Welfare

Purpose


The RSA in Taupo provides welfare services and supports all members, as well as all Returned & Service persons residing in the Taupo District, regardless of whether they hold an RSA membership or not. We can assist you with a wide range of services, including the following:

  • Advice and assistance with accessing outside services, support, and pensions
  • The provision of welfare and mobility aids
  • Financial grants
  • Access modifications to homes
  • Taupo RSA Cemetery

Welfare assistance can be either given in cash, physical assistance, the provision of aids or equipment, and other forms when requested.

Requests


All requests are to be made on the Application Form; which is strictly confidential and the information contained will not be released, in accordance with the New Zealand Privacy Act. The first point of contact for assistance is the Local Support Advisor (LSA) on 027 259 6908. Or, email welfare@tauporsa.co.nz.

All requests are considered by the Taupo RSA Welfare Committee, which consists of:

  • Welfare Trustee, Taupo RSA Trust Board – Convenor
  • President, Taupo RSA
  • Manager, Taupo RSA Cemetery
  • One person appointed by the RSA President and Trust Chairman
  • Office Manager, Taupo RSA – Secretary

The Taupo RSA Trust Board can consider requests for financial grants in special circumstances; the special circumstances are determined solely by the Trustees.

Welfare application form


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Veterans Affairs

Click the link below to view the Veterans Affairs Website for full details on eligibility and the range of support that is available. We are happy to assist you in applying for assistance from Veterans Affairs New Zealand.

https://www.veteransaffairs.mil.nz/

The delivery of services to eligible veterans by VA is delivered under the Veterans Independence Programme, which is focused on assisting Veterans with accepted conditions to live independently in their own homes.

Under the Veterans Independence Programme, VA will also be able to consider support to Veterans who:

  • Have qualifying routine or operational service, but
  • Do not have an accepted condition related to that service, and
  • Are living in their own home.

Examples of eligible veterans might be:

  • A Veteran seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident in NZ, who has run out of government-funded home help – and needs support to maintain independence in their home.
  • A Veteran with cancer – unrelated to operational service – and who needs home support during treatment where no one else can provide this.
  • An infirmed veteran who has a need for assistance to maintain independence in their home.

Examples of support may include:

  • Lawns and Gardens.
  • House cleaning.
  • Gutters, windows and house washing.
  • Home modifications, such as ramps.
  • Attendant care on a short-term basis.
  • Adaptive clothing and footwear.

Please note: there is a limit to how much additional assistance might be available so there are no guarantees, but VA will make every endeavour to ensure assistance is provided in a fair and consistent manner and in accordance with the greatest need.

Application: the process for applying for this support is as follows:

  • Contact any member of the Taupo RSA Welfare Committee or the Taupo RSA Office Manager and complete the attached Short Assessment form.
  • The completed form will then be sent to: Support Services Manager, RNZRSA, PO Box 27 248, Wellington 6141; on your behalf.

Pensions

War Disablement Pension

Many of you may be receiving a War Disablement Pension. It is important, however, to ensure you are actually receiving your full entitlements.

It is our aim to ensure that you do receive your full entitlement in all cases. So, what conditions might qualify? If you have had War or Emergency Service, there is a considerable list that may be accepted as attributable to or aggravated by that service.

Because conditions for acceptance can differ from applicant to applicant and theatre to theatre, it’s not possible to set out a comprehensive list here – it is too long and varied for that.

The good news is, however, that RSA Pensions and Welfare Advisors are well versed in the conditions that may be applied for and are very willing to advise you. It is important that you talk with them because some conditions are related to others and it would be fruitless to apply for every condition you may have when this situation occurs.  It’s also the case that applying for “everything” in the hope that “something” will stick can clog up the system.

This can cause delays both for you and for others, which is frustrating for everybody.  Once again your friendly RSA Pensions and Welfare Advisor can help you sort out the wood from the trees.  Surviving spouses of deceased veterans may be able to apply for a pension also.  Because evidence can be lost or misplaced as time goes by, however, sometimes this process can become quite complicated.  Here, too, you should seek advice from your RSA Pensions and Welfare Advisor.

Veterans’ Pension

This is often confused with the War Disablement Pension.  One way to think of it is as another form of NZ Superannuation – the pension is the same but with some advantages. These include a larger Funeral grant if you qualify.  Also an automatic Community Services card and, should you have to remain in Hospital for 13 weeks or more, the Veterans’ Pension is still paid at the full rate.

To qualify for a Veterans’ pension you need to be over 65 years of age and be on a War Disablement pension of 70% or more. Or you may qualify at less than 65 years of age if you have served in a recognised war or emergency and are unable to work for a substantial period due to either a physical or psychological disability, refer to Veterans’ Affairs New Zealand.

A Surviving Spouse pension may be payable to the Widow(er) or Partner of a Veteran who is on the Veterans’ Pension provided that certain conditions are met. Again seek the advice of your RSA Pensions and Welfare Advisor.

Taupo RSA Cemetery

The Taupo RSA cemetery is located within the Taupo Lawn Cemetery on Rickit Street, with the Taupo RSA being one of only a few RSA’s remaining that still maintains their own RSA cemetery section. All work and maintenance is conducted by volunteers under the direction of our cemetery manager, who is also a volunteer.

To view the eligibility for being buried in an RSA cemetery, please click on the link below which will take you to the Veterans Affairs New Zealand website.

https://www.veteransaffairs.mil.nz/a-z/burial-in-a-service-cemetery/