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.
Christchurch, Oamaru and Southland with regular 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.
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.