About Us

Trenches is operated by Christchurch RSA Holdings Limited, a company 100% owned and operated by Christchurch Memorial Returned and Services Association Incorporated. Because Trenches is operated by a limited liability company and not by the RSA itself, it is able to hold a full On-license issued under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 which means that the restaurant and bar are not limited to RSA members only and are open to the community.

The prime purpose of Trenches is to provide a safe, comfortable and friendly environment of its customers and to provide a revenue stream to its owners, the Christchurch Memorial RSA to assist it with its charitable work in support of Veterans , serving and e-serving NZ Defence Force personnel who find themselves in need of assistance.

Christchurch Memorial RSA was the first Returned and Services Association to be formed in New Zealand. It was founded on 14 December 1915 by the first wounded soldiers to return home from Gallipoli. Its founding ethos which is maintained and promoted to this day is welfare and support for Veterans, services personnel, their widows and dependent family in times of need.

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