Freemason NEW ZEALAND
Issue 2 (Vol. 41)â€‚ June 2013
EXCELLENCE Freemasons University Scholarships 2013
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IN THIS ISSUE
Hot news 3 Grand Installation 2013 4 From the Grand Master 6 Changing times
News clips 7 OPINION Well then – what is the way forward? 10
Time for a change 12
New directions for The Freemasons Deposit Scheme
Seven pillars 14
12 FREEMASONS IN ACTION
Counting down to action
Redefining Masonic education 28 University Scholarships 2013 30 A life changing award 34
Preserving the presence 35
From Speaker of the House to Grand Lecturer 15 Rejuvenation in Canterbury 16
The Shirley Masonic centre is dedicated
REGULARS T’was the night before Christmas 18
A leader in many fields 19
How we communicate Freemasonry 36
Service Awards 39 Masonic Villages Trust 40
VWBro Warwick Bell
News from the North 43
Number one 22
New initiates 43
A special Freemason
Strawberries and ice cream 23
The Roskill Foundation 44
Chasing the targets 24
Royal Arch 46
When needs must 26
Striking gold 27
The back page 48
Registration form 49
Cover: Freemasons Scholar, Kimberley Mundy from Kerikeri standing outside the New Zealand Treasury building which will be her workplace from next January. PHOTO: NEIL MCKENZIE
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From the Editorial Committee Ac-cent-u-ate the positive e-lim-i-nate the negative! With apologies to writer/lyricist Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer and to singers from Bing Crosby to Bette Midler. This could be the underlying philosophy of Freemasonry, both within itself and to the outside world. Within the organisation by always creating harmony and challenging, changing or getting rid of the detractors. The New Zealand Freemason magazine and the Freemasons New Zealand Website gives each and every Freemason the chance to accentuate the positive about his Lodge and Freemasonry in New Zealand and help to dispel those myths that still exist about us within the public domain. I personally challenge every reader to talk about at least two articles in this current and subsequent issues with family, friends, work acquaintances and the public. Spread the good news that is Freemasonry. Talk about the Freemasons University Scholarships or the rebuild in Christchurch or the Grand Installation and our new Grand Master, etc. As Chair of the National Communications Committee, under whose supervision comes the New Zealand Freemason Magazine, I would like to acknowledge the tremendous work done by the current Editor, Bro Morris Robertson, our various contributors and the design team for producing a magazine of quality and one that could be picked up by anyone and thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks Morris (who is in the UK on a well-deserved holiday) for allowing Freemasonry to ‘accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative’! Duane Williams MBE
GRAND MASTER’S VISITS 8 June The Mangere Lodge No. 330 First Degree 11 June Lodge Coromandel No.17 60-year bar to Bro Alan Flynn 15 June Lodge MacKenzie No. 93 Foundation Stone Laying 4–8 July United Grand Lodge of Queensland Grand Installation 20 July Lodge Timaru No.196 and Lodge Koranga No.197 Joint Centenary Celebration 6 Aug Lodge Ponsonby No.54 50-year badge to MWBro David Mace PGM 21Aug Lodge Petre No.457 60-year bar to RWBro Colin Johnson P Prov GM
What is Sylvia Lobb up to here? – see The Back Page.
HOT NEWS Turnaround
New Grand Master We congratulate RWBro John Litton on his nomination to the office of Grand Master for the next three years, effective from the Grand Installation in November. John was initiated into the English Constitution in March 1972, joined Lodge Mana No. 352 in 1975, The Research Lodge of Wellington No. 194 in 1998 and Lodge Waikanae No. 433 in 2009. He was installed as Master of Lodge Mana in 1982 and subsequently as Grand Steward, Grand Director of Ceremonies and Assistant Provincial Grand Master. John went on to become Divisional Grand Master [Central] in 2003 and Deputy Grand Master in 2008. A full profile of John and Diana will appear in the next issue of New Zealand Freemason.
The St Andrew Kilwinning Lodge No. 79, Wanganui, recognising that, in the past, it had experiences some disasters where candidates had not been properly investigated and assessed, or adequately mentored, both prior to and following joining. The turnaround has come with the Lodge making a concerted effort to increase its membership and promote the benefits of Freemasonry within their community. The effort has paid dividends. The Lodge has taken a positive attitude towards membership and has developed a format which it follows when introducing potential members. From the moment that the potential member is identified, he is monitored through a series of ‘steps’ which both ensure that that person is a ‘fit and proper’ one who meets all the criteria. The Lodge maintains constant contact and encouragement. Then, following his joining, he is thoroughly mentored and encouraged. Wednesday 24 April saw the last of four Initiations completed in this Masonic year. We welcome Bros Jesse Bissett, Brett London, Michael Small and Max Edwards to Freemasonry.
Tables for ten There is an opportunity for Brethren attending the Grand Installation to invite non-Mason family, friends and colleagues to attend the Installation Ceremony and participate in the Grand Banquet. Tables for ten can be reserved for $1,650. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
Pauline Sutherland It is with great regret that we record the passing of Pauline Sutherland on 6th April, aged 60. Pauline started in Grand Lodge Office on the 4th February 1993 and had just completed 20 years of service with Freemasons New Zealand. A valued co-worker and friend Pauline was also a willing worker who always put others first. She never liked to be in the limelight, yet she was a very valuable and adaptable member of the staff. Pauline was co-operative, dealt with change when it occurred and was always dedicated and diligent. A perusal of Pauline’s personal file show that my predecessors also valued her contribution to the office with terms such as hard working, efficient and professional being regularly used. Pauline will be missed as will our 5.00 pm chats on family, brass bands and travel. Laurence Milton, Grand Secretary Gordon Sutherland and his family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to all those Lodges and Brethren who sent messages of sympathy following the passing of Pauline. The family have been overwhelmed by the response and would like this message to be a personal thanks to one and all.
Calling all cyclists The annual Lake Taupo Cycle challenge takes place on 30 November and, this year a team that will promote The Freemasons Charity is being assembled. Freemasons, and non-Masons can join the team and promote our charity. The team is being organised by Anthony Clouston, Master of Lodge NgatiawaRussell No. 345, who has ridden in the event on three previous occasions. To enquire further and register your interest contact email@example.com or phone 029 233 0055. 3
2013 Grand Installation Weekend 15–17 November in Wellington
Early Bird registrations close 30 June – Act now and save up to $130 Venues: Michael Fowler Centre and the Amora Hotel. In taking their Obligations all Masters agreed to be present. Lodges are asked to support the attendance by their Master. For Entered Apprentices, Fellowcrafts and new Master Masons their attendance at the Business Session is important, as the future of the Craft will be in their hands. For most Wardens this is the last opportunity to attend a Grand Installation prior to their becoming Master of the Lodge. The registration fee includes the Welcome Cocktail Party, Business Session, Seminars, Workshops, Ladies Function, The Grand Installation, Grand Banquet, Church Service and Farewell Lunch. Optional accommodation packages at the Amora or West Plaza hotels. Register online or return the completed form printed on the inside back cover of this magazine to PO Box 22401. Khandallah, Wellington 6441.
Where deposits only have been paid the full payment is due by 1 August. For those not able to attend the full weekend they are entitled and encouraged to attend the Business Session, the Grand Installation itself and the Sunday Church service free of charge. THE EVENTS
Friday 15th Registration, Business Session, Ladies Programme with High Tea and the Grand Arena – Venue for Grand Banquet Get-togetherTSB (Welcome cocktail party). Saturday 16th New Mason’s Brunch, Seminars, Grand Installation and Grand Banquet Sunday 17th Church Service at Old St Paul’s followed by farewell lunch at the Parliamentary Banquet Hall.
Longest Morning Tea Stretching the length of the country Lodges welcoming their communities WHEN? Saturday 6 July from 10 am WHERE? Freemasons Lodges or out
in the communities from Northland to Southland FOR WHOM? All ages welcome WITH WHOM? Community partners WHY? Freemasons serving
their communities WHAT WILL Food, funds, HAPPEN? fun and fellowship ENTRY By donation Great ideas from previous years » Move out of the Lodge rooms into the community to places where people gather, eg. markets, malls. » Run a sausage sizzle » Take a vacant shop and include a display with coffee etc. for a donation to the supported cause. » Partner with an organisation which has access to lots of supporters, especially children. » Open your Lodge rooms for a community fair. Offer stalls to local groups, hire a magician, have face painting and run a raffle.
Select a beneficiary charity or local organisation. Apply in advance for a matching 1:1 subsidy from The Freemasons Charity. If Lodges elect to support Camp Quality, they will be entitled to claim a 2:1 subsidy. Add a donation from the Lodge, which will also attract subsidies.
1. Designate someone to be responsible for publicity 2. Plan your publicity before the event 3. Organise displays and handouts 4. Take high-resolution action photos during the event 5. Send your photos with captions to NZ Freemason magazine
FROM THE GRAND MASTER
n any organisation where officers change on a regular basis it is important to ensure a smooth transition at the end of each term. With this in mind I welcome the nomination of RWBro John Litton, PDep GM as Grand Master for the succeeding three years. John Litton was born on the Isle of Wight, England and joined Freemasonry whilst employed as an Insurance Administration Manager, in Nairobi, East Africa in 1972. The Litton family migrated to NZ in the mid 70’s where he continued to work for the Prudential Assurance Company in areas of administration, human resources and company acquisitions. For the past 15 years he has been extensively involved with the day-today operations and project managing developments for The Wellington Masonic Villages Trust, retiring from employment as Regional Manager in 2010. In his Masonic career, apart from Offices held in his own Lodge, RWBro Litton has served in a number of roles at District, Divisional and National level. He was appointed a Trustee of Grand Lodge in 2008 and has served on a number of Advisory Boards and Committees. As Grand Master Designate, John Litton brings to the position a wealth of experience, both Masonic as well as his vast array of administration skills. He has the full support of his wife Diana, their family. On behalf of all NZ Freemasons, I wish RWBro Litton the very best in his term of Office in guiding our Organisation towards the Board of General Purposes’ objectives of further improving and enhancing the Masonic experience of all Brethren and their immediate families. John and Diana Litton look forward to welcoming all delegates and their Ladies to Wellington in November. Over the next few months RWBro 6
Litton will be putting his team together ready for their installation in November. The Grand Installation is the most significant event in the Grand lodge of New Zealand and I look forward to welcoming all Freemasons and their partners to the ceremony in Wellington on Saturday 16 November. It was my pleasure, on 15 May, to welcome the 34 scholars who are recipients of the 2013 Freemasons University Scholarships. Over the past 35 years it has been our privilege to fund 1,020 university and postgraduate scholarships totalling over $4 million. Our criterion for selection requires outstanding academic performance coupled with a strong involvement in their community. Once again, I have been impressed by the high standard of the recipients. We encourage our scholars to keep in contact with us and, through this, we have been able to publish stories of their remarkable achievements in NZ Freemason. Education is not just confined to our various scholarship programmes. It is a vital part of maintaining the strength of our Lodges. Lodges are encouraged to take advantage of the resources that are being offered through the National Education Committee. Breaking out from some of the comfortable but repetitive routines can often be the path to growth and retention of members. In my editorial in the March 2011 issue of this magazine I addressed the Brethren of Christchurch on the challenges facing the devastation of their city. I referred to the loss of many of their Lodge rooms and predicted that they would rise again, maybe in a different form and in different places. Two years later that has come to pass and it has given me great pleasure to attend the dedication of the new Shirley Masonic Centre on 11 May. This new building can serve as an example to Lodges throughout the country that are struggling to justify the continuation of their own premises in the face of limited use coupled with ever growing maintenance and insurance costs. This year has seen a number of significant changes for Freemasons New
Zealand. The arrangements entered into to move the Deposit Scheme to the Heartland Bank will open up further opportunities for depositors. For those of you who must still be unsure of the long history and strength behind Heartland Bank I commend you to read the article on page 12 of this issue. Over the past year the draft Strategic Plan has been debated in Lodges throughout the country and my sincere thanks are due to all those Brethren who have taken the time to respond to many of the issues that have been raised. Following the three Divisional Conferences the feedback will be consolidated to produce a definitive and forward thinking action plan to develop and enhance Freemasonry in New Zealand. Brethren from Kaitaia to Bluff were saddened by the recent loss of a much valued and long serving Grand Lodge Administration employee, Pauline Sutherland. Pauline provided a range of support services within our national administration, including her role as the Chief Executive’s’ ‘Minute Secretary’, at the many regular Board and Committee meetings, involving all facets of the Craft. She was a most conscientious and diligent employee, multi tasked, extremely helpful and eager to please those in need of assistance, no matter what the topic. Her cheerful disposition and can do attitude, putting the needs of others first, all served as an inspiration for her colleagues as part of an effective team in the Grand Lodge office. Family was everything to Pauline, her support for husband Gordon, her children’s education, work career choices, community assistance, personal recreational sporting and musical pursuits. The Sutherland Family has a long and proud Masonic association, with Pauline encouraging son James to join husband Gordon, as a third generation Freemason last October. To her, it was a proud occasion and she expressed happiness in James’ decision. Heartfelt sympathy from Grand Lodge of NZ is extended to all the Sutherland Family at this time. Selwyn Cooper, Grand Master
Hidden treasure revisited
Operatic delight – Merry Widow to Don Giovanni Rosel Labone, from Victoria University, Wellington, received an undergraduate Freemasons Scholarship in 2007. Since then her career has gone from strength to strength. She has recently reported back on her progress in the operatic world to the Charity Administrator Sheila Hicking. I am still singing opera and successfully completed my year at the Opera Studio in Melbourne in 2010, undertaking several lead roles including the lead, Donna Elvira, in the main stage production of Don Giovanni. It was a highly successful and exciting year of development. Since finishing my time at the studio I have been steadily building my musical reputation in Australia. In 2011 I was awarded a scholarship to attend the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School in its inaugural year, and was incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to work with stellar coaches including the Metropolitan Opera›s John Fisher. What an honour to be selected and what a milestone in my career development. Last year was an especially busy, with continuing work throughout the year, beginning with the Melbourne Season of Opera Australia’s The Merry Widow at From recent reviews by Bronislaw Sozanski
Guest soloist soprano Rosel Labone was outstanding, bringing a very high level of performance to the proceedings. Rosel Labone’s singing displayed strong technique and sensitive shaping of phrases in arias from Gluck, Rossini, Bizet and SaintSaens. Confident projection, balanced with the orchestra, produced a most convincing result. There was a sense of refinement throughout her entire program.
the State Theatre – my first professional engagement with Opera Australia. I appeared with numerous orchestras in concert and recital, including the Heidelberg Orchestra (Vivaldi Gloria) and Ballarat Symphony to name but two. I have received excellent reviews for my concert work and have attached one to this email. I was also selected as a semi-finalist in both the Herald Sun Aria competitions and the prestigious German-Australian Opera Grant. This year looks to be very promising with interest from Melbourne opera companies and I can›t wait to see what is in store. My continued thanks to The Freemasons Charity for its invaluable support which allowed me to relocate to Melbourne in 2010 to complete the professional stream at the Opera Studio. Thanks to you my dreams are coming true. I am thrilled to note the Freemasons ongoing commitment to supporting the arts in New Zealand. Some exciting career developments are just around the corner. I can›t divulge too much yet, but rest assured, I will be in contact very soon with more details.
What treasures do Lodges and their Brethren have tucked away in their cupboards and what are they worth? A recent incident involving missing jewels has prompted a reprint of a piece published in the December 2011 issue of New Zealand Freemason. Paul Robert of Robert Embroideries, Palmerston North and Past Master of Lodge Otangaki No. 70 gave us the following salutary advice, which he says remains just as relevant today. ‘Be careful and take a second look at those old jewels tucked away in shoe boxes and backroom cupboards. We have had a couple of occasions lately where we have been asked to renew ribbons and polish up the metal on two Masonic breast jewels. Both jewels were similar and one in particular was about 100 years old and very well made. When we looked closer we found that both these jewels were solid gold and, once weighed, the gold only value would be about $3,500. One jewel in particular was very well crafted and if produced in the traditional way today could cost from $7,000 to $10,000. Take another look at those jewels and check your insurance policies.’
Anyone seeking further information is invited to contact Paul at Robert Embroideries, 643 Main Street, PO Box 69, Palmerston North 4414, or visit their web site at www.robertembroideries.co.nz The Chief Executive advises that regalia and jewels are covered under the Craft Lodges Insurance Scheme. However, individual items of high value should be separately listed. Appraisals can be obtained from the above or from Dennis Blacklaws at Gemlink (see advertisement on page 42) or from Advanced Gem Laboratory Ltd. Auckland – phone 09 3774974 or go to www.advancedgem.co.nz. 7
Good sometimes comes from tragedy We all know that good things sometimes emerge from tragedies. The terrible World War II saw an end to Nazism. Traffic lights are often installed in a place where vehicles collided. What about the Erebus Tragedy — could any possible good come from that? Actually, it did. Among those killed in the 1979 plane crash were Dr John Broad and his 21-year-old daughter. His grieving widow Margaret Broad felt devastated. A former nurse, Margaret felt she needed something to make her life worth living. Then she was encouraged to be active in establishing a Hospice in Hamilton. After studying Hospices in Britain, much work, and a great deal of fundraising, the Hospice Waikato was erected in 1983. Since then, local Freemasons have given much support to the Hospice. The modern Hospice movement began in Britain when another nurse, Cicely Saunders, was caring for a Polish refugee. When the refugee died, Cicely
was encouraged to extend the care for others. She studied medicine and became a doctor. In the 1950s Cicely Saunders founded the first modern Hospice, a place where the terminally ill can receive compassion and care. The Hospice movement has now spread internationally. Much of the work is done freely by volunteers, of whom there are about 500 in Hamilton alone. Hospice services in the Waikato are provided at no cost to patients and their families. Last winter VWBro John Waldron and his wife Barbara offered to host a charity dinner for members of Lodge Tawhiri No 166 to raise funds for a proposed ‘Wellness Centre’ at the Hospice Waikato. Members of the lodge were enthusiastic and the Hospice suggested any funds raised be used to help furnish the new centre. This became the basis of a lodge project at the Waldron home, with lodge members and their wives paying for their dinners, and John and Barbara providing the food and drink. Several dinners have since been held and with subsidies from The Freemasons Charity, $6,000 has been donated. A cheque is presented to Hospice Waikato, proceeds from a charity dinner hosted by John and Barbara Waldron. From left: Barbara and John Waldron, Rosemary Poole (Business Services Manager), Wayne Naylor (Director of Nursing)
History goes up in smoke Ninety years in the life of the Te Awamutu’s Waipa Lodge No.119 building came to a blazing end in the early hours of Thursday 18 April when, what is
The Freemasons trailer surrounded by, from left, Alistair Cowan, OMC Trust, Brian Seymour, Garden Manager, Captain Murray McIntosh, Salvation Army, John Matheson, Lodge Manuherikia Almoner, and Deidre Snodgrass, Salvation Army Support Worker. LES BRENSSELL
Freemasons trailer of salvation Families struggling to buy vegetables and firewood were given a helping hand after donations were made, by Freemasons and the Central Lakes Trust to the Salvation Army Alexandra ‘Garden of Eden’ project. The project supplies firewood and vegetables to at least forty families and individuals each week. Grand Almoner, Les Brenssell said that The Freemasons Charity together with the Otago Masonic Trust and Lodge Manuherikia Kilwinning, jointly gave $2,400 for the purchase of a trailer to aid delivery of the supplies. Previously, they had always needed to rely on borrowing a trailer for this purpose.
attributed to the action of arsonists, the building was destroyed by fire. Despite the efforts of the Te Awamutu Volunteer Fire Brigade the building could not be saved. The Refectory was destroyed along with historic photographs or the Past Masters of Waipa and the former Rangiowhia Lodges. While damaged by smoke and water the Lodge room survived better. The premises have been subject to a number of burglaries over the past few months leading to an extra security door being added to hinder access. It has been suggested that the fire might have been started in retribution for blocking
unauthorised access. While the future of Lodge premises is being decided the Waipa Brethren have been offered the use of the Cambridge Lodge rooms.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
In with the new
The Austrian way
In the March 2012 issue we profiled the long history of the Mackenzie Lodge No.93, located in Fairlie, the gateway to the Southern Alps. In the time since the article was published the Lodge has been very active with a positive view to the future. It has sold its premises and, as the photo shows, is well advanced with the construction of new Lodge rooms. It is intended to have the refectory room, kitchen and toilets available to the public. Being located in snow country the roof is steep but the space is not lost, as part of it will be floored to form an attic room with easy access for storage. The formal laying of the foundation stone will take place on 15 June with the Dedication tentatively set down for 31 August.
Dear Editor, In your March issue Education Chairman WBro George Allan calls for the ‘reinvention’ of Freemasonry, including a return to practices, dating back 300 years, when scientific lectures were held and discussed in the lodges. These and other measures would attract men of all ages and bring them to join our Order. May I point out that a ‘reform’ would suffice to eliminate boredom from the Emulation Ritual? In my article on Freemasonry in Austria, published in the March 2012 edition of New Zealand Freemason, I described that talks on various subjects are regularly held at Lodge meetings in Vienna followed by an open discussion at the festive table after the meal. This gives each brother an opportunity to personally participate in the proceedings. Talks in lodge meetings are
New Fairlie Lodge rooms
already included in the rituals of Blue Lodges in many countries of Europe and America. If you read VWBro Laurence Milton’s vivid account on a ‘South American Odyssey’ on page 38 of the March 2013 issue, you will note that he mentions lodge meeting lectures in Chile and Argentina, in addition to a weekly meeting schedule of these lodges, just as is the practice in Austria. All talks are given by brothers from various lodges and not by outsiders. Our English ‘Sarastro Lodge’, which holds twice monthly meetings in Vienna, has introduced regular lectures into the Emulation ritual schedule because they enhance the interest of the members in the proceedings. To sum up: By the simple introduction of good lectures to the lodge meeting schedules, followed by discussions chaired by the Master, boredom could be banned and Freemasonry revitalized! Bro. Peter Hoffer, Libertas Lodge, Vienna, Austria Peter Hoffer.
VWBro Walter Stephen Lewis Hospice funds raised in his memory
Some one hundred and forty Freemasons family and friends from the North Shore and wider Auckland gathered at the Country Estate of Geoff and Jenny Foote of Coatesville on the 16th
March. The gathering was in memory of one of Auckland’s most prominent and respected Freemasons, VWBro Walter Stephen Lewis Past DistGM of Birkenhead. Bro Lewis spent his last days at the Hibiscus Hospice on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula before passing to the Grand Lodge above. Funds were raised by admis sion, auction and a raffle with the proceeds, amounting to $20,000, from the afternoon going to the Hospice at Red Beach where
the hospitality, comfort and support had been much appreciated by the Lewis family. Walter Lewis spent many years as a Police Detective in the Serious Fraud office and as an Inspector for the Auckland Law Society. He was a keen and gifted golfer. His roles in Freemasonry included many important officers, particularly in the area of Benevolence. He was responsible for guiding many recommendations for Charitable Donations to worthy Community projects throughout Auckland. He is survived by his wife Sue and daughters Clair and Cath. Murray Morrissey
Guests gather for the speeches.
Well then, what is the way forward? Two articles in the March edition of The New Zealand Freemason and a recent publication by Grand Lodge prompt me to put fingers to keys. The ‘Musings of a Master Mason’ by Geoffrey Moss, ‘Reinventing Ourselves’ by George Allan and the document ‘Strategic Direction 2013–2018’ all have a common, if somewhat elusive, nebulous even, theme which is not immediately obvious – ‘leadership’. All three articles refer to ideas and concepts which are dear to my heart and which are, or should be, prominent in the thinking of every Freemason who would take on himself some aspect of leadership. And it all hinges on the central tenet of George Allan’s articles including those he wrote last year, namely that of education. A year or two ago a paper of mine, published in these pages, suggested that the way forward involved three elements: understanding, management and promotion. I stated that if any one of these elements was missing we were doomed to disappear. That is not a failure I wish to contemplate! Geoffrey Moss mused that not every Master Mason wishes to take office at any particular time, for whatever reason, but might wish to contribute to his Lodge in some lesser aspect of governance, perhaps as an assistant of some sort. Geoffrey cited, and we all probably have examples of, how this works in practice: where a ‘Minute Secretary’ assists the Lodge Secretary; another Brother prepares the Lodge Summons; and yet another assists the Lodge Almoner. Geoffrey’s thesis is that we should be encouraging such participation and that we fail to do so at the peril of our Lodges. In so writing he is saying, I suggest, that
even if a Master Mason does not wish to take active office either temporarily or even permanently none-the-less he may be able to offer some form of leadership to his Lodge and Brethren. It matters not that it is in a minor form. What matters is that it is encouraged and catered for. George Allan, pursuing the objective of his office, and his education theme suggests that we need to look more carefully at what might entice men, particularly younger men, to join us and, in particular that part of the education we might indulge in could be much broader in scope than, say, ‘just’ enlightenment about and understanding of Masonic Philosophy. He, too, is suggesting that leadership is required to change directions and expand horizons and, he emphasizes, in doing so we would be emulating the ‘founding fathers’ of modern Freemasonry. For some, the Age of Enlightenment must have been an exciting time. We could do far worse than emulate it! The Strategic Direction document identifies seven ‘pillars’ which should support our endeavours, one of which is ‘Leadership’. I suggest, however, that a form of ‘leadership’ is implicit in each of the other six ‘pillars’. In fact I rather feel
The ‘Musings of a Master Mason’ by Geoffrey Moss, ‘Reinventing Ourselves’ by George Allan and the document ‘Strategic Direction 2013–2018’ all have a common, if somewhat elusive, nebulous even, theme which is not immediately obvious – ‘leadership’.
that the ‘Leadership’ pillar is intended as an objective of personal development rather than the concept I have used above. So, what do I mean by ‘leadership’? Those familiar with my writing will know that I often quote Kevin Roberts, New Zealand born CEO Worldwide of Saatchi and Saatchi, as defining ‘management’ as doing things right while ‘leadership’ he defines as doing the right thing. There is an immense difference. Each of the ‘pillars’ in the Strategic Direction document is, by these definitions, one of the ‘right things’ we need to ‘do right’. Like my three elements (which encompass the seven ‘pillars’ in much broader strokes), failing to accomplish one places the whole in jeopardy. Geoffrey Moss identifies that one of the right things we need to do is to ensure that every Master Mason is given an opportunity, and is encouraged, to contribute his leadership qualities to the benefit of his Lodge. He implies that by so doing they will know that they are contributing to doing things right in their Lodge, that is they are positively contributing to the management of the Lodge, one of my three essential elements. George Allan takes this further, venturing into the first of my three elements: understanding. As he points out, education is not necessarily restricted to ‘Masonic’ education. Certainly Masonic philosophy is intended to guide us in the way we lead our lives, but in those lives we have many interests: political, social, cultural and philosophical. Why should we restrict our development to just one of those aspects. Indeed, if we were to more
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VWBro Gary Kerkin closely follow the example of our Masonic forefathers why should we restrict discussion of politics and religion? Many of the American founding fathers were Freemasons who sought to overthrow the shackles of remote tyranny and struggled to establish a democracy. Could we doubt that they refused to discuss politics in their Lodges? We also know that the founders of modern Freemasonry were steeped in Christianity, it was the most powerful force at work in the 17th and 18th centuries and yet they struggled to establish a philosophy which divorced itself from the dominant religion of their day. Can we doubt that they discussed religion in their meetings? How else did they arrive at stance in which mention of the New Testament was removed from their teachings and rituals. These were rewritten around fables based on events of about 1000 BC recorded in the Old Testament. I like to speculate that the ‘Free’ in Freemasonry arises from the desire to develop philosophy free from the restrictions of the established religion of the day, that is ‘free’ thinking. So, in my opinion, there is little to restrict us exploring our wider worlds in the way George has suggested. The third of my three elements is ‘promotion’. A catch-all term, it encompasses the four ‘pillars’ of Communication, Charity, Membership and Community Engagement described in the Strategy. The ‘pillars’ are developed/ defined in the Strategy but how are we to accomplish the promotion they imply? If we are looking for publicity the most obvious is Charity, but that, to my mind, is a barbed hook. I am not certain whether or not people are attracted to publicity about ‘charity’ which involves things as distinct from helping people. Even if they are attracted to it, I am not convinced that it is the right reason for being charitable. I suspect that if we are giving to worthy causes for the publicity we get out of it, we are giving for the wrong reason! On the other hand, I am convinced that word-of-mouth and clear examples of behaviour are the best advertising we could accomplish. If we can show by our
A Chemical Engineering graduate of the University of Canterbury, Gary left New Zealand in 1964 to take up a teaching position at the University of Melbourne where he remained for nearly 20 years. ‘I wasn’t a Freemason at that time, but I was heavily involved in voluntary community work, filling elected places on three committees which were advising local government on issues in the area. Jan was President of our kids Primary School Council and, for my pains, I managed a couple of campaigns in our local State Electorate for the Australian Labour Party.’ And then, there were his children’s activities to support. Reflecting on statements that it is not easy to get young men into Freemasonry because of the pressures on their lives, family, sports, work, etc. he says his own experience of his 30’s is why he does not feel particularly sympathetic to the argument. Leaving the university in 1981 and after a spell in heavy industry he returned to New Zealand in 1988 and found employment in the dairy industry in Morrinsville. Gary was initiated in Lodge Piako No 160 in 1994 with no idea where he would be nearly 19 years later. He was installed as Master in 1999, the following year as First Principal of Piako Royal Arch Chapter and, in 2001, as Master of the Waikato Lodge
of Research. It was also around this time he was appointed Chairman of the Agricultural Fieldays Committee, a position which he held for 5 years. At that time, too, he was Chairman of the panel which selected the Freemasons Scholars at the University of Waikato. Since then he has taken chairs in The Secret Monitor, The Cryptic Council, and the Ancient and Accepted Rite (Rose Croix). In 2007 he was appointed to the rank of Grand Lecturer in Grand Lodge, and in 2009 received a similar honour in the Royal Arch, being appointed to Grand Lecturer in that Order. He says that these are, without doubt, the most rewarding positions he could have wished for. Although he has been involved with governance and administrative roles, and in the planning of Grand Convocations and Masonic Conferences since the late nineties, Gary’s real interest is in Masonic education and searching for ways in which Lodges, Chapters and Conclaves can encourage membership.
Gary Kerkin in ‘full flight’ taken when presenting the history of the Conclave at the 25th Anniversary of Piako Secret Monitor Conclave No 43 in November 2011.
example just what Freemasonry does for each of us, and by implication, our families, is that not the best way to attract interest? How do we do that? I suggest by making our participation in our Masonic activities as enjoyable and as exciting as we possibly can. There will be some who remember the Bell Tea advertisement on television: ‘I don’t know what he is on, but I want some of it!’ We need to emulate that. Both Geoffrey Moss and George Allan have indicated in their
articles how we might be able to generate interest, enjoyment and excitement. If we can pick up their examples and apply them in our Lodges we will be taking giant steps to fulfilling the promise of the Strategic Direction document. If we don’t we will be merely paying lip service to the objectives of the document and, by implication, the genuine principles and tenets of Freemasonry. Is this doing the right thing right? VWBro Gary Kerkin 11
TIME FOR A CHANGE New directions for the Freemasons Deposit Scheme
lthough a new name to banking, those entities which eventually formed Heartland Bank have had a long history of stability and service to New Zealand. This history, covering both urban and rural New Zealand, in many aspects, reflects the history and values of Freemasonry in this country. For the Freemasons Deposit Scheme this makes for a good fit. The beginnings
In 1977 the Grand Secretary, RWBro P J Oliver, had the idea of starting a Group Savings Scheme for Freemasons, widows and their families which, through aggregating smaller deposits into a larger fund, would pay better interest rates than the banks were paying to individuals. The first account was opened in September 1977. The oldest account still in operation today was opened in October 1977. Until 2012 the scheme was operated by
The Grand Secretary reads the Charter.
Freemasons NZ through the National Bank, now absorbed into ANZ. However the time had arrived for more significant changes. In March 2013 Freemasons New Zealand, after extensive in depth research and discussions, entered into a partnership with Heartland Bank to be the new partner for the Freemasons Deposit Scheme. Both Heartland Bank and Freemasons NZ are excited about the partnership, which is built out of shared values, and a common community focussed ethos. The Heartland story
Heartland’s roots stretch back to 1875 with the inception of Ashburton Permanent Building and Investment Society, which subsequently merged with SMC Building Society and Loan & Building Society. Together they became CBS Canterbury. Over the decades they provided the people in the Canterbury region with home, rural and business loans, term investments, and savings and day-to-day accounts.
Southern Cross similarly had a long history. Opening in Auckland in 1923, it offered a similar range of financial services to its customers throughout the North Island. For nearly 60 years MARAC has supported the growth of small-tomedium sized New Zealand businesses with a range of finance, investment and insurance solutions. On 31 August 2011, PGG Wrightson Finance (PWF) became a subsidiary of Heartland. PWF was an important acquisition for Heartland, bringing significant impetus to Heartland’s rural strategy and diversity to Heartland’s asset base. The financial services activities of PWF were established over more than 75 years, by leading stock and station companies, Williams & Kettle, Wrightson, Pyne Gould Guinness, and Reid Farmers. Mergers brought the finance arms of these entities together creating what is now PWF. CBS Canterbury, Southern Cross, MARAC and PWF now operate as one, Heartland, combining their experience, knowledge and a shared vision to partner with enterprising New Zealanders to succeed. On 17 December 2012 the
Freemasons NZ CEO, Laurence Milton, with Jeff Greenslade, CEO of Heartland Bank, at the opening of a new branch in Wellington.
The team of eight, which will be servicing the Freemasons Deposit Scheme. Back row: Lisa Burke, Jessica Coombes, Ben Searle, Jeanette Magness, Joan Scott. Front row: Lofa Rimoni, Andrew Ford, Vanessa Gomez
Reserve Bank of New Zealand registered Heartland Building Society as a bank, meaning Heartland Bank achieved its goal of becoming the only New Zealand operated, controlled and managed banking group, with a parent company listed on the NZX Main Board. On 31 January 2013 Heartland Building Society converted from a building society to a company, and became Heartland Bank Limited. The partnership and the people
Many members of the Freemasons Deposit Scheme have valued the personal contact they have had with the dedicated staff at Freemasons NZ office. This has been their preference over on-line banking, although the latter is now available for those who prefer it. However, an absolutely key element in the new arrangement is the continuation of this personal contact. Heartland’s Invest Direct Team will provide a service dedicated to the Freemasons Deposit Scheme. Scheme members who call 0508 FREEMASONS (0508 373 362) will be directly connected to team members specialising in their interests. This hard working team of banking professionals is focused on providing Freemason members, widows and their families with exceptional personal service. Calls will be answered by a real person, in New Zealand, who is passionate about Heartland and its customers and will be able to immediately assist them with their needs. This new partnership is built on shared
values and supports the Craft in local communities, while providing Freemasons and their families with competitive return on their deposits with dedicated service. The Craft directly benefits from every dollar invested in the Freemasons Deposit Scheme, as Heartland Bank pays Freemasons New Zealand a commission based on the amount of funds on deposit. This payment does not affect the return Freemason depositors receive. The Freemasons Deposit Scheme provides simple, flexible and competitive investment options. Depositors can Legal Disclaimers
Freemasons New Zealand is not a promoter of and does not guarantee the obligations of Heartland Bank in relation to Heartland Bank deposits. Heartland Bank is a subsidiary of Heartland New Zealand Ltd. (HNZ). HNZ does not guarantee the obligations of Heartland Bank in relation to deposits. For further details about Heartland Bank, Heartland Bank deposits and the Freemasons Deposit Scheme, see Heartland Bank Limited’s General Disclosure Statement, Term Deposits Investment Statement and Account and Services General Terms and Conditions, which are available at www.heartland.co.nz or call 0508 FREEMASONS (0508 373 362). For frequently asked questions go to www.freemasons.co.nz and enter ‘Deposit Scheme’ in search box.
choose to have money in an on-call savings account, or in a term deposit with terms ranging from one month to five years. The partnership is being progressed in stages, with initial focus on transitioning existing account holders in the ANZ scheme. Over time a broader range of products and services will be offered. Heartland is supporting Freemasonry in other ways including, initially, sponsoring the Heartland Bank Freemasons Scholarships awarded to year 13 students. Heartland Bank values its long Kiwi heritage, and they have pledged to work hard to earn and retain their customers’ respect and loyalty every day. Freemasons Deposit Scheme customers will experience friendly, local service with a personal touch. Service can also be provided by Heartland’s network of ten branches in Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton, Rotorua, Wellington, Rangiora, Christchurch and Ashburton. By moving the Freemasons Deposit Scheme from in house to the Heartland Bank depositors will benefit from detailed knowledge of finance and banking and will, as time progresses, have access to an expanding range of services. Furthermore, the in house resources that were devoted to the deposit scheme can now be used for other aspects of service to Lodges. By showing the support for the new scheme, Freemasons will enable Heartland Bank to further expand its support to Freemasonry in New Zealand. Morris Robertson with acknowledgement to Andrew Ford
Seven pillars – Counting down to ACTION
Freemasonry Makes the Difference
Integrity Following the receipt of responses from Lodges the next round of discussion was kicked off at the Central Division Conference, held in Palmerston North on 20 April.
he topic was introduced by the President of the BOGP, RWBro Graham Wrigley who began by referring to the Board’s two-day workshop held in June 2012. He said that a strategic plan could have been written from that point but it would not have the ownership of the Lodges. Subsequently, through the Seven Pillars document and the questionnaire there has been a huge engagement in discussion. It was now time to start bringing it together. Graham Wrigley was followed by the Chief Executive, VWBro Laurence Milton, who referred to the earlier surveys taken at the turn of the Century. He said that these had languished on the shelf because, although a lot had been changed in the Grand Lodge, nothing much had changed in the Lodges themselves. He went on to say that the most recent survey had aroused passions and highlighted a number of common themes. The next step was action points. Graham Wrigley then introduced the Facilitator, Professor Dr. Dai Discussion group in action.
Gilbertson from Victoria University, and a Freemason, who gave a strong message about the process to achieve positive outcomes. The attendees were presented with a summary from the responses and then split into seven discussion groups, one for each pillar, and given very specific challenges leading to action points. The results from each discussion group were entered on to flip charts to be accumulated with the outcomes from the Northern and Southern Conferences. All this will be brought together for an action plan to be presented at Grand Installation in November. As well as specific comments under the seven headings, the summary of responses included a number of general observations, some of which are quoted below. ‘If attendances at Lodge meetings are not steadily in excess of 80%, how can we properly report that the Lodge is in good heart?’
Professor Dai Gilbertson.
‘We need to get back to basics Increase: Entertainment ) Education ) at Lodge level Everyone participating ) Reduce: Ritual at all levels Rank mainly Grand Lodge levels Regalia mainly Grand Lodge levels Rules at all levels ‘ ‘Essentially, the recruitment of new members lies squarely with the Lodge. If the Lodge does nothing, then nothing will happen.’ ‘Lodges and Districts need to understand that they are part of a whole rather than, as seems to be the case in many instances at present, being able to operate as they want and ignore what is good for the Craft as a whole.’ ‘If Craft activity is to be constructive and progressive ‘de-motivational’ factors should be translated into ‘motivational’ attitudes.’ ‘Our example is the best thing we have to offer’
FROM SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE TO GRAND LECTURER
Freemasonry honours Sir Robin Gray VWBro Sir Robin Gray, Past Grand Lecturer, farmer and politician, was honoured at Lodge St John No 84 when he was presented with a 60 year bar to his â€˜Long service Badgeâ€™ by VWBro Les Green, Grand Treasurer.
ir Robin was initiated as a Freemason into Lodge St Cuthbert Kilwinning No 41 on 2nd November 1952 at Kirkcudbright, (pronounced Kirkcubry) in the Freemasons Province of Galloway, Scotland. A special meeting for him to become a member of the Craft was convened on the evening before his departure to New Zealand where he was to carve out his future as a farmer, politician and Freemason. Not long after his arrival in New Zealand he took up employment on a farm at Tapanui. When it became known that he was a member of the craft no time was lost in introducing him to the Hercules Lodge No 36 where he took his second degree in July 1953 and his third a month later. Robin Gray was quick to take up a farm of his own and settled at Waitahuna where he transferred his membership to Lodge St George No 1128 (English Constitution) at Lawrence, the date of his joining was April 1957. He worked his way through the chairs to become Master in 1971. Besides being a successful farmer at Waitahuna he was also a well known and respected politician. Sir Robin was keen to make his mark on New Zealand and joined the National Party in 1956, where he held a number of internal hierarchy positions before being elected at the 1978 elections to replace the Hon Peter Gordon as MP for Clutha.
Presentation of 60-year bar.
Sir Robin became Junior National Party Whip 1985 and Senior Whip in 1987. When National won office in the 1990 elections he was made Speaker of the House of Representatives. After the 1993 elections, he was appointed Minister of State and associate Minister of Foreign Affairs. Knighted in 1993 for his service to
New Zealand he retired from politics at the 1996 elections. On retirement from farming he moved to Mosgiel and joined Lodge St John 84 in 1995 and the following year he was appointed to the position of Grand Lecturer. Sir Robin continues to a keen interest in the craft. Alistair Church
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Rejuvenation in Canterbury
The Shirley Masonic Centre is dedicated
In the beginning
In 2005 the brethren of Shirley Lodge No.263, under the chairmanship of VWBro Martin Biss, decided that their valuable commercial site at 9 Shirley Road should be redeveloped into a new two-storied Masonic centre with commercial income. Preliminary plans were prepared incorporating one large lodge room plus a refectory area and kitchen on 60% of the upper level, with the balance of the building available to rent out as commercial space. Shirley Lodge tried to promote interest among other lodges to pool resources and join with them in creating a new Masonic Centre. There was mild interest at the time and perhaps some speculation that the project would never get off the ground. The Shirley building committee, with some financial help from The Grand Lodge Building Fund, brought the project to the stage of obtaining Resource Consent. After the devastation caused by the February 2011 Earthquake a
number of Masonic buildings were severely damaged and unsafe for use. It became a good option for a number of lodges to rationalize and look at new accommodation for the future. A renewed project
standard kitchen, a lift and two separate toilet facilities, all on the upper floor. On the ground floor there is a room to be used as a Freemasons library. The remainder of the ground floor comprises 580 square metres of commercial space.
The Board of General Purposes approved a project to build the new Centre on the Shirley site and, under the chairmanship COMMERCIAL SPACE 550m2 of VWBro Michael Scott, a new company was formed, Shirley Freemasons Centre Limited. The company offered share holding and directorships to lodges that made financial contributions to the project. There are currently nine lodges represented on the Company Board 1 2 and the synergy has been3 a credit4 to the5 Freemasons of Christchurch. The brief changed from the original plans and it was decided that two lodge rooms wereGROUND requiredFLOOR with PLAN a sizeable Refectory area and commercial kitchen to let out for community use. The accepted redesign provides for two lodge rooms a large refectory area with commercial
The site suffered severe liquefaction, LOBBY which was common in the Shirley area after the February 2011 earthquake. A geotechnical report revealed that LIBRARY solid bearing, which is known as the ‘Riccarton Gravels,’ lies about 25 metres below the original level of the site. After considering a number of alternatives the engineer elected to drill hollow steel piles6 down 7to solid8 and to build 10a ‘rib raft’ system on ground beams, which are fixed to the pile caps. The superstructure comprises part concrete and blockwork with structural steel framing and heavy timber floors, walls and roof. The exterior has a lightweight wall cladding with rain screen panels fixed with a cavity to allow airflow behind.
FIRST FLOOR PLAN
LODGE ROOM #2
LODGE ROOM #1
First floor plan.
The devastating Christchurch earthquakes, which left several Lodges homeless, were the catalyst for a new and exciting Masonic Centre, which was dedicated on Saturday 11 May by the Grand Master MWBro Selwyn Cooper and a team chosen largely from Canterbury Freemasons. This facility will help symbolize a new era and rejuvenation of Freemasonry in Canterbury as well as providing a model for other regions faced with older earthquake prone buildings and escalating insurance costs.
(R to L) Dedicating Officers, The Grand Master, MWBro Selwyn Cooper, MWBro Ray Duncan PGM, (Corn) MWBro Stan Barker PGM, (Wine) RWBro Neville Patrick P Dep GM, (Oil) RWBro Jim Harborow Div GM, (Salt).
Interior linings are largely Gibraltar board with the interior of both lodge rooms having timber ‘wainscote’ paneling to protect the wall surfaces as well as for a formal effect. Ceilings in both lodge rooms have coffered ceilings; in Lodge room 1 there is a circular celestial canopy featuring the Constellation Pleiades, or Matariki as known in Maoridom. The Facilities
Lodge Room 1 caters only for mainstream ‘Blue’ lodge ceremonies, with raised areas on all sides an ornamental pavement and celestial ceiling. Lodge room 2 is designed as a multi purpose space. A false wall conceals retractable wire reels from which stainless steel wires can extend across the room to provide for the coloured veils for the Royal Arch ceremony. There is a roll down screen in the South with projector alongside for presentations and lectures. The Refectory and Crush areas are suitable for renting out for community usage including weddings and conferences, when not being used for Masonic occasions. Lodge regalia storage facilities, the lodge rooms and meeting room are all controlled by a security system, customized electronically for each Lodge. This includes three flat screen monitors, which will have all information, including historical honours boards pertinent to the particular lodge, on its meeting night.
Everything is ‘state of the art’ and there is no allowance for the hanging of honours boards or any other clutter. Each lodge room will have permanent basic regalia and fixtures, lodges will be encouraged to bring in smaller special items such as wands, collars gavels etc. There is provision for 34 car parks that will be used during daytime working hours by commercial tenants and from early evening they will be available for Masonic use. RWBro Barry Millage, Project Architect The Dedication
They came from near and far, a tremen dous contingent from Canterbury and other parts of New Zealand and Australia. The Avon Shirley Lodge No.185 was the hosting Lodge, whose meeting was used
to facilitate the Dedication. Amid much pomp and pageantry selected Master Masons and Installed Masters of the owning Lodges and visiting Masters were admitted to the Ceremony. They were followed by ME Companion Les Borrell First Grand Principal, Royal Arch, along with the Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Western Australia RWBro Dr W Babe and Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland MWBro Adrian Burton culminating in the reception of our Grand Master MWBro Selwyn Cooper and Officers of The Grand Lodge of New Zealand. The ladies were then admitted and the overflow of Brethren and Ladies and Guests were accommodated in the second lodge room where they viewed the ceremony via a high quality audio visual link. The Dedication Team consisted of MWBro Selwyn Cooper assisted by the four Presenting Officers – MWBro Ray Duncan (Corn), MWBro Stan Barker (Wine), RW Bro Neville Patrick (Oil) and RWBro Jim Harborow (Salt) with other roles performed by a team of Officers of Grand Lodge. MWBros Selwyn Cooper and Adrian Burton made and reiterated the point that ‘the Shirley Freemasons Centre was something that every Freemason should be proud of and be proud to show to a new candidate through. It was an excellent example of a Freemasons Complex that should be copied throughout the country’. A Dedication Dinner was held afterwards at The Parkway, Riccarton Racecourse. VWBro Duane Williams MBE
Shirley Masonic Centre.
T’was the night before Christmas … and the Freemasons came calling
Dressed for Christmas in a neo natal beanie.
livia, the first-born child of Steffan and April Hudson, came into the world by Caesarean section 27 November 2012, 9 weeks premature and at a very low weight of 1290 grams. The whole experience for the young couple was immensely traumatic and deep concern was experienced for many weeks.
Olivia at birth.
By Christmas the worst was over and the Christmas Eve reaction and joy, exemplified by the staff putting her dressed in Masonic clothes into a Christmas stocking was an expression of relief, gratitude and thanks to all who had fought and prayed for her. The real impact of the neo natal knitting programme, initiated by the Grand Master’s wife, Jan Cooper, was experienced by the group of Freemasons, which visited Tauranga Hospital at Christmas bearing gifts for the premature babies. As has been previously reported the response to the knitting programme was phenomenal, no more so than in the Bay of Plenty where a large number of knitters, led by Heather Cooke, were virtually unstoppable. Bro Eddie Vowles, Secretary Lodge Whakatane 198, and step-grandfather of Olivia, commenting on the knitting project, said, ‘that what appeared to be a small project and mainly by Freemasons wives had in fact an amazing effect on a large number of people. I trust others from throughout New Zealand may have also experienced the thought and love that went into that project’ The final word goes to Steffan Hudson who said. ‘The experience we
Olivia catching up with her doll.
have gone through with Olivia’s arrival has really opened our eyes to the hard work of hospital staff and the care and generosity of those that surround us. The Freemasons helped make our Christmas one we will never forget.’
A LEADER IN MANY FIELDS Warwick Bell’s influence ranges far and wide VWBro Warwick Bell, District Grand Master, Hutt Wairarapa, and an architect by day, is a man of exceptional talent and demonstrated service to many organisations including the building industry, Freemasonry and the youth of New Zealand, the latter principally through Scouts and Rotary. In all of these he has been an active participant, never hesitating to take leadership roles from an early age. In this article we profile some of these roles and achievements; there isn’t room for them all and we note here that Warwick was also a finalist for Wellingtonian of the Year in 2010.
arwick grew up on a dairy farm in Ahikouka, just north of Greytown. He describes his parents as progressive farmers, and they were at one stage milking more than 300 cows – a large number before the ‘superherds’ of today. As a teenager he was not only helping with milking, in a 20-a-side herringbone shed, stock management and irrigation, but also working for a trucking company. All of this, however, was enough to convince him early that he didn’t want to be a farmer. When asked at school why he didn’t play rugby, he said he had ‘plenty of time to be mucking about in mud’ on the farm. His upbringing did leave him with other legacies though: a strong work ethic and an ongoing interest and involvement in community life. Their family home was ‘never closed,’ and was even a shelter
Assisting on the Aerial Wires Course as part of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award programme.
YHA hostel. Warwick became the ‘bell boy’ in the Fourth Form at Kuranui College, played soccer, served as a school librarian, performed in school musicals, and in Seventh Form, organised debating. He says he was always looking for opportunities and joined the local Cub Scouts. With his parents so busy on the farm, there weren’t many family holidays; Scouting gave Warwick ‘a way of getting out into the world,’ tramping and camping. Scouting became a life-long interest and influence and, by the age of 13, Warwick was not only an active member of his troop but also helping with the Cub Scout pack. He and Scout leader Brian Ramage – still a good friend – developed a great rapport and Brian became a mentor. Warwick observes that, ‘Most teens need somebody outside their
VW Bro Warwick Bell.
family to talk to,’ and that the importance of relationships between younger and older people is something he has valued throughout his life. When Warwick moved south to pursue architecture at Victoria University of Wellington, he continued his involvement with Scouts. Having seen the sign ‘Leader desperately needed,’ while walking through the Botanic Garden, he ended up re-opening the Kelburn Scout
Making a presentation as Scouts Area Commisioner.
troop, which he led for the next ten years. It gave him a ‘life outside university,’ and he says he learned a lot ‘sitting around the camp fire with the older leaders.’ At the age of 21 he found himself on the National General Purposes Standing Committee and wrote their seminal policy on getting young people involved in the governance and leadership of the organisation. This was the beginning of a change of ethos for Scouts, and now the National Commissioner of Scouts New Zealand is in her twenties, something that would have been unheard of in Warwick’s earlier scouting days. This committee role also resulted in a stint as Deputy Chair of the National Youth Council of New Zealand. What Warwick describes as ‘one of the highlights of my life’ also occurred at around this time. Responding to an advertisement ‘Calling adventurous young New Zealanders’ he applied for Operation Raleigh, an international youth scientific and community expedition. Following a ‘full-on’ weekend run by the NZ Special Air Service, comprising 45 hours of nonstop physical and leadership challenges, Warwick was selected for the programme and spent three months in northern Chile working on an architectural project at 15,000 feet. He was living in a stone hut with no electricity and the temperature overnight would drop to minus 25ºC. Warwick says it was sharing the experience with other young people from around the world in these challenging circumstances that made it so enjoyable and memorable. Architecture and beyond
In his career Warwick had imagined he would become a residential architect, but fate, as they say, had other plans and, on graduating, he found himself working for the local Peddle Thorp office, the firm that was commissioned to Warwick takes his Scout troop on an unusual camping expedition THE EVENING POST
Warwick addressing the Commonwealth Association of Architects Visiting Board in Hong Kong in June 2012.
build the Wellington Parkroyal Hotel, now the Intercontinental. He became the architect on site and spent the next five years working on the hotel, putting aside a planned OE. ‘Why walk away when I had the chance to be involved in New Zealand’s biggest commercial project at the time?’ says Warwick, demonstrating again his attitude of keeping himself open to opportunity and seizing those that come his way. Other projects which stand out
in Warwick’s memory include Kimi Ora Special Needs School in Naenae, completed by his firm Bell Kelly Beaumont Team Architects, the first school in New Zealand to receive both a five-star design and built rating from Green Star for sustainable design. ‘It is,’ he says, ‘a very successful building. It was very considered and it works – it’s an environment which makes life easier for everyone in it.’ BKB Team Architects specialises in, among other things, aged-care facilities. Warwick says that it’s a good market in New Zealand, and one in which there is a particular need for good design and understanding of people’s needs, and the opportunity to benefit users in every project. The firm, guided by his business partner Jane Kelly, has recently completed the new care units at the Levin Masonic Village. Warwick says that architecture is about ‘understanding people and spaces, not just internal spaces but external spaces. You need to plan for the interaction of people.’ As architect for the Westminster Lodge Room at the Wellesley Boutique Hotel in Wellington, he gives the example of a Masonic room: ‘It’s basically a stage set for what we do,’ and explains that it’s important for architects to realise how such spaces and our environments affect our subconscious.
As is characteristic, Warwick has not only worked hard and been successful within his own architectural practice, but has made a significant contribution, since the early 90’s, to the broader industry both here and overseas. He has served the New Zealand Institute of Architects and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority in a number of roles, and has been a member of the Joint Visiting Boards to New Zealand Schools of Architecture. As a member of the Commonwealth Association of Architects Validation Panel he has held visiting roles, including Chair, to schools of architecture in Africa and Asia. In 1999, in recognition of his contribution to architectural education, Warwick received the NZ Institute of Architects Award of Honour. More latterly, in 2010, Warwick was given a Ministerial Appointment as Chair of the New Zealand Registered Architects Board, the body responsible for the registration and discipline of architects. Service to the community
It was the Scout Group Leader from Kelburn, Don McMillan, who first suggested to Warwick that he consider joining Freemasonry, and subsequently a colleague at Peddle Thorp stoked the idea. He says he left the suggestion to slow burn for a few years, and then found, in 1988, that he desired something beyond Scouting. Warwick was again looking to expand his experience, his opportunities and his exposure to people. He was attracted by the fraternal support Masonry promised, and this has remained a valuable aspect for him. He says, as a Mason, he gets to meet a range of men; now in his early fifties, he has friends in their seventies and eighties, for example, and learns from the insight they have gained through experience. However, asked what advice he might offer to someone considering joining, Warwick cautions, ‘You shouldn’t join Freemasons for business reasons. I joined for myself, for Warwick and Sue on Mount Holdsworth.
‘You shouldn’t join Freemasons for business reasons. I joined for myself, for trying to give myself support and to better understand myself. From that comes the opportunity to contribute.’ trying to give myself support and to better understand myself. From that comes the opportunity to contribute.’ Warwick was initiated into West minster Lodge No.308 in July 1989 and became Master in 2001. In 2004 Baden Powel Lodge No.381 in Auckland, with a Scouting focus, was preparing to hand in its charter. Warwick encouraged the local Scouting brethren to transfer the Lodge to Wellington, where he became its first Wellington Master. In 2006 he was appointed Grand Steward and District Grand Master, Hutt Wairarapa, in 2010. It’s not only maintaining relationships with older people that Warwick values. He holds a number of positions that keep him in contact with youth too – as a member of Rotary, with his continued involvement in Scouting, and as a member and Chair of the Freemasons Scholarships Selection Committee for
Victoria University of Wellington. He says he is encouraged by the promising and talented young New Zealanders he meets, and believes that, ‘the challenge is how you harness the talent and provide them with the opportunities.’ Fortunately, he can offer a lot in this area through his various roles plus, he says, ‘It keeps me young!’ Warwick’s involvement with Rotary began in 1978 as an exchange student and again, in 1996 when he was selected for a five-person Group Study Excha nge to Ireland, where he looked at architectural education and continuing professional education. This led to an invitation to join the Rotary Club of Wellington North in 1998. He quickly became involved in Rotary’s support for youth including becoming District Chair of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) for five years, a role which involved planning and running an annual five-day residential programme for future leaders. Warwick is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and recipient of a Four Avenues of Service Citation from Rotary International. Recently, Warwick has limited some of his activities to make time for a most important commitment: his partner of six years, Sue Quirk, who is Human Resources Director at the Ministry for Environment. He says, ‘She’s been very supportive of what I do. She understands involvement with young people. It is part of who I am.’ Warwick will conclude his term as District Grand Master for the Hutt Wairarapa District this year, but looks forward to taking on other challenges within Freemasonry. He says, even as a junior member, he felt he was able to play a significant part: ‘If you’re going to belong you have to be active.’ This seems an apt motto for his life as a whole – a life of energy, commitment, service, camaraderie, and a huge amount of effort. Asked how he finds the time, he admits he probably doesn’t relax enough, but also says Sue’s right when she says it’s about prioritisation. ‘You’ve got to make time. You plan. You just do.’ Eliza Bartlett 21
Number one – A special Freemason M
axwell Lawson-Smith has a special place in the history of The Freemasons Charity as the first member to join The Acacia Society. In his will he has made provision to endow the Lawson-Smith Education Trust Veterinary Scholarship. Taking time out from his busy schedule, the Grand Master, MWBro Selwyn Cooper and his wife Jan, travelled especially to Tauranga on Friday 1st of March to present Bro Lawson-Smith with his 50 year Badge and 50 year Service Award. The presentation took place at Max’s home due to his fragile health. Max is a member of United Forces No.245 in Christchurch having been initiated in October 1962. Although now resident in Tauranga he has not joined a local Lodge due to his health issues. However he has always kept up his affiliation with Freemasonry.
Bro Max was overjoyed that the Grand Master would take time out to present him with his Badge and Certificate. For those present it was great to witness the delight on his face. The Acacia Society was launched in 2012 with a view to recognising those Freemasons who have elected to make a future bequest to The Freemasons Charity. These bequests will be used to top up the capital to pro vide the interest that funds the activities of the Charity. While our forebears gave the fund a great start, inflation has eroded the capital
base. The Acacia Society is one means of ensuring that the current generation of Freemasons can ensure the continuation of this work. Thank you Bro Maxwell LawsonSmith.
Bro Maxwell-Smith receives his 50-year Certificate from the Grand Master.
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Strawberries and ice cream Freemasonryâ€™s profile growing on the Kapiti Coast
n our December 2012 issue we reported on the exciting new Kapiti Masonic Centre development in the heart of the Waikanae Shopping Centre. However, this new Centre is not the only activity aimed at raising the profile of Freemasonry and growing membership on the Kapiti Coast. Through the efforts of VWBro Michael Scott, Past Master and Grand Registrar, Lodge Waikanae, a partner Lodge in the new Centre, became the face of Freemasonry in NZ at the Waikanae Market Day on the sunny Easter Saturday. Not only did they dispense strawberries and ice cream to the masses and raise a small profit they also raised the awareness of the presence of Freemasonry in the community resulting in enquiries about membership. Members of the public were heard to comment that this was the best value stall at the fair.
Michael Scott peddling the wares.
Serving the customers. Brian Collinge, John Litton and Bill van Waas.
Michael Scott dipping into the ice cream. Lodge Master Paul Dacombe-Bird with his son Morton.
Joe Hatwell gives his approval.
CHASING THE TARGETS
Freemasons shootout On Sunday 10th March a group of enthusiastic Freemasons and supporters gathered at the Blue Rock Gun Club near the Wairarapa town of Martinborough to demonstrate their skills, or just to get a feeling for, the sport of clay bird shooting.
even Lodges, representing KapitiWellington and Hutt Wairarapa Districts participated with 26 men and, to balance the numbers, one woman. Following an early Sunday morning safety briefing from the Gun Club President, WBro James Martin, the shoot got under way. The weather could not have been better, although some did say ‘a few clouds would have been a blessing.’ Fortunately, there was sun screen and hats a plenty. There was also much competition between the lodges and some very ‘seasoned shooters’ amongst us and many novices, who were all very game to try it for the first time, or looking to improve and, believe me there were some big improvements, with coaching being given by the Blue Rock Gun Club Marshalls at the various shooting stations. It was the kind of day that was there to be enjoyed, and I think everyone who attended enjoyed it a lot. It was also the kind of event that I would like to see more of and it was a great example of how we Freemasons can really pull out all the stops if we work together as brothers and friends. The idea came out of a chat a few of us had one night outside the Wellesley Boutique Hotel, home to several Wellington Lodges. James Martin, Dennis Blacklaws, Tim Cox and I were talking about the need for more Masonic social events, something that everyone, no matter their experience or age could participate in. For some strange reason it all came back to guns. The beauty of it all was that James Martin is the President of the Blue Rock Gun Club in ABOVE RIGHT Marty Arrell, Westminster Lodge, takes aim. RIGHT Looking like a pro. Trevor ‘Mac’ McKenzie, Lodge Te Puni.
Martinbrough and what a setting it was, enough wineries for a few of the wives/ partners to visit should shooting not be their thing and a perfect New Zealand landscape in which to have a go at some
small flying targets with a 12G shotgun. Despite some difficulties with organisation along the way both James and I helped each other to prove these types of events can be done, and be
done to benefit not only the chosen charity, but also the Lodges and Brethren by stepping outside the normal lodge meetings and hierarchy that goes with it. It was an opportunity, also, to mix with 11 of the 27 shooters who were not Masons. It showcased our charity work and, with the banter between us flowing all day, our closeness as brothers. James Martin and his Gun Club Crew are to be commended for the sheer amount of effort they put into setting up the field for the day in the searing heat. The day was a mixture of orange coloured clay targets, gun shots and laughter, and, after the 7th station was cleared by noon, the first group came in for a Barbeque lunch, much needed liquid refreshment and even more banter while James and I started to collect the scoring. It was clear that everyone was giving this a really good go and even the ‘dead eyed’ James Martin was looking either impressed or worried, I’m still not sure which. After a very good inclusive barbeque lunch, Round 2 began in much the same way as Round 1, with plenty of heat from the sun and competition on the ground. The Marshalls at the stations were again on hand to coach and mentor which they did, giving up their weekend for this event. Reports after the shoot said they really enjoyed their day and enjoyed meeting and mingling. As the second round was finishing,
The trophy has been named the Smith, Scott, Warren, Gillies Memorial Trophy in honour of these four brethren, who have passed to the
Load & Lock! Duane Williams, Lodge Zetland, receives instructions.
scores again were collated and there was one clear winner. Team 1 from Westminster Lodge took the trophy, which I made with the help of my father, who was part of one of the Lodge Zetland teams. He was visiting on a month’s holiday. Meanwhile, my wife, mother and Kristyne Blacklaws visited several of the local wineries. Prize Winners
Highest Overall Male – Mark Simpson Highest Overall Female – Sole female competitor, Ruth Seeds Most Improved Male – Ben Scott Most Improved Female – Ruth Seeds who, after some coaching by James Martin, improved by 13 points in round 2. Try Hardest – Sam Brun
Spot Prize – Patrick Butterworth Spot Prize – Marty ‘Crocodile Dundee’ Arrell Gimmick prize of the day – Vernon Whyte It was a great day and I’ve asked for feedback to make next year’s event even bigger and better. I believe it’s a positive sign of Brethren all pulling in the same direction as a team. This type of event shows everyone what we stand for and that we can basically do anything we put our minds to. Thanks to everyone involved. We raised $1800 with the assistance of The Freemasons Charity which helped purchase a lap-top and projector which is being used in a Men’s Health Programme by the Cancer Society of New Zealand. Bro Matthew Dyer, Lodge Zetland 312
Grand Lodge above. The Late VW Bro Neil Smith P Dist GM, RW Bro Bryan Scott P Dep GM, VW Bro Jack Warren P Dist GM and VW Bro Bob Gillies P Dist GM all served the Hutt– Waiarapa and Kapiti–Wellington Districts in the greater Wellington Region. The latter three succumbed to cancer in recent years and the Cancer Society of New Zealand was the chosen Charity. 25
When needs must – shore support The fear of many cruise passengers is the small print which entitles the shipping line to offload anyone with a serious illness to a hospital at the next port with, effectively, no further responsibility for their welfare. This happened to passenger, Neale Collins, in Wellington and, through the connection of one of its many programmes, The Freemasons Charity was able to come to the rescue.
t began with a phone call from since and I am at a loss as to what to do Wellington Hospital to the Freemasons next.’ Charity Administrator, Sheila Hicking, Bernie ‘Would you allow me to make on 27 February 2013 contact with your insurers?’ ‘Hello, my name is Helen and I However, the insurers phoned in wondered if you were able to help a patient shortly afterwards and, with Bernie now here that we are ready to discharge? in charge of arrangements, much to Regrettably he had a stroke while on a the relief of Mrs Collins, arrangements cruise liner and was brought here when were made to have repatriation costs the ship docked last week. His wife is covered. Bernie then arranged bookings with him and will be accompanying him to Melbourne, via Sydney as direct flights back to Australia when he is discharged. were full. As it was an early morning I saw your hospital emergency pack departure an overnight booking was while tidying his area, which has aroused made by Shiela Hicking at the Brentwood this inquiry’ Hotel, close to Wellington Airport. Sheila Hicking’s response was that Arrangements were made to collect she would contact long time Almoner, luggage from two Wellington locations Bernie Harris to see if he was available and have it transferred to the Brentwood and could could assist. Helen replied that Hotel. Last but not least discharge she knew Bernie from her time in Mary arrangements from the hospital were Potter Hospice. Hence organised. a phone call to Bernie Co-ordinating arrange who appeared shortly ments were then organised afterwards at Wellington between Wellington Hospital to meet Neale Hospital, Qantas and and Mary Collins from Bernie Harris to ensure Melbourne. After the departure and arrival from necessary introduction, Wellington to Melbourne a short conversation would be faultless for followed: the Collins family to be Bernie ‘Have you re-united. The airline made contact with your tickets were delivered to insurers?’ Brentwood Hotel at 9.30 Mrs Collins: ‘Yes, but p.m. that evening and it WBro Bernie Harris we haven’t heard anything was only then that Mrs 26
Collins, in thanking Bernie, disclosed that her father had been a Freemason. She also indicated that she had received spontaneous help, from the two locations where their luggage had been held while Mr Collins was in hospital, in transferring the luggage to the Brentwood. In a subsequent message to Bernie Harris, Mary Collins wrote Dear Bernie We are very appreciative of what you did for us and we are extremely grateful to the Freemasons for paying our accommodation account at the Brentwood Hotel. I arranged a wheelchair for Neale at the Wellington airport and from then on a wheelchair appeared at the door of the plane at Sydney International, Sydney Domestic and then Melbourne domestic together with someone to push it. Our son was waiting at Tullamarine airport. We had consultation with our GP Friday and will be seeing our Cardio/vascular doctor tomorrow. Neale’s condition is unchanged but he is grateful to be home and so am I. Many thanks, Mary Collins This story goes to the heart of Freemasonry, charity in times of distress. In answering the call, at no time were the recipients asked if they had any connection with Freemasonry. The Freemasons Charity is there to serve those in need whatever their background.
The parade leads off with WBro John Scott leading the pipe band.
Striking gold NASEBY CELEBRATES 150 YEARS During the First week in January the little township of Naseby, in the Maniototo region of Central Otago, celebrated 150 years since the discovery of gold in the area. It was first discovered in 1863 in the Hogburn Gully about 1 km from the present town. Local Freemasons featured prominently in the various events.
elebrations lasted a week with a number of events and displays etc. opening with a family fun day with lots of traditional fun events. The week ended with a large parade and a concert afternoon in the Domain. Many of the residents were dressed in period costume. The Mt Ida Lodge No. 97 (Originally 1262 EC) was one of the first organisations to be formed after the initial ‘Rush’ as the
John Steele in all his finery.
town started to become a community. The Lodge was constituted in 1868, just 5 years after the discovery of gold. Although the original Lodge Rooms are still standing the Lodge now meets in Ranfurly. VWBro John Steele, Past District Grand Master, was one of the two Patrons of the Celebrations and, amongst many other tasks, assisted at the opening of the week.
WBro Syd Broadley and his wife dressed for the occasion.
The original Naseby Lodge Rooms.
REDEFINING MASONIC EDUCATION Exploring the art of understanding Charity is a fundamental principle of the Craft but not the main reason for the existence of Freemasonry. Our ceremonial ritual of working our three degrees is central to most Masonic meetings – but not the be-all-and-end-all of Freemasonry. In years gone by Masonic education used to be the driving force in the Craft, not ritual. It was through Masonic learning and education that men attained their self-development and became better men.
ne of our difficulties with Masonic education is that it means different things to different people and that can lead to misunderstandings and confusion. The word education usually implies teaching and learning, where a well-informed person teaches while other listen and learn. Our ritual makes reference to this on Installation nights in the address to the brethren. However, teaching and learning require very different skills. To be a teacher you need a good knowledge base and an ability to deliver your material in an interesting way. To be a good learner you have to actively listen and hear what is said, look and see what is written, and then think about the key points and understand. So learning needs the skills of observation, hearing, analysis and understanding. It is possible to have teaching without much learning when the teacher speaks in a monotone and is boring, then listeners lose concentration and drift off into other thoughts. There are courses for people to improve their teaching and presentation skills but we will not go there today. We are going to look at Masonic learning and try to find how to improve our learning so we can become better Masons. First, we need to redefine what we mean by Masonic education. In all three Divisional Conferences last year I suggested that Masonic education should be seen in three separate (but closely related) sections: a] Officers training for Lodge development office – Secretary, 28
Treasurer and Trustees; b] Officers training in Masonic ritual and floor work for Lodge Office – WM, SW, JW, DC, Chaplain, SD, JD, IG, Tyler and those delivering charges; c] understanding the hidden mysteries within our ritual work. Part a] is now the province of the Lodge Development National Committee under the leadership of WBro Roger Carsons. Part b] is about training to do our Masonic work correctly and properly. In our degree ceremonies it is the Deacons who are the first teachers of the Candidate, it is the Junior Deacon who first tells the candidate what to say and how to place his feet. Thus, it is vitally important that the Deacons learn their work properly and thoroughly so
that they can teach the Candidate with accuracy. Where do the Deacons get their training? Normally at Lodge rehearsals from the more experienced Past Masters, usually the DC. But if the Past Masters get it wrong then errors are introduced and this is one way that ‘lodge customs’ come into being. It takes a strong man to correct the Lodge DC during a rehearsal or comment on errors that have now become ‘lodge customs’. So, it is important that we all pay more heed to learning the right way to perform our work to raise the standard of our work and reduce the risk of errors creeping in. A basic aspect of learning is committing words and actions to memory. There have been several Masonic papers written on this topic and these are being gathered together by the National Education Committee. This material will help masons commit ritual to memory and these resources will soon appear on the new Masonic Education Website that you will be able to access from the Freemasons NZ website as one of the ‘tabs’ across the top page. I will contact all lodge secretaries with a guide on how to access the Masonic Education web pages. However, learning goes much deeper than just memory. Good learning involves understanding – as in Part c] above – and this is the essence of Masonic learning. Understanding the words in our work needs time for us to think through those words, which form the material we are trying to learn. My research into adult learning over the last 22 years indicates that it is easier for adults to understand
when they discuss the material in small groups of two, three or four people. Talking through things has proved over and over again to lead to deeper understanding and this is essential for accurate learning that is long lasting. Learning our words and actions will certainly improve our ceremonial work. Understanding what those words mean will influence our everyday lives. The New Zealand Book of Constitution states in The Ancient Charges of a Freemason under Section III – ‘A Lodge is a place where Freemasons assemble to work and to instruct and improve themselves in the mysteries of the ancient science’. This means that Masonic learning should happen in the Lodge, by the masons of that Lodge, for the improvement of themselves. Masonic learning should be a main function every time we meet in a Masonic Lodge if we are to uphold this Ancient Charge. A few sentences later it says, ‘A Lodge may be general or particular, as will be best understood by attending it’ which means that not every Lodge will be the same. Some will want to become more active in their Masonic learning, encourage discussions of the meaning of the ritual after a ceremony and possibly get to grips with the inner meanings. Other Lodges will want to stick to being a convivial meeting/dining club without too much hard work. This is allowed under our Constitution. The charge goes on to say that it is in Lodge that knowledge of the established usages and customs of the Craft is to be acquired. We are being directed here in the Ancient Charges to acquire knowledge. This should be our great incentive to rekindle really high-class Masonic training on the floor of the Lodge during rehearsals so
we can perform excellent ceremonies, and by having 30 minutes of Masonic learning every time we perform part of a ceremony. This would lead us to a deeper understanding of the hidden mysteries in Masonry. Again, this should happen in Lodge and one thing many masons forget is that the Lodge is a sacred place, not just a meeting room. You have probably heard that our Lodges stand on Holy ground, this is true because when your Lodge was founded, the floor space was consecrated by the sprinkling of salt, corn and oil symbolizing companionship, plenty and harmony and by solemn prayer during which the floor was censored three times with sweet incense. For this reason you should not walk on the checkered pavement except as part of a Masonic ceremony. There should be a reverential atmosphere in our Lodge rooms, in some parts of the world the Lodge room is lit only dimly to draw attention to the fact that it is a place of contemplation, not a club room for loud talking and jovial back-slapping – that takes place in the lighter-hearted atmosphere of the refectory room after the serious business of Masonic learning. I have heard it said that many men come into Freemasonry looking for something and soon leave because they cannot find what they seek. If we offer them, and ourselves, a sacred place apart from the noise and bustle of the ordinary world, a place in which they can learn something important about themselves, a place where they can think and contemplate deep issues to do with life, maybe we would be providing something special and they would stay and find out even more. I recommend to your serious perusal
WBro Allan welcomes feedback to email: George.Allan@ecs.vuw.ac.nz
a recent book titled Observing the Craft by WBro Andrew Hammer. He says that what sets us apart from other social clubs and beneficial societies is that a Mason should be head and shoulders above the average man in the street when it comes to morality and integrity. The way we become better than the average man in the street is by our freemasonry but only if we learn and practice it in our daily lives. A Mason should be good at everything he does, including learning about himself. We are too used to waiting for someone else to teach us. True Masonic learning involves selfinvestigation, not always listening to others but sometimes listening to your own inner self. It is in listening to that calm small voice of conscious that man discovers his greatest hurdle – his own ego. He that overcomes this shall find truth and happiness, and will be a better man and brother. So Brethren, let’s go for it in a big way. Let’s reinvent ourselves through Masonic education, let’s work hard on finding the hidden mysteries and understanding them through discussion in Lodge; let’s develop ourselves as individuals and as Masons in our sacred Lodge room; let’s be head-and-shoulders above the average man. Let’s be Freemasons. WBro George Allan, Chair National Education Committee
UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS 2013 University study, combined with service to the community, has paid off for 34 students from eight New Zealand Universities who, on 15 May, were presented with Freemasons scholarships totalling $240,000. The students were handed their scholarships in Parliament’s Legislative Chamber by Sam Johnson, Founder of the Student Volunteer Army and 2012 Young New Zealander of the Year.
he Grand Master, MW Bro Selwyn Cooper, welcomed the students and their guests to the 35th presentation of the Freemasons University Scholarships and continued with some historical background to the Legislative Chamber, which he described as ‘a very fine room.’
New Zealand’s Upper House met in the Legislative Chamber from 1865, when Parliament relocated to Wellington, until January 1951, when the Upper House was abolished. With its own Speaker and a number of appointed members, the Legislative Council was the New Zealand equivalent of the British House of Lords. These days this chamber is the venue for the State Opening of Parliament following each general election. In commenting on the scholarships programme Selwyn Cooper observed that, ‘Over the last 35 years, it has been our pleasure and privilege to fund 1,021 university and postgraduate scholarships totalling $4.21 million, making The Freemasons Charity one of the country’s largest privately funded scholarship programmes in New Zealand. As Freemasons we are a nonprofit organisation widely involved in philanthropic work, supporting charity
and community service. We believe firmly in education and the value it provides society-wide.’ He went on to outline some of the other educational and research programmes funded by The Freemasons Charity. These include the Heartland Bank Scholarships for Year 13 students and Travel Awards for students to attend science camps. Support for University research included Paediatric Fellowships, Oncology and Ophthalmology research, and the Chair of Gerontology at Middlemore Hospital. He noted the past achievements of Freemasons Scholars including several Rhodes Scholarships and successes in musical fields. Selwyn Cooper concluded by en cour a ging the recipients to continue their contributions to the community and, noted that, with their sound education, they could look forward to a bright future. However, his last words
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were, ‘While I recognise the inevitable attraction for our scholars to travel and extend research internationally, I make a plea to you here this afternoon, that you never forget your homeland. I hope that in the fullness of time, you return and further contribute to your community and country with skills and talents, honed by overseas experience.’ Sam Johnson
After being invited to speak by the Grand Master, and prior to presenting the scholarships, Sam Johnson spoke on the creation and success of the Student Volunteer Army, and the experiences that this had opened up for him. He emphasised that, in the early days following the first earthquake, he and his fellow students weren’t hamstrung by process: ‘We didn’t follow the rules. We did what we had to do. We did what was right.’ What was right was getting in there and helping with whatever needed to be done. Sam used this same approach when assisting in Japan after the devastating tsunami two years ago. When young people asked him, ‘What can we do?’ he replied, ‘Pick up a shovel.’ Sam highlighted this idea of taking initiative with his tale of hosting Prince Charles and Camilla on their recent visit to Christchurch. Watching locals in action on the Dance-O-Mat, a volunteer project which aims to fill vacant city spaces with fun activities, and having not much to say, Sam leapt in with the offer any self-respecting gentleman would make – he asked Camilla to dance. ‘Well, that would be lovely,’ she replied, and so he found himself ‘boogying’ with the
Dr Robyn Langlands.
Taking a tea-break and celebrating their scholarships are Victoria University students, from left: Rowan Dixon of Mt Victoria, awarded a $10,000 postgraduate scholarship; Julia Wells of Roseneath and Taylor Hughson of Thorndon; both awarded $6,000 university scholarships.
Sasha Rasmussen of Ellerslie shows her Grandad Max Thorn, a Freemason of nearly 60 years and a member of Lodge Papakura No.56, and the Grand Master, Selwyn Cooper, where she travelled in Europe with the Auckland Youth Orchestra.
Duchess of Cornwall. A young woman followed his lead and ‘pretty much grabbed’ Prince Charles! Later Camilla told him, ‘That’s the most spontaneous thing we’ve done all tour.’ That, says Sam, is one of our advantages: ‘In New Zealand we can do things spontaneously, and we’ve got to make the most of that. We can be risk takers.’ In fact he believes that Christchurch is the best place in the world to do that right now. ‘We need great young people to come and work there, and we support young people who want to do things differently.’ Sam thanked Freemasons for their support not only in providing these scholarships but for all their ongoing work in Christchurch. He then challenged the scholarship recipients to consider what they could do to contribute. ‘The world has changed. It’s not just about working hard to make a lot of money to then give to a charity. As young leaders we’ve got to give back now. Go and share responsibility for the future
of this country.’ Nikau Tangaroa and Robyn Langlands
Following the presentations the audience was addressed, on behalf of the recipients, by Massey University Scholar, Nikau Tangaroa. Nikau’s address is reported on page 32. This was followed by an address from Dr. Robyn Langlands, Freemasons 2010 Victoria University Postgraduate Scholar, Co-Founder and Chairperson of Kaibosh Foods – New Zealand’s first dedicated food-rescue organisation and Supreme Award recipient at the 2012 TrustPower National Community Awards. A full profile of Robyn Langlands and the work of Kaibosh Foods will appear in the next issue of New Zealand Freemason. Morris Robertson and Eliza Bartlett Photos Neil McKenzie
What the Freemasons Scholarship has meant for me NIKAU TANGAROA, MASSEY UNIVERSITY A boyhood fascination with aviation will culminate in a Bachelor of Aviation Management with Honours from Massey University for Nikau Tangaroa of the Cook Islands. In order to advance his education Nikau uprooted his family from the Cooks and moved them to Palmerston North. Overcoming initial difficulties the family became involved in local activities including giving support to first-year Pasifika students. His stellar academic achievements have set him on the road to a career in the aviation industry. Nikau was selected to speak on behalf of the scholarship recipients and the following is a summary of his presentation.
irstly, I would like to honour God for his never-ending grace and blessings upon us all. To the Freemasons New Zealand Grand Master, Selwyn Cooper, and to Freemasons throughout New Zealand, my gratitude, respect, and warm greetings to you all. Distinguished guests, recipients of the 2013 Freemasons University and Postgraduate Scholarships, our families and friends, and all who have made this event a prominent and successful one, greetings and kia ora to you all. I am truly humbled and overwhelmed to stand on behalf of all 2013 scholars to thank Freemasons New Zealand and acknowledge with great humility your remarkable and generous act in granting these scholarships. The scholarships will be of significant importance to recipients in a number of ways. For some recipients, the scholarships will assist them with living costs, university fees and courserelated expenses. Some will utilise their scholarships in funding research work and expenses such as travel, while others will invest in future plans such as
repositioning themselves in New Zealand or overseas for potential job offers. In whatever way we use these scholarships, we will use them for a purpose that is consistent with the objectives of Freemasonry: to contribute to the service of humanity, to give relief and assist fellow men who face misfortune, and to cultivate social virtues that contribute to excellence in our communities and in New Zealand society as a whole. For me, this scholarship will be used for family living expenses. My wife and I made the difficult decision to relocate our family from the Cook Islands so that I could complete tertiary studies in the field of aviation at Massey University. I anticipated that moving to New Zealand to study wasn’t going to be easy, and I was right. From time to time, my wife and our two sons, aged four and two, have faced a number of difficulties. As a father and sole provider, it has been a challenging task to provide, plan ahead, maintain community involvement and yet study very hard. Despite immense difficulties, my young family and I have been truly blessed to be surrounded by wonderful, encouraging and supportive grandparents, families and friends. Moreover, to be awarded is a huge honour and my family and I thank Freemasons New Zealand. Although I grew up in the Cook Islands, we are considered New Zealand
After graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering Technology from the University of the South Pacific, Nikau worked for four years as a technician with the Cook Islands Airport Authority. Nikau, his wife and young family relocated to Palmerston North so he could complete his tertiary education. In parallel with his studies, Nikau has gained his Private Pilot Licence and is completing credits towards a Commercial Pilot Licence. For the last three years Nikau has featured on the Dean’s List for exceptional academic performance. Last year he was invited to join the Pasifika Mana Toa mentoring and leader ship programme, providing aca demic and pastoral support for first-year Pasifika students. Nikau also mentors new students enrolled in his field of study, meeting with them for two hours each week and keeping in regular email contact. Heavily involved in local sporting and church communities at home, Nikau is also associated with church activities here, building a sense of community among Cook Islanders in Palmerston North. He plans to work in New Zealand for a few years, with the ultimate aim of returning to the Cook Islands and developing a career with Air New Zealand, a local airline, or the Cook Islands Airport Authority. citizens and are honoured and privileged for the equal opportunities provided in New Zealand, such as this Freemasons award. I recall during my shortlist interview, the interviewer stated that Freemasons’ objective in offering this scholarship programme was to assist in promoting “Excellence among New Zealanders.” We will not disappoint you. On behalf of the 2013 Freemasons University Scholars, we thank you for recognising our academic and community work.
SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS Auckland University of Technology Nikki Mandow (Herne Bay, Auckland) Mahoney Topia (Kumeu, Auckland)
Master of Philosophy (PG) Masters in Health Science (Occupational Practice) (PG)
University of Auckland Mancy (Man Sze) Tong (Epsom, Auckland) Cameron Ellis (Burwood, Christchurch) Kimberley Mundy (Kaitaia) Sasha Rasmussen (Ellerslie, Auckland) Nupur Upadhyay (One Tree Hill, Auckland) Tigers and zoos were the topic of conversation when Jeraldine Teng of Milson, Palmerston North met Mrs Jan Cooper, wife of the Freemasons Grand Master. Geraldine’s career will involve management of zoos and the vital role zoos play in ensuring the genetic diversity of wildlife.
Alice (Jing Jing) Wang (Mt Albert, Auckland)
PhD in Biomedical Science (PG) Bachelor of Science (Honours) Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
University of Waikato Joshua Scarrow (Katikati) Simone de Brouwer (Drury, south of Auckland) René Engelbrecht (Rototuna, Hamilton) Karen Pickup (Thames) Boris Pfahringer (Hamilton)
Master of Science (PG) Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) and Bachelor of Social Science Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Science (Honours)
Massey University Jeraldine (Shan-Wei) Teng (Palmerston) Leonie Etheridge (Palmerston North) Rachel Oliver (Thames) Tessa Pratt (Feilding) Nikau Tangaroa (Cook Islands)
PhD in Environmental Management (PG) Bachelor of Science Bachelor of Veterinary Science Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Bachelor of Aviation Management (Honours)
Victoria University of Wellington Explaining the Henderson-Hasselbalch chemistry equation, Leonie Etheridge of Palmerston North with Freemasons Grand Secretary, Laurence Milton.
Rowan Dixon (Mt Victoria, Wellington) Oliver Bone (Matapouri, near Whangarei) Julia Froetschl (Kelson, Lower Hutt) Taylor Hughson (Thorndon, Wellington) Julia Wells (Roseneath, Wellington)
PhD in Development Studies (PG) Master of Science Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
Lincoln University Sarah Forder (St Arnaud, Nelson Lakes) Master of Science (PG) Benjamin Wiseman (Middleton, Christchurch) Bachelor of Science
University of Canterbury Carsten Grimm (Rotorua) Sophia Hunt (Cashmere, Christchurch) James McKay (Spreydon, Christchurch) Katherine Wootton (Ashburton)
PhD in Psychology (PG) Master of Science Bachelor of Science (Honours) Master of Science
University of Otago
Sarah Forder of St Arnaud, Nelson, has taken leave from her job as a biodiversity ranger for DOC to carry out a research project on the Great Spotted Kiwi. She is demonstrating a motion activated infrared camera to NZ Freemason Editor, Morris Robertson. Twenty of these cameras will be placed outside nests in predator-controlled areas at Arthur’s Pass to capture social and nesting behaviour.
Elyse Dunn (Wanganui) Timothy Chambers (Berhampore, Wellington) Rachael Jones (Andersons Bay, Dunedin) Joshua Pemberton (Nelson) Ari Pfeiffenberger (Mt Cook, Wellington)
PhD in Microbiology (PG) Bachelor of Physical Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
NB: PG means scholar awarded a Post Graduate Scholarship ($10,000). All other scholarships are university scholarships ($6,000).
A life changing award 2010 Freemasons Scholar, Mary Silcock, competes with the best Each year some $220,000 in scholarships, funded by The Freemasons Charity, is awarded for graduate and postgraduate studies. In a highly competitive field it is great to see an Auckland University of Technology distance learning student from Westland up there on an equal footing with the depth of talent emanating from our traditional universities. In a letter addressed to Freemasons New Zealand she sets out what her scholarship has meant for her and the life changes it has fostered.
With HRH The Duke of Gloucester at the 2010 ceremony.
t the 2010 Freemasons Scholarships presentation ceremony Hokitika mother of three pre-schoolers, Mary Silcock, received her postgraduate award at the Wellington Town Hall from HRH The Duke of Gloucester. A trained paediatric occupational therapist Mary had completed a postgraduate diploma in Occupational Therapy and was commencing work on her thesis, as a distance student, for a Master of Philosophy at Auckland University of Technology. Her thesis involved contemporary technology and children, why the find occupations involving technology so attractive and the influence this has on their perception of the world. Community service has been a familial trait for Mary who has been involved in Playcentre and the youth mentoring programme, Big Brothers Big Sisters. Three years on Mary has graduated with First Class honours and is moving on to higher studies. 34
Dear Freemasons, I wanted to write and express my heartfelt thanks and gratitude for receiving one of your 2010 postgraduate scholarships. Last December I graduated with a Masters of Philosophy with First Class Honours thanks to your generosity. What a profound impact completing my Master’s degree has had for me, my future and my children’s future. By having the opportunity to engage in higher-level tertiary education I have realised what I am capable of and a whole new future has opened up for
Mary with her children.
me. The financial barriers without the scholarship would have prevented me even contemplating undertaking this education. I have made some major personal life decisions because of this and have moved to live back in the North Island to be nearer the bigger centres for career and family reasons. I have been accepted into the PhD programme at AUT for 2013. At this stage I have deferred this until 2014 so I can settle my children, re-focus, and I will apply for some funding to assist this study for next year. Once again thank you for accepting my application and believing that I could do this, Yours sincerely, Mary Silcock. At the time of the 2010 presentation Mary said that her future ambition was to work in the field of child and adolescent mental health and have an involvement in health care at a political level. Watch this space! Morris Robertson
PRESERVING THE PRESENCE Remarkable students benefit from a former Dunedin Lodge The name of a now closed Dunedin Lodge lives on through the annual award of scholarships. The most recent recipients, for 2012 and 2013 respectively, are Sara Förg and Shaun Markham. Sara has completed her first year of tertiary study while Shaun is commencing his after overcoming the most difficult of circumstances during his high school years.
n 2005 the Port Chalmers Marine Lodge, No. 942 EC, closed its doors after 140 years. The members wished to preserve the name of the Lodge and, to this end, they established a Trust, with starting capital of $100,000, to provide an annual bursary to applicants resident in the Port Chalmers district. This is awarded each year to a High School leaver who may not otherwise have had the means to pursue a higher level of education. It is administered by the Otago Masonic Charitable Trust via an elected sub-committee. The bursary can be applied to University, Polytechnic, or specific education providers, such as apprenticeship training organisations. The cheques are presented at a function each December so the recipient has funds to start the next year. This is followed up with a certificate in June, at the annual Grants and University Scholarships Presentation function in Dunedin. Sara Förg is now in her second year of studying Interior Design towards a Bachelor of Design specialising in Interiors at Otago Polytechnic. She
reports that ‘last year was a challenge for me, coming straight out of high school and also leaving home, but I have gained footing and am thoroughly enjoying this year so far. Thank you all once again for the incredible bursary.’ During the year for a studio workshop Sara designed and built a stained-glass window. The Assistant Provincial GM Irish Irish Constitution NZ, Frank Griffin, was so impressed by Sara’s work he is looking at commisioning Sara to make him a stained glass window This years recipient is an outstanding young man, Shaun Markham, who has overcome some immense disabilities to become a high achiever, both in academic studies and on the sports field. Shaun, who has cerebral palsy, was last year named Dux of Kings High School in Dunedin. His story illustrates how a number of factors can contribute to a positive school experience for students who have disabilities. But, above all, the importance of challenging negative ideas about disability plays a big part in his story. On Shaun’s first day at secondary school, he decided to ditch his wheelchair and build up the strength and balance he needed to walk the grounds of King’s High School. He successfully mastered walking long distances unassisted in his first term at King’s and never looked back. He joined the school’s athletics team, taking part in cross country running, shot put, and discus. In 2012, he was invited by the first fifteen to lead the rugby team into Forsyth Barr Stadium
The Chairman of the Port Chalmers Lodge Bursary Committee RWBro Gordon Baines presents to Sara Förg with her certificate at the 2012 ceremony.
as flag bearer for a white-knuckle match against Otago Boys High School. Shaun’s determination that others see him as capable, and his own desire to set and reach high goals, are key factors. In addition, Shaun has challenged his peers and teachers to rethink their assumptions about disability. Shaun’s former principal, Dan Reddiex, said, ‘Very quickly, we saw him achieve his goal, with extraordinary tenacity, determination, and hard work. He demonstrated his capability and taught us a lot about our own assumptions about disability and what students with disabilities can do.’ With thanks to Grant Watson
LEFT Sara’s stained glass window. RIGHT Shaun Markham with shot put in hand.
How are we communicating How we communicate Freemasonry really starts with each one of us! As Freemasons
We should use all avenues to let people know we are Freemasons by taking every opportunity to wear the Square and Compasses in everyday situations to help start a conversation. If you are embarrassed, or perhaps ashamed or scared to do this, then I guess you need to ask yourself why? New Zealand has moved on in lots of ways and isn’t it time to bust all those myths and the mystery surrounding the organisation and tell the story like it really is. You can start those con ver sations and introduce Freemasonry with a myriad of examples including the Freemasons University Scholar ships, the Chair of Gerontology at Auckland University, the Paediatric Fellowships at Otago University, the Freestar Awards for young scientists, the defribulators, the GPS Systems in St John Ambulances and Country Fire Service vehicles or the recently completed Neonatal Knitting Project. My conversations at my former bank usually talked about the voluntary work I did at the Home Compassion Soup Kitchen, tutoring adopted orphans with HIV through the NZ AIDS Foundation Awhina Centre and the wonderful things that Freemasons New Zealand did. I never had one bad conversation but did achieve a very big change in perceptions and attitudes. We should also talk about what our Lodges have done in the area of benevolence and charity.
VWBro Duane Williams
More importantly, we need to talk to each other as Freemasons even if it is only a handshake, a smile and a hello. Make new members, joining members and visitors feel welcome and valued. That can be achieved through mentoring, being an excellent host or just showing that you enjoy their company. In membership numbers Freemasonry is bleeding, our initiations may be keeping up with the losses through death, but it is the loss of members through resignation that is causing the haemorrhaging in numbers. We are simply not communicating well enough with our members to avoid this from happening. We are not listening to what they want and are we only paying lip service to their concerns and suggested solutions? As Freemasons Lodges
What does your Lodge say about you as a Freemason? Is it well presented, inviting and giving off a good image of a great New Zealand institution? Is it modern or historically magnificent? Does it keep up with the times? Is it situated in the most cost efficient, commercially viable and community orientated premises? Why not open your Lodge rooms up to community organisations to use or be free for their special events such as blood donations, health checks, e.g. heart, diabetes, blood pressure, as the Lodge’s contribution to good community health. National events, like ‘The Freemasons Longest Mor ning Tea’ in July and The Freemasons ‘Live Life Lighter’ Family Health Programme in November, are great opportunities to connect with our local communities and communicate to them about Freemasonry. Have you posted the latest Freemasons New Zealand signs in your part of the country? Lodges should be communicating
electronically with all members, except for that small minority which is not able to embrace the world of the computer. That means the minutes, correspondence and Treasurer’s reports going to all members prior to the meeting, leading to a very efficient business session for ratification, especially if important matters have been previously discussed by an inclusive Standing/Executive/ Management Committee. Use tools like telephone trees, a Lodge website, text alerts and social media e.g. Facebook and Twitter. Develop meaningful forms of participation for every member of your Lodge, be it the Masonic Management Ladder, Ceremonial, Assistants to the Officers, specific tasks like the Lodge Newsletter or Website. You can also recommend talented Freemasons to help in the running of the District, Division or nationally. Let’s help our organisation find the ‘right man for the job’ no matter their masonic level. As Freemasons New Zealand
These days the New Zealand Freemason Magazine is a real conversation starter. Pass your copy onto a non-masonic friend or someone else to read. Leave copies in your local doctor or dentist’s waiting rooms or at a Play Centre/Kindergarten or Plunket rooms. Whilst now of ‘coffee table’ standard many of our members, particularly the younger ones, prefer to access it electronically on the Freemasons New Zealand website or download it via their smart phone using QR code or, coming soon, as an app. The Freemasons New Zealand Website has been refreshed with the added benefit of links to Facebook and other social media. Once a year we have a great opportunity as Freemasons to communicate with each other as an organisation at Divisional Conferences. Every three years this opportunity is extended to the The Grand Installation Business Session and ancillary activities.
These are not just for the Masters or Lodge Delegates but are open for every Freemason from Entered Apprentice to the Grand Master to attend and it behoves us to make the opportunity to get everyone there. Much of the funding for the above,
including booklets, brochures, popup banners and all the other support material developed by National Committees and provided to Lodges by Freemasons New Zealand comes from each and every one of us and those with a masonic connection supporting The Freemasons Deposit Scheme. The Strategic Direction 2013–2018 is giving us an opportunity to again look at what we are doing right, what we could do better and what we may need to ditch. Every part of the organisation will have a part to play. We have been recently disseminating our ideas to Lodges to be further discussed and focused at Divisional Conferences and to be followed by ratification, with
a concrete set of action points to be achieved by all within set time frames, as part of the Business Session at The Grand Installation. No amount of publicity be it National or Provincial or Local good though it is, can make up for 8,500 Freemasons and nearly the same number of Freemasons Partners communicating with each other and their communities about what Freemasonry is and means to you and them. Remember, nothing succeeds like ‘word of mouth’. How we communicate Freemasonry really starts with each one of us! VWBro Duane Williams MBE, Chair National Communications Committee
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The Masonic Villages Trust is a charity set up in 1960 by Freemasons in the southern North Island to provide care and services for older people. Since then, the Trust and its charitable operating companies, Masonic Care Limited and Masonic Villages Limited, have earned an enviable reputation for quality accommodation and personalised care.
A great advertisement for Masonic values The spirit and values of Freemasonry have inspired many good men achieve greatness. Not surprisingly, those qualities are appreciated by their wives and partners, some of whom have become strong advocates for the craft. Marie Gillies has lived with these values all her life. Her father was deeply involved in Freemasonry, as was her husband Bob until his sudden death two years ago. Now, as the first woman elected to The Masonic Villages Trust board, she would love to see more Freemasons embrace the Trust’s villages as their own. “Our facilities exist because earlier generations decided to make a lasting charitable commitment to the care of the elderly. They are now great advertisements for Masonic values at work in our community ... something all Freemasons can be truly proud of.” Since joining the board last year, Gillies has observed that many local Freemasons have lost their connection with the Trust. She wants to see this connection re-invigorated. “In the early days, the involvement of local lodges was very handson. But as time went by the Trust had to become more professional. Skilled managers were appointed, along with a board whose focus was on governance. During this journey, many individual Freemasons became disconnected from the villages they helped create.”
Our facilities exist because earlier generations decided to make a lasting charitable commitment to the care of the elderly. The Trust now recognises the need for active communications with the lodges and to better inform staff and residents of the Trust’s Masonic heritage. For their part, Gillies says she would like more Freemasons to promote the Trust as their first-choice provider of residential services for older people. “We also need more individual Freemasons, their family members and friends, becoming members of the Trust, helping with the funding of equipment that is not paid for by the government and – if they have the qualifications and experience – putting their names forward as potential Trustees. “Some of the lodges are making valuable contributions, especially to our Glenwood and Horowhenua facilities. They have my most sincere thanks. But some of the other lodges in our districts are standing back and over time I hope they will see fit to help us continue to provide excellent facilities and care. “Good facilities greatly improve the quality of life for our hospital and rest home residents. Government funding only covers the basics. To provide the quality of care that most Freemasons would expect for themselves requires an ongoing charitable contribution.” She says she is flattered to be the first female member of the board. “But it is important to have a least one woman on the board. After all, the majority of the Trust’s staff and clients are women.”
Marie Gillies: Wants to see more Freemasons championing their Trust
It’s Gillies first governance role, after a long management career in the voluntary sector. For 12 years she was Support Services Manager for Arthritis New Zealand, with a team of 36 field officers from North Cape to Bluff. Then, after ‘retiring’, she spent four years as manager of Old St Paul’s in Wellington. As a board member she is pleased to see the progress that is being made with planning the new retirement village at Woburn. “While the Trust exists to help older people regardless of their backgrounds, I would love to see local Freemasons among those registering an interest in buying an apartment. It would complete the circle, seeing those who created these wonderful facilities enjoying them in their retirement.”
Like to join? Membership of The Masonic Villages Trust is open to all, but Trustees would like more Freemasons to join. Membership, which is only $20 a year, is one of the main ways the Trust has of keeping supporters well informed and involved. To join the Trust, contact the Chief Executive Officer, Warick Dunn by email: email@example.com or by telephone 04 569 8512
Register your interest now Freemasons are encouraged to register their interest in the smart new apartments being built at Woburn Masonic Village in Lower Hutt.
Stage one of the $30 million development will be finished by mid-2014. It features 47 apartments with grandstand views over the Hutt River and access to facilities including a library and a ‘men’s shed’. Stage two, due for completion a year later, will add a further 39 apartments, a cafe, hair salon, snooker room, bar, library, IT suite and gym. The apartments, ranging from one to three bedrooms on three floors, are expected to sell for $250,000 to $610,000. The development is very different from anything the Trust has done in the past. It’s designed for a new generation of people seeking a community with values they share, as well as amenities and support services that will enable them to lead a comfortable and active lifestyle in their retirement. Masonic Villages Trust chief executive Warick Dunn says a story in the local paper sparked a flurry of calls from members of the public.
The entrance to the new Woburn apartments
Arctic service honoured It’s nearly 70 years since Michael Biegel served on the Arctic convoys ferrying vital wartime supplies to northern Russia. But in April his service was remembered by the British Government with the award of a new medal, the Arctic Star. Born in Buckinghamshire, England, Biegel now lives in the rest home at Woburn Masonic Village with his wife Rosemary. The comfort of the village is far removed from the sub-zero temperatures, violent storms, icebergs and threat of attack by U-boats that he endured in the Arctic. Rosemary and Michael Biegel, with the Arctic Convoy Star
“We haven’t started our marketing yet. But when we do it would be good if there are a healthy number of Freemasons or people with Masonic connections near the front of the queue.”
Manawatu joins Team Masonic The Manawatu Masonic Association Trust (MMAT) and The Masonic Villages Trust have decided to work together. The MMAT owns Masonic Court in Palmerston North and Te Awahou Masonic Village in Foxton. The Masonic Villages Trust has villages in Levin, Lower Hutt and Masterton. As a first step The Masonic Villages Trust is providing managerial, accounting and financial services to the MMAT. The two trusts will now explore the potential for sharing other services and functions. Trust chairman Bill Arcus says the two Trusts have a common heritage and common charitable purpose. “Together, we will be stronger financially and operationally. We will be able to share management and professional resources and have greater purchasing power.” MMAT chairman Bill Carswell says the trusts provide their residents with an excellent service, but this needs to be promoted more effectively.
On his first tour of duty out of naval college Biegel’s ship was torpedoed by a U-boat in the Atlantic. Then, as a 17-year old, he served as a deck apprentice on two Arctic convoys in 1942 and 1943 … the first to reach Murmansk unscathed. A convoy to New Zealand was a total contrast. In Auckland he was so well treated that he decided to move here after the war. Indeed, it was on the way to New Zealand in 1951 that Michael met Rosemary in a dancing class on the Atlantis. Out of that shipboard romance, they forged a partnership that was celebrated at their diamond wedding in May.
“Also, we need to be smarter and more efficient with our management and back-office services. That’s easier to achieve when you have scale.”
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Brett London ailing from a family of Craftsmen, Brett London was initiated into The St. Andrew Kilwinning Lodge No.79 in Wanganui on 24 April. Born in Palmerston North in 1957, Brett moved to Wanganui in 1997. Married to Karen, they have one adult daughter. He is describer as a go-getter guy and an avid classical motorcycle collector and rider, with four bikes to date. He is a keen gardener and a black belt karate man as well as a former NZ cycling titleholder, having won four titles and still holds the record for the 1600 metres grass track.. Remarkable in itself this isn’t the end of Brett’s story. Although now described as fit and healthy he hasn’t always been that way. He is a liver transplant survivor with the need to be careful with his health although this isn’t allowed to interfere with his passion for bikes. Welcome to F r e e m a s o n r y, Brother Brett.
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News from the North Contributed by Noel Ryan Hospice grant trains GPs Remember the hugely successful fundraising house auction by South Auckland Freemasons (led by MW Bro Ian Ross)
A recently-opened new wing of Totara Hospice.
back in 2010? The charitable trust set up to manage the proceeds of that effort continues to provide assistance to the beneficiary the Totara Hospice based in Manurewa. Another grant has been made to the Hospice by Freemasons South Auckland Hospice Charitable Trust. This will contribute to the further training of community GP’s in palliative care certification. The Hospice, serving both South and South-East Auckland, says that with the re-structuring of health services in the area there is a clear need to increase
the number of General Practitioners qualified in palliative care. They will set up annual scholarships which will allow GP’s to work with the Hospice and gain the RACP Diploma in Palliative Care. Continued page 44
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Scinde Lodge No. 5 Francis Real Lodge Titirangi Mt Albert No. 204 The Sir Walter Scott Lodge No. 15 Regie Inigo Lodge Titirangi Mt Albert No. 204 The Canterbury Kilwinning Lodge No. 23 Luis Sugui Lodge Titirangi Mt Albert No. 204 Waihenga St Johns Lodge No. 37 Ramon Marinas Lodge Titirangi Mt Albert No. 204 The Wairau Lodge No. 42 Kyle Dunkerley Lodge Omarunui No. 216 The Phoenix Lodge No. 43 Norman Mokaraka Lodge Manurewa No. 222 The Ponsonby Lodge No. 54 Chandresh Thakrar Empire Fergusson Lodge No. 225 Papakura Lodge No. 56 Antony Oosthuysen Lodge Doric Brighton No. 236 The Advance Mawhera Lodge No. 61 John Manson Lodge Sumner No. 242 The St Andrew Kilwinning Lodge No. 79 Keith Browne Lodge Haeata No. 272 Lodge Dunstan No. 103 Paul Tamati Lodge Wanaka No. 277 Lodge Winton No. 108 Tim Schmidt Lodge Manchester No. 287 The Forest Lodge No. 116 Tony Coulthard Lodge Nelson No. 288 The Wallace Lodge No. 129 Gary Hildyard Lodge Awatere No. 292 Te Awahou Lodge No. 133 Matthew Hoyles Lodge Howick No. 314 The Crown Lodge No. 138 Frank MacCullaich Lodge Howick No. 314 Rongotea Lodge No. 146 Jonathan Knox Lodge Te Puni No. 315 Piako Lodge No. 160 Daniel Moore The Lodge of Remembrance No. 318 Lodge Ahurewa No. 181 Michael Coster The Lodge of Peace No. 322 Lodge North Harbour No. 182 Michael Seelen Harmony Lodge No. 325 Lodge North Harbour No. 182 Glenn Aitchison Lodge Mana No. 352 Lodge North Harbour No. 182 Rodrigo Toledo Lodge Mana No. 352 Lodge North Harbour No. 182 Thomas McBride Lodge Fendalton No. 384 Lodge North Harbour No. 182 Macell De Reuck Lodge Kerikeri No. 402 Lodge North Harbour No. 182 Kenneth Marshall Lodge Waikanae No. 433 Lodge Clinton No. 183 Walter Edward Howearth Lodge Whitianga No. 443 Lodge Te Marama No. 186 Andrew Schriiffer Lodge Idris No. 452 Roslyn Morning Star No. 192 David Lindsay Stokes Valley Lodge No. 460 Lodge Takapuna No. 202 Nilo Pombo Lodge Arowhenua No. 473 Lodge Takapuna No. 202 Juan Parker The Avant-Garde Lodge No. 503
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News from the North (continued) Freemasons Roskill Foundation New Fellowship research aimed at osteoporosis Amongst the prestigious scholarships awarded late last year by the Rutherford Foundation was a Freemasons PostDoctoral Fellowship. This is only the second such award since the establishment in 2009 of this outstanding prize for scholastic merit by Freemasons Roskill Foundation.
Inaugural Fellow heads home
The Fellowship is managed by the Rutherford The Inaugural Freemasons Post-Doctoral Fellowship winner, Foundation, a Trust Dr Nicola Jackson has completed her 3-year stint in the hallowed set up by the Royal halls of Cambridge University in England and is now planning Society of New Zealand a return to New Zealand later this year. to reward and support the country’s most Nicola writes : outstanding emerging Sadly my three years in Cambridge is coming to an end but I will leave a scientific researchers. very grateful recipient of a Rutherford Foundation Freemasons Postdoctoral Nine awards were made Fellowship with fond memories, many new skills and valuable connections in 2012 for work of with scientists throughout Europe. national significance. The Freemasons Fellowship I have been contributing to a project that is focused on understanding how winner Renata Kowalczyk. Freemasons Fellowship bacteria such as Salmonella interact with the human immune system. New is valued at $150,000 findings have recently been published in the European Journal of Immunology allowing the study to continue over two years at and work is on-going in the laboratory to investigate further. Auckland University. Auckland Masonic Education Foundation Chairman Warren Howard with Elinor Swery and Mizra Boig
The support of The winner of the Freemasons Fellowship is Dr Renata Freemasons Roskill Kowalczyk of Auckland whose research will focus on Foundation has the design and chemical synthesis of new drugs which involves developing wireless Scholarships for enabled me ato work may be used orally in treating osteoporosis. With patient monitoring system on an independent that engineering research treatment for osteoporosis sufferers in New Zealand has the potential to improve research project at a currently costing over $1 billion there is vast scope for emergency world-class care, save costs University Auckland Masonic Education Founda advancement in this area. Novel compounds will be and reduce on medical errors. His a subject that I am tiontested hasforawarded scholarships to two their ability to stimulate the activity of boneElectrical and Applied Engineering passionate about. This outstanding PhD forming cells. Theengineering project will be students conducted in close Masters thesis atinvaluable Auckland has been to working in diverse collaboration withdomains. the Auckland Bone Research Group University of Technology involved my development as a Elinor Swery graduated in mechanical of the School of Medicine at the University. monitoring data scientist and I engineering at the University of Auckland gathering research Renata was absolutely delighted to win the award. “It electronically while patients were look forward to returning Counselling at Dove House. and is working in composite materials. enable me to continue my research with the aim anaesthesia. is working to New He Zealand in the Herwill research is exploring ways to predict under of reversing the progress of osteoporosis and improving with Professor Martin Connolly near future to further my resin curing times. She has developed a the quality of life for ageing New Zealanders and people the Freemasons Chair of Gerontology. the Auckland East District Lodges and career. test for reinforcing materials and will Nicola and partner Kevin attending a dinner at Corpus Christi throughout the world”. The Masonic Education Foundation their connections that pitched in with
College. They plan to marry on their return to New Zealand. work on other tests for materials made originated from the closure of Lodge substantial donations to help complete from natural fibres like wool and flax. Originally from Israel, Elinor was Orakei No 270. It is chaired by VW Bro a refurbishment of the facilities. Redecorating inside and out, floora student at Rosehill College and is a Warren Howard. coverings, all the furniture, everything holder of a St John Grand Prior Award. was renewed. HerWhile talentsthe areschools in international Another Hospiceregistered helped were ‘out’demand in January The Institute music teachers in New Zealand. The aims of Lodges Peace No 322, Wayfarers No too.ofShe has won an award from BMW to Zealand held their Registered Music Teachers of New the Institute include the development of student music 389, Tamaki No 328 and Selwyn No 274. Auckland Freemasonspotential, are especially joinnational their R&D people forin7 the months. conference Raye Freedman Arts Centre encouraging excellence in music education Plus the Les Wood Masonic Trust and of supporting Hospices! Dovethe use and This is theGirls second consecutive at Epsom Grammar Schoolyear – withfond a scherzo of and promoting place of music in our backed up with The Freemasons Charity latest in support which Mirza Boig won this House in Glendowie is the added by thehas Foundation. lives. Thehospice conference discussed musical history and made a more than $30,000 establishment to appreciate theran efforts of together scholarship. styles, instrumental masterclasses, workshops on ‘Music in Time – yesterday, today & tomorrow was Auckland’ Freemasons. This time it was contribution. His research at North Shore Hospital
Music in Time
- music teachers muse
the theme for the week-long event open to all 1200
performance and many other topics. ‘Bravo’ they cried!
Roskill Foundation RepoRting
Stopping the macular degenerating W
hile the Freemasons-funded research into age-related macular degeneration goes on at the University to find the causes of this all-tooprevalent eye disease, the Foundation goes on helping to fight the scourge at the public level too. A further grant has been made to Macular Degeneration New Zealand to assist in their on-going support and education awareness programme to combat this main cause of blindness amongst our over-50’s. The 2013 ‘Awareness Week’ coming up later in May will feature: •
A public relations campaign – getting to the wider community prompting people to have their eye health checked.
A new website, upgraded and simplified with more information and data.
Communications with GP’s and Optometrists.
These activities will continue throughout the year together with public/community information talks e.g. through Rotary Clubs, Grey Power and other women’s clubs (enquiries from Lodges are welcome), running the 0800 helpline and updating and developing new publications.
The marriage of Butterfly and Pinkerton with Edward and Kieran ‘officiating’
‘Our’ Interns help Butterfly soar
Members of the Freemasons internship programme played a significant part in New
Zealand Opera’s recent production of Pucini’s ‘Madame Butterfly’.
Bianca Andrew, Edward Laurenson and Kieran Rayner each had minor but named roles. Bianca played Kate Pinkerton, while Edward and Keiran shared the The Imperial Commissioner and The Official Registrar roles between Wellington and Auckland. Full houses were the norm throughout the seasons in both cities and it was no wonder. The traditional settings, stunning sets and lighting plus highly emotive character portrayals have made this first production of the year a great success. Thank you Bianca, Edward and Keiran. We all look forward to seeing you continuing your success. Not forgetting, of course, a grateful thanks to another Freemason, Bro Pucini without whom none of this would have been possible!! Kate Pinkerton (Bianca) discusses the future with Suzuki
Amongst the major objectives of Macular Degeneration NZ are increasing the level of recognition and awareness, providing accurate, specific, current and on-going information and to facilitate access to relevant support services. For a disease that is estimated to affect 1 in 7 New Zealanders over 50 in some way and is expected to increase by 70% by 2030 we are very happy to be part of this programme.
The Foundation can be contacted at PO Box 113144, Newmarket, Auckland 1149. Telephone: (09) 520 6414 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org 45
2013 Grand Convocation Rotorua, March 1â€“3 MEComp Les Borrell presents his inaugural address.
he Enthronement of ME Comp Les Borrell as First Grand Principal was attended by 167 registrants and 113 guests. Two hundred and forty sat down to the banquet following the enthronement and investiture of Officers of Grand Chapter. Included in this number was a contingent from the Grand Lodge of New Zealand headed by MWBro Selwyn Cooper, 32 Australians, 2 Englishmen; and one Californian. Eleven of those attending represented the Grand Mark
MWBro Selwyn Cooper is welcomed by outgoing First Grand Principal, Bruce Hebbard.
Heads of Delegations.
Ken McQueen briefs Robert Jaray.
Lodges in Australia, England and Wales. Twenty represented Grand Royal Arch Chapters of other overseas jurisdictions. In addition to these the other Royal Arch and Craft jurisdictions and most of the other Masonic Orders in New Zealand
were represented. The Proceedings of the Grand Convocation will be available to all Chapters and are published on the Royal Arch Web Site. A transcript of the Business Session is also available.
Communication in the twenty-first century
he last decade has seen Scribes shift much of the notices they send to the Companions of their Chapters from post to email. The implications for faster communication of relevant material from Chapters, Districts, Divisions and Grand Chapter to Companions are obvious and immense. In the past letters 46
from the Grand Scribe, to Companions could, by convention, stay with Scribes until the next meeting of the Chapter meaning the information presented at a Chapter meeting was no longer relevant, especially for those Chapters or Councils which meet a few times per year only. This no longer need be the situation, but
raises three questions: what is the best fast (that is to say, electronic) medium for communicating with Companions? How do those Companions who do not have an electronic method receive them in a timely manner. And, because some electronic documents can be large, especially if they contain images, will
everyone with an email address be prepared to accept them? The answer to the first and third question is probably an email list with support from a web page. An answer to the second question is difficult to formulate. At the time of writing about 75% of all New Zealand Constitution Royal Arch Masons have an email address. The ‘easiest’ answer is to encourage the other 25% to take the plunge into the internet. The only other likely option is to encourage those with email addresses to take responsibility to print off and send the messages to those of their Companions they know do not have the same facility. What does the web site offer? It does not contain just information. It also contains items which are of general interest; news (which can be contributed by Companions); a forum where Companions can raise questions and venture opinions on matters of interest to the Order; historical records of Officers of Grand Chapter; Active Officers of Grand Chapter and contact details for senior ranks; lists of Chapters and Councils with contact details; documents of Grand Chapter including the Book of Constitution and Proceedings of Grand Convocations; Chapter and Council returns; requests for certificates; and supplies available from the Grand Scribe. The ‘landing page’ — royalarch.org.nz (www. preceding the address is optional) is subject to change from time to time.
The picture at right shows the information at the time of writing. The buttons at the top enable access to the site and to details and registration for the Grand Convocation. Entering the site allows a viewer to create an account, or a registered user to log in to his account. Some information is available to the world at large but much of the information is restricted to registered users. This allows those who are not members to read about the Order, or to search through the records of past Officers but ensures that information which pertains to the Order in New Zealand to be kept private. The main menu (below) gives access to the information listed above. ‘News and News letters’ contains records of all news items which have been posted on the site, the most recent, for example, being an obituary for RE Comp Don Lowrie PGSupt. It also contains records of newsletters which can be generated on the site and emailed to all registered Companions. ‘Photo Galleries’ presently has collections of images
from the last two Grand Convocations and will contain those taken at the 2013 Grand Convocation. ‘Library’ includes a collection of papers and lectures by authors prominent in the Order in New Zealand. It will also, eventually, include the papers presented to the Research Chapter of New Zealand. These papers are all available for downloading and the library is completely searchable. At the time of writing the number of Companions registered on the web site represents 16% of those Companions with an email address. At the time of writing the formation of an Information ‘Group’ is in progress. One of the objectives of this group will be to encourage electronic communication. It will also have objectives of collection, collation and publishing information of interest and relevant to the Order and its Companions, Chapters and Councils and to seek responses and feedback from Companions about relevant items. The web site is for the Companions of our Order. It offers one of the best methods of presenting quality, useful and interesting information to us. You can contribute and you can get great benefit from it. If you have not yet registered on the site you are urged to give active consideration to take up that challenge.
The Back Page His buses travelled many a mile In answer to the page 1 picture puzzle: WBro Ron Lobb was presented with his 50-year service badge in February at St John Lodge No.84 in Mosgiel. As an NZ Road Services bus driver Ron’s had him posted around the country where he had the opportunity to join several lodges. He is now retired and living back in Mosgiel. Ron has been supported over these years by his wife, Sylvia, who is a renowned poet and gave the following recitation at his presentation celebration: How it all began
In ancient times there was an important man, King Solomon was his name. He said ‘I need a great temple built, To bring me honour and fame’. So he sent an email to all his architects, His carpenters and stone masons too. And said ‘now workmen gather round, And show me what you can do’. Soon workmen appeared from far and wide. It was going to be a pretty big job. They said ‘we don’t mind working all these hours As long as we make a few bob’. But King Solomon was very careful with his money He really didn’t give out much pay, They only got corn, wine and oil, And that was for a very long day, One day when the stonemasons were having lunch I think it was Kentucky fried, They discussed the very small pay they were getting And said ‘this guy’s taking us for a ride’. And so they started out to work for themselves, They wore aprons to carry their tools, They said ‘we won’t tell anyone what we do, That will be in the rules’. They always worked for perfection, They were all good craftsmen you see, If they found anyone who was poor and distressed They did his work for free. So then they got known as Freemasons, Now I’m not sure if this is all entirely true. But it makes a fascinating story Believing it or not, is entirely up to you.
Goodbye Wellywood – Hello Bollywood VWBro Duane Williams MBE, Chair of the National Communications Committee, on a recent trip to India was asked to be an extra in a Bollywood Movie being filmed in Darjeeling because of the clearer skies. He, along with Gavin Young, New Zealand Trade Commissioner and Consul General in Mumbai, were asked to play Australian Security Guards for the bad guy in the film! Duane is the one who looks like Benny Hill. The film is to be released in July 2013 but neither are looking at a career in film or payment however they got their thirty seconds of fame.
Symbolic exit Every time a story involves the British Royal family, mass media are quick to document every single detail of it. When Queen Elizabeth left King Edward VII Hospital on March 3rd, news sources covered the event extensively, even describing her outfit, her pearl necklace and her brooch. There is however one significant detail mass media completely ignored. Check out the nurse’s belt buckle. This massive belt buckle features the Masonic square and compass alongside a pentagram – another important Masonic symbol. According to the Library and Museum of Freemasonry, this belt buckle was given to nurses who trained at the Royal Masonic Hospital, a private hospital for Freemasons and other feepaying patients. The Royal Masonic Hospital ceased existence in 1992 but its belt buckles are apparently still worn by ‘elite’ nurses such as the one HM Queen and nurse. who treated the queen.
Well I’ll be doggone Seen at the Central Division Conference, Superintendent of The Freemasons Charity, RWBro Terry McConnell met up with an old police colleague, Jim McLean. Jim was the first police dog handler in Wellington and Terry played the role of ‘victim’ for training. As can be seen in the picture both the victim and the friendship survived. Jim was also there to receive on behalf of his grand-daughter Molly Creagh (who sadly was tied up in studies) her cheque for $6,000 as the Central Division Awardee of the Heartland Bank Scholarship Awards for 2013. 48
Grand Installation 2013
Wellington, New Zealand
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