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Grand Master's Address / Calendar.......................2
New Generation Awards Update.............................4
Another year has flown by. Interesting year it was too.
Diabetes New Zealand: Live Life Lighter...............6 Live Life Lighter Projects from Across NZ............7 A Look at Freemasons Centres ..............................8 Masonic Commemoration Ceremony, Anzac Cove..........................................17 The Ladies Section.................................................18 Counties-Manukau Freemasons Hospice Project.......................................................20 Potter Trust: Wilson School & Kennedy Park.....22 Presentation to Camp Quality Waikato..............24 Going to the Masters Games in Dunedin?.........25 Health Pilot..............................................................25 ECOplus.....................................................................26 A Gift to St Joseph’s School..................................28 Britannia Lodge Donation....................................28 Service Awards........................................................29 Celtic Sounds Concert Fund Raiser.....................30 Charity Begins at Home.........................................30
The Live Life Lighter health projects have gone very well. Over $30,000 has been raised and there are only 70 boxes of books left. Very well done! Make sure and get yours today. They make great Christmas gifts for everybody. "The Lost Symbol" book by Dan Brown sparked a whole flurry of public interest in Freemasonry. The visits to our website more than doubled and we had quite a few inquiries for joining Freemasonry. Keep it up! This issue we take a look at a few Freemasons Centres. A really old one and two new ones. Freemasons Centres are a really good idea as they share the operating costs across several Lodges and also allow "other uses" to bring further funds in. The wealth of projects across New Zealand is amazing: from house building and benefit concerts to splitting wood. Charity does indeed start at home. For this coming year we have some great projects in the works. Your District Grand Masters have been charged with placing a Freemasons New Zealand road sign at the entrance of your Lodge's town. Make sure you speak to him today to get your Lodge noticed (don't let the Rotary Club and Lions have all the fun...). We also will be introducing a new size for the Ritual Book. Stay tuned... Be seeing you. Michael Leon, MM Editor / Director of Communications and Marketing Freemasons NZ, Wellington
A Success for Avant Garde Lodge No. 503.........31 The Freemasons Charity........................................32 Royal Arch................................................................34 Grand Convocation 2010......................................36 Freemasons Deposit Scheme Application Form.... 37
COVER: Freemason Centres: [Top] Invercargill Freemasons’ Hall; [Left] Westminster Lodge Rooms, Wellington; [Right] Midland District Masonic Lodge Complex, Timaru.
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n the 20th of November MWBro Stan Barker and Philippa, accompanied by RWBro Kevin Palmer, P ProvGM, VWBro Terry Carrell, PG Lec, and WBro Tony Templeton, flew to Noumea on a reciprocal visit in answer to an invitation issued one year earlier after Communication ’08. This visit coincided with the annual meeting of the recently formed Provincial Grand Lodge of New Caledonia.
Grand Master's Trip to Noumea Corail No 499, (Grande Loge Nationale Française) the Provincial meeting, a day trip to Bourail and a social gathering or Soirée on the Friday evening.
and 169 members of the Western Pacific Local Forces who died during operations in the South Pacific area and who have no known grave.
The initiation at La Rose de Corail was a wonderful experience and although all the ritual was in French we had little problem following the procedures which, while in detail were quite different, in context were almost identical to our own. It was certain that at the end of the evening the Candidate (Bro Philippe Etienne) new that he had entered a unique and welcoming fraternity.
New Zealand Pacific War Cemetery In preparation for the visit we had obtained a number of poppies which were left with a note of remembrance in the small shrine at entrance to the cemetery.
Tony Templeton, Kevin Palmer, Philippa, Stan Barker & Terry Carrell. On the beach at Bourail, New Caledonia. Max Shekleton organised a short programme for our visiting party including an initiation at Lodge La Rose de
MWBro Stan Barker, Bro Philippe Etienne (EA), WM WBro Serge Darmizin, RWBro Bernard Paul, Provincial Grand Master. Our days were filled with enjoying the local culture and the many things French, the shops, fashions, food and general way of life. We were particularly taken by the wonderful range of fine food so beautifully presented at a local patisserie.
Provincial Grand Master of New Calenonia, TRF Bernard Paul, Provincial Grand Archiviste, TVF Max Shekleton, MWBro Stan Barker.
On our trip to Bourail we learnt of the colonial history of the country side as well as of the war period when New Zealand personnel were stationed in the area. Here, at the New Zealand Pacific War Cemetery, there are 246 graves at the end of which is the Bourail Memorial, commemorating over 200 members of the New Zealand Land and Air Forces and Merchant Navy
Signing the register at Bourail cemetery. During that day trip we were taken to lunch at a OUAOUE tribe village with a rather interesting connection to New Zealand. The food was all locally obtained and cooked by local woman Eugénie Wimbe who had, during those war years, been treated at the New Zealand Military
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JANUARY 16 Lodge Apanui No. 395 FEBRUARY 20 Lodge Waitakerei No. 170 26 Glenwood Masonic Hospital, Wairarapa 27 Lodge Papakura No. 56 MARCH 4 The Sir Walter Scott Lodge No. 15 6 The Robert Burns Lodge No. 50 18-22 The Marsden Lodge No. 169
Presentation of 70 year Bar
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hospital then situated on her tribal land. She remembers the kindness shown her, deeming it an honour and a small repayment to be able to cater for our group.
It is interesting to compare Freemasonry in Noumea with that in New Zealand. Probably the greatest mark was that while attending a New Zealand function I find myself well below the average age of those attending, in Noumea it was quite the opposite. The friendship and fellowship was evident at all our gatherings and we left Noumea having made many new friends and having, we trust, formed a lasting bond between Freemasons New Zealand and the Provincial Grand Lodge of New Caledonia.
There is no doubt that Freemasonry in Noumea is very strong and has a great future. We can only hope that the experience we all shared can lead to a positive reinforcement of our approach here in New Zealand to strengthen and advance the Fraternity. We are indebted to WBro Tony Templeton for his work in engendering the friendly relationship between our two groups and his organisational skills in ensuring this visit was a success.
At lunch, Karel Meunier, Max Shekleton, Tony, Edouard Ventrillon, Terry, Stan, Philippa & Kevin.
Stan & Philippa with Eugénie Wimbe.
At La Rose de Corail N0.499; TVF Max Shekleton, RF Gérald Vuillaume, RF Daniel Weiman, RF Marc Demene, MWBro Stan Barker, VM Serge Darmizon, TRF Bernard Paul, RF Thierry Note: Faict, RWBro Kevin Palmer, TVF Jean Pierre Flotat, VWBro Terry Carrell, VM: Vénérable Maitre WBro Tony Templeton. TVF: Très Vénérable Frère RF: Respectable Frère TRF : Très respectable Frère Other 243 7%
Northern Division 580 16%
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Over $30,000 Raised for Charity So Far!
Southern Division 1,480 41%
Central Division 1,320 36%
Live Life Lighter Cookbook Sales by Division
Arts Foundation of New Zealand
New Generation Awards Presented by Freemasons New Zealand
The Arts Foundation New Generation Awards, presented by Freemasons New Zealand, biennially celebrate five artists early on in their career. Each recipient receives $25,000 to contribute to their individual artistic identity. Each artist also receives a Christine Cathie-designed glasswork. The award was established in 2006.
Jo reported in during production: “Everyone knows that strange out-of-body experience when you find yourself staring down at the motley collection of arms and legs beneath you, asking yourself, ‘How did I end up here? How did the series
Jo Randerson at the 2008 New Generation Awards, Christchurch, presented by Freemasons New Zealand. Photo: Ken Baker
In this issue, we profile Jo Randerson who is a unique writer and theatre-maker interested in meaningful, honest and imaginative self-expressions. She has extensive experience in comedy, poetry, literature and theatre. She received an Arts Foundation New Generation Award in 2008. Jo founded Barbarian Productions in 2001, producing five shows that travelled to Prague, Norway, Edinburgh, Melbourne and Brisbane, as well as around New Zealand. Barbarian Productions recently partnered with Downstage Theatre, Wellington, to present an evening of “wild humour, terrifying humanity and a stab at some of the great unanswerable questions in Good Night – The End an existential comedy”. Jo plays one of three Grim Reapers.
The final monologue from Good Night – The End follows: HARVESTER OF SORROW: This mysterious thing – life, that vague, persistent sensation of something substantial, just out of my reach. I once caught a glimpse of myself, the person I could have been, just the edge of my foot, disappearing around the corner, away from my sight. And then I was gone. So I fumbled along, waiting for someone to pull me up, bail me out, sensing somewhere deep down that things could have been different, that I had failed … standing on the jetty as the boat took off, thinking of all the things left unsaid, left undone, calling, ‘That was my life! That was my life, sailing without me!’ And it won’t happen again. (see photo next page)
of unfolding events that I loosely call ‘My Life’ lead me to this activity, to this moment and is it really worthwhile?’ I’m feeling this every night as I stand behind a faux crushed-silk blue curtain, clad in heavy make-up and a series of black cloaks and cowls. I am Death. Every night of the week, except Sunday and Monday, as even Death needs a rest sometimes. “As the curtain parts, the lightning and smoke machine kick in and about a hundred heads swivel round to face me, I think to myself, ‘This is quite a bizarre situation you are in. Why are you doing this again?’ And then I remember. ‘Because I am trying to make art that means something.’ And I offer up my own little prayer that tonight’s show will mean something to the collection of people who watch it.”
Jo Randerson also recently combined with the artist Seraphine Pick to produce Through the Door, an otherworldly fable for adults as much as children, published by Wedge Press. See more of Jo’s work online at: www.thearts.co.nz
“Imagination helps me to navigate through tough situations. Although I have had some success with manipulating poverty in this way, the reality is it’s been a real financial struggle. This Award is like a room with two doors, it’s a terrific honour, and it’s a real tangible easing of my day-day-day experience. I'm very grateful.” – Jo Randerson Photo: Matt Grace
Diabetes is caused by the body’s inability to produce enough insulin (a hormone made in the pancreas) to maintain blood glucose levels within the normal range. Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes You are at heightened risk of developing Type 2 diabetes if any two or more of these apply to you: • You are 40 or older and of European descent • You have diabetes in your family i.e. a sibling, parent or grandparent • You have high blood pressure • You are overweight, and especially if much of this weight is carried around your middle • You are 30 or older and are of Maori, Pacific Island, or Asian descent • You have been diagnosed as having impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) • You have given birth to a large baby weighing more than 9lb or 4 kg Symptoms of Diabetes NB: Be aware none of these may be seen in those with Type 2 diabetes. Any of: • Excessive and constant thirst • Wounds which don’t heal • Recurring infections • Blurred vision • Unexplained tiredness • Frequent urination including through the night Chris Baty (Bio) Chris Baty was elected National President of Diabetes New Zealand in May of this year. She has had Type 1 diabetes since childhood (almost 44 years) and works hard at managing the condition so she can get the most from a full and busy life. Last year she stepped back from a full-time business career and now devotes herself to this role. She lives on the North Shore of Auckland, is married with two adult sons and she and her husband have a grandson they adore.
Diabetes New Zealand – Live Life Lighter
s part of the 2009 Freemasons Health Care programme, Live Life Lighter, (www.livelifelighter.org being an excellent site), it is likely you will have received information on diabetes. Diabetes New Zealand has welcomed the opportunity to work with Freemasons New Zealand to put in your hands a copy of our magazine, diabetes, and an information pack (complete with recipe book) about this country’s largest health problem. Additionally, in many communities, local Diabetes Societies have participated in Freemason organised health expos, appreciating the chance to spread the diabetes awareness message as well as reaching out to those already with it. Living life lighter is a health goal worth striving for. Staying active and within a healthy weight range are proven means of minimising the chances of developing Type 2 diabetes. If diabetes has already been diagnosed, keeping active and following a healthy diet will enable better control of blood glucose levels ensuring a healthier, long-term future. It has been proven that poor control can lead to the development of serious complications and even death. In New Zealand every year, there are approximately 4000 deaths where diabetes is the primary cause. (Ref: NZMJ 4 July 08 Vol 121 No 1277). Diabetes is the single biggest cause of renal failure, blindness, and cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke. It is one of the most common reasons for amputation of lower limbs. It contributes to sexual dysfunction in men. Perhaps the most hideous part of all this is the realisation that one can be walking around with an elevated blood glucose level and yet feel well. But it is this raised blood glucose which wreaks the damage in our bodies. It is not unknown for someone to go to their doctor with symptoms of one of the above health problems which has been caused by that same person having had a higher-than-normal blood glucose for a decade or more. Frequently symptoms of Type 2 diabetes are absent.
270,000 New Zealanders suffer diabetes (both Type 1 and Type 2), with about a third of that number not even aware they have it. Virtually all of these 90,000 citizens have Type 2. It is estimated there are a further half million with what is called prediabetes (where the person has impaired glucose tolerance). Given there are only about 11,000 New Zealanders with Type 1 diabetes (which, being an auto-immune disease, is quite different to Type 2, is not preventable and mostly diagnosed in children or young people), we are discussing almost 750,000 people at risk of, or with a preventable chronic disease, for which there is no cure. That’s about one in six of us, so it likely will affect or is affecting a good number of you reading this magazine. All of which adds up to being a very compelling reason for seriously aiming to live life lighter. In doing so you are almost guaranteeing your chances of living it longer as well! To learn more about diabetes visit: www.diabetes.org.nz Diabetes New Zealand and its 39 member societies work hard to offer support and education to those with diabetes, and their families. We act as advocates for our members in government and all associated health delivery organisations. Diabetes New Zealand also works to raise awareness of the condition and its insidious nature. Raised awareness should reduce its onset. It is a certainty that left unleashed, diabetes will overwhelm the health system. To join either your local society or Diabetes New Zealand, please phone 0800 369 636 Once again Diabetes New Zealand thanks Freemasons New Zealand for the opportunity to work with you and take another step towards achievement of our goals and in doing so we highly commend your programme of Live Life Lighter.
Live Life Lighter Projects from Across New Zealand
Editor's Note: Yes, the members of the Red Hackle PipeBand walked the entire 8kms with their pipes! Played them too...
A Look at Freemasons Centres: Invercargill Freemasons’ Hall
n 1923, three city Lodges formed a company for the purpose of building a new Masonic Hall. Lodge Waihopai joined the company after selling their Lodge building. The present Forth Street site was purchased for £1,050 along with right of access to Tay Street for £100. The building was designed by Brodrick & Royds Architects, in a neo-classical style which features a splendid portico supported by six columns in the Doric order. The foundation stone was laid with Masonic Ceremony by Hon. L. Michel, Provincial Grand Master on 11 March 1925. Hall construction was completed for a total cost of £14,116/6/-. The Hall was dedicated on 23 February 1926 with an impressive Masonic Ceremony by George Russell, Deputy Grand Master. The approach from Forth Street is by way of a grand flight of steps through a terraced garden to the front entrance doors set within the great Greco-Roman portico. Entry is by way of a small vestibule, opening into a spacious wood-panelled lobby. The lobby is in fact part of a mezzanine floor. Two large meeting rooms flank each side of the lobby. The room on the eastern side features display cases for Lodge memorabilia. The ground floor is mainly taken up with a large ballroom that can be divided into two function rooms by wood-panelled folding doors. There is an extensive modern kitchen with servery, with access to the ballroom. The basement contains a small library and archive room. A wide carpeted staircase leads from the main lobby to the first floor lobby. This lobby features a memorial to members who lost their lives in war and photographs of the annual Masters of the Southland Lodges. There is a small Lodge room on the eastern side that is set up as a conventional Lodge room. On the western side is an assembly room that features cases displaying memorabilia. This room is where Freemasons assemble prior to entering the main Lodge room. On entering the main Lodge room, it is useful to know that Masonic Lodge rooms are divided into sections according to the points of the compass. To your left is the north, which features rows of seats and a desk for the Secretary and Treasurer.
Straight ahead is the east and this features three large high-backed chairs. The centre chair is for the Master of the Lodge and he has a pedestal in front of him. To his left sits his Immediate Past Master and to his right sits a visiting Master. The bench seats on his left are for Past Masters, those to his right are for Grand Lodge. To the right is the south, which features rows of seats and the chair and pedestal for the Junior Warden. This pedestal has a plumb rule hanging on it – one of the working tools of an operative stonemason and symbolic of the Junior Warden. The remaining side – the west – features the chair and pedestal of the Senior Warden. This pedestal has a level hanging on it – a stonemason’s working tool and symbolic of the Senior Warden. The Master, Senior Warden and Junior Warden each have a large pedestal light to their right carved in either the Doric, Ionic or Corinthian Order. In the centre of the Lodge room is a traditional checkered pavement upon which stand two columns representing the columns which stood in front of the entrance to King Solomon's Temple. The two globes that stand on the corners of the pavement do not have any Masonic significance, but point out that Masonry is universal – they came from the old Lodge building in Nith Street. Halfway along the north side of the pavement is a square rough stone called the 'rough ashlar' and opposite is a smooth stone called the 'perfect ashlar', suspended in a lifting device called a 'lewis'.
letter 'G' symbolising God. In front of the Master's pedestal is a small stand upon which is placed the Bible or sacred books of other religions if members of those religions are present. On the north and south walls are the symbolic tracing boards relating to each of the three Degrees in Freemasonry. The Invercargill Freemason's hall is one of the city's most prominent and important heritage buildings. The building has a Historic Places Trust category 1 classification and it features on the Invercargill 'City Walks' Heritage trail. The building was awarded the New Zealand Institute of Architects Silver Medal in 1934. The Invercargill Freemasons’ hall is regarded as one of the finest in Australasia and the splendid main Lodge room is one of the finest in New Zealand.
Above the pavement is a small dome from which is suspended the
Photos: Jacqui van Dam
Information on the pillars – Jachin and Boaz – in Invercargill Lodge Room. Actually, they should be called columns. A column is a free-standing decorated post –
a pillar is plain and usually set into a wall.
Lodge of Southland No.415 Transactions of August 1985.
The pillars were installed in the old Lodge Room at corner of Forth and Nith in November 1908 and were first revealed to the Brethren at a meeting of the Southern Cross Lodge No.9 on 4 December 1908, when Bro Critchfield gave a tenminute talk on them. The story started when Bro Wardrop of the New Zealand Fibrous Plaster Company was approached by both Southern Cross Lodge No 9 and Lodge Maori No 105 of Ravensbourne for some pillars to grace their respective Lodge Rooms. Southern Cross was acting on behalf of the three Lodges which owned the Masonic Hall on the corner of Forth and Nith, Lodge St.John No 94 and Lodge Victoria No 147 being the other two.
The beautiful decoration of the pillars was undertaken by WBro Bolton and his son Bro T. Bolton. WBro Hawkridge received no fee or commission of any kind.
The fibrous plaster company had no moulds for Masonic pillars so Bro Wardrop approached WBro Robert Hawkridge, who was at the time SW of Lodge Maori, to come up with a design. Robert Hawkridge was a leading commercial artist in his day and an outstanding lithographic artist. He had very definite ideas about the design for the pillars, especially that they should not be of the classical orders, which would be totally out of keeping with the Eastern architectural style King Solomon’s Temple would have embodied. Instead, having made a close study of the descriptions given in the VSL and stylistic antecedents to be found in Egyptian architecture, he came up with the beautiful columns we see today. The symbolism of the ‘Hawkridge Pillars’ harmonises almost exactly with the descriptions given in the explanation of the Second Degree Tracing Board and are a great aid to lecturers in their explanation. WBro Hawkridge wrote two very detailed papers describing his analytical approach to the design of the pillars. Both of these papers were last published in the Research
As mentioned, the Invercargill Lodge Room received its pillars in November 1908 but Lodge Maori got theirs earlier on 7 September 1908. Lodge Haeremai unveiled and dedicated theirs on 15 April 1923 in memory of four members of their Lodge who lost their lives in the First World War. Smaller replicas are to found in other Lodges. The “Hawkridge Pillars” are shown on the Grand Lodge ‘Master Mason’s Certficate’ which was design by WBro Hawkridge. A good deal of furniture was transferred from the old Lodge Room to the present Main Lodge Room, including the three thrones in the East, Wardens’ chairs, Master’s and Wardens’ pedestals, Tracing Boards, Altar and the Terrestrial and Celestial Globes. The terrestrial globe is based on a map of 1852 and still shows Texas as part of Mexico and Alaska as part of the Russian Empire. The AustroHungarian and Ottoman empires still existed at that time and Spain still owned Cuba and the Philippines.
Midland District Masonic Lodge Complex, Timaru
lanning started for a new Lodge room in 2006 when it was decided to sell the Freemasonsâ€™ Hall in Bank Street, Timaru, which had been used by Freemasons since 1928. The decision to build on to the West End Hall was made and the Timaru District Council was happy with the proposed increased use of the hall. The West End Hall Charitable Trust was formed to supervise the building and future maintenance. The Trust knew that there was an old public swimming pool buried in the area and that power cables crossed under the building site. A duct was put in to accommodate new cables lest they broke down over time. The building consent was approved and the digger moved in, but after the first few scoops a 50mm water main 150mm below the surface was discovered. The presence of this pipe was previously unknown. After it was re-directed the digger then unearthed the old swimming pool.
Delays continued and the Trust had to decide whether to have a wooden or a concrete floor in the Lodge room. Concrete was cheaper, but included digging out the pool, laying deeper foundations then backfilling it with clean shingle and compacting it. There were more delays as it was discovered there were sewer and storm water drains under the building site. These were replaced with new PVC pipes laid inside larger pipes to allow for easy replacement in the future. A professional builder was employed to pour the foundations, the concrete floor and later to complete the roof. The rest of the building, apart from specialist work, was completed by voluntary labour supplied by Lodge members from all over the district. Construction was started in early November 2007 with the roof being erected before Christmas and the building completed by
September 2008. The cost overrun on the complex was only 6%. The building was officially opened by Her Worship the Mayor in October 2008 and is being used by four Lodges, the Caledonian Lodge No 16, the Lodge of St John No 1137, Lodge Timaru No 196 and Lodge Koranga No 197 as well as several other Masonic orders. The new Lodge Complex was officially dedicated by the Grand Master, MWBro Stanley C Barker, together with his Grand Lodge Officers on the 13th of June 2009, under the Charter of the Caledonian Lodge No 16. There was a large attendance of Freemasons and their ladies at the Dedication and they were entertained during the afternoon by several items by the Midland District Masonic Choir.
Westminster Lodge Rooms, Wellington
hen in 1998 the lodge room at Tinakori Rd Wellington was no longer available, Westminster Lodge temporarily relocated to the Petone Masonic Centre in the Hutt Valley. At the beginning of 2009, having explored for 10 years many options for new premises in Wellington city, the opportunity arose for members of the Lodge to purchase a controlling share of the Wellesley Building plus its boutique hotel business. The building was constructed in 1925-26 for the Wellesley Club and is a NZ Historic Places Trust Category A listed building. It won the NZ Institute of Architects Gold Medal in 1932. When purchased, as well as the boutique hotel, the building accommodated function
rooms, a café and bar plus a billiard room for the Wellesley Club. After creating a new lounge premises for the Club, in the old reading room on a higher level, the new owners built a new Lodge Room in the former Billiard Room and leased it to Westminster Lodge. WBro Warwick Bell and his practice Bell Kelly Beaumont Team Architecture were engaged to undertake the design of the facility, while fellow architect and member, Bro Morris Robertson assisted with the project management. Many other members assisted in numerous ways. The new Lodge Room maintains the traditional design and spatial qualities of the former billiard room with the décor appropriately themed. The staged seating in the ‘south’ enables the capacity to be increased to 150 and provides convenient
The Ashlar plaques read: This Ashlar is a piece of 13th Century reigate stone taken from the damaged portion of Westminster Abbey after the bombing on 10th May, 1941 and presented to Westminster Lodge by the Rt. Rev. Paul Fulcrand de Labilliere, D.D., Dean of Westminster. Unveiled 15th May 1942.
storage beneath. Special features include the ceramic tiled pavement and the celestial canopy. The latter is an actual telescopic photographic representation of the night sky in the vicinity of the star cluster Pleiades, otherwise know as Matariki, being the seven symbolic stars. It was digitally printed onto an Alucobond® panel, and drilled to accommodate 650 fibre optic cables from a single light source. Chairman of the Board of Wellesley Boutique Hotel Ltd, VWBro Stuart Brooker says “The Lodge intends that the whole facility becomes a meeting and gathering place for Freemasons worldwide. It is a great place to stay if visiting Wellington.” Photos: Mike Clare
Westminster Lodge Rooms Dedication 17 Sept 2009
It was a full house â€“ from the East to the West â€“ as the Brethren, their partners, and guests viewed one of Freemasonry's most beautiful rituals. Left: Grand Lecturer, VWBro Murray Alford, gives a most engaging oration. Right: Grand Chaplin, VWBro Edwin Clarke, with the censer. Below: Grand Master, MWBro Stan Barker, working the Elements.
Masonic Commemoration Ceremony, Anzac Cove
hile Masonic Lodges as such do not operate on contemporary cruise ships, Freemasons meet under most convivial circumstances. MV Dawn Princess, on her 104-day maiden round-the-world voyage, had a number of international brethren onboard. The majority come from Australian and New Zealand jurisdictions. When Dawn Princess cruised for eight hours off Anzac Cove on 9th September, scores of brethren, their wives and the ship’s senior officers gathered for a moving ceremony. As the engines came to a halt and the massive vessel drifted in calm seas, WBro Stig R. Hokanson of Thespian Lodge No 268, UGLQ, delivered the following address:
In the making of the Australian and New Zealand identity, few if any events equal the pathos of dawn of the 25th April 1915. Some historians have likened the landing at Gallipoli to the birth of our nations, while others content themselves with observing how almost every Australian and New Zealand family was affected by the carnage that ensued – not only on these beaches, but throughout the war in France and Belgium. Amongst the thousands of ANZACs were a large number of Freemasons. Some had only become Entered Apprentices
Thousands of Australia and New Zealand’s young men were about to land on foreign soil in a conflict that later became known as The Great War. Men had left town and country, enlisted, and like us, spent months at sea, albeit under enormously different conditions.
It is a privilege for younger generations to attend services only a few miles from our ship on 25th April each year. While they can look out from the Turkish vantage points of the shore, we, brethren and ladies, can look out from the vantage point of the ANZACs. Today we honour their memory, valour and courage by a simple token of our immense appreciation and assurance that their deeds shall live on in the hearts and minds of our children’s children. I would now like to call on WBro Murray Richards of Kalamunda Lodge No 286, GLWA, representing Australian Freemasons and WBro Jim Dennerley of Herne Bay United No 340, GLNZ, representing New Zealand Freemasons, on behalf of everyone present, to send from our ship a wreath of remembrance to briefly float in the waters of Anzac Cove.
Masonic Commemoration Ceremony Onboard MV Dawn Princess Anzac Cove, Gallipoli, Turkey Wednesday 9th September 2009 10.00 a.m. ￼ Good Morning brethren and ladies, We are gathered here this September morning at a very special place. Some 94 years ago these still waters at Anzac Cove were far from tranquil.
were either ended or severely altered and affected beyond comprehension.
or Fellowcrafts before embarking on the troopships out of Sydney and Auckland. Others were Master Masons and officers in their respective Lodges. At war’s end some returned, others rest in foreign soil either here at Gallipoli or in the vast war cemeteries in France. They were so young, enthusiastic and filled with emotion only visiting men in their twenties. As we know, their lives
In Freemasonry, the sprig of acacia has marked the resting place of our illustrious dead. It is a poignant symbol of life eternal. The many brethren who lost their lives either in these waters, or on the nearby beaches, lived respected and died regretted. While the acacia is a symbol of hope, the rosemary is symbolic of enduring remembrance. I now call on Bro Robert McDougall of Gippsland Forest Lodge No 101, UGLV, to lead us in the Ode.
Ladies’ Freemasons Pages
humbling to have received your response to the “ladies survey”. Thank you so much for your valuable time, comments and commitment. Without your input we cannot network and communicate from the top to the bottom of New Zealand! Also, surprisingly, to the ladies of New Caledonia! They would like to be kept informed of what we are doing here. The results of this survey are as follows: #1 fashion/beauty/ fitness/ women’s health #2 up and coming events #3 gardening #4 travel #5 inspirational women #6 short story/ poetry/ Photography competitions #7 craft #8 foods. Recession-proofing your home and pets didn’t rate so well – I guess we have these topics covered. A special thank you to Joan Catley for helping correlate the ladies survey.
Whoever made the statement “the older we get the faster the year goes” knew what they were on about!! Stan and I are halfway through our two-year term! With Christmas upon us very soon with the usual pressure of buying useful gifts for friends and family I was mortified to read recently in NZ Marketing magazine that we now have generation Z (I was just coming to terms with generation Y’s needs and demands!). Seven is the new seventeen! Are we prepared and ready for them? 96% have a computer at home 79% have broadband 88% have a games console in the household 48% watch TV and video clips on their computers. Two- to eleven-year-olds are spending 63% more time online, compared with a study five years ago. (Statistics from Michael Carney) Which brings me to the point of Christmas presents for Lucas, 15 months and Sam, six (maybe a game for the X-Box featuring Stan and myself so as they remember what we look like)!! I guess we all need to be more computer / technology savvy, just to be “more in tune” with the grandkids! To start the ball rolling in regards to the start of our new venture – our ladies section, with Christmas and relaxing, sunny, holidays just around the corner let’s share some of our favorite photos in the next issue of the NZ Freemason magazine. Photos to be sent to: Philippa Adams C/- Freemasons New Zealand PO Box 6439 Marion Square Wellington 6141 Or email to Michael Leon: email@example.com Stan and I would like to drink a toast to you all this Christmas. May you all have a safe, happy and healthy festive season! Thank you all for your support and encouragement throughout the year. God bless.
Stan and Philippa 18
Tripping The Light Fantastic
hat a night of sparkles and surprises it was, the first Dancing with the Stars Competition held before a packed house at the Whakatane Memorial Centre, watching 15 of the Eastern Bays bestknown locals dance up a storm in aid of Hospice Eastern Bay.
Photo: Joanne Black
The highly successful event raised $25,000 for the Hospice. The winning couple were chosen by an audience vote when the scoring from the judges could not have been closer. Scott Muncaster (brother Scott Muncaster of Lodge Apanui No. 395) and his partner Sita Thakersi were
awarded the title on an audience vote. Congratulations brother Scott and Sita, you made a very glamorous talented couple on the dance floor on a very glamourous night in Whakatane. The event was so successful that it is almost certain to be repeated.
Counties-Manukau Freemasons Hospice Project
stunning two-storey show home is being constructed in the Karaka Harbourside Estate subdivision, a stone’s throw from the picturesque Manukau Harbour. The project is known as the “Hospice Job” and it is taking shape under the oversight of Ian Ross, who has been responsible for organising both materials and volunteer labour in the construction of the home by the Freemasons of the Counties-Manukau District. Landowners Jim & Ian Ross have donated a block of land within Stage 1 of the new subdivision for the purpose of a major fund-raising venture. The total proceeds generated from the sale of the show home are to be donated to Hospice South Auckland in assisting future expansion planned by the Hospice Totara Lodge complex located in “The Gardens”, Manurewa. The home is planned for completion in October and after a time as a “display home” it will be auctioned in April 2010. Typical of the immeasurable assistance promised by so many, that a local Real Estate agency is to both advertise the promotion of the home and as well to provide auctioneer services at no charge. Qualified tradespersons,
including many Freemasons from Lodges throughout Counties-Manukau, have given generously of their time to complete plumbing, roofing, electrical, carpentry and painting as part of the project. Hospices throughout the country provide an invaluable service to the community and most families at one time or another will be touched by the care provided by them, both for the afflicted and in providing respite care so that caregivers can take a welldeserved break. Ian Ross has worked tirelessly in putting the project together, and the task has got easier as more and more companies, tradespeople and individuals have got in behind the idea of assisting “Hospice”. There are now over 90 companies and or individuals who have contributed with materials, professional services and their labour. At a recent working bee some 20 bricklayer tradespeople were on site, freely giving of their time to close in the exterior of the home before the internal lining work commenced. Ian Ross has been overwhelmed by the manner in which the community has assisted. In one instance, Ian Ross quoted
support given by a building services company, Windows 2000 of Mangere in supplying all the aluminium windows and doors with assistance by way of materials from Nalco and National Glass. When staff heard of what was being planned, they all decided to pitch in and give freely of their labour over several weekends in order to fabricate and assemble the joinery for the new house. Tentacles of support have reached out and come from all quarters, notwithstanding the current economic environment, in order to provide a boost to a much needed and essential community facility. Ford Motors, through their South Auckland Motors agency, has pledged a new car as part of the overall package. Freemasons can be justly proud of the project which demonstrates one of the key principles of the organisation, in that as Freemasons we are all charged to assist others in need and to be mindful of the requirements of our communities. Ian Ross, as the instigator of the Counties-Manukau District fund-raising project, in setting a goal as to the evel of support for Hospice South Auckland, is now confident the original target of $1,000,000 will be met.
Potter Trust T
here is a saying that if you get married on a rainy day you will have a happy marriage. The whole week was sunny, however on the day that the Freemasons Potter Trust presented its donation to The Wilson School in Takapuna, Auckland, it was pouring with rain. The ceremony took place under the roof of the covered courtyard of the $7,000,000 new school. The Grand Lodge of New Zealand gave $190,000 from the Potter Trust to build the childrenâ€™s playground which has been specially designed to meet the needs and accessibility requirements of the children of the school. Amongst the representatives from the Grand Lodge of New Zealand were the Grand Master MWBro Stan Barker;
Wilson School MWBro M Pope, PGM; MWBroD Mace, PGM; RW Bro N Ingram, DepGM; and RWBro S Cooper, DivGM (Northern Division). MWBro Mace was accompanied by his wife Anne, who has an interest in autistic children. Past President of Trustees Mrs Marylin Glover gave the opening speech, detailing the efforts of the organisations which assisted in the completion of this wonderful project, with particular emphasis on the great contribution made by Freemasons to this unique special playground, purposebuilt to accommodate the special needs children of the school. MWBro Pope, in his speech, explained the origins of the Potter Trust, something of which many Freemasons themselves were not aware. Bro Potter was a successful coach builder in Auckland 100 years ago and although he was married twice he never had any children. He bequeathed most of his wealth to a trust to benefit children. Since he was a Freemason the Trust is under the
administration of the Grand Lodge of New Zealand. Jill Rice, the landscape artist who planned the playground, gave an emotional rendition of her interest in the project that included the tragic loss of both of her parents earlier this year. Finally and with great appreciation a largeformat cheque was presented to school Principal Mr J Kennington. Photos: Victor Fabian
he Freemasons’ Potter Trust gave its support to children of North Shore City by gifting $130,000 to build a playground in Kennedy Park, Castor Bay. The weather was inclement and as they said: it could only get better. Under tents to keep the rain off the speakers and audience, the presentation was an interesting and, one may say, educational event. The Mayor of North Shore City, Andrew Williams eloquently explained the history behind Kennedy Park. It is on the cliff looking across the entrance of the Waitemata Harbour, a great observation
spot that was used during WWII to look for enemy shipping that might approach Auckland, from a watch tower-building. Nearby a concrete gun emplacement reminds us all of that time in history. The park was named after John F Kennedy, 35th President of the United States of America. The observation building is still in use today. Upstairs is a viewing room and at ground level a space that may be hired for functions which are mostly weddings due to its wonderful location. The playground is designed with children of all ages in mind. There is a special circular
area for the pre-schoolers and one that is more suitable for older children, and the playground has been built to accommodate those in wheelchairs. MWBro M Pope, PGM, gave his presentation speech and explained the origin of the Potter Trust. Bro Potter, not having children from his two marriages, left his wealth to the children of New Zealand, the resulting Trust to be administered by the Freemasons. When the rain eased a bit some of the “grown” children (some of our brethren) also enjoyed the playground.
Presentation to Camp Quality Waikato – Bay of Plenty
n Sunday 8th November 2009, a cheque for $27,000 was presented to Camp Quality, Waikato – Bay of Plenty, towards the cost of running their annual one week camp in 2010. The presentation and afternoon tea was held at the Bay of Plenty Masonic Centre, and was attended by approximately 75 interested people. The four Districts of Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Geyserland, and Hauraki had made a combined effort to raise the funds for this worthy cause. The sum of $12,000 was raised by the four districts, then the Freemasons Charity very generously granted another $15,000 towards the funds, giving the total of $27,000. Three of the District Grand Masters were present, and they were called upon to present the cheque to the Regional
Manager of Camp Quality, Mrs Fiona Hammond who told those in attendance how much Camp Quality appreciates the financial support they receive from the Freemasons throughout New Zealand, and more especially the Freemasons of the local area. Our Divisional Grand Almoner, Ray Laurance, who was in attendance, spoke on behalf of The Freemasons Charity. The Waikato – Bay of Plenty Camp Quality Annual camp for 2010 will be held at St Peters College, Cambridge, the same venue as 2009. It will be held from January 9-13, 2010, and this will also coincide with the 25th Jubilee of Camp Quality. Many thanks to the Freemasons of the four districts and the Freemasons
Charity. It has been a very successful appeal, and we wish Camp Quality Waikato – Bay of Plenty a very successful and enjoyable camp. Mike Cooke District Benevolence Officer Bay of Plenty District 12 Photo: L to R VWBro Ross Rex, District Grand Master Bay of Plenty, Mrs. Fiona Hammond (holding the cheque) Regional Manager of Camp Quality Waikato B.O.P. area, VWBro Paul Sutcliffe, District Grand Master Waikato District, VW Bro Tom Becker, District Grand Master Geyserland District.
Going to the Masters Games in Dunedin? Join the Wickliffe Breakfast Group! If you, your supporters, friends and families are coming to Dunedin for the Masters Games in January 2010 be sure to make time to have breakfast with the Wickliffe District Breakfast Group on Saturday 30th January at any time from 7.00 to 11.00am. Venue is Ironic Café and Bar, 9 Anzac Avenue, Dunedin. The Wickliffe District is centred on Dunedin and reaches out into South and West Otago. An initiative of the District Executive has been to support a regular breakfast get-together held on the last Saturday of each month since February 2009 with a purpose that is social and educational. Socially the meetings are principally for new members, supported by Past Masters and encouraging families and friends interested in Freemasonry to join the gatherings. Each time a feature of breakfast is the educational discussion on subjects ranging from Dan Brown’s book The Lost Symbol, to leadership qualities
he macho man who won't see a doctor has just received $40,000 encouragement to do so from the Freemasons of New Zealand. The gift which is "a great initiative" according to Associate Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman, will provide specialised software for a wideranging men's health pilot scheme in West Auckland. He told a function at Lodge Discovery No.501 that "the cheque from Wellington" was not the answer to every social situation, and it was heartening that organisations like the Freemasons were willing to put their own hard-won funds into vital community programmes. New Lynn GP Dr Peter Woolford received the Masons' gift on behalf of the HealthWEST Primary Health Organisation, of which he is a board member, and made the point that many men feel it is a sign of weakness to go to the doctor.
gained from involvement in Masonry, to sharing experiences with a recipient of a Freemasons’ university scholarship and such other subjects that help new members and families to understand the value of the Craft.
The events are well attended and fifty percent of the attending members are Master Masons, Fellow Crafts or Entered Apprentices. Strong interest is shown from friends and families in that their attendance accounts for one in every three seated at breakfast Join us, then, on 30th January and enjoy our southern hospitality; the café is
situated just a stones throw away from our iconic Railway Station so it won’t be hard to find and a little further up the street at Queens Garden is the Otago Settlers Museum where the Square And Compasses Exhibition is being displayed, that is surely worth a visit. This exhibition is touring the country and is sponsored by the Grand Lodge of New Zealand. The Wickcliffe District is hosting this public Masonic exhibition from Saturday 7th November 2009 to Sunday 28th February 2010. This display is of items that represent the history of Freemasonry in New Zealand with a focus on Otago. Members of the Breakfast Group will be available to explain other points of interest while you are in Dunedin. For more info and to register your interest in attending the breakfast contact: firstname.lastname@example.org text or phone: 027 77 27 041 Alistair Church GS Wickliffe District
Health Pilot Health care no longer focussed solely on the ill person coming through the door, the emphasis in the last decade turning to early detection and prevention of disease – "the fence at the top of the cliff … But there is a significant group we don't see a lot of – the young and middle-aged male. These men are staunch, tough New Zealanders who need to stay well to provide for their families … They don't think about blood pressure, cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, cancer or depression (with the possible risk of self-harm). There are a lot of these men in West Auckland, and this is one reason HealthWEST has been chosen to run the pilot for this health programme. We will identify men who have not had a regular health check in the last five years."
Existing data will identify some men but many "wouldn't be seen dead near a health data base," said Dr Woolford. "To undertake this we need excellent information which is where your most generous gift will be so valuable. It will enable us to collect, use and evaluate information. It will guide the health workers to make correct and uniform decisions. It will allow us to be more effective in our work, reaching out in new and exciting ways … to people who need good, consistent care."
The GP-based study is planned to assess up to 1000 working men, and will widen its search by going into factories and other workplaces, sports venues and church congregations. Obvious benefits to work productivity could accrue.
The Minister of Health, Hon.Tony Ryall confirmed a $200,000 commitment to the pilot project in May this year, and has thanked Lodge Discovery and Freemasons New Zealand for their joint contribution of $40,000.
The pilot study follows a 2006 report to the Government on improving men's health, and which now coincides with a Masonic health-awareness promotion throughout New Zealand called “Live Life Lighter”.
odge Haeata No 272 held a social, friends evening in July and Worshipful Brother
Don Sorensen (Past Master, Scinde Lodge No 5) spoke about his unique water saving invention. The seed for the project was sown when Don was attending an International Tutors’ Conference at the height of Auckland’s water crisis. With very limited water for showering the question arose “why not use the shower water to flush the toilet?” Thus the ECOplus system evolved. To achieve the result shower / washing water requires lint and soap residue to be removed (the heart of the ECOplus system) and the water is collected for flushing the toilet or watering gardens etc. For toilet use the “grey” water is pumped into the cistern automatically using a 12 volt motor-driven pump. The requirements to meet all regulations are stringent and Don gave an excellent overview of the procedures and frustrations. The ECOplus system is a boon for users of septic tanks as the reduced water flow enhances the operation of the septic tank system, which many testimonials confirm. Similarly those with limited water supplies gain considerable economies. The ECOplus System is being used in Australia, New Zealand and now Mongolia (the Mongolian version being solar powered). This evening proved that knowledge grounded on accuracy, aided by labour and sustained by perseverance will finally overcome all difficulties. Thank you Worshipful Brother Don, your efforts resulted in a new Freemason. G.A. Allport Secretary Photo: WBro Don Sorensen (left) and WBro David Reid with Don’s Environmental Award winning ECOplus water-saving unit.
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A Gift to St Joseph’s School
n Monday 7th September, Lodge Waihi No 112 made a presentation of a sound system and two wireless microphones to St Joseph’s Catholic school in Waihi. The Master of the Lodge, WBro Derek Mills, said, when presenting the gift to the school principal, Mr Geoff Bright, “This is some small way in which Masons can be seen to be helping within our community, particularly our young people, who are, after all, the future of that very community.” Mr Bright, in reply, said “The school is extremely grateful to the Lodge for the gift and, although schools are encouraged to go into the IT and electronic age by the education people, there is no money forthcoming from the usual funding sources. Without the generosity of people like the Masons, the children would miss out.” The Master, WBro Derek Mills, with Mr Geoff Bright and the sound system and microphones Mr. Geoff Bright, VWBro Derek Meredith, P Dist GM, WBro Berny Bowerman, WBro Derek Mills
Britannia Lodge Donation
epresentatives from The Britannia Lodge No 62, accompanied by Roger Wills, JGD, from the “Friends of Woburn” group, met with the Chairman of The Masonic Villages Trust, at the Woburn Masonic Village recently to present the Trust with a cheque for $20,000. In presenting the cheque on behalf of the Lodge, WBro Bob Lancaster, P G Swd B, commented that the Woburn Masonic Village has long been part of the rich fabric of Hutt Valley Masonry. In earlier times, Lodges could assist in more practical ways, such as window cleaning and minor garden work. This was not now possible. However, the will to assist when needed remained strong and it was a pleasure to be able to support the “Friends of Woburn” group and the staff of the Village who do so much for those to whom we owe such a great debt.
In accepting the donation on behalf of the Trust, the Chairman, WBro W. Arcus, said that the donation will enable the Rest Home and Hospital to purchase electric
beds and an electric hoist. These items will help to ensure the comfort of residents who require them and greatly ease the burden on the staff as well.
60 Year Service Awards Name Lodge WBro Douglas Wilson Harris PM The Ashley Lodge No. 28 WBro Ivan Thomas Finnie PM The St George Lodge No. 29 WBro Emslie Charles Opie PM The Lincoln Lodge No. 33 WBro Robert Woodward Williams PM The Belmont Albion Lodge No. 45 WBro Reginald Renwick Kirk PM The Hiram Lodge No. 46 WBro Andrew Bain McLeod PM The Mokoreta Lodge No. 63 WBro Frederick James Hyslop PM Lodge St John No. 84 Bro Edward George Body MM Thistle Lodge No. 113 WBro Brian Roy Quinlan PM Lodge Rotorua No. 153 Bro Kenneth James Wilkie Hargest MM Lodge Waihopai No. 189 WBro Keith Leslie Stichbury PM Lodge Omarunui No. 216 WBro Charles Ernest Cull PM RH Lodge Katikati No. 295 Bro John Johnstone Rutherford MM Lodge Eckford No. 334 WBro Kay Morrison Shaw PGBB The Milford Trinity Lodge No. 372 VWBro John (Derm) Dermot Buchanan, MNZM GC Lodge Kaimanawa No. 426 WBro Gerald Desmond Ashby PM Meridian Lodge No. 449 Bro Fraser Armistice McIntosh MM The Hawkes Bay Daytime Lodge No. 453 Bro Ivor Kenneth Harris MM Petone Daylight Lodge No. 458
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50 Year Service Awards Name Lodge WBro Bryan Lacey McKenzie Kerr PGBB New Zealand Pacific No. 2 VWBro Anthonie Jozephus Beck PG Lec New Zealand Pacific No. 2 Bro Grady Hubert Lightfoot MM United Lodge of Masterton No. 19 WBro Derek Robin Mansfield PM The Ponsonby Lodge No. 54 WBro Ian Cochrane Fife PG Std B Hokianga Lodge No. 69 Bro Peter Morrison MacCallum MM The Heretaunga Lodge No. 73 VWBro Hubert David Maurice Jones P Asst Prov GM The Alpha Lodge No. 81 Bro Douglas William Anderson MM Lodge St John No. 84 WBro Colin Kirby Davidson PM Lodge Winton No. 108 Bro Lakhman Kesha MM RH The Taupiri Lodge No. 118 Bro Maurice James Bayer MM The Tauranga Lodge No. 125 WBro Robert Lyall Fraser PM RH The Wallace Lodge No. 129 Bro Francis Winston Finnegan MM The Wallace Lodge No. 129 WBro Selwyn Thomas Ward PM Otaihape Lodge No. 142 WBro Barry James Cashman PM Golden Bay Lodge No. 144 WBro Frank Douglas Binney PM Waikaka Lodge No. 151 WBro John Gordon Spinks PM Waikaka Lodge No. 151 WBro Douglas Morris Gilmour PM Lodge Musselburgh No. 154 Bro Leonard William Prangley MM The Marsden Lodge No. 169 WBro Norman John Ashton PM Lodge North Harbour No. 182 WBro Colin William Taylor PM Lodge Clinton No. 183 Bro Leith Fennor Miles MM Lodge Moutoa No. 195 Bro Peter Owen Blake MM Lodge Whakatane No. 198 VWBro Allan William Donald Ainsworth P Asst Prov GM Lodge Omarunui No. 216 Bro Needham Mervyn Matthews MM Lodge Switzers No. 223 WBro James Miller PM Taia-Raukawa Lodge No. 229 WBro Leo Frederick Wakelin PM Lodge Katikati No. 295 RWBro Leslie McGregor Robertson PGW Te Mata No. 298 Bro George Andrew Hutchins MM Lodge Pukemiro No. 301 WBro William Morrice PM Lodge Herne Bay United No. 340 Bro Louis MacKinnon MM Lodge Rangitane No. 369 WBro Murray McDonald Petterson PM Lodge Wakatu No. 385 WBro Reginald Francis Harkins PM Lodge Whitianga No. 443 VWBro Ian Jordan Mitchell PGR Lodge United Taranaki No. 456 Bro Ronald Hugh Seabrook MM The United Lodge of Wanganui No. 468
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Celtic Sounds Concert Fund Raiser
anting to promote Freemasonry to the Public, together with holding a fund-raising function, the Southland Masters’ and Wardens’ group decided a dinner/concert would be appropriate and that the Southland Hospice would be a very worthy cause to support.
The evening function was held at the Invercargill Working Men's Club on
October 31st with 321 people in attendance. District Grand Master VWBro Alan Cross welcomed all present. The evening being a resounding success, several in attendance asked if this is to be an annual event. $5,000 was. raised for the Southland Hospice.
Charity Begins At Home
harity begins at home, or in this case at the home of RWBro Neville and Irene Patrick. Now our President of the Board of General Purposes had some trees on his property that were past their useby date and true to our Lodge – United Forces Lodge No. 245 – motto, Facta Non Verba (Deeds Not Words) a working party assembled and labour commenced. The Craft’s benevolence money is spread throughout the community and is received with gratitude but what is more gratifying to the members of this Lodge is the pleasure of working together to achieve a common goal. Tree felling is not for the fainthearted and having four chainsaws, five axes and log splitters all working in close proximity exemplifies the implicit trust we have in one another and no doubt springs from this Lodge’s military background.
The Celtic Sounds concert group was approached to formulate the evening. By popular demand,this group has grown. Six of the seven pipers are members of the Craft.
Over the years we have found that working together on manual tasks as a team builds strong friendships, affability and camaraderie that flows into the Lodge room and the refectory.
The tree cutting is but one of our charitable deeds; cooking at the City Mission, cleaning the windows at Rannerdale
Veterans Hospital and Home or helping a brother to move house are but a few of the tasks that, as a Lodge, we take pleasure in undertaking. This load of wood was delivered to an elderly resident of Lyttelton who had suffered a stroke and who is a neighbour of one of our members.
A Success for Avant Garde Lodge No. 503
eptember 30th marked the conclusion of a very successful project culminating in the presentation to the Taranaki District Health Board Rehabilitation Ward, of special equipment for patients whom have suffered accident or stroke with loss of mobility, from the Avant Garde Lodge No 503. Throughout the past five years the Lodge members have been cutting and selling firewood to the general public around both the city of New Plymouth and surrounding rural areas and the funds gathered have enabled them to become more proactive with charity and building a name for themselves. Most sales are to the general public and are by word of mouth and, most often, repeat orders from previous clients. Early this year we were most unfortunate to have had our main contributor of the business, who provides the use of his farmlet and equipment for the storage, cutting process and delivery of orders of
firewood, suffer a stroke that saw him hospitalised for a number of weeks. It was then that we were made aware of the requirement of certain rehab items that were either in short supply or were past their use-by date. A wish list was asked of the therapists and supplied to the Lodge, consisting of an Exercycle, Gutter Bure standing frame, A Magneciser unit, An electronic Wii console, a Utility Chair, plus several Quad walking sticks of various sizes to the total value of $7,000. All these items are very useful and special for assisting patients suffering from mobility problems. The members decided to make funds available to the hospital project with the aid of a Freemasons Charity subsidy, which was readily given, and the orders were then placed with the wholesalers of this type of equipment. Prior to presentation all items were made readily identifiable of the donors and a day was arranged for the handover to the hospital. There were approximately
twenty therapists and hospital staff present as well as Ms Joy Farley, General Manager of Hospital Services, for the presentation made by RWBro B. Black, P Prov GM, (Master at the time of beginning the project), along with nine Lodge members and partners. All items were graciously received and expressions of gratitude were resounding around the room from all present. It soon became obvious from this, and the smiles seen, that the equipment will make a huge improvement with therapy in the future. The hospital put out a press release about the project that saw much publicity in press and radio around the province. A very successful conclusion, to a worthy project that will be talked about for some time to come. A huge "Thanks" to the Freemasons Charity for assistance from the Members of Avant Garde Lodge No 503.
Back Row: WBro C. Baker, Bro P. Doidge, WBro W. Yateman, WBro B. Chainey, WBro G.R. Thompson, WM. Front Row: RWBro A. Black, PProvGM; WBro Bryant, WBro R. Jagger.
Support for Lipid and Diabetic Research
n late 2008 a member of Lodge Idris, who was taking part in a drug research programme, was asked if The Freemasons Charity could assist in helping the research programme being run by the Lipid and Diabetes Research Group in Christchurch. The Group is in the vanguard of the advances in the field, in many aspects of prevention, detection, and treatment. Specialised computer-based blood testing machines were identified as being capable of dramatically reducing routine blood testing and recording time, by recording and storing a great deal of information for subsequent transfer to permanent records and thereby avoiding much time-consuming manual clerical work, so that the research nurses could spend time more fruitfully in conducting trials. The machines were to cost $2,500 and had to be imported from Canada, through Britain.
Members of Lodge Idris No 452 made a collection which raised $500. An approach to the United Forces Lodge No 245 resulted in an immediate donation of the same amount. A case was put through the Southern Divisional Benevolence Officer, and the remainder was given by The Freemasons Charity. In July, after many delays, the machines arrived and were duly presented to and happily received by Research Group director Professor Russell Scott. Professor Scott spoke of the tremendous problem of diabetes, not only worldwide but also here in New Zealand. One in ten Caucasians, one in five Maori, and one in three Pacific Islanders will be severely affected by the disease. The flow-on effects of diabetes include damage to the eyes, heart, and kidneys, can lead to heart attacks and strokes, and frequently results in the loss of lower limbs. These afflictions cause the majority of
diabetes-related deaths in New Zealand. Despite every effort to change attitudes to health and diet, progress is very slow. The fast foods and highly processed foods available have changed our lifestyle. Medical advances in treatment of the complications of diabetes are seen as dramatic, but diabetes – the silent killer in our society – continues to increase, seemingly unchecked. By this donation the Lodges and The Freemasons Charity recognise the urgency of the need to address this epidemic, which in one day kills more people than the ‘swine flu’ will during its entire course. The photograph shows Patrice (Patrice McGregor) using the machines for the first time on VWBro Rob Angelo, of the United Forces Lodge No 245. That is a good reading Rob!
Anyone For A Quickstep?
nce again the ‘Ladies of Henderson Meridian Lodge 463’ rallied to the support of their dedicated husbands and partners to view yet another unique occasion in the cause of local charity support.
The police were involved so of course we were on our best behaviour! This was the ‘Blue Light Project’ no less, and really, although I had heard the phrase discussed on the phone a few times, it did not come alive until we were actually invited to be part of a charity presentation in the Henderson McLeod Road Lodge Rooms in October. OK I’ll explain: For some time the Waitakere police folk had instigated a special gig evening for the local young people aimed at being an attractive alternative to roaming aimlessly around the city streets for want of something to occupy their energies. Now we all know that our lovely boys and girls like to make a collective racket … – flashing lights an’ all! What better than their own super equipment rather than a few bits and pieces cobbled together? This was it!! Most of us wives of Freemasons are mums who understand the crazy goonlessness of today’s young – indeed we are rather envious if truth be told. For the ‘uninitiated’ the Lodge Centre comprises a refectory, a kitchen and an elaborate Lodge Room where the serious stuff is enacted; ritual about building a life, keeping up personal standards and helping others. Here the presentation of the beautiful new gig equipment was assembled by the ‘Blue Light Brigade’ and a demo would take place. Us ladies were collected by their menfolk (‘brethren’) and escorted into the inner sanctum. Horrors!! What on earth were we to have inflicted on us? Great big speakers in evidence, a laptop computer and stuff quite foreign to my ken – off we went. Prepared to meet their doom, some secretly turned off hearing aids as after introduction by the boys (and girls) in blue, lights resembling those big star bursts on bonfire night played across the room. To start with – no sound due to a bit of a hiccup with the complicated sound thingumee – later rectified. Very impressive we all agreed and money well spent and well deserved. Raised by the Western District, $1,830 together with a contribution of $3,560 from HQ (alias The Freemasons Charity in Wellington) for this worthwhile project – amounted to $5,390 (how’s your maths?). It’s not ‘Blue Suede Shoes’, any more – it’s The Blue Light Project!
JEAN. V. QUARTLY 23rd October 2009.
Royal Arch Mason Report from the First Grand Principal Greetings Companions, With the year nearly over it is time to take stock of what has happened since taking Office. First, I must comment on the Chapters and Cryptic Councils I have visited. Without exception I have thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere that has been apparent at these meetings. It has been very rewarding to meet Companions on their own ground and experience their way of doing things. I offer our deepest thanks to those who have hosted Ruth and myself. I have had the pleasure of presenting several Service Jewels, Bars to the same and many certificates and my congratulations go to all of the recipients. Unfortunately two Chapters have had to hand in their Charters and with each closure a little bit of Masonic history slips away. By now all Chapters should have received a copy of the proposed update of the Constitution and I trust that by the time the Convocation is held in March Companions will be able to comment on it
in an informed manner. I look forward to a stimulating debate. The Management Council has addressed the concerns about the Delegates’ meeting at the annual Convocation and has decided on a new format that we trust will not only take into account members’ concerns but also assist new First Principals to better understand the matters that will be tabled at the Business session the following day. The Craft/Royal Arch Committee has met and I feel real progress is being made in our relationship with the Craft. As with all new ideas time is required to understand them and I urge Companions to be patient. Several concepts will be looked at in a meeting to be held in January 2010. Overseas visiting is now firmly established and I have represented this country at meetings in Sydney, Melbourne (twice) and Tasmania. I am grateful for those Companions and partners who accompanied our delegations. If you would like to accompany me next year we will be going to: - Melbourne Installation, United Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Victoria, 15 May - Adelaide Installation, Supreme Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of SA and NT, 22 May - Adelaide Proclamation, Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of SA and NT, 16 June - Launceston Installation, Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Tasmania, 31 July - Brisbane Installation, Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Queensland, 7 August - Perth Installation, Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Western Australia. 2 October. (This weekend will also see the meeting of the Capitular Orders)
- Brisbane Installation, Supreme Grand Royal Arch
Chapter of Queensland, 6 November The week between Melbourne and Adelaide we will be travelling by car or minibus to see the sights and if Companions and partners would like to join us please get in touch. Likewise, in Perth we intend to spend some time sightseeing and would welcome company. Finally, Ruth and I extend festive greetings and trust that 2010 will bring health and happiness to you all. Fraternally, Graeme Pengelly GZ, Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of NZ
2010 Summer Lecture Palmerston North
NEW ZEALAND’S FUTURE
Professor Jacqueline Rowarth PhD, CNZM, CRSNZ, FNZIAS Director, Massey Agriculture. Massey University. Manawatu Royal Arch Chapter No 11 will host the fourteenth Summer Lecture on Thursday 28 January 2010 at 7:30 pm at the Freemasons’ Centre, Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North. The guest speaker is Professor Jacqueline Rowarth who holds the Foundation Chair in Pastoral Agriculture at Massey University, where she is also the Director of Massey Agriculture. She came to the position at the beginning of 2007, from The University of Melbourne, where she was Director of the Office for Environmental Programs. In Australia she was also a member of the Australian Vice Chancellors Committee Working Group on Sustainable Development, the inaugural Advisory Board for Campus Review, and the inaugural Advisory Board of the Australian Centre of Excellence for Risk Analysis. In New Zealand she is on the Primary resource Advisory Committee
of the Royal Society of New Zealand, the New Zealand Grassland Association Executive, and the Advisory Board for Education Review.
She obtained an Agricultural Science degree with first class honours in Environmental Agriculture, has a PhD in Soil Science from Massey University, worked in Plant Improvement with AgResearch for 6 years and then taught Plant Science at Lincoln University for 6 years. From 2000-2004 she was Dean of the Postgraduate Division and Director of Research at Unitec, Auckland, becoming Vice-President, Research and Development, at the beginning of 2005. She was awarded the Zonta Award for excellence in science in 1994, a New Zealand Science and Technology Medal in 1997 and in 2001 was elected as a Companion of the Royal Society of NZ, recognising "pre-eminence in the promotion of science and technology". In 2003 she was elected as a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural Science in recognition of her contribution to agricultural science. She was also made an honorary member in acknowledgement of her contribution to the profession. She is a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit
Strong Relations Between Royal Arch and Craft Masonry
It must be obvious that the relationship between the Royal Arch and Craft Masonry has to be strong. It is not possible to join, and remain a member of, the Order of the Royal Arch without being an active Freemason and a member of a Lodge. The Royal Arch is based on the same moral philosophy which defines Craft Masonry. The formation of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of New Zealand followed the formation of the Grand Lodge of New Zealand by a scant two years. Of the 106 First Grand Principals who have led the Order since its formation in 1892, 19 have held the position of Grand Master, Pro Grand Master, Past Grand Master or Past Pro Grand Master. 12 Grand Masters, four Pro Grand Masters, three Past Grand Masters and three Past Pro Grand Masters have held the rank of First Grand Principals. (If those numbers don’t appear to stack up it is because there is a little overlap: for example Sir Stephen Allen, who was First Grand Principal in 1924 served as Pro
Grand Master in 1932 and as Grand Master in 1948).
Professor Rowarth is a most entertaining speaker, vibrant and passionate about her subject. The lecture will NOT be a dry academic discourse and is open to all Freemasons, their wives, partners and friends.
It is not surprising that many of the stalwarts of a Royal Arch Chapter are also stalwarts of their respective Craft Lodges. And not surprisingly many of those stalwarts also join other Orders such as Knights Templar, Cryptic Council, Secret Monitor and Rose Croix seeking to extend their knowledge and understanding of Freemasonry.
She is the third woman to present a Summer Lecture, following in the steps of Professor Judith Kinnear and Rt Rev Pamela Tankersley.
However it is doubtful that the relationship has ever been as strongly expressed as it can be seen in Shirley Royal Arch Chapter No 86. Presently six of the Companions
of the Chapter are sitting Masters of their respective Lodges:
• Graeme Martin, Worshipful Master of The Masters and Past Masters Lodge No 130
• William Clifton-Mogg, Worshipful Master of Lodge Tawera No 188
• Edward Hagarty, Worshipful Master of Lodge Shirley No 263
• Robert Mellish, Worshipful Master of Lodge Riccarton No 276
• Ashleigh Gerken, Worshipful Master of Lodge Takahe No 397
• Murray Roberts, Worshipful Master of Lodge Idris No 452
If this particular circumstance is not unique it must be very close to it and Shirley Chapter, which is experiencing successful growth at present, is to be congratulated on demonstrating the strength of the relationship of our Orders.
Left to right: Ashliegh Gerken, Murray Roberts, William Clifton-Mogg, Robert Mellish, Edward Hagarty (absent – Graeme Martin) Want to know more about the Royal Arch, or got an idea for a Royal Arch story? Contact Royal Arch publicity officer Gary Kerkin: email: email@example.com Tel: 07 889 3607 Fax: 07 889 3028 http://www.royalarchmasons.org.nz
Grand Convocation 2010 The Grand Convocation will be held in Tauranga on Friday 12, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 March 2010 and the Organising Committee under the Chairmanship of RE Comp Les Borrell GH invites all Companions and partners to attend the Proclamation of RE Comp Graeme Pengelly GZ and investiture of Officers of Grand Chapter.
A full programme has been arranged with a meeting of the Research Chapter of New Zealand, a meeting of the Royal Arch Forum (previously referred to as “The Delegates’ Meeting”), a visit by Ladies and other guests to the Katikati Bird Gardens and a banquet at the Classic Flyers Museum. Registrations must be lodged with the Grand Convocation Registrar by 19 February 2010 and early registration is advisable. All Chapter Scribes have received copies of the Invitation and Registration Applications. Other copies may be obtained from: The Grand Convocation Registrar Gary Kerkin 428 Thames St, Morrinsville 3300 firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively, registration may be achieved on-line at www.kerkin.co.nz/freemason/ra This web page also has all the information available and copies of the documents can be downloaded: Invitation: www.kerkin.co.nz/freemason/ra/invitation.pdf Registration Application: www.kerkin.co.nz/freemason/ra/registration.pdf Location maps: www.kerkin.co.nz/freemason/ra/maps.pdf The Friday afternoon activities will be held in the Bay of Plenty Masonic Centre, Hairini, and the “Meet and Greet” on Friday evening will held at the Hotel Armitage which is the main accommodation venue. The Grand Convocation Business Session and Proclamation will be held in the auditorium of Otumoetai College. A devotional service followed by morning tea will be held on Sunday at the Hotel Armitage. The full program is as follows: Time/Location KT Annual Muster (please note this is not organised as part of the Grand Convocation) Friday at 9:00 am BOP Masonic Centre Chapter of Research Friday at 1:00 pm BOP Masonic Centre Royal Arch Forum Friday at 3:00 pm BOP Masonic Centre Friday Night Meet and Greet Friday at 7:30 pm Hotel Armitage Business Session Saturday at 9:30 am Otumoetai College Ladies' Function Saturday at 10:00 am Departing from the Hotel Armitage Proclamation Saturday at 3:00 pm Otumoetai College Banquet Saturday at 6:30 pm Classic Flyers' Museum Devotional Service Sunday at 9:30 am Hotel Armitage Sunday Morning Tea Sunday at 10:30 am Hotel Armitage We look forward to welcoming you in Tauranga in March.
– Gary Kerkin
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