FREEMASON Issue 2, 2009 (Vol 37)
Scholarships 2009 at Parliament, Wellington
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Grand Master's Address / Calendar.......................2
Timaru Boys Win Top Prize for Astronomy DVD......3
The Freemasons Scholarships. What an afternoon that was! The students selected were spectacular and are a true testament to the achievements that Freemasonry stands for. The presentation by Prime Minister Hon John Key was a statement in of itself.
New Generation Awards Update................................4 Like a Sinking Star....................................................6 Fellowship to Cambridge Pinnacle of Support......8 Sculpture Unveiling...............................................10 Delivery — from Beyond........................................11 RWBro Stanley (Jim) James Ting SGW................11 Freemasons University Scholarships 2009........12 Hiram's Harvest.......................................................17 The Growth of Research Lodges in NZ...............18 What Constitutes the ‘Top of the South Research Lodge’?....................................................18 Another Affiliate Member From NZ....................20 Update from Bro Dr. Bob James, FCF, NSW........20 The Fence Builders.................................................21 Khyber......................................................................22
This issue we also congratulate the winners of the Freemasons Big Science Adventures. I had the privilege of serving on the first round of selections and I must say that what our students are creating is truly impressive. The Royal Society also received the most entries ever for this competition. We also have Brethren involved in projects ranging from sculptures, wine making, fence building, to the largest piano on earth. This issue also welcomes a new Research Lodge and a new Lodge facility and we also get acquainted with our new First Lady. Sadly, we also say good-bye to a good friend. Also, see across to our inside front cover and the Live Life Lighter project which is spreading (ha!...bad choice of word) throughout New Zealand this year. In an effort to help all our Brethren during these tough financial times we have also made available the Cardplus Fuel Card. The application should be in the magazine package or can also be found on page 36.
A Dream Fulfilled – "The" Piano...........................24
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A Major Project for a Small Lodge.......................25
Bro Michael Leon Editor / Communications Officer Freemasons NZ, Wellington
A Unique Performance..........................................26 Have You Met Our New First Lady?.....................28 Service Awards........................................................29 The Freemasons Charity........................................30 Royal Arch................................................................32 Restructuring Grand Lodge Administration.....34 Cardplus Fuel Card.................................................36 Freemasons Deposit Scheme Application Form.... 37
COVER: Prime Minister Hon John Key presents a Freemasons Scholarship to University of Otago student, Honor Lanham.
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Grand Master Below is the address given by MWBro Stan Barker at the Scholarship presentations at Parliament Grand Hall, 11 May 2009.
oday is another special day not only for Freemasons throughout New Zealand but also for the Freemasons Scholars assembled here today in Parliament’s Grand Hall. This year marks the 32nd year of Freemasons’ benevolence in New Zealand universities. We have now granted scholarships in excess of $3 million for nearly 900 students thereby making Freemasons Scholarships the country’s largest privately funded university scholarship programme. Freemasons come from all areas of society but we are in agreement that education is crucial to the success of our young people in their own lives and in their contribution to society. For us, it is an investment in New Zealand’s future.
their community. As Freemasons we are delighted to assist those who display excellence and encourage them to use their skills and abilities in making our society a better place. I sincerely congratulate the 37 students who have today been granted a Freemasons Scholarship. May today be the launching ground for the successes of tomorrow. Above: MWBro Stan Barker greets Prime Minister Hon John Key as master of ceremonies,VWBro Kevin Nelson, looks on. Stan Barker Below Left: MWBro Stan Barker with Auckland University of Grand Master Technology student and Kanji enthusiast, Alexey Botkov. Below Right: MWBro Stan Barker and Massey Postgraduate student Kawtar Tani.
Our applicants must not only be consistent A-grade students completing their degrees, but they must also play an active role in
Grand Master’s Calendar Date
JUNE 13 Timaru Masonic Complex 17 Browns Bay Lodge No. 346 23 New Zealand Pacific Lodge No. 2 JULY 1 Waihenga St Johns Lodge No. 37 11 The Southern Cross Lodge No. 6 18 United Grand Lodge of Queensland AUGUST 8 Lodge Tawhiri No. 166
Timaru Albany Johnsonville
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Dedication of Timaru Masonic Complex 60th Anniversary Installation Regular Meeting (Initiation of a Lewis)
Martinborough 21 Kaiapoi 25 Brisbane
Installation 150th Anniversary celebrations 150th Anniversary celebrations
Timaru Boys Win Top Prize for Astronomy DVD
he major prize in the Freemasons Big Science Adventures DVD competition has gone to a team of three Year 12 boys, Ryan Ammar, Matthew Keelty and Adam Simpson and their teacher, Tony Bunting, from Timaru Boys High School. Their film on the theme of how astronomy has revolutionised our thinking about the world has won them a trip to Europe in July. Freemasons Big Science Adventures is an exciting and challenging DVD competition run by the Royal Society of New Zealand each year which offers major prizes for secondary school students. This year’s competition was themed around astronomy, looking at how our view of ourselves and our world has changed in the light of astronomical discoveries. 2009 is the International Year of Astronomy and is 400 years since Galileo made a telescope which magnified objects twenty times, providing an astonishing new view of the moon and planets. The film produced by the Timaru team, The Burning Question, addresses the recent discovery of planets beyond our solar system and the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe. Starting with a dramatic depiction of the burning at the stake of Giordano Bruno, the film explores the important discoveries since then and concludes that the ultimate question is really the search for who we are. The trip to Europe will take the boys through London, Venice, Florence and
Rome, visiting the Vatican Observatory, Galileo’s Observatory, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Venice Biennale. Professor Lloyd Davis, chair of the independent judging panel, commented on the winning film: “This was the complete package – it had a great storyline, excellent cinematography, a superb narrator and script and an engaging style.” Dr Di McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of New Zealand and Stan Barker, Grand Master of Freemasons New Zealand travelled to Timaru today to tell the news to the team in front of the whole school at their Monday assembly. Di McCarthy said: “We were delighted with the number and quality of this year’s film entries. New Zealand has a wonderful future resource in its talented and inspiring school students.” In addition to the trip to Italy two special prizes will be awarded to two shortlisted teams, who will join one of the Royal New Zealand Navy ships sailing from Auckland to Gisborne to take part in the Cook’s Landing Commemoration celebrations in October. These prizes will be announced in June. Further details of the competition is available at www.royalsociety.org.nz and all the shortlisted videos can be viewed at www.hotscience.co.nz
The other finalist teams were: Hauraki Plains College, Ngatea Theresa Speedy, Kayla Leonard, Barbara Jones Otumoetai College, Tauranga Matt Lee, Alex Cairns, James Wilson Rotorua Boys High School, Rotorua Ashton Ledger, Sam Biddle, Jone Leko Tawa College, Wellington Mark Baker, Arun Ashok, Patrick Sharp Nelson College for Girls, Nelson Amy Hill, Lancia Hubley, Bonnie Shaw Burnside High School, Christchurch Jim Huang, Philip Allan, George Xian St Bedes, Christchurch Joseph Stretch, Roger Dehn, Charles Cheng For further information, contact: email@example.com Tel (04) 470 5770, 021 178 4266 Photo: from left are: Dr Di McCarthy, CEO of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Matt Keelty, 16, Ryan Ammar, 17, Adam Simpson, 16, Tony Bunting, TBHS Gifted and Talented Coordinator, and MWBro Stan Barker, Grand Master of Freemasons New Zealand. Photo courtesy of the Timaru Herald.
Arts Foundation of New Zealand
New Generation Awards Presented by Freemasons New Zealand
reemasons New Zealand has contributed $250,000 to the careers of ten artists under the Arts Foundation of New Zealand New Generation Awards. We have profiled all these talented artists in previous issues of this magazine and now focus on some recent successes. Recently Jo Randerson, an independent theatre artist, writer and performer, wrote the script for Witches Over Wanaka. This play was commissioned by Hawea Flat community theatre group Flat Out Productions for the Festival of Colour – Wanaka Arts Festival (held April/May). The play satirises several community issues all too familiar to local audiences and was ‘loosely’ based on William Shakespeare's great Scottish tragedy Macbeth. Witches Over Wanaka played to sold-out audiences during its performances at the Hawea Community Hall and at Wanaka's Masonic Lodge (photo far right).
1301PE, Los Angeles and in the TarraWarra Biennial 2008, Australia. Returning from her travels abroad to take up a McCahon House Artist Residency in March 2009, Eve has since been living and working alongside the old McCahon House in French Bay, Titirangi, Auckland. The McCahon House residency aims to give artists an opportunity to develop their work through a supportive programme while living in the environment that impacted so profoundly on the work of Colin McCahon. Eve is one of three recipients in this artistin-residence programme for 2009. While enjoying the bird-life and tranquillity of the residency, set in a ‘tree-house’ amongst kahikatea and kauri trees, Eve has used the time to explore new materials, developing a new body of collages inspired by junk mail and photographs of Auckland's inorganic rubbish collections.
Eve Armstrong (pictured at right) is an artist whose work focuses on taking otherwise unwanted objects or resources and adapting them. Eve alters and adds to found objects and situations in ways that begin to reveal new abstract or formal narratives.
Eve’s post-residency exhibition will be held in the residency studio, 69 Otitori Bay Road, Titirangi, Auckland, for a week starting 30 May 2009 from 10am to 4pm each day. Following this Eve will also exhibit in 'Second Lives' at Pataka Museum and Gallery, Porirua in late June.
In 2008 Eve took up an Asia New Zealand Foundation artist residency in Hong Kong, participating in a month-long series of workshops with three other international artists and four local counterparts. Her work also featured in 'Group Show' at
Taika Waititi is a film director, writer, painter, comedian and actor. His short film Two Cars, One Night (2003) received an Academy Award nomination. His first feature film, Eagle vs Shark, was released in the US in 2007. The same year, he wrote
and directed an episode of the TV show Flight of the Conchords, and was director of another. Waititi has been named as one of ten new talents to watch in influential United States entertainment magazine Variety Film Festivals. Taika is presently involved in the filming of The Volcano. Set in 1983, the film follows two young brothers, Boy and Rocky, as they try to find their potential in the shadow of their larger-than-life father, Alamein (played by Taika). The coming-ofage story is written and directed by Taika. Shooting of The Volcano has begun in and around Raukokore and Waihau Bay on the East Coast, and it is expected to wrap in May. Waititi grew up in this tribal area of Te Whanau-A-Apanui which was also the setting for Two Cars, One Night, the inspiration behind this feature. The Volcano script was selected for the 2005 Sundance Writers’ Lab and then transformed by the same production team with whom Waititi has previously collaborated. Taika is also part of a collaborative design team working on the artworks for a sculptural 'gateway' to central Wellington from the north. The ‘dramatic’ work will consist of a fish-hook up to 35 metres high, erected on the seaward side of the Wellington motorway, with the sharp end of the hook emerging on the opposite side of the motorway. Other members of the team are Megan Wraight (landscape designer) and Claude Hibder (lighting designer). See rendering photos below.
Like a Sinking Star The following is the oration given by VWBro Max Currie, Grand Lecturer, at the dedication of the Top of the South Research Lodge #470, 28 February 2009.
ost Worshipful, Right, Very and Worshipful Brethren, brethren all – The title I have given this address, “Like a sinking star” is taken from Tennyson’s poem Ulysses and it refers to that wanderer’s yearning to “follow knowledge, like a sinking star, beyond the utmost bound of human thought”. You might well think that such a title, with its connotation of finality, is a paradox. This research Lodge is just starting its existence – why evoke its nadir? However, the sinking star refers to the fact that the earth is constantly revolving on its axis, and therefore the poet has the old mariner make a decidedly Masonic connection to the apparent movement of the celestial canopy. This is a great occasion for Freemasonry in New Zealand. The dedication of a new Lodge gives us cause to rejoice and celebrate. It is a great credit to the organising skill and determination to see the project through to its completion and we should pay tribute to VWBro Phil Ivamy who has been the driving force. Well done that brother. I want to use this address to discuss how we build on our Masonic knowledge, and to what ends. As we are metaphorical stone-squarers, the manner of our daily advancement needs to befit the purpose. We hope our Research Lodge will provide inspiration and help us to shape the blocks with which we build. We need to work to a plan, to create a lasting benefit, to labour for satisfaction beyond the pleasure of employment, to make a difference, to help Freemasonry thrive and prosper. We need to become better at telling our stories. Moreover, we need to develop a better understanding of just what our stories are. The daily advancement we are all enjoined to make is one of enlightenment and each degree has its particular attributes, from material light in the First, through to intellectual discovery in the Second, and finally to spiritual enlightenment in the Third. Those attributes have inspired our predecessors through many ages, in peacetime and in war. The better we are able to understand how that has stimulated and impelled men to become better Masons, the better we will be able to serve our institution.
That is where the Top of the South Research Lodge will come into its own. Think how satisfying it will be to develop and expand upon the body of Masonic knowledge, using local resources, authorship and authentication. Imagine for a moment the reception of the first products of our Lodge. Think of the pride in our institution that we will feel as we improve our methodology, gain confidence and see our work accepted. What stories we will have to tell. Freemasonry has been a part of our communities in this country since the days of the pioneers. The contributions made by our predecessors, ancient as well as recent deserve to be elucidated and celebrated. Their importance to us should not be underestimated. Just as we value Freemasonry for its tenets, so should we write and talk about those Freemasons whose legacy includes the very institution we love and the ways in which that has affected the life of our communities for the better. Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth are but abstract concepts unless we can bring them to life. What gives them life is the example handed down to us. What makes them real is the personal meaning that we draw from our traditions and the people who have guarded them. We need our mentors – we need our heroes. I believe that Freemasonry has given many men the inspiration to do remarkable things, not for personal aggrandisement, but for the benefit of the Craft, the satisfaction and the sense of self worth that comes from doing the right thing. As Mother Teresa said “Few of us can do great things, but all of us can do small things with great love”. Doing the right thing, though it may be small, is essential to our self-image. It creates a feeling of well being, making a worthwhile contribution, and being of use. “Service is the rent we pay for the space we occupy in this world”; so said Harry D. Strunk (1892-1960), a builder from Nebraska. Not doing the right thing gives rise to feelings of failure and hopelessness. In Tennyson’s poem, Ulysses says “… and vile it were for some three suns to store and hoard myself, and this grey spirit, yearning in desire …” This emotion has a name, accidie – world-weariness and misery that arises from failure to do our duty. Accidie is a word you do not hear much these days, because of the decline in the influence of
the church. But the emotion still exists. The twenty-four inch gauge directs us to apportion our hours to their proper objects. The lesson is that too much of any one thing is not in our best interests. We are enjoined to strive for balance. That way lies freedom. In this electronic age, passive and mindless pursuits absorb much of people’s time. In this materialistic age there is an ever-increasing compulsion to work to pay for lifestyles we can barely afford. For many people the reality of modern existence is drab and pointless. People are becoming enslaved. So much advertising is intended to promote consumption that it depletes society and leads to the waste of resources, social capital, and even threatens our very survival. Advertising mantras bolster an unrealistic self-image “because you’re worth it” breeding counterfeited self-esteem. We see the effects of accidie, this obsolete name for an unfashionable emotion, in self-destructive behaviour, in the decline of standards and the failure of venerable institutions. The ancient Greeks observed that hubris comes before nemesis. The expectation of reward may sweeten labour, but rewards without merit, effort or realistic exchange of value, have created a prideful, selfish culture. There is a universal desire to hit the “undo” button and reset the world economy in the direction to which we have become accustomed. There is a parallel desire in the Craft to grapple with the looming demographic changes that threaten to deplete our ranks. There may not be much we can do about the economy, but there are surely things we can do for the Craft. The very existence of Freemasonry gives us hope. What a sad place our world would be without it.There have been many times when the benign influence of Freemasonry was sorely needed. During the interregnum, in England, in the middle of the Seventeenth Century, the outlook was bleak. Society was riven with religious intolerance. King Charles I, having failed to bend Parliament to his will, had been beheaded. Accusations of treachery, often unfounded, but unable to be defended, resulted in hideous public executions. It was against this background that the philosopher Thomas Hobbes wrote in his treatise The Leviathan that without strong government the natural condition of mankind was “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.” Hobbes knew first hand about
political turmoil and the wastage of social capital. All war is hell, but civil war must be doubly demoralising. Carnage, wreckage, decay and the very basis of brotherhood ruined. Who can you trust? Get it wrong and you could forfeit everything, not only your life, but the expectations of your heirs and their successors. Yet such adversity saw the foundation of one great institution, The Royal Society, and the dawning of the modern era of another, Freemasonry. We know they had a lot in common – many of the founders of the one were active members of the other. It is no coincidence that both excluded discussions of a religious or political nature at their gatherings. The early sparks of scientific knowledge were fanned by many of the same people whom we know to have been involved in the Craft. It would be drawing too long a bow to suggest that Masonry gave rise to the Royal Society, but men with liberal and charitable views were as likely to be attracted to the idea of science in the service of humanity as to the tenets of Freemasonry. It was as if society needed to strike a blow for common sense. The sheer privilege of being able to assemble under the protection of an organisation which provided a safe haven for learned moral discourse must have given hope in a time of great distress. A fresh reading of the Antient Charges gives some indication of what those unstable times were like, and how important it was in the view of its authors, to be peaceable citizens. A well-ordered society is an antidote to Hobbes’s “natural condition”; that miasma of selfishness, anarchy, gloom and despondency. If we are to preserve our order, we need the external context of stability with wellsupported rights, obligations and freedoms. That is our virtual Petri dish, necessary to the growth of our culture. What that culture comprises, our internal context is over to us. Our daily advancement is embedded in the metaphorical light of Freemasonry. When that light shines in what we do and the way we act, then we shall be able to convey those underlying messages to others, and enable Freemasonry to supply what many people seek. I believe we have reached a turning point. We know the great challenges that lie ahead of us. We need to develop levels of competence equal to the rapidly developing situation of decline in membership numbers. Our biggest competition comes not from
the noisy vexation of fundamentalist opponents. Rather it comes from the claims on a man’s time, energy and imagination. All of us are looking for meaning. We all desire fellowship; we all need peace and harmony. We know that when we are performing at our best, when our Lodges function, as they should, that Freemasonry gives direction and purpose to our lives. We must learn how to convey those values to qualified prospective members in ways that will attract them to join our ranks.
Max Currie, Grand Lecturer Nelson-Marlborough and Westland Districts 28 February 2009
It is through our commitment to learning that we can bring about an improvement in ourselves, in our Lodges and to our lives. The essence of that improvement comes from education. With education we can reinvent ourselves. The Top of the South Research Lodge has the potential to help us shape and direct our daily advancement, so that we can develop our skills, tell our stories, and follow knowledge “like a sinking star”.
Tennyson, Alfred, Poems by Alfred Tennyson. London, Edward Moxon 1842.
References: Gribbin, John, The Fellowship: the story of a revolution, Penguin Books Ltd, London 2006. Hobbes, Thomas, The Leviathan, London, Andrew Crooke, 1651.
Photos: Top: Members of the new Lodge assembled for the Constitution ceremony. Bottom: VWBro Laurence Milton, Grand Secretary, reads the Charter.
Freemasons Roskill Foundation
Fellowship to Cambridge Pinnacle of Support
on her success and announced that a further fellowship will be made in 2010 for study at Edinburgh University.
The new Fellowship is aimed at the very highest level of University achievers and sets new standards for Freemasonry’s acknowledgement of education and higher learning.
Dr Jackson’s Ph.D study investigated the antibiotic-resistant superbug Staphylococcus aureus. At Cambridge she will join a team of scientists within the Department of Pathology at Cambridge led by Professor John Trowsdale and Dr Adrian Kelly, extending her interest in human pathogens with research on the most common cause of food-borne illness and major public health problem, Salmonella enterica.
he inaugural Freemasons Roskill Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship to Cambridge University has been awarded to an outstanding University of Auckland student, Nicola Jackson, who graduates this month with a PhD in molecular medicine.
The award is a prominent feature of the Royal Society of New Zealand’s new
Top Achievers doctoral scholarship and is tipped by supervisors for further success. In her speech she noted that Grandfather and Great Grandfathers Jackson had been Freemasons in their home town of Blenheim. She thought they would have been justifiably proud of her and the organisation to which they belonged. On behalf of the Rutherford Foundation Professor Brimble thanked the Freemasons Roskill Foundation for their generous support of this Fellowship. An important aim was to retain and attract home our best young scientists. She was delighted that Nicola now had the opportunity to extend her skills and talents studying overseas and hoped she would return to apply them. Chairman of Freemasons Roskill Foundation. MWBro David Mace, was enthusiastic in his congratulations for Nicola as an outstanding inaugural winner and explained that the Freemasons Fellowship was intended to emphatically emphasise the belief Freemasons had in the power of knowledge and learning to build bridges between all people and to extend goodwill and understanding.
Rutherford Foundation which has been set up to provide funding specifically for PhD and early-career development education. The Foundation is managing the process of the Award. At the award function at Old Government House in Auckland, attended by Royal Society Chief Executive Dr Dianne McCarthy, Rutherford Foundation Chair Professor Margaret Brimble, executives of the University of Auckland and senior Auckland Freemasons, RWBro Mark Winger, Deputy Chairman of Freemasons Roskill Foundation congratulated Nicola
There is currently no vaccine available and a number of multi-drug-resistant strains have been found. Salmonella is a cunning pathogen because it invades host immune cells, inhibiting their ability to deal with the current infection and prevent future ones. Nicola intends to investigate how this process works. This will provide important information about Salmonella, and may ultimately lead to ways of achieving longterm immunity to re-infection. An ex-student of Glendowie College, Nicola has an outstanding academic record of achievement at University winning a
“Education at all levels is intrinsic to Freemasonry but this fellowship is the pinnacle of our support for young New Zealanders to make their mark in the world. We hope the Freemasons Fellowship becomes the benchmark for educational honours in this country. We are very grateful to the Royal Society of New Zealand for their wholehearted endorsement of our aims and are delighted that the Fellowship is a major part of the new Royal Society Rutherford Foundation’s portfolio of awards.” The Rutherford Foundation recently appointed RWBro Mark Winger a Trustee in recognition of Freemasons Roskill Foundation contributions to their activity.
Photos: Opposite: Deputy Chairman of Freemasons Roskill Foundation and Trustee of the Rutherford Foundation, RWBro Mark Winger, and fellow Trustee Professor Margaret Brimble with 2009 Award winner Dr. Nicola Jackson. Above: Dr. Nicola Jackson busy in her lab at the University of Auckand Medical School.
carved stone sculpture entitled Zoliekah was unveiled Saturday afternoon May 16th, at the entrance to Pearson Park in Oxford. The intricate carving was made from Timaru blue stone and hand sculpted by Debbie Templeton-Page, well-respected South Canterbury professional sculptress. The artist is the owner of York Street Gallery in Timaru and has produced numerous pieces of significance in the area. The basic theme of the intricate piece was “The family of mankind and its relation to nature within the Earth’s circle of life.” The four-sided artwork tells a visual story, yet leaves room for the viewer’s interpretation. The stonework was commissioned by patrons, Mr & Mrs Jamie Thomas, of Black Case Developments Ltd, Oxford, and donated on behalf of Tawera Masonic Lodge No. 188. The piece has been gifted to the people of Oxford. The Thomas family is well known in the area as contractors for residential homes and have completed numerous development projects around the region. Tawera 188 Secretary Bro Jerry Larason said: “Interestingly, Bro J Thomas, our Inner
Guard, has family ties to Freemasonry, yet Jamie has only been a Freemason for less than a year. Considering his early days at the Craft, this is quite a demonstration of the spirit of charity that our fraternity is based upon. His contribution is a huge positive action to demonstrate to the community what Freemasonry is really all about, and it will certainly be a massive boost to the image and presence of our small country Lodge.” Tawera Masonic Lodge is almost certainly Oxford’s oldest community group, continually supporting the township since 1912. Present and speaking at the unveiling ceremony (and show from left to right in photo below) were: 1. Dan Gordon, Councillor Oxford Ward, Waimakariri District Council 2. Bob Leader,Chairman of the Pearson Park Advisory Group 3. Vic Allen, Chairman of the Oxford/ Eyre Advisory Board 4. Debbie Templeton-Page, Sculptress, York St Gallery, Timaru 5. WBro Adrian Clifton-Mogg, Current Master, Lodge Tawera No. 188 6. The Thomas family, Patrons ( Jessica, holding
their daughter Amonet, and Bro Jamie Thomas at far right).
Delivery— from Beyond
t a special meeting on Thursday 19th March, Lodge Parahaki No 269 in Whangarei performed a 3rd degree with a difference when one of their esteemed Brethren took an important part in the ceremony – from beyond the grave. In October 2008, when gravely ill and knowing he was unlikely to attend his Lodge again, yet anxious to take part in the ceremony of raising Bro Alan Wilkinson to the 3rd Degree, RWBro Frank Powell, PProvGM requested that a recording be made of him delivering Part Two of the Traditional History that could be shown in the forthcoming ceremony. So, on October 1st, 2008, WBro Peter Faber video recorded RWBro Frank delivering the charge at his home. Our very ill Brother then also recorded a personal message which he wished to be played to the candidate in refectory after his raising. Sadly, RWBro Powell passed away on October 29th, just 28 days following the recording session, however, with the
approval of the District Grand Master the video of RWBro Powell’s unfaltering delivery of the charge was played during the ceremony 5½ months later on a suitably arranged TV set in the Lodge room. The Candidate, Bro Wilkinson was most
impressed, as were the many brethren and visitors who witnessed this unique event. In refectory later, the personal message was also played for BroWilkinson leaving all those present quite emotional. – Peter Faber
RWBro Stanley (Jim) James Ting SGW
t is with deep regret that I inform you that RWBro Jim Ting, our current Senior Grand Warden, passed to the Grand Lodge Above on the evening of 25 May 2009. RWBro Jim was initiated in Herbert Teagle Lodge No. 300 on 20/4/1978, was passed to the Fellowcraft Degree in Otari Lodge No. 190 on 13/06/1978, and was raised to Master Mason in The Leinster Lodge No. 44 on 2/10/1978. He became the Worshipful Master of Herbert Teagle Lodge on 21/07/1988.
RWBro Ting was also the Grand Representative for the Grand Lodge of China (Taiwan) and was a member of the National Planning Committee. Jim’s dedication to Freemasonry was admirable and his integrity unquestionable. He will be sadly missed. L G Milton GRAND SECRETARY
As well as being a member of Herbert Teagle Lodge Jim was also a member of the Research Lodge of Wellington No. 194 from 14/9/1989 until 14/7/2005 and he also joined Lodge Te Puni No. 315 on 3/3/2004. He was appointed as a Grand Steward 27/11/1992 and was promoted to Assistant Provincial Grand Master 25/11/1995. He was elected as District Grand Master of the Wellington District 24/11/2000 and appointed as Junior Grand Warden 24/11/2006 and subsequently Senior Grand Warden 21/11/2008.
Freemasons University Scholarships 2009
rime Minister John Key, on 11 May, presented 37 students with scholarships totaling $236,000 at Parliament’s Grand Hall in Wellington on behalf of Freemasons New Zealand. The students received university or post-graduate scholarships of either $6,000 or $10,000.
making The Freemasons Charity one of the country’s largest, privately-funded university scholarship programmes. Freemasons Grand Master, Stan Barker of Christchurch, says applicants must not only be consistent A-grade students completing their degrees, but they must also play an active role in their community. “As Freemasons we are delighted to assist those who display excellence and encourage them to use their skills and abilities in making our society a better place.”
Over the last 22 years, Freemasons New Zealand has provided scholarships in excess of $3 million to nearly 887 students at Auckland, AUT, Waikato, Massey, Victoria, Canterbury, Lincoln and Otago universities,
“Today we have helped young people towards careers as varied as climate change science and medical research into new HIV/ AIDS and Alzheimer’s treatments and even through to orchestral conducting and
researching unsafe behaviour in aviation. “Our scholarship recipients are all highachieving young people who recognise the importance and involvement of community service as well as academic success. As they will be our leaders of tomorrow, Freemasonry is honored to be able to reward their merit and further encourage their application. “Freemasons support education as through learning we develop tolerance and understanding which leads to a healthier society for all, and an environment which fosters peace and harmony. “Education is an investment in New Zealand’s future, and we are delighted to empower another 37 students with scholarships,” says Stan Barker. Photos: Left: Prime Minister Hon John Key addresses the audience. Below: Canterbury University student, Gemma New, shows Prime Minister Hon John Key the fine art of conducting. Opposite: The scholars with Prime Minister Hon John Key and Grand Master, MWBro Stan Barker.
2009 Scholarship Recipients
Valeria Kern (left) and Sheryn Becker are A grade university students who plan to become Chartered Accountants, but that is not all they have in common. They are both studying Business Studies at Massey University, are friends and talented musicians.
university of auckland postgraduate
victoria university of wellington postgraduate
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victoria university of wellington
university of auckland
victoria university of wellington
Alexander Mitcalfe Wilson
university of auckland
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Sarah Wyse lincoln university postgraduate university of auckland — Special Scholarship The Grand Master helps Sarah Wyse celebrate her success with Totara trees. An intense interest in environmental protection and the restoration of eco-systems account for her course of study and her honours research in forest ecology.
Fiona Shanhun lincoln university
AUCKLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
canterbury university postgraduate university of waikato postgraduate
Alison Stedman canterbury university
university of waikato
Douglas Latham canterbury university
Xiao-Wen Yu of Island Bay proudly displays her Scottish dancing medals to the Superintendent of The Freemasons Charity, RWBro Mark Winger. She has turned heads since age seven whenever she performs and now holds the Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society’s highest award – the Gold Bar.
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Ryan Manton canterbury university
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Gemma New canterbury university
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Wei Sheng Phee
university of otago massey university postgraduate
Alistair Escott university of otago
A grade student and squash player, Doug Latham of Te Awamutu, shows Freemasons Grand Master, MWBro Stan Barker, the finer points of play, before receiving his $6,000 Freemasons university scholarship.
Naomi Johnstone university of otago
Honor Lanham university of otago
Allanah Paul university of otago
Scott Sisam university of otago
Naomi White Daniel Cruden (right) of Palmerston North shows VWBro Duane Williams a spatial design project entitled Meal in the Water, a research experiment exploring performative, sensory and spatial conditions associated with food – all part of his Bachelor of Design.
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university of auckland â€˘ AUCKLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
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Freemasons Scholarships 2009
reemasons in New Zealand support our students in many varied ways – those who are in need can gain assistance to relieve their need; those who are at secondary schools can participate in the Freemasons Big Science Adventures competition; those at University are entitled to apply for our University Scholarships; those undertaking research at the University of Auckland can apply for a Travelling Scholarship to spend time in Australia in collaboration with Universities there; and just recently the Freemasons Roskill Foundation has awarded the pre-eminent Fellowship for Postdoctoral Research, giving a New
Zealand scientist a three year appointment to Cambridge University in the UK. The close liaison between Freemasons and the Royal Society of New Zealand ensures we gain the widest profile and recognition at the highest levels for the support we provide to education and learning, and at all the Universities throughout the country the profile of Freemasonry is at an all-time high. The role we play assists students who display not only stellar academic grades, but who also have an active role in their
community – using the talents with which they have been blessed for the advancement of society and showing a selfless wish to help their fellow man. If these are our leaders of tomorrow, then the help and assistance given to them today by Freemasons will stand the Craft in good stead in the years ahead. It is an investment in the future of this country, and one which shows our commitment to learning, to knowledge, and to tolerance and understanding. – RWBro Mark Winger
A childhood fascination with the weather and water steered Allanah Paul of Timaru towards a career in environmental science involving weather forecasting and climate modeling. Allanah explains the increase in CO2 levels in oceans to RWBro Mark Winger.
radition informs us that the Entered Apprentices who laboured on the building of King Solomon’s Temple received their wages in corn, wine and oil. While not wishing to turn the clock back three millennia, The Heretaunga Lodge No. 73 is pursuing a similar path. The Lodge is blessed with a couple of vineyard owners in the membership and WBro Mike Edmonds of Lesley’s Vineyard, (named in memory of Mike’s late wife), pointed out that he still had a significant volume of grapes at the end of the rows that the Lodge could pick and process. While not quite descending like a
biblical plague of locusts, the boys and girls got out there one Saturday in April and managed to harvest three bins of Merlot and Malbec grapes. This has gone into primary fermentation at a Brix level of 22 which bodes very, very well.
All profit will go to local charity.
This fine red will be bottled in a year and we would expect to have over 1000 bottles available but, of course, there is a catch. Once it goes into the bottle there is the small matter of excise tax. So to meet the legal requirement the Lodge will have the wine bottled through an established winery but, no doubt, with a distinctive Masonic label fit to grace the finest Lodge refectory.
So, in the second edition of the New Zealand Freemason of 2010, watch out for information on how you will be able to source this Masonic nectar and perhaps a story of the second vintage under preparation.
The photo shows the GDC (Central), VWBro Paul Brittin (R) demonstrating the same dexterity with the secateurs as he does with the GDC’s baton.
– VWBro Jeff Allan, PGLec The Heretaunga Lodge No. 73
Focus on Freemasonry
The Growth of Research Lodges in New Zealand
he last day in the month of February 2009 saw Freemasons from around New Zealand gather in the sun-soaked city of Blenheim, the business and wine growing centre of the Marlborough Province in the northern portion of the South Island, to witness the formation and dedication of the newest Lodge on the Roll of the Grand Lodge of New Zealand – Top of the South Research Lodge No 470. The Grand Master, MWBro Stanley Barker, assisted by three Past Grand Masters, the Grand Secretary, and the Divisional Grand Master, the Grand Chaplain and the Grand Director of Ceremonies for the Southern Division, performed the impressive ritual of dedication for a new Lodge with the distribution of the elements – corn, wine, oil and salt. This was followed by the installation of the first Master (VWBro Phil Ivamy, PGLec) and the investiture of his officers. This part of the ceremony was carried out by a joint sharing of the tasks by two District Grand Masters with VWBro J R Crouch, District Grand Master for the NelsonMarlborough District No 23 installing the Master and VWBro I Musgrove, District Grand Master for the Westland District No 24 investing the officers. The reason for the sharing is because the peripatetic charter issued to the Top of the South Research Lodge embraces both districts – a vast area in distance with eighteen Lodges in the 500-kilometres-plus between Picton in the north to Reefton in the south. The new Master, in his inaugural address, made reference to the two schools of thought in any field of research – the authentic and the symbolic. He stated that the authentic school requires a rigourous level of proof before accepting anything as fact, whilst the symbolic school allows more speculation in the item under discussion. He hopes that this new Lodge will use both. The newly-invested Senior Warden, VWBro Max Currie, also addressed the meeting in his capacity as the Grand Lecturer for the Nelson-Marlborough and Westland Districts. His address, which he had entitled Like a Sinking Star (a reference to a line from Tennyson’s poem, Ulysses), likened research to the constant revolving
of Earth on its axis and the new dawning each day that brings a fresh approach to man’s quest for knowledge. The Australian and New Zealand Masonic Research Council were well represented with a Vice President (WBro Charles Miller) and the Secretary (VWBro Colin Heyward) as well as brethren from eight of the ten other New Zealand Research Lodges (all are Affiliated to ANZMRC) being present. The Top of the South Lodge now becomes the eleventh Affiliate Member Lodge from New Zealand. VWBro Ian Lawson, PGLec, the Master of the sponsoring Lodge, The Research Lodge of Wellington No 194, stated that he and several other members of his Lodge were listed amongst the foundation members of the new Lodge and that they looked forward to a close association between the two Lodges in the years to come.
– Colin Heyward 11 April 2009
What Constitutes the ‘Top of the South Research Lodge’? The Inauguration Address Given by VWBro Phil Ivamy, WM Brethren, it is appropriate at this juncture to ask – what exactly, constitutes the Top of the South Research Lodge? In answering this question we delve into the heart of what constitutes research Lodges themselves. The technically correct answer is that the constitution of the Grand Lodge of New Zealand, the Lodge’s bylaws, the petition accepted by the Grand Lodge of New Zealand and the subsequent warrant issued are what constitute the Top of the South Research Lodge (TOTSRL). While this answer is technically correct it fails to deliver the information that the question begs, questions such as: What are its aims? How did it come about? What is the research that it will cover? What does it do?
This is a perfect illustration of the difference between the two predominant schools of research within Freemasonry; the ‘Authentic School’ and the ‘Symbolic School’. The former is best illustrated by the Ars Quator Coronati (AQC), the world’s premier research Lodge, the latter by, for example, ‘The Lodge of the Nine Muses’ in the US. The Authentic School demands a rigourous level of proof before accepting any speculation as fact; whereas the Symbolic School is more interested in the symbolism of the item under discussion. Using TOTSRL as an example – the facts of the matter are that the Lodge came about as a result of over fifty masons signing a petition, drafting a set of bylaws, writing a submission in support of the application, Grand Lodge approving the application and issuing a warrant, and finally the constitution of the Lodge today the 28th day of February 2009. These are the facts in accordance with the authentic school. However a large part of what will constitute the Lodge is symbolic and in this case it can be symbolised by looking at the spread of the information regarding our founder members – We have a large number of members from our sponsoring Lodge the ‘Research Lodge of Wellington’; this is symbolic of the support shown by that esteemed research Lodge. The collars being worn by the officers here assembled are those of the ‘Masters and Past Masters Lodge’ in Christchurch, New Zealand’s oldest research Lodge. This is another powerful symbol of the support being lent to this venture by the established research fraternity within New Zealand. We have members from Seddon, Blenheim, Picton, Nelson, Motueka, Golden Bay, Westport and Greymouth an area in excess of 500 kilometres – have research Lodge will travel! The initial list of officers demonstrates the wide net that has been cast over the different Lodges, constitutions, side orders and Masons. The large number of members is symbolic
ANZMRC of the thirst within the region for making a ‘daily advancement in Masonic knowledge’; our membership is in excess of fifty members. The close relationship between the constitutions is apparent with a number of English Constitution brethren being founder members. The name of the Lodge, the ‘Top of the South Research Lodge’ whilst accurately portraying a large part of the area we cover is in itself not very exciting – if we have a look at some of the names that did not make it there is a wealth of both symbolism and meaning, for example ‘The Hiddlestone Memorial Research Lodge’ would have commemorated a dearly respected and loved local member of the craft, past Chairman of the Board of Benevolence and Past Deputy Grand Master; The Lost Word Research Lodge, The Lost Secrets Research Lodge, The Genuine Secrets Research Lodge and the Matrix Lodge of Research display a distinctly esoteric flavour; the final name was one of three geographical names the others being the Tasman, and Kahurangi Research Lodges.
is also the time when the Old Testament began to be written. This leaves us with no independently verifiable King Solomon, no Hiram King of Tyre and most of all certainly no Hiram Abiff! The symbolic school taken to its extreme leads us to a mumbo jumbo of confused contradictory belief systems where nothing is provable, and extreme liberties are taken with the truth. A prime example are the great leaps of supposition being taken as fact as evidenced by the Knight & Lomas
printing papers from the likes of JS Ward, W Wynn Westcott and other esoterically minded men. Without people postulating that we are somehow linked to the Knights Templar, or that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were wed and had children we are a poorer society. Just as much as those that postulate these theories can’t prove them, neither can those that dismiss these theories prove that they are wrong! In the end does it matter if they are right or wrong, as long as it gets our grey matter thinking of the possibilities and the implications; and whether we as a society are a worthy successor to them all? There is room for both schools and it is anticipated that both areas of research will be welcome within this Lodge. Indeed our mission clearly states this: “To provide an avenue for Masonic research in the Nelson, Marlborough and West Coast areas. To endeavour to present Masonic research to all members of the Craft in the whole region. To present the best in both historical and symbolical research, neither one at the expense of the other.” The matter of the research Lodge is not just the presentation of lectures; to be of worth the lectures, or papers, need to be significantly researched and validated before presentation even if the paper presented is, by its nature, a work in progress – such as the first paper proper to be given in the Lodge – a presentation on the Fires within the Nelson, Marlborough and West Coast Districts, to be given by the Master of the Lodge in May.
Do we need to be one or the other – authentic or symbolic? As regards the perceived tensions between the authentic and symbolical schools of Masonic research, we need not take one at the expense of the other – the authentic school taken to its extreme, while being technically correct becomes a victim of its own rules, being dry facts with no flesh and must end up being secular in its outlook – there is no place for faith, and our order is founded on faith – a belief in the Great Architect of the Universe. There is no way to prove the existence of such a being, and this being or concept means different things to different people. However, without faith in TGAOTU you are not a Freemason. The very basic landmark of our order, and the one thing not prompted to a candidate is the belief in a Supreme Being; which in itself is a very abstract and indefinable thing – esoteric in the extreme.
books where they ‘prove’ Hiram Abiff was an Egyptian Pharaoh and that William St Clair originated modern speculative Freemasonry at Rosslyn. Now both of these proposals MAY be true, but as in the Scottish legal system all we can confidently say is ‘Not Proven’.
Were we to follow the authentic school and applied their reasoning to our ritual and looked for verifiable historical proof we would find that nothing within the Old Testament is independently verifiable until the decree issued by Cyrus in the 5th Century BCE, an interesting fact that this
It would be unfortunate if we were to follow the example of the AQC where papers delivered by such fine researchers as Dr David Stephenson, and best sellers like Michael Baigent met with rude and unmasonic receptions. It ought to be born in mind that 100 years ago the AQC were
VWBro Phil Ivamy, the inaugural Master of the Top of the South Research Lodge No 470
The Lodge also presents us with the opportunity to provide other things, not just lectures. It is anticipated that we will be able to present demonstrations of other degree workings e.g. scouts (Empire Sentinels working) and the vacant chair degree are both likely candidates. Also we are in a perfect place to present various histories of the Freemasonry within the area – such as the historically important Southern Star Lodge in Nelson, the old and fast vanishing history of Freemasonry on the West Coast, railway craftsmen; as well as such things as Sacred Geometry workshops (a very neglected aspect of the architect’s craft). Peculiarities of Lodges in the area can be covered such as the extended apron charge that is given at Victory Lodge, Awatere’s
additional Second degree charge, and I am sure there are more peculiarities that we as a fraternity have taken for granted. This Lodge is an ideal avenue to document such charges before they disappear.
Research is one significant avenue towards that union with something bigger, in this case both our Masonic history and our symbolism, and, who knows, perhaps even our maker?
There are many important aspects that must be recorded for prosperity before it is too late, within our districts the number of Lodges has shrunk considerably since their heyday – especially, but not only, on the West Coast. We must avail ourselves of the opportunity to record what we can of the histories before our links with the past are severed forever. Indeed I do not know of members who can give us details on such Lodges as St Cuthberts in Collingwood, the Murchison Lodge, or any of the many extinct West Coast Lodges.
Brethren I thank you for being present on this auspicious occasion and the attention paid to this address.
Being the newest kid on the research block gives us the opportunity of not just recording our local Masonic history and peculiarities but also to use the latest in technology – such as PowerPoint presentations, and internet opportunities; it may be that we distribute our transactions by email only in PDF format – who knows? Indeed we have only one member not currently connected to the Internet. As regards the first year’s diary it is anticipated that the May meeting, to be held on Monday May 25th in Nelson, will be on the Fires of the district (for which I thank the Research Lodge of Otago for the idea, as they have been running a series on their Fires for some time now); the 24th August meeting to be held in Blenheim will be a presentation by the Grand Lecturer, and our Senior Warden, on a subject of his choice; on the 12th of October we will be hosting the ANZMRC visiting lecturer, and I would like to see 23rd of November meeting have a special flavour – perhaps a visit to our Lodge by another research Lodge if possible, maybe a demonstration working; the opportunities are definitely there and the possibilities for an enthusiastic member are endless. It is also possible that next year’s installation meeting will have a paper on Women’s Freemasonry given by a woman Freemason! Lastly I would like to take this opportunity to comment on the real work of Freemasonry; for me the work of Freemasonry is internal – the spiritual development of man towards his maker in order to attain divine union; alternately put a transformation of the community through a transformation of the Lodge through transformation of the individual.
Another Affiliate Member From New Zealand In March 2009, the Research Chapter of New Zealand No. 93 became the twelfth Affiliate Member of the Australian and New Zealand Masonic Research Council (ANZMRC) from New Zealand and the first Royal Arch Chapter to join from any of the Australasian Jurisdictions. An informal approach was made two years ago by the then ANZMRC’s Assistant Secretary to a senior officer to ascertain whether the Research Chapter may have been interested in joining the grouping of research Lodges. The wheels turned slowly until early this year when the First Principal of the Research Chapter asked for more details on the aims and objects of the ANZMRC, which led to his putting a proposition to his Companions to become an Affiliate Member.
Update from Bro Dr. Bob James, FCF, NSW Dear Editor, Bro Phil Ivamy of Nelson alerted me to the write-up of my ‘Secret Societies’ van and some notes made by Bro Heyward at the recent ANZMRC Conference in Canberra, and I wonder if you might be interested in a brief follow-up, which will at the same time allow me to correct a small error. Colin complimented me on my work for which I’m grateful, and I would be pleased to hear from other brethren with thoughts
about the history of fraternal societies in New Zealand. The publication which he mentioned as being for sale, They Call Each Other Brother, is not a book but a 60-page booklet, an introduction only to what is a very large subject. With postage to NZ, copies of that booklet are available for AUD$14.25. The book of the same name is almost complete and is in negotiation with publishers as we speak, so who knows how much time will elapse before publication. I thought I might also briefly explain how and why I’ve adopted the approach I have to the history of Freemasonry and other fraternal societies. Twenty-five years ago when I began researching what I now call ‘fraternalism’, the first question I realised I had to confront was why this major social phenomenon had been previously neglected. The glib answer at the time seemed to be that to gain entry to the relevant material meant first understanding the ritual and the paraphernalia, the complexity and density of which seemed to involve too much effort for too little return. I was fortunate in having an interest in the visual forms and symbols in certificates, on headstones and emblazoned on the large marching banners of the 19th century. The fact these symbols and forms – the Eye of Providence, the temple, the handshake and so on – were to be found equally as often on trade-oriented and friendly society memorabilia as they were on Masonic items, helped me to see that taking the range of fraternal societies together was a better way into the problem than treating Freemasonry, for example, in isolation. I’ve not had any reason to change my approach since. In my 2007 Edinburgh paper, ‘Getting the Question Right’ I was confident enough to argue that Masonic historians were going to have to come to grips with labour history, not just because the long-standing view of Freemasonry has it evolving from an operative trade combination, but because Speculative Freemasonry’s (SF) status has been built upon claims of a ‘special relationship’ between itself and operative stonemasonry. Assertions that the operative stonemasons were unique among mediaeval trades in having esoteric rites and practices have enabled Freemasons to argue that their association was unique and special and therefore outside normal historical scrutiny. Along with that assertion went
another, that as the only possible source of initiation oaths, rites, passwords and so on, Freemasonry the institution must have been the model for all ‘secret societies’ established after 1717. Since the range of ‘secret societies’ includes what we now call trade unions, friendly societies and such other organisations as the Loyal Orange Institute, the Boy Scouts and the Ku Klux Klan, a claim of this scope, if true, would enormously enhance Freemasonry’s significance. But it’s a claim that though often made has never been seriously explored. To take it seriously means treating Freemasonry as a real-time social phenomenon, like the French Revolution, slavery, or steam engines, and insisting that its claims meet the normal rules of evidence, whether the questions posed come from the disciplines of economics, sociology, politics, or religion. My 25 years of research into a range of fraternal associations has led me to doubt that Freemasonry has served as the model for all ‘secret societies’ since 1717, which means that I also doubt that operative stonemasonry was unique among mediaeval trades in having esoteric rites and practices. Evidence supports the alternative view that a number of trades were similarly organised as stonemasons were, and carried out similar functions. Evidence also supports the view that symbols such as the square and
compass, the Eye in a triangle surrounded by flames, the temple and the coffin were used widely before 1600. This then strongly suggests that a broad, centuries-old stream of popular usage was available for SF to borrow from in the 18th century, and equally available for such ‘secret societies’ as the Odd Fellows, the Foresters and Theosophists. Research into Freemasonry as a realtime social phenomenon further shows that its claim to special and unique status was a deliberate strategy cultivated by its administrators. There was money to be made from the sale of Lodge paraphernalia, there were careers to be advanced through SF’s extension around the world, and Freemasonry could be a weapon in the hands of ambitious men. Taking SF seriously, therefore, will have two consequences. On the one hand, the full significance of its role in the modern politics of nation states from Belgium to Brazil can at last be fully appreciated, but on the other, Freemasonry will have to let go of a number of assertions which have previously sustained it. Yours fraternally, Bro Dr Bob James, FCF, Old Sydneians Lodge, NSW 4 April, 2009
is those organisations which use, or have recently used, an oath and initiation, a degree structure for advancement within the society, secret signs, grips and/or passwords, and an ideology of brotherly love. The executive of the Australian and New Zealand Masonic Research Council have approved the Western Australian submission to host the Tenth Biennial ANZMRC Conference in Mandurah (south of Perth) over the weekend of 3-6 September 2010. RWBro Peter Verrall, PJGW (West Australia) says in his President’s Corner page in the January issue of Harashim (the quarterly journal of the ANZMRC) that an extra day has been added to allow for additional activities and to accommodate the special keynote speaker, WBro Yasha Beresiner, the London based Israeli who toured Australasia as the ANZMRC Travelling Lecturer in 2000. Invitations have been extended to Masonic research brethren and their wives from all parts of the world to attend as observers. The timing of the conference has been chosen to tie in with the Western Australian wildflower festivals in Perth and elsewhere. Something for everyone – especially the ladies. If you wish to be kept informed with progress in planning for Conference 2010, you are invited to register your interest with the Conference Convenor, David Ganon at firstname.lastname@example.org
PS: My definition of ‘fraternal societies’
The Fence Builders
n January and February this year the Masonic Lodges in Marlborough responded to a request from the Alzheimers Society Marlborough for help with building a fence at their new centre in Blenheim. Bro Keith Woodham (Marlborough Lodge of Unanimity No. 106) was the superintendent of works and he was supported by a number of brethren who gave time and energy to see the project through to completion in time for the grand opening on 21st February. VWBro Eric Warmouth (PDistGM) was the organiser behind the scenes, and brethren from Lodges Awatere No. 292, Unanimity No. 106 and Wairau No. 42 assisted.
ow do you get a grand piano into a tiny passenger lift? Remove the legs and lid, tip it on end, breathe out, squeeze in and press the ‘down’ button. That is how Auckland brethren did it at St Benedicts St, as they stripped the old Masonic centre, so grim and grey, and moved to bright new $6,500,000 premises at 181 Khyber Pass Rd. There were naturally mixed feelings at the sale and evacuation of the old three-storey building, scene of rich ceremonial and great occasions for 79 years. But past grandeur has to be set against future needs, says RWBro Eddie Eeles, the Auckland Masonic Centre Ltd’s project convenor. “We now have accommodation to meet the needs of the Freemasons of today and tomorrow.” Says the AMC secretary WBro Brodie Goodall: “I believe that at the time and in hindsight, it was a very good decision to move.” Working-bee volunteers from Lodges far and wide staggered under hefty loads amid dust and debris, and passed boxes hand-tohand down six flights of stairs, to achieve the big move. People who pass the grand piano test can handle anything, and this miracle of teamwork proves it. (The piano, by the way, was restored to its personal comforts and is now lodged in a new home.) Vital support from Grand Lodge helped the AMC Ltd do a complete refit of the middle floor at No.181 for Masonic use, and rents from prestige tenants occupying the ground and third floors service mortgage commitments to the ASB Bank. RWBro Eeles acknowledges the huge part played by the Freemasons of greater Auckland for their gifts of labour and specialised skills, plus about $30,000 for furniture restoration. Some brethren like to interpret the street number ‘181’ as symbolic of that which is upright and permanent; a cipher for the eternal, flanked by two pillars. At the new rooms which are now in full use, Lodge life is on newlycarpeted floors under flush lighting, to the low hum of air conditioning and the tingle of concealed electronic circuitry. The charm of the
Khyber place is partly physical – in the furnishings, memorabilia, brilliant mosaic paving by RWBro Derek James, the great bronze bust of MWBro Oliver Nicholson and the Norman B.Spencer Memorial Gates which were hoisted in through the first-floor windows – but mostly in the over-riding sense of Masonic tradition they bring. And in the strong fraternal atmosphere already built up by the four Lodges meeting there in this, its first operational year. “Enthusiasm has definitely increased,” says RWBro Eeles. “It’s our view that this will be the Auckland Centre for Freemasonry for a long time to come. We have enough room for 10 craft Lodges.” The 850 square metres of floor space provides two Lodge rooms, the library/ museum, boardroom, commercial kitchen, refectory that seats 100 people, candidates’ and first aid rooms and abundant storage. There are 52 car parks – 42 basement and 10 street level. Motorway traffic flashes silently by beyond the double glazing, the drivers not daring take their eyes off the road. But other city motorists see the Masonic signage in this prime, central location. It took years of planning, consultation, negotiation and hard work to shape the future, but in fact the most decisive moves came with a rush in the years 2000-2008, says RWBro Eeles. The Auckland Masonic Temple Ltd was formed in 1929 to manage the St Benedicts St complex with the tenant Lodges as shareholders, the company changing its
name some 10 years ago to Auckland Masonic Centre Ltd. Studies begun in 2000 led to evaluation in 2004 of three possible site redevelopment schemes – the favoured one, dubbed Project Flagship, being an office block with carpark facilities. This gained city council resource consent in 2005, and a full report with cost estimates was submitted with an application to Grand Lodge for possible funding. This was not to be, and with commercial funding likewise unavailable, it was decided in 2007 to drop the scheme. Upkeep of the St Benedicts St building was becoming an increasing problem and with no income for necessary repairs, AMC Ltd decided to sell it and find other accommodation, which happened the following year. Dedication of the new Masonic Centre was by the then Grand Master MWBro Barry McLaggan on November 15 last, with principal officers of the AMC Ltd receiving honours for their vision and hard work. RWBro Eeles was made a Past Grand Warden, and WBros Graeme Bairstow and Brodie Goodall, treasurer and secretary respectively, received the Grand Master’s Certificate of Merit. - Bro Jack Leigh, Lodge Arawhaiti No. 267 Photos: Below: RWBro Derek James with his brilliant mosaic paving. Opposite: Computer renderings of the proposed signage for the Khyber Pass building.
Freemasons Building Signage
Outside of building
A Dream Fulfilled – "The" Piano
ome five years ago a 14-year-old boy in South Canterbury discovered that he had a fond attachment to music and that he also had the ability to remember musical pieces and just play them “by ear” on a piano. This ability led him into thinking about creating an instrument that might have some unique sounds, particularly in the bass register. After a period of time in conversation with a number of people, and in particular his school teachers, a dream emerged to build his own piano, but perhaps larger than a conventional instrument, which hopefully would achieve the depth of sound that he was seeking. To cut a long story short, Adrian visited a demolition company’s yard and purchased some selected timber and after taking it home began the arduous task of ripping, cutting and shaping this recycled timber into the various shapes required to construct this mammoth instrument. At this time the Midland Masonic Charitable Trust had one of its trustees associated with the school manual training
programme, who learned of the ambition of this now 15-year-old boy who wanted to do the impossible. WBro Bruce McDuff was so inspired by this venture that he considered it to be worthy of financial support through an incentive scheme that the Trust administers for students. Adrian Mann, with the encouragement of many supporters, both individual and businesses, laboured on in a very modest manner and without great publicity up to the time when he had to seek professional assistance in the manufacture of a steel frame, large and strong enough to withstand the pressures of a set of piano strings of a length which had never been made before. There were certainly some people who doubted the possibility of creating such a frame, but by the expertise of older and experienced local engineers who did not work on theory alone, a frame was made and duly inserted into the wooden casing. This massive grand piano – suggested to be the largest piano in the world at 5.7 meters (18’ 9”) long, with approximately 702 meters of piano strings and a weight of some 1500 kilos – is now finished and was officially
‘born’ – for that was the word used by the Master of Ceremonies – on Saturday, 4th April 2009, in a farm implement shed on the outskirts of Timaru. Words cannot describe the depth and quality of sound, and as it was being played by a renowned pianist from Christchurch, Mrs. Kay Cox, it was observed that many, not just a few, of the audience had more than a tear in their eye. Some 200 persons enjoyed the occasion, and it was readily acknowledged that virtually everyone present had in one way or another been involved in the creation of this magnificent instrument. A typical farm country afternoon tea with an abundance of donated food was enjoyed by all. The Midland Masonic Charitable Trust is more than proud to be associated with this huge venture in the creation of a piano, the proportion of which goes beyond the comprehension of a purist, and the fulfilment of the dream of a young man whose name is certainly going to be etched in the musical circles of the world. Remember the name ADRIAN MANN of South Canterbury, who has hand-made a magnificent work of art that sings.
Photos: Top left: The inner workings Above: Adrian Mann and his biggest musical supporter Mrs. Kay Cox. Left: The huge piano with a painting donated by Adrian’s Aunt.
A Major Project for a Small Lodge
t has taken over three years since the Franklin Memorial Hospital, Waiuku, proposed to reconstruct its conservatory into a quiet room in which families could visit patients without being interrupted by the day-to-day working of hospital staff. With wheelchair access and comfortable furniture it is an ideal place to spend a quiet hour with loved ones. The Hospital Auxiliary under the capable leadership of Margaret Grimmond, President, assisted by Noeline Letcher, Secretary, have been working hard to bring this project to fruition. Getting the architect’s plans, obtaining building quotes and obtaining the necessary consents have all taken time and the committee have had a full-time job chasing things along. Under the professional eye of Roger Burns, builder, all the requirements were at last met and the work is now completed so that a comfortable quiet room is available at the Franklin Memorial for the families of geriatric and respite care patients. Lodge United Waiuku No. 90 decided to take an active part in this project and suggested that they were willing to pay the costs of the annexe, for as one local member put it, “We are all going to end up there sooner or later”. Unfortunately there were a few hiccups along the way, not the least of which was an increase of cost from $20,000 to $30,000, but the Lodge after due deliberation decided it could handle the increase. The new section was officially opened on Tuesday 31st March 2009.
Mr Don Barker, representative on the District Health Board, Counties Manukau District, is shown cutting the ribbon with Margaret Grimmond; the Mayor of Franklin Mr Mark Ball, VWBro Tom Kavanagh, and WBro Terry Stanbridge are shown after the unveiling of the plaque. A large crowd were in attendance including members of the Franklin Council, the architect, the builder, several of the hospital staff and a very good representative body of Masons. A bit of History The Hospital, which was opened in 1922 as a Memorial to the locals who fell in World War One, has had a colourful history. At first it was intended as a General Hospital, then taken over as a Maternity Hospital and later as a Geriatric Hospital. The Maternity Hospital continued for several decades, during which time most of the babies from the Waiuku, Manukau Peninsula and Patumahoe areas were born there. During the terms of Drs. Whiteside, Howden and West it was a regular occurrence for one or other of the doctors to go dashing out the door of the surgery, leaving a waiting room full of patients, to go to the Franklin Memorial to deliver a baby or two. Only complicated cases were referred to Auckland’s Campbell Johnstone during those years. Tom Kavanagh, who has been a member of the Waiuku Masonic Lodge for almost 40 years, has been most supportive for the new quiet room. He tells the story that Dr
Whiteside, who was a senior doctor and former Mayor of Waiuku, also a former Master of Lodge United Waiuku, delivered his wife Helen (then Helen Thomson) when she was born in the Franklin Memorial and some years later delivered four of their children – Lloyd, John, Julie and Patrice – in the same hospital. Tom says “The Waiuku Freemasons are proud to be of assistance to such a worthwhile project. The Franklin Memorial is an icon in this area” he said. “Almost everyone in this area ends up in the Franklin Memorial before they take their last trip away.” Waiukians are justifiably proud of their hospital having provided such a long and meritorious service to the community and any mention of closing it has met with a stonewall defence. Margaret Grimmond, who is the President of the Auxiliary, is very determined that this is only one of the projects which the Hospital will see in the near future. The Auxiliary has definite plans she says and with the help of the local community these plans will be actuated. Don Barker, who has been the Regional Health Representative, is equally confident. He says “ the Franklin Memorial Hospital provides a wonderful service for the people of Waiuku and Districts.” In his address, Mayor Mark Ball spoke of the great work done by Freemason both in New Zealand and overseas. “In South Australia” he said, “I have seen many buildings which the Freemasons have built and it is a great credit to them that they are willing to invest their money in the future of such cities as Adelaide.”
A Unique Performance
ednesday the 18th March will be remembered in the Midland District as the date on which Freemasonry was taken to its zenith. This occasion was the working of the emulation of a Second Degree in Lodge Timaru No. 196. What made the evening so momentous and special was that the Worshipful Master of the Lodge, WBro Jim Annear, to mark the final meeting as Master after three years in the chair, delivered every charge and explained the extended version of the Tracing Board personally and immaculately.
All in all, this ceremony was a demonstration of Freemasonry at its very best, an inspiration for those fortunate enough to have witnessed it and a testament to the zeal and assiduity of a very special Freemason, WBro James Edward Annear, Worshipful Master of Lodge Timaru No. 196.
The question may be put as to why the Worshipful Master chose to do this. The proposition he put to the Lodge Standing Committee when seeking approbation, was that “I want to do it for ‘ME’” At first glance, this might be misconstrued as an ego trip on the Wor. shipful Master’s part. Not so! It was a selfset test to ascertain whether at 82 years of age the memory could still function at the level it had 47 years ago. At age 35 years this exceptional ritualist had delivered unaided, all the charges associated with the First Degree ceremony. The result of this test? Not a single byte of memory out of place in his 82-year-old hard drive. Those who attended from as far afield as Christchurch and Palmerston (South) experienced an unforgettable performance. The Lodge Senior Deacon, Bro Ross Jennings, who has been coached by WBro Annear in all facets of Lodge work since his initiation, performed his pivotal role in this Degree extremely well, thus demonstrating the success that can be achieved when the Master of a Lodge takes cognisance of the words at every Lodge opening viz “… And to employ and to instruct the brethren in Freemasonry.” The candidate for the occasion was none other than VWBro Paul Johnston, Past District Grand Master. No more poignant proof could be invoked to demonstrate the reality of that part of the Working Tools Charge which the Master delivered concerning “… yet no eminence of situation should make us forget that we are Brethren …” than to have a Past District Grand Master volunteer to act as an Entered Apprentice for this occasion.
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Have You Met Our New First Lady?
ave you met our bubbly and enthusiastic first lady called Philippa?
site training methods cause her skills to be in constant demand.
Many of you I know will not have had that privilege as yet, so I am taking a minute of your time to introduce her to you.
Philippa and Stan have a few acres out of Christchurch where Stan has a woodworking workshop or two and they are surrounded by golden pheasants which they rear for the joy of their colouring; dogs, cats, chickens and bantams, and the recent addition of a kunekune pig, a roundaboutshaped pig with short legs and an upturned nose who is probably a descendent of the pigs released in NZ early in the1800s by the whalers. Philippa and Stan call their kunekune Seamus, a pig with ‘personality plus’, who provides enormous delight and entertainment to all who see him. Seamus eats all their walnuts and their acorns, leaving only the shells for those who would normally like to share them!
Philippa’s friendship is really something to value, and you feel you have known her for years, even though you maybe have only just met, as she has the kind of personality that puts everyone at ease. This said, many of us don’t actually know her, as she is also a very private person. Philippa hates having her photo taken and perhaps that is because she runs her own hairdressing business and wants to make sure her hair is recorded in photos in the way she would like it to be seen. In business her innovative techniques and in-store, on-
Philippa is a straight talking lady who tells it like it is, a fact she couples with her wonderful sense of humour which keeps her friends laughing. Philippa has three adult children and planning weddings has been on the agenda recently. Philippa loves the country, but also, in her special happy way loves to party, and those of us who know her love to share these times with her. When you have the opportunity to meet Philippa, please take it, you will feel refreshed by meeting Our First Lady, Philippa. – Anne Mace Photo: Philippa with MWBro Stan Barker and Prime Minister Hon John Key at the recent Freemasons Scholarship presentations.
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Lodge The Ara Taimau Lodge No. 1 The Beta-Waikato Lodge No. 12 The St George Lodge No. 29 The Greytown St Marks Lodge No. 53 The Saint Bathans Lodge No. 126 Waikaka Lodge No. 151 Lodge Epsom-Arohanui No. 264 Lodge Frimley No. 359 Lodge Kerikeri No. 402 Lodge Wharite No. 451 Geyserland Daylight Lodge No. 462 The Research Lodge of Otago No. 161
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Scinde Lodge No. 5 The Caledonian Lodge No. 16 United Lodge of Masterton No. 19 The Woburn Lodge No. 25 The Concord Lodge No. 39 The Hiram Lodge No. 46 The Manawatu Kilwinning Lodge No. 47 The Mokoreta Lodge No. 63 Otangaki Lodge No. 70 Abercorn-Tuahine Lodge No. 76 Lodge St John No. 84 Lake Lodge of Ophir No. 85 The MacKenzie Lodge No. 93 Lodge Whangarei No. 102 Lodge Winton No. 108 Lodge Manuherikia Kilwinning No. 109 Thistle Lodge No. 113 Ikaroa Lodge No. 115 Motueka Bays Lodge No. 117 The Saint Bathans Lodge No. 126 Lodge Tawhiri No. 166 Hutt Valley Lodge No. 176 Lodge Clinton No. 183 Lodge Waihopai No. 189 Titirangi Lodge No. 204 Lodge Switzers No. 223 Empire Fergusson Lodge No. 225 Lodge Papatoetoe No. 227 Hauraki Plains Lodge No. 249 Lodge Te Puke No. 261 Lodge Shirley No. 263 Lodge Matamata No. 265 Lodge Arawhaiti No. 267 Lodge Parahaki No. 269 Lodge Selwyn No. 274 Lodge Kumeu No. 279 Lodge Mt Albert No. 294 Services Lodge of Hawkes Bay No. 313 Lodge Herne Bay United No. 340 The Milford Trinity Lodge No. 372 Lodge Otahuhu No. 387 Pegasus Daylight Lodge No. 450 Pegasus Daylight Lodge No. 450 The Henderson Meridian Lodge No. 463 Lodge Waverley No 226
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The Broken Column
n Freemasonry, the broken column is the emblem of the fall of one of the chief supporters of the Craft. The use of the column or pillar as a monument erected over a tomb is a very ancient custom, and a very significant symbol.
The Broken Column brooch was first worn by widows of American Masons who died during the American Civil War. The practise has continued into the present day, so that a Masonic widow is easily identified by the wearing of this brooch. Any brother seeing a woman wearing this should know immediately this lady is a Masonic widow who at some time, probably for many years, supported her husband, a brother, in his Masonic work. This widow is someone very special, who should receive appropriate acknowledgement and support at all times. Presentation of such an acknowledgement is another way that the Lodge Almoner can show care and attention to the Lodge’s widows. We are getting ‘back to basics’ and encouraging Lodges and almoners to look well to their widows. The brooches can be purchased from Regalia Supplies: http://www.regaliasupplies.co.nz/
Can You Help? Of the many calls for help received at Grand Lodge not all are people seeking assistance to alleviate some financial need. Sometimes, they are enterprising young (and sometimes not so young) Kiwis seeking support for a particular enterprise, an option which for some reason falls outside the guidelines set down by The Freemasons Charity. We have the Wellington Masonic Youth Trust supporting young people in the Wellington area; the Otago Masonic Trust helps many including people wanting to head to Outward Bound; the Lodge of the Liberal Arts Charitable Trust helps young musicians; Lodge Discovery Charitable Trust helps those with a focus on science… We know there are a myriad of Masonic trusts out there. We know there are many Lodges throughout the country that have trust funds set aside for specific purposes – arts, drama students, Outward Bound courses – perhaps your trust supports those seeking further education overseas. It is frustrating to have to decline these special people just because we have no knowledge of where to send them that is going to be helpful. We would like to create a reference centre so when someone contacts the Grand Secretary’s Office asking for assistance we can refer their enquiry to you or to your trust. So, if your Lodge has such a special fund or trust intended to support someone in a special way perhaps you would share that with us? All information would be treated confidentially. Contact The Freemasons Charity Administrator: email@example.com or by telephone 04 385 5748 Together we can get more assistance to more people and convince the world that we are a power for good in our communities.
Royal Arch Mason The Grand Convocation Grand Convocation Palmerston North, March 6,7,8 2009 The Grand Convocation in Palmerston North saw the Installation of MEComp Graeme Pengelly as First Grand Principal and significant changes to the governance of Grand Chapter. The following is extracted from MEComp Pengelly’s inaugural address.
aving read just about every address given lately by a First Grand Principal at his Installation I now understand the words of MEComp Eoin Dryden when he referred to the task of preparing this address – the easy part is the introduction … Ladies, it is my pleasure to welcome you here tonight on behalf of all the Companions assembled. Your support on these occasions is well and truly appreciated. Most Worshipful Brother Stan Barker, Grand Master of all Freemasons in New Zealand, I bid you a very special welcome. Your Installation in Christchurch was a most impressive occasion and I trust you have a successful and enjoyable term as our head. I welcome the very large Australian contingent. Your support here tonight is a visual sign of the bond that has been built up over the years starting with, I think, MEComp Allan Rushbrooke and cemented by the efforts of the ME Companions who have followed. I look forward to many inter-island visits over the next few years. I welcome the heads of the other Orders present tonight and thank you for your support on behalf of all the Companions present. I trust that our paths may cross on many occasions, to our mutual benefit, over the next two years and beyond … Companions, I thank you for your confidence in electing me as your head. Like all leaders elected to an Office, I wondered if I was the most suitable person and if I would able to continue the efforts of my predecessors. As the telephone calls came in giving encouragement and support, I realised that more Companions than I realised knew who and what I am.
Today we have passed part of a new Constitution which, I believe, will allow our Order to keep pace with the problems
we face. The Companions who worked on these changes did so out of their love of our Order. Indeed, the main “mover and shaker”, REComp Bob Cresswell, after being elected to the position of Chairman of Supreme Committee immediately lost that position – abolished on his own recommendation. What do I see as the requirements of my term? I would like to share a few words with you. CO-OPERATION. This needs to be exercised between Lodges and Chapters; between Chapters within districts; and most importantly of all between members. ORDINARY. It is the ordinary things that our Order relies on. Be proud of the duties that are required of you and do them to the best of your ability. MEMBERS. A lot of effort in the past has been about attracting new members. What about the member who has missed a couple of meetings. Has he been contacted? Is he sick? Does he need a friend to talk over a problem? MOTIVATION. Some people look to others to provide all the answers. I say we all need to motivate ourselves and each other whenever a problem arises. INDIVIDUALS. We are all unique and therefore different. In your dealings with each other remember to tolerate your fellow Companion. Be prepared to meet him halfway. TEAMWORK. Don’t let your Chapters be run by just one or two people. If you all contribute a small amount the results can be tremendous and you will get a kick out of achieving something together. MAÑANA. (A Spanish word meaning tomorrow). Companions we all need to have tomorrow in view. If we only live for today our Order will quickly die out. Remember that it was the foundation laid by our Companions of yesteryear that have allowed this generation to enjoy most of the facilities we now occupy ENJOY.Take time to enjoy your Royal Arch Masonry. If you do not enjoy something it
becomes a burden. In your Chapters make sure that whatever you are doing it will promote goodwill and enjoyment for all concerned. NOURISH. Whenever and wherever try and promote Royal Arch Masonry. By keeping our Order to the forefront, people will recognise its values and hopefully be attracted to it. TIME. Remember to allocate your time to your Royal Arch duties so as not to be detrimental to the other parts of your life. Companions, if you take the first letter of each word it spells COMMITMENT and that is what I pledge to you tonight – that during my term of Office I will commit myself to doing all that I can to promote our beloved Order and to be there to offer any assistance when it is required. I look forward to meeting as many Companions as possible as I travel around the Districts. I trust that my door will always be open if any Companion or Chapter wishes to have a talk about anything, and while I alone do not have all the answers remember a problem shared is a problem halved. Companions, I thank you for your attention – let us move forward to the future together.
REComp Les Borrell GH (pictured) has compiled this report on the business proceedings. 1 In future the Book of Proceedings will be a summary and not a verbatim record of the discussions and decisions enacted. The huge volume of statistical and historical data which has been a feature of it for so
b) The present procedure for the selection and appointment of the First Grand Principal has been retained despite a recommendation to select and appoint from candidates nominated from any where in New Zealand. c) Allocation and rotational schedule of appointment to Office in Grand Chapter has been modified as indicated below. d) Grand Scribe Nehemiah will be appointed to an open-ended term of up to five years and will require some secretarial and administrative talent to provide assistance to the Grand Scribe Ezra throughout the year and at the Annual Convocation of Grand Chapter. The position could possibly be considered a precursor to future appointment as Grand Scribe E. e) Grand Lecturers will continue to serve for two years as their appointments are the prerogative of the First Grand Principal and their respective terms of office relate directly to that prerogative. f ) The offices of Grand Chancellor and Grand Superintendent of Works, neither of which had any administrative or ceremonial duty have been dispensed with.
many years will now be accessible on the Grand Chapter web site. 2 Chapters have been invited to peruse, consider and recommend any desired changes to the second part of the Constitution and Laws of Grand Chapter. The amendments enacted at Palmerston North changing the form of governance of the Order will necessitate a full reprint of the book itself and now is the time to make any desired changes to the latter part of it. 3 Capitation Fees have been increased because of rising costs and will now be $40.00 in the forthcoming financial year. 4 Peripatetic Charters may now be applied for and issued in certain circumstances particularly when, for example, Chapters lose their “Masonic Domicile” with the closing of a Lodge and consequent loss of a meeting place. 5 The Delegates’ Meeting and its relevance and future is the subject of a review being undertaken by the Management Council. 6 Arising from Governance:
a) Supreme Committee no longer exists and has been replaced by a much smaller Management Council.
g) The Grand Organist is regarded as a “specialist” position requiring that the nominee is possessed of a sufficient musical performing skill to officiate at important occasions including the Annual Convocation of Grand Chapter. It is now an open-ended appointment which may be held up to five years and is no longer subject to geographical rotation but may be drawn from any Division. h) All Grand Superintendents and all other Officers will serve three year terms. i) The necessary transition has now begun and will be completed in time to be fully operational in March 2013 when the Annual Convocation will be held in the Northern Division. j) The Annual Convocation of Grand Chapter will be held in each of the three Division every three years on a rotational basis and the Division hosting it will provide the full complement of Grand Officers in that year. 7 IN SUMMARY: The Officers invested at Palmerston North in March were actually appointed and invested for two year terms as the changes enacted then were not operational until the Convocation had officially ended. At the next Convocation, to be held in Tauranga, the only new appointments or investitures will be those that have arisen in facilitating the necessary transition through to 2013.
Between now and March 2013 the Northern Division will only be nominating and or investing any officers appointed or re-appointed to effect the changes required to 2013. Thereafter it will supply the full complement of officers who will be invested for three year terms. The Southern Division has a smooth transition as all of their Officers who were invested for two years at Palmerston North until the 2011 Convocation which it will host and when it will supply the full complement who will serve three years to 2014. The Central Division will be adjusting their terms of office to supply the full house in 2012 to serve through three years to 2015. -------
Position of Grand Treasurer
Applications are invited for the position of Grand Treasurer and those interested should address their application and CV to: Grand Scribe Ezra P O Box 33-171, Barrington CHRISTCHURCH 8244 Please refer to Rule 6.1 (f ) of the Constitution and Rules of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of New Zealand: The duties of Grand Treasurer and Grand Registrar require a relevant professional qualification. Suitable Companions shall be selected from any Division and will hold office for a period of up to five years. The Management Council may approve an additional term. Duties would commence soon after the the new financial year which commences on 1 July 2009. Applications close on 22 July 2009 and will be treated in the strictest confidence. -------
Would You Like to Visit Sydney in September?
The First Grand Principal will be attending the Grand Installation of the United Supreme Grand Chapter of Mark and Royal Arch Masons of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory which will take place on Saturday 19 September 2009 at the Sydney Masonic Centre, Castlereagh Street. MEComp Pengelly would welcome the company of Companions from New Zealand and invites you to accompany him. Details can be obtained from the Grand Scribe, REComp Tony Waters 03 980 7230 firstname.lastname@example.org
Restructuring Grand Lodge Administration
rethren have already been advised that the focus of the new Board of General Purposes will be that of ‘governance’. Therefore the major duties of this Board will be: - To review and maintain the organisation’s mission, values and vision - Long range effective planning - To govern the organisation - To provide continuity for the organisation - Ensure there is sufficient resources - To provide fiscal accountability - To enhance the organisation’s image
With these duties in mind, applicants for the three Divisional appointees on the Board were individually interviewed by a sub-committee over the weekend of the 16th and 17th May. The interviews covered: - Masonic knowledge - Board and/or Management experience - An ability to manage change - Verbal and written communication - Analytical skills - Planning - Drive and determination Following each interview candidates were required to complete a personality test. The results of the interviews and personality tests have been analysed and used to select the representatives for the Board positions and I am pleased to announce that these will be:
Northern Division – VWBro Warwick Roberts Central Division – WBro William (Bill) McLauchlan Southern Division – VWBro Graham Wrigley
Similarly on Tuesday 26 May 2009: The sub-committee reconvened and the applicants for the three positions of Divisional Grand Masters were individually interviewed. The interviews again were specifically directed at ensuring that the appointees have a clear understanding of the role that they will play over the next 18 months. Again following each interview, the applicants were required to complete the test undertaken by the earlier candidates. As a result, I am pleased to announce that the three Divisional Grand Masters until November 2010 will be:
Northern Division – RWBro Edwin (Eddie) Eeles Central Division – VWBro Stephen (Steve) Salmon Southern Division – RWBro Brian Goodman
I extend my congratulations to these appointees and in so doing I would like to record my appreciation to all the applicants for the interest they have shown and for attending the rigorous interview process. MWBro Stan Barker Grand Master
Divisional Appointees to the Board Northern Division
VWBro Warwick Roberts
WBro William (Bill) McLauchlan
VWBro Graham Wrigley
Served as Non-Exec Director of Glaxo (NZ), GlaxoWellcome(NZ), and GlaxoSmithKline(NZ); CEO of the Researched Medicines Industry Association; Group ViceServed as Dairy Company Director President, Asia/Pacific for Upjohn Division Vicefor 14 years; Deputy Chairman of International; Cambridge Dairy Co-Op; Waikato President, Asia North; President & Dairy Co Representative on the General Manager of Japan Upjohn Agriculture Commitee reporting to Ltd; Vice-President & General Manager of Korea Upjohn Ltd; Treasury. having started as a Medical Rep Currently Deputy Chairman with Upjohn Co NZ Ltd. in 1961. Agricultural Fieldays; Member recruitment and review committee; Served in the NZ Navy. Board member of NZ National Currently retired. Fieldays Society.
Served for nearly 30 years on the New Zealand Fire Service from Fireman to Area Commander and Area Chief Fire Officer. Received NZCM for Services to New Zealand and Her Majesty's Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and Bars.
Member of Lodge Mangaroa No. 419 and Research Lodge of Wellington No. 194.
Member of The Avon Lodge No. 185, Lodge Zetland No. 312, and The Masters & Past Masters No. 130.
Ran his own Dairy farming operation for 43 years and was responsible for the development of organic dairy farming in the Waikato.
DC of Lodge Copernicus No. 505.
Served as Acting Director General (CEO) of New Zealand Red Cross. Currently Regional Manager, Canterbury West Coast and Southern Regions New Zealand Red Cross and National Manager Education and Training.
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