zealand universities. The Scholarship offers a five week residency in the UK with performances, tuition, auditions and attending concerts and festivals.
New Zealand ROSL members are invited to attend the annual charity concert series in November held throughout the country. The musicians are past ROSL prize-winners from the UK performing chamber music concerts in venues from Kerikeri to Invercargill often in aid of a local charity. Most are followed by a Meet the Musicians Reception and members and friends are welcomed.
Our New Zealand Patron, the Governor-General, has kindly hosted Gala Evenings at Government House in Wellington and the Minister of Culture and Heritage has similarly hosted events at the Parliament Buildings.
Reciprocal clubs in New Zealand include the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron in Auckland, the Wellington Club and the Dunedin Club.
The ROSL NZ website www.roslnz.org.nz keeps members abreast of important events.