Freemason NEW ZEALAND
Issue 2 (Vol. 42), June 2014
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IN THIS ISSUE
Fast track Freemason 26
Hot news 3
An international perspective
From the Grand Master 4 On the road
News clips 6
Masonic Villages Trust 28
Letters to the Editor 12
EDUCATION Heartland Bank Freemason Scholars 2014 30
FREEMASONS IN ACTION
An oil and gas dynasty in the making 32
OPINION Avoiding the Kodak factor 10
Rene and Lindi Engelbrecht
Three leaders pass to the Grand Lodge above
Should we become Operative Masons again? 34 REGULARS
The Roskill Foundation 36 Heartland Bank update 40
Home Equity Release Loan launched
Freemasons fill a gap 17 Enhancing the experience
Phoenix from the ashes 18 Waipa Lodge reopens
Serving a local need 21 Arrival of the Hardy Norsemen 22 Southern Cross milestone celebrated 23
42 TRAVEL Iced tea, peaches, golden eagles and a warm welcome 42
Get up and go 44
Coromandel Lodge takes a new direction
New initiates 45 Royal Arch 46 The back page 48
Service Awards 49
Cover pictures: Amy Eveleigh, aged 12, starting a Gap Filler audio tour with an MP3 player donated by Christchurch Freemasons and The Freemasons Charity Heath Johnson – Torch bearer for the Vancouver Winter Olympics and for Freemasonry
From the Editor
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GRAND MASTER’S VISITS 4 June
Lodge Whakatane – 100 year Celebration
6-7 June Southern Div Conference 19 July
Lake Lodge of Ophir, Queenstown – 150 year celebrations
Lake Lodge of Ophir.
Memories are (not) made of this
The Grand Lodge statistics show an average of 20 initiates joining the craft every month. They also show a greater rate of decline. Death and old age aside the loss exceeds the intake making retention one of our major issues to be addressed. While there are many reasons for the latter we put on a positive face and mumble excuses for the loss. One issue we often skirt around is that of learning ritual, a process that has been historically tailored to a certain age group and now abandoned education techniques. To put this in perspective we can look at three groupings of Brethren. First, there are the long serving members who memorised ritual 50 years or so ago and have retained large parts of it in their long-term memory. Second, there are the under 45-year-old group who have the ability to retain shortterm memory and find learning relatively easy. We often give them as the excuse for retaining the status quo. The third, and the key, area of concern is the group that joins the craft later in life and whose short-term memory ability has typically declined, thus making the absorption and retention of new charges increasingly more difficult. A number of scientific studies have shown that normal aging is associated with a decline in various memory abilities in many cognitive tasks; the phenomenon is known as agerelated memory impairment or age-associated memory impairment. This is a common problem facing aging actors when endeavouring to learn scripts. Brethren in this age group are valuable to lodges for ways other than learning charges. Their time availability is growing and they have vast experience in other fields, which they can contribute to the craft. Yet, we tend to cast them aside and they drift away because they can’t or are reluctant to learn charges compounded by the difficulties of archaic language. What can we do about the situation? We can learn a lot from theatre practitioners and follow a five-step process. (1) Discuss and understand, (2) rehearse words and movements with scripts, (3) learn the script, (4) rehearse without scripts and (5) present. It is typically steps 2, and to a lesser extent 1, that are missing from our procedures. Looking further ahead we need to recognise and get to grips with the rapidly evolving technology of the twenty first century. Even if we don’t have the gadgets now rest assured we will be faced with them soon. For example consider electronic ritual books with a wireless link to a mini earpiece. Would the Lodge turn away a brother wearing Google glasses? The ultimate, which I am sure will be upon us one day, will be a memory chip implant onto which can be loaded anything that our forebears once had to learn. Think about it! WBro Morris Robertson, Editor
HOT NEWS Hard Talk – The Pratt interviews Information for Freemasons’ Ladies and Partners
Celebrating 125 years The Grand Lodge of New Zealand was opened for the very first time on the 29th April 1890. Next year is an opportunity to celebrate 125 years of the Grand Lodge of New Zealand, and the Board of General Purposes has appointed RWBro Mark Winger Dep.GM to co-ordinate the celebrations of that anniversary. Lodges, Brethren and Masonic trusts are invited to offer suggestions on possible ways in which the anniversary could be celebrated, either within their region or at a national level. Once a programme is compiled, it will be circulated to all Lodges with the intention that everyone will have the opportunity to be part of the celebrations and feel a sense of participation. While funding is limited, there is a determination that the anniversary should be observed in an appropriate way. Ideally, any celebrations would be spread throughout 2015 and involve as many regions around the country as circumstances permit. The Freemasons Charity will be part of any benevolent activities and will be intending to make a special gesture to involve our Masonic widows. As time is of the essence all potential participants are encouraged to consider possibilities and then to forward suggestions to RWBro Winger as soon as possible as he would like the broad plan to be in place very soon. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to PO Box 1108, Auckland 1140
Diana Litton, wife of Grand Master John Litton, has developed a newsletter specifically for the ladies and partners of Freemasons. To receive this newsletter, please send your email address to: Diana.Litton@freemasons.co.nz Perhaps recipients could print off a few copies of the newsletter to give to ladies and partners who are not on line. The first issue is now out and, if you haven’t seen it, please email Diana as above.
Over the past six months WBro Russell Pratt, Grand Steward and Central Division representative on the BOGP, has been conducting a series of video interviews Russell Pratt. with Freemasonry’s leaders as part of his editorship of the Central Division web site. The latest interview features the staff in the Freemasons NZ office and gives a good insight into their respective roles. All of the interviews can now be accessed via the home page of the Freemasons NZ web site. Go to www.freemasons.co.nz
1815 – Linking to the Battle of Waterloo After a period of closure to investigate earthquake strengthening the Wellesley Boutique Hotel, home to Freemasons in Central Wellington, is up and running again with new facilities. See the advertisement on page 45 for details
Temporary closure of library The withdrawal from the ground floor space in Freemasons House has necessitated the relocation of the Grand Lodge Library and old membership records. Consequently membership records that are not on the current computer system will not be available until further notice. It is hoped that the library and access to old records will be available again in July. The Board Room and Library are being relocated to surplus space on level 6.
New in the lobby Seen in the entrance lobby to Freemasons House, new panels depicting Freemasonry and The Freemasons Charity.
John and Diana Litton at the Victoria Grand Installation banquet.
THE GRAND MASTER
ON THE ROAD
he honour and privilege of being Grand Master has continued to be felt during my travels over the last three months. Diana and I have been warmly received and very spoilt wherever we have been. To have the experience of meeting members of the masonic family in both New Zealand and Australia and to quickly feel so relaxed and at ease is perhaps something special to Freemasonry. In February I attended the Grand Installation in Tasmania and was well supported by a happy party of brethren and their partners from New Zealand. The Installation and all the associated functions were all held at the West Point Hotel and Casino in Hobart. The tower block of the hotel gave us stunning views across Hobart and the harbour entrance where the Sydney/Hobart boat race finishes. For Diana and me this was the first time we had been to Tasmania and our visit was over far too quickly. The same week we arrived back from Tasmania, we travelled to Nelson to attend the Royal Arch Convocation. I had been asked to address the Companions at an informal meeting held prior to the Convocation. This gave me the opportunity to talk about a closer co-operation between the Craft and Royal Arch Masonry. Both face similar challenges and I believe that having a closer relationship can only be beneficial to both organisations. I also talked about the ‘Strategic Direction’ of the Craft and how important it was that all brethren give it full support for the future success of Freemasonry. The hospitality extended to us by Most Excellent Companion Les Borrell, First Grand Principal, and the 4
Companions was excellent and very much appreciated. From Nelson we attended the reopening of the lodge rooms at Te Awamutu used by the Waipa Lodge. Theses lodge rooms had been subject to an arson attack with considerable damage to the building. What I experienced and had not expected, was an enthusiastic lodge which had worked hard as a successful team in the repair and rebuild of the building to a very high standard. To experience the energy of the Lodge members and to hear the words of appreciation from the Mayor of Te Awamutu is something I will long remember. Well done and congratulations to all those involved. The Grand Installation of Victoria, which was held in Melbourne, was the next destination for us and, again, we were supported by a party from New Zealand. Over a thousand people attended the ceremony which was also transmitted live on TV. Both the Installations in Tasmania and Victoria have a similarity to our Grand Installation but also a uniqueness. The Victorian Grand Installation has a military precision which must take many hours of rehearsal. Like us they now try to complete the ceremony in around two hours and this was achieved in line with the rigours placed on them by the TV Station. A Grand Masters’ Conference was held at the conclusion of the Victorian celebrations. The Grand Masters of Australia and New Zealand believe this is a very important meeting held every two years, as it provides an opportunity to share experiences and for us to listen to how the Australian Territories are meeting the challenges we are all facing in Freemasonry. I think it would be fair to say there is commonality amongst us in the action we are all taking. It was whilst in Melbourne that I learnt of the sad and unexpected passing of RWBro Terry Meekin, Past President of the Board of Benevolence, and on our return to New Zealand I travelled to attend his funeral. There was a large attendance of Freemasons with glowing tributes from his two sons and a granddaughter. MWBro David Mace gave an excellent eulogy on behalf of the Freemasons and this included details of the large contribution RWBro Meekin had given over many years to the Craft. A
Tribute to RWBro Meekin is published in this edition of New Zealand Freemason. Our latest visit has been to Invercargill for the 150 year Centennial Celebration of the Southern Cross Lodge. This lodge saw the start of Freemasonry in Southland and its celebrations were held in the Masonic Centre in Invercargill, which is a landmark building in the town. The magnificent lodge room made a very fitting venue for the celebration meeting and the courtesies and warm welcome given to us was very much appreciated. At the meeting I was requested to present a number of Master Masons certificates which was a very rewarding experience. A brief history of the lodge and masonry in the area had been prepared by VWBro Martin McGregor, Past Grand Lecturer and he presented this to the brethren and ladies before we adjourned for a banquet in the refectory. The room and tables had been beautifully decorated which added to the splendour of the occasion. The following day I was asked to present a cheque to the Southland Multiple Sclerosis Society to enable them to install a heat pump into their Erskine Holiday Home. This home gives sufferers and their families a well-earned break in a facility special adapted for their needs. The Freemasons in the area have supported this Society for some years and it was a pleasure to pass over the donation from the Freemasons Charity. Following this presentation, and under the guidance of the District Grand Master, VW Bro Alan Gurney, and the District Grand Director of Ceremonies, WBro Ken Broad we travelled to Bluff and visited the rooms of the Fortitude Lodge where a wonderful lunch had been prepared and which included, of course, Bluff oysters. Prior to lunch I made another presentation from the Freemasons Charity to the Bluff Coast Guard. This organisation is trying to build a modern rescue boat for the area and I was shown draft plans of the proposed craft. I was also interviewed by the local TV Station which gave me a great opportunity to talk about Freemasonry and our benevolent activities. Following lunch Diana and I were invited to view the Te Rau Aroha Marae and this was both an honour for us and a wonderful experience. The craftsmanship and colours were absolutely stunning
and if you ever get an opportunity to visit this Marae we would recommend the experience for it is unforgettable. The first few months of my tenure as Grand Master has confirmed that
Freemasonry is in very good heart in many parts of New Zealand. I have met a strong stream of new candidates and witnessed first-hand our charitable and benevolent work. Let us focus on such
positives and be proud of and celebrate all the good things that are happening. Finally to all the brethren and ladies who have welcomed and received us over the past few months a big thank you. John Litton, Grand Master
HI THERE News and views from Diana Litton
ohn and I have been having a wonderful time travelling to lots of interesting places and meeting so many lovely people. I’m trying hard to remember everyone’s name but it is proving to be quite a challenge! I won’t repeat what John has already told you but suffice to say that every place we have visited has been very special in its own way and we have come away with some wonderful memories. By the time this magazine is read I am hoping that my first newsletter will be out there for the ladies to read and a second one shortly to follow. My mailing list isn’t very long yet so, please, ladies, email me on Diana.Litton@freemasons.co.nz so I can send you my ‘Snippets’ and gentlemen, who will I’m sure read this magazine, please pass this section onto the ladies in your family for them to read and encourage them to respond by emailing me so they can join the distribution list and, also, give me some feedback and contributions. I would be pleased to receive any that the ladies
would like to send to me – the more the merrier! I am also very excited about the little booklet Plain English Guide to Freemasonry which has been the product of a number of enthusiastic people including myself, wanting to make it very much easier for the ladies and families, in particular, to talk about what their men are up to at Lodge, especially when asked by others who have no idea of what Freemasons are about or why they become members, etc. This little pocket-sized booklet has been produced to meet this need. It is to be ‘launched’ at the Divisional Conferences and will be available to wives, partners, and family supporters of Freemasons to help them answer any questions that might be asked of them. I hope it will be a great asset to the cause and a wonderful way of helping us get the message out that Freemasonry is a caring and community-orientated organisation. And, lastly, I was really blown away by the article in the last New Zealand
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Freemason which featured John Scott and the report of the cycle race round Lake Taupo. I read the article with great interest and had immense admiration for all those involved. Well done – I thought! But, what also grabbed my attention was that the race ‘caters for riders of all abilities’ and I wondered whether I could get some ladies teams there in support of Freemasons and of course a charity with my choice being Child Cancer. Anthony Clouston who was very involved in last year’s Taupo Bike Challenge is very keen in getting some ladies’ (and family) teams this year. The date is Saturday 29 November. So, ladies, families and friends, please do think of joining us on 29 November for a great project supporting both the Freemasons and Child Cancer. Teams are of four, and they can be mixed gender and ages (15 to 90 so that must include every one of you reading this article!). There is plenty of time to get families and friends together and start practising! Diana Litton
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The rocky way
Café culture on bicycles
Indoor climbing is an increasingly popular form of rock climbing performed on artificial structures that attempt to mimic the experience of outdoor rock, The Taupo Freemasons sponsored the regional New Zealand indoor rock climbing competition in Taupo on March 22nd providing prizes and support. With well over 90 participants and 400 spectators a great day was had by all said Stephen Spargo from Lodge Kaimanawa No.426. ‘It’s great to see all these youth engaging in a high energy sport like rock climbing, keeping fit and enjoying life.’ Rock climbing combines strength, control and finesse in one exciting sport, The basic premise behind rock climbing is extremely simple. You are trying to climb from the bottom to the top of something. If that was all there were to it, then you would need nothing but your body and a good pair of climbing shoes. The other part of the sport comes if you slip anywhere along the way. Because of the possibility of falling, rock climbing involves a great deal of highly specialized equipment to catch you when you fall. In a competition the contestants are judged on lead, speed, and bouldering in both individual and team events. The winners of the Taupo event will go on to the nationals later in the year and could potentially represent New Zealand if they carry on to the next level.
Diana Litton, Freemason’s first lady, is keen to get social groups of ladies out cycling, on a regular basis. Inspired by the efforts last year of the Freemason’s cycling team, Diana is keen to promote a cycling café crawl culture on bikes, for ladies in particular. The cycling café crawl culture is about meeting at a café and cycling to the next café for a hot drink. After a coffee, 5,000 words and 110 laughs, it is on your bike to the next café, say 4km away. If nothing else, par tici pants would have worked off any extra calories that may have been accumulated along the way and riding in groups is always a lot safer and more fun. Sitting on the back of a tandem
and not cycling won’t be allowed! Diana has commissioned new cycling tops and shorts, giving everyone the opportunity to be seen out on the roads, and to publicise Freemasonry. While speaking about fun, a weekend away in Taupo is planned for 29th November for teams of four cyclists to ride 40km each to get around Lake Taupo. To do this, some training between cafés will be required. If anyone can assist with transport and accommodation for that weekend in Taupo, it would be greatly appreciated. Diana is committed to raising funds for one of her favourite charities, the Child Cancer Foundation and wants everyone to get in behind this worthwhile charity.
Basic information — for more see advertisement page 13 Teams will be made up of at least one competitive rider and up to 3 social riders, males and non-Freemasons are most welcome in every team.Entries for Taupo Cycle Challenge: www.cyclechallenge.com
Longevity reigns in Hutt Valley Lodge No 176 At the recent ceremony to present W Bro Alf King with his 50-year Service Badge, 11 others from the same Lodge with 50year Service Badges were also present. The Hutt Valley Lodge has 47 members of which 13 have attained their 50-year badge giving a total of 695 years service to Masonry.
Back: Bro Roy Stannard 57 years. WBro Tom Cunningham 51 years, WBro Wally Wolstenholme PG Swd B 51 years, WBro John Latham PG Std B 53 years, WBro Roger Mackie 50 years. Front: Bro Gabriel Haldezos ex Hutt Valley Lodge, VW Bro Bob Hastie PGDC 52 years, WBro Alf King 50 years, WBro Bernie Richmond 55 years, Bro Ian Jenner 55 years, Bro Bruce Frethey 51 years and VWBro John Hollick PGDC 56 years. Absent: Bro Rex Benge 59 years and WBro Bruce Jenner 55 years.
Food vouchers provide a boost for Christchurch City Mission Towards the end of last year, while attending the funeral of the Assistant Almoner of The Southern Cross Lodge No 6, RWBro Robin Adams, PDiv GM, and a member of that Lodge, asked me what the Freemasons were doing for the people of Canterbury, in terms of the earthquakes. When I replied that we were getting very few applications for assistance he suggested we give the Christchurch City Mission $5,000 for food vouchers. A couple of weeks later, at a Southern Division Almoners meeting in Christchurch with RWBro Terry McConnell and Sheila Hickling present, I asked the question about a $5,000 grant to the City Mission for food. Terry McConnell said he would take it to the
Board. A month later I received an email from Sheila saying all was go. I talked to my Lodge, Takahe No 397, and explained what was happening. They accepted my request that the Lodge add a further $500 from its benevolence fund. Thus, I was able to take a receipt from Pakâ€™Nâ€™ Save to show Michael Gorman, Christchurch City Missioner, that $5,500 had been deposited into their account. My wife and I were shown around the City Mission complex in Christchurch, a facility that is only 18 months old. They do amazing work there and I am so pleased that the Freemasons of New Zealand have been able to support them from money contributed to the Canterbury Earthquake Fund. RW Bro John Worsfold
John Worsfold passes the receipt over to Michael Gorman at the City Mission.
On-going support for Hibiscus Hospice A $15,000 Freemasons Charity grant has given Hibiscus Hospice a boost. An application was made on behalf of the North Shore District by Lodges Albany and Orewa to boost the amount raised by the Hibiscus Hospice Women’s Committee, in conjunction with lodge members, at a High Tea Garden Party Fifty Albany and Orewa Lodge members and their wives were out front at the high tea fundraiser assisting with the setting up and taking down of more than 30 marquees, transporting and setting up tables and chairs for more than 360 guests, hosting tables, helping with food preparation, parking, staffing the bar and selling raffle tickets. At Hibiscus Hospice the $15,000 grant, along with the $26,000 raised at the event, will fund the annual costs of the specialist Lymphoedema Therapy and Blood Transfusion Clinic operated free for terminally ill patients. The
clinic is the only one of its kind on the Hibiscus Coast and saves patients having to take a long and uncomfortable drive into Auckland, a battle to find hospital car parking and then the journey home, feeling weak and tired. Specialist help: Team leader Debi Austin manages Instead all they need to do blood transfusions at the Hospice Outpatient Clinic. is visit the Hibiscus Hospice Outpatient Clinic, sit in a Lazy Boy chair fluids and toxins don’t get flushed away and relax while a pump automatically The outpatient clinic also undertakes and steadily controls the flow, making a chemotherapy disconnections and blood transfusion or medication infusion paracentesis, which is draining of excess much less stressful. fluids from the abdominal cavity. The Lymphoedema Therapy Service The Blood Transfusion and Lymph provides specialist lymphatic massage oedema services are not core to the and drainage treatment to hospice hospice service and do not receive any patients. Lymphoedema is an ongoing government funding. The Freemasons debilitating condition, common after of the Hibiscus Coast have a long history cancer surgery, which results from a basic of supporting the hospice and plan to lack of lymphatic function, meaning continue this support into the future.
A couple steeped in benevolence ‘If anyone requires a hand, you will find Brian being first to offer to help out.’ With these words, VWBro Bernie Black, District Grand Master, Taranaki, summarised why Brian Chainey has received the Freemasons Gold Charity Award. Brian and his wife Dulcie, acknowledged by Bernie as being both a supporter and assistant to Brian in his good works, were recognised at a formal dinner held recently at the TET Stadium and Bar. Brian and his family were piped in to the restaurant for a formal dinner followed by the presentation of the gold medal. Bernie said that Brian has been responsible for ‘thousands upon thousands of charity dollars’ being distributed around the region to worthy and special causes, in his role as Taranaki Benevolence Officer. The award presented to Brian is a new one, which was introduced late last year, and Bernie says that when the availability of the award was announced, he and others present, immediately thought of Brian as being an obvious and deserving recipient of the award. 8
Terry McConnell, Superintendent of The Freemasons Charity, presents the Gold Medal to Brian Chainey and his wife, Dulcie.
Bernie spoke highly of Brian and Dulcie’s constant service to members of the community, saying that they visit ‘the ill, the distressed, along with Lodge widows, whether they are in hospital, retirement homes or their own homes’. Describing Brian and Dulcie as being ‘a great team,’ Bernie said that
the couple had supported each other as well as others. While The Gold Medal Charity Award is given to members of Freemasonry, Bernie said that as an organisation, they also wanted to recognise Dulcie and had purchased a special gift for her to recognise her contributions as well.’
The late Catherine and Joe Morris.
Joe Morris — the lure of the land Lodge St John No 84, Mosgiel, recently joined in celebration with well known Southern Man WBro George Frederick Thomas Morris, better known to all as Joe, who received his 60-year long service bar. Joe was initiated into Lodge St John Kilwinning No. 662 Scottish Constitution in Dunedin in1953. Later, living in Invercargill, he joined Lodge Adoniram No. 411 in 1983 and become their Master in 1989-90. After joining The Research Lodge of Southland No. 415 in 1989 he also contributed to this important part of the Craft. Having moved to Mosgiel he joined Lodge St John in 2005. The Morris family tree goes back to the 12th century when a religious war broke out in their homeland of Morocco. As a result of this war the family, described as being ‘Moors’ from Morocco, migrated variously to England, Scotland and Ireland. They brought with them the famous Morris Dancing, which is still performed in England. Joe grew up on a farm at Tahatika in the Catlins area of South Otago.
He left school at 14 and took a sheep farming job at Toropuke Station in West Otago. Eighteen months later, in 1942, he moved to Moa Flat station where he was a shepherd until 1944. This was followed by a stint of rabbiting and looking after farms in the Moa Flat area for families that were away on holiday, sometimes up to a month at a time. During War was Joe was not only a shepherd but also a shearer. The latter skill was in high demand. He learnt the art of shearing and, if he went anywhere near a woolshed, he had shears thrust in hand. Following the war Joe joined his brother at Gladbrook Station, Strath Tairei and worked as a stud stockman learning the finer points of animal genetics and stock selection. In 1946 Joe met Catherine, who he married the following year. Then came a change of career when he undertook Police training in Wellington before being posted back to Dunedin. His lack of
secondary education meant that Joe had to work very hard to succeed but, nevertheless, achieved excellent results. After several years of hard slog Joe transferred to the CIB in 1953 but, shortly before he was due to take Detective Sergeant exams, the lure of the land called him back and, in 1955, he took up a position with the stock and station agents, National Mortgage, in Oamaru as a land agent, later being transferred to Invercargill. He got back into owning and training dogs as an interest and re-established contact with the high country stockmen. But, his preference for stock over selling land led him, in 1973, to buy a 650 acre farm west of Invercargill where he and Catherine farmed for 20 years when he was invited back to his Catlins roots to take share in and run The Wisp Station for 5 years. This stretched out to 8 years when, at 75, he was still climbing on the hack and mustering rough country. Retirement was progressive via increasingly smaller acreages. Catherine passed away recently after 66 years of marriage. For both, a life well lived. With thanks to Alistair Church
High country mustering.
Avoiding the Kodak factor Responding to the realities of a contemporary society
write this Opinion not as a critique of Freemasonry or any brethren but to move the subject of membership to the top of the agenda. To hopefully provide discussion with the aim of introducing some change to how we do business and to reverse our net membership statistics. The Editorial in the NZ Herald of 29th March 2014 illustrated that we are not on our own in not attracting attendances and I quote: ‘Lack of interest from spectators bedevils Super contents as crowd numbers fade around the country.’ It went on to say: ‘The spectacle of the game (rugby Union) is also being diminished by the number of scrum resets. Practices that have sprung from rule changes intended to prevent this seem in fact to have cultivated it’. Who would have thought that a competition that filled the grounds of our rugby venues several years ago is faltering though lack of interest? Spectators are voting with their feet as they lose interest in the Super series. The NZRU is simply losing the plot with this competition. I liken it to the Kodak story, a company which dominated the world of photography and could not believe it when their customers switched over a very short period from film to digital. Let’s not repeat its history, but Kodak serves as a signal that the moment you are not in the market place do not expect customers to continue to do business with you. Unlike yesterday when loyalty was contagious within a family, it does not necessarily mean that son will follow father into a club. I sense a real concern amongst many brethren that we are unable to attract the number of initiates that we once did. Even our popular Friends Nights of the 1990s that used to attract dozens now appeals to only a couple of attendees. I acknowledge that there is an apparent reluctance these days to joining anything 10
or has there been a change in the market place? I observe that my Lodge does not have the dilemma on its own. Perhaps our prospects are no longer belongers, or joiners of clubs that was fashionable a few decades ago. Our target market, the Generation X’ers of the 1960–80s are not now attracted to clubs. This category or benchmark group are success driven (59%) and 67% time poor with a huge 74% stating that their job is their main responsibility and the most important driving force in their lives. This statistic squeezes our market. I substantiate this with the closing of the clubs that were once established in all our cities, towns and hamlets, such as the service clubs, Jaycee, Round Table, and Kiwanis. Golf clubs, bowling clubs, rugby clubs display a similar trend. I could continue but you as a reader will know what I say and probably have experienced the demise of a club you had great affinity with. Yet Freemasonry retains a product created centuries ago and somehow expects it to perform in today’s market. Clearly it does not have the same appeal for, if it did, then there would be queues of men wanting to join. As we are not in this happy position perhaps the brethren with marketing expertise could look at our product and see how we can make changes that appeal to the men of the target generation. One has to give up something in order to get something else. Therefore, I suggest that we trade some anachronistic customs for something we can march in time to for today’s age group. What makes us so special that we continue to believe that we can escape this trend and still open our doors? Why do we think as a body of men with a tumbling membership who believe that we are different can still attract men in the numbers we did in the past? It is like holding the sea back with a fork, just too silly to contemplate. The present recruitment method is simply not working. Is it easier to hand in the
Charter. The silent signals are transmitted at each meeting I attend and observe. Installations, our premier meetings, now attract a modest number of brethren compared with a decade ago. If we remove the Grand Lodge brethren in attendance then our remaining brethren are few, generally the old timers. Regular meetings have a scattering of brethren present to occupy Lodge seats. There is now no interest in organised social events, all this is silent testimony to a potential closing door policy. What attracted the present age group all those years ago has not attracted a new generation whatever it stands for in the community. My concern as much as anything is the retention of brethren as their resignations create the gaps in our total membership numbers. I sense, in the initial presentation of Freemasonry, there is an expectation of the initiate that he will own something better or greater and that will come from membership. When this is not forthcoming the easiest way out is to resign. We simply lose far too many brethren in those formative years, they just drift away and then there is the resignation letter that adds to the statistics. At one stage the initiate was keen but disillusionment is the only comment expressed and I think I know why, but that’s another Opinion. It appears to me that the Craft acts as it did generations ago presuming that the same set formula of meeting programme will be successful today. This certainly challenges the marketing experts. I don’t know how we can expect a meeting, based on the formula of the 1950s, can be seen as informative and beneficial 60 years later. It is, but only to a minute sector of the population who get older at each Installation. Why we dress up in our ‘Number Ones,’ attend a Regular meeting based on the format of a century ago beats me, it is an anachronism. Who in the younger generation even owns a ‘dress’ suit? As review or change becomes the
WBro Warren Duff Born and educated in Dunedin he joined the insurance industry after leaving school. He was transferred to Rotorua in 1961 then to Hastings in 1969 where he remains today. He has been married to Marge for 51 years with three adult children and 4 grandchildren. Warren has marketed insurance in general and life insurance in particular continuously for over 50 years, a survivor in a most challenging of occupation through the use of modern marketing techniques. Many years ago his skills at intangible selling were recognised when he was selected to be an industry presenter and joined the speaking circuit
giving motivational talks at conferences conventions and seminars throughout NZ and the Pacific. A recipient of 29 recognised inhouse, international, and national awards for excellence in sales and marketing, including the prestigious industry Pinnacle Award for outstanding achievement, he remains a keen student of marketing and sales management. He was initiated into Lodge Haeata No 272 in 1980 and was installed as Master of the Lodge in 2006. In 1980 he was presented with a Jaycee International Senatorship (29473). In addition to Freemasonry his
catch phrase, brethren start talking, how do we advance? It will take great openmindedness, patience, and tolerance during the inevitable debate for any change. There are brethren with deeply entrenched opinions who are likely to take up the cudgel with the attacking statement, ‘if there is going to be changes then I will resign.’ Or, ‘We have always done things this way, why change?’ I have even heard ‘our time will come again.’ I say, ‘Let’s put a line in the sand and converse.’ Put ideas forward through this medium to be read throughout the country. Style them for constructive change, especially generated on how
we might reverse the current trend in membership statistics – it is too easy to be negative. I suggest we convene a group of men, with marketing experience and knowledge of the subject to rewrite, with energy, a proposal for change over the next 5 years and present it at Divisional Conferences for acceptance or rejection. What I write here is to kick-start the subject and put it on the table. Please remember that, with ‘We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them.’ Einstein
interests are family, travelling, fruit growing, Jaguar cars attending to a large bucket list, extensive reading and hosting visitors.
hundreds of computers and an army of meteorologists, no one can predict the weather three days in advance. I am also reminded of the saying. ‘Do not to be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. One cannot cross a chasm in two small jumps.’ If you, as readers, agree along the lines I have expressed then I am sure you will communicate your views to the Editor. There again, if you disagree, and that is fine as long as it is constructive criticism, then I am sure you will also be part of this correspondence. WBro Warren Duff, Lodge Haeata No. 272
What is the connection between this historic building and Freemasonry? The answer can be found in this issue.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Gongs If you visit any old Lodge Room you may see portrait photographs of distinguished masons from the past, possibly including a couple of Governor Generals, in their full regalia and wearing all their Masonic jewels. As a younger mason I can recall older past masters unpacking a piece of black cloth festooned with their jewels which they hung on their jackets with hooks and eyes. These days seem to have passed but in the meantime I have collected a fair number of my own which I am proud of but have no room for in my top pocket, and usually limit myself to two Past Masters Jewels and a recently acquired Centennial jewel. Even three seem too many. A lot of past masters are also past first principals and thus entitled to display their jewel along with their PM jewels and why not? Long serving brethren acquire or are awarded many jewels but keep most of them in that top drawer of their bedside cabinet because, unlike military medals, they cannot overlap due to the various bars supporting the ribbon. I have seen brethren wearing a long bar with several PM jewels pinned to it. My concern is that Masonic jewels generally are just too large to be displayed to advantage in comfort, and I see little or no alternative. On a trip to Sydney I purchased a bar on which hang miniature reproductions of all the Royal Arch side degree jewels, which I wear very occasionally on suitable occasions. This is a move in the right direction but purchasing small copies of the real thing can never replace the value of one earned and presented. I cannot see a way through this problem but I am willing to bet someone has. If so please let me know. Dennis Pearce, Timaru
Commitment At last we have been able to encourage response from a variety of Brethren on the age old and repetitive subject of membership in our organisation. I agree with Dr. Alan Fayter that we should be looking at identifying the problem rather than solving it, especially when the core of the problem, i.e. membership, is a very broad term for our foreseeable future. We all know that persons have joined Freemasonry for a variety of reasons, and after having taken their three degrees in the Craft, discovered that it becomes necessary to participate in ceremonies as well as involve oneself in social activities within the Masonic Circle. Obviously all of this involvement does call on personal sacrifice of some description and some people just are not prepared to make that sacrifice, which eventually leads them to resignation. While others appear to make a huge effort to make themselves popular by offering refectory gifts and suchlike, then after all of the accolades have subsided, quietly disappear into the ‘just belongs’ until they eventually resign into oblivion as well. As a Freemason, I have to confess that it took me twenty years to discover that Craft Masonry was not the be all and end all of Masonic Knowledge and it was after some time, and having been a Master three times, I started to ask myself what I was meaning when opening a Lodge in the third degree. I as the Master was saying to the whole gathering ‘then we shall assist you to repair that
loss.’ It was only after I started talking to some much older men that I was encouraged to join Royal Arch Masonry and all of a sudden discovered a galaxy of Freemasonry philosophy that has kept me enthralled since that time. I am not aware if VWBro Dr Allan is a Royal Arch Mason, but I venture to respectfully suggest that his choice of District Education Officers could, or should, be made from Royal Arch Masons as otherwise Craft Masonic knowledge is surely limited by only being familiar with three degrees. I make no apology for my previous paragraph as the Book of Constitution does acknowledge Royal Arch Masonry (Rule 71) and a close affinity has been established between our two Orders, which can only bode well for the future. I personally have no trouble in serving both the Craft and Royal Arch in what I consider to be an extensive manner, like a fair number of compatriots in my District, and also to the extent that our wives and partners also enjoy the companionship that exists throughout this area. What better way of promoting Freemasonry is there than that? No way do our refectories behave in a ‘them and us’ situation and every one fraternises on purely equal terms, as it should be. My lodge even includes a by-law that excludes alcohol, which certainly does not detract from our attendances and the only problem within our lodge is that we are too modest in our encouragement of membership. Please let this very debatable subject continue as, who knows, all of a sudden some hidden pearls of wisdom could emerge that might benefit a few of our Lodges. Eoin G Dryden, Timaru
Response to Eoin Dryden I commend VWBro Dryden on his membership of the Royal Arch. I discovered it within one year of my third degree being curious about the fact that in the Craft we were making do with ‘substitute’ secrets. I asked, ‘What happened to the real secrets? Where do we find them?’ These are exactly the questions I put to Freemasons that do not belong to the Royal Arch and I encourage them to join and find those secrets. In Europe a Master Mason is expected to join the Royal Arch before he becomes WM of a Lodge.
The New Zealand way of leading a Master Mason to become a Mark Mason, then the journey through the veils of an Excellent Master in preparation for his part in rebuilding the Temple at Jerusalem and subsequent Exaltation as a Companion of the Royal Arch in the Grand Sanhedrim is a truly excellent way to complete his Masonic journey in finding the secrets in his own heart. In my book this is a must for every Freemason. Dr George Allan, Chair National Education Committee
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Obituaries In recent months Freemasonry has lost three of its long serving members RWBro Terry Meekan, RWBro Ivan Whale and RWBro Jack Christie MBE, each holding the rank of Past Deputy Grand Master. Each of them provided a lifetime of service to Freemasonry and to their communities.
RWBro Terry Meekan Terry Meekan joined Lodge Ara Timau in 1952: served as Master of Lodge Papatoetoe in 1970: worked tirelessly for the South Auckland District and was honoured with numerous Grand Lodge Ranks including Grand Lecturer, Grand Warden and President of the Board of Benevolence. This culminated in Grand Lodge recognition of his outstanding service when he was invested as Past Deputy Grand Master. His services were also marked with a 60 year Service Badge in 2012. He was a member of the Northern Masonic Association Trust Board eventually becoming an honorary life member. Following an interview with Terry a few years back Jack Leigh wrote the following about him. A quote in the published history of the Northern Masonic Association Trust Board says care of the aged is the ‘ideal vehicle’ for Masonic benevolence. The Board Terry joined in 1993 was doing its best
to keep up with a longevity explosion that was sapping its finances until, regrettably, first the Rotorua then the Roskill Masonic Villages had to be sold. The Trust administers the proceeds and is better known as The Freemasons Roskill Foundation. Terry became a Life Member of the Trust in 2009. The Meekan image as president of the Board of Benevolence, which he led with dignity and style as the last President, before it was reconstituted and rebranded as The Freemasons Charity some seven years ago, was of ‘a no-nonsense guy … a straight shooter,’ recalls one of the members. All applications for assistance were sent to Wellington for thorough scrutiny and debate four times or more a year. ‘The agenda which we had all had time to study was as thick as the White Pages. At the meeting, the President would ask the five members randomly for their opinions as cases came up. This meant you had to have read it all. Members had to do their homework and pull their weight. A consensus was reached by discussion, and an issue seldom had to go to a vote. That is how he ran it.’ The system had the same rigour either way, and the traditional proce dure was flexible enough for the board to ask an applicant, ‘Do you think that’s enough?’ and sometimes
give them more – with Terry Meekan himself making the phone call. He says Freemasons are the biggest donors of benevolence in New Zealand, and he thinks lodges are reticent in seeking subsidies for worthy projects. As always, need has to be proved, but criteria are tempered to that need. Terry Meekan was able look back on a life of balance and achievement. As the former Deputy Principal of Ferguson Intermediate, an Otara school with a roll that is 98% non-European, he strongly believed in equal opportunity. He said ‘We are all entitled to exactly the same education; everyone must get the same chance … I enjoyed my teaching. The children are very responsive. When I see them in the street they come and speak to me.’ His wife Marion of 56 years was also a teacher; the couple met at Training College. The family comprised three sons and a daughter, and nine grandchildren. Pastimes of Terry’s youth included the speedboats and softball, in which he represented Auckland, and an enjoyment of golf endured. He was president of The Grange Golf Club, Papatoetoe, and continued playing late into his life. One thing that concerned him greatly was the outsider’s view of Freemasonry. He is quoted as saying. – ‘We need to answer the question, ‘If I join what happens to me?’ We need to be more open. We can’t have people coming in cold with no idea of what they are getting into. There are ample opportunities to open up the lodge rooms and explain what we do.’ Terry’s other Masonic interests included the South Auckland Chapter of Princes Rose Croix and the Rangimarie Sovereign Council. With acknowledgement to the Roskill Foundation and to Jack Leigh
RWBro Ivan Whale Ivan Whale passed to the Grand Lodge above on Wednesday 19th March 2014, just some ten weeks away from his 104th birthday. He was born in Auckland in May 1910, his forbears having come to New Zealand from Windsor in the mid 19th century to settle in Onehunga and Howick. Ivan completed his education at Seddon Memorial Technical College and entered the construction industry. He ultimately owned and headed a group of companies involved in civil engineering, roading, quarrying, travel agents and importing. He was actively involved in the administration of many sports including golf, yachting, bowls and rugby. He became president or patron of many of them. He joined Rotary in 1947, was made a Paul Harris Fellow and eventually became a Life Member of the Rotary Club of Onehunga.
Ivan was a founding trustee of the Northern Masonic Association in 1956, which owned and operated residential villages in Rotorua and Auckland. He became a Life Member of the Association, now the Freemasons Roskill Foundation, and its Patron. Ivan began his Masonic career when he was initiated into the Prince of Wales Lodge No. 1338, English Constitution, in April 1943; becoming Master of that Lodge in 1952. He subsequently joined the Auckland Chapter No. 1338 in 1947 and became First Principal in 1957. He held several District ranks starting from 1954 through to serving three years as the President of the District Board of General Purposes during the years 1960 to 1963 on which date he was then appointed as an Assistant District Grand Master of the District Grand Lodge of Auckland for a year before becoming Deputy District Grand Master until
October 1968 when he was installed as District Grand Master [EC] and Grand Superintendent in the District Grand Chapter of Auckland. During his term, he saw the re-amalgamation of the Districts of Auckland and Wellington to the District Grand Lodge and District Grand Chapter of North Island as it is today. This amalgamation took place in 1973 and he remained as District Grand Master of the combined District until his successor, RWBro. Ross Collins was installed in 1984. Ivan worked to strengthen the relationships with the other Masonic constitutions operating in New Zealand. The Grand Lodge of New Zealand granted the rank of Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in 1963. With acknowledgement to the Prince of Wales Lodge No. 1338EC
OBITUARIES RWBro Jack Christie MBE The Masonic culture of care lights the future as well as past achievements, like the surge of volunteer effort that went into the Roskill Village in its earlier years. The trust board history 50 Years of Care praises ‘the legions of people who made sacrifices, who gave money, who lavished their most precious assets, their time and expertise on the enterprise.’ Then there were the men driving the dream; young men with parallel challenges in the business world. Men like RWBro Jack Christie, Chairman of the Northern Masonic Association Trust Board 1982-96, who was also running his TV-servicing Tisco empire, which at its peak had 32 branches and 440 staff, with about 260 trucks on the road. Throughout his life Jack felt inspired by the voluntary work that went into the Roskill Masonic Village. It was considerable, and brought families closer together. There was an annual harvest festival, and fairs which raised about $170,000 for village upkeep. The scale and variety of volunteer input over many years is detailed in the Trust history. But demographic and consequent economic factors and the effects of the longevity explosion were striking at the village’s conceptual foundations. The days of enthusiastic amateurs were over and the village was sold to the Selwyn Foundation. The Trust Board has moved on to a panoply of new funding objectives, largely in education and research. Jack Christie’s career progress shows the same forward spirit. Wellington-born but educated at Auckland’s Mt Albert Grammar School, he did air force pilot training in Canada during the war, and, on being demobbed, opened Atomic Radio in Karangahape Rd. Next he was a partner with MP Dean Eyre in the whiteware firm, Airco, in Durham Lane. They gained the Vespa motor scooter agency, but import restrictions at the time required 20% New Zealand content. This meant assembling the scooters with local tyres, luggage racks and whatever else could be added. They started the first Vespa scooter club to help sell them. With the first bike uncrated, Jack took it for a tryout at the steep, top end of Queen Street. He is reputed to have said. ‘I gave her full throttle and she flipped 16
over backwards!’ He entered Freemasonry in 1946, joining his father’s lodge of Titirangi, a move into a life of Masonic companionship and the fellowship of men with the same ideas and interests, which endures to this day. Father and son were then both foundation members of Lodge Taimau where Jack was Master in 1956. Subsequently, in 1968, he was Master of Lodge Matamata. Grand Lodge offices included Grand Organist, Grand Director of Ceremonies and Provincial Grand Master. Jack held this office from 1972 to 1976, taking care of 32 lodges including one each in American and Western Samoa, which he visited every year. In 1984 he was given the rank of Past Deputy Grand Master. With the advent of TV in New Zealand Jack Christie was appointed General Manager of the installation and servicing company, Tisco, where the business burgeoned. At one stage every TV set sold in New Zealand came under contract to Tisco whose original owners included the television set manufacturers. Tisco’s role was to service them. He once bought 250,000 valves for TV sets in Japan and, when colour TV started, Tisco brought qualified servicemen and their whole families over from Britain to meet growing demand. The company was still going full bore and turning a comfortable profit when Jack Christie retired in 1984 aged 60. His favourite Tisco story related to the early days when the TV picture was apt to roll. One lady customer had a simple request for the repairman. Could he please slow down the rolling picture so she could just get a better look? After retirement in 1984 at age 60 he formed a consultancy and chaired various local organizations – ending up over the years having been president or chairman of about 21 bodies and a life member of seven. He was one of a select few enjoying Honorary Life Membership
of the Northern Masonic Association Trust Board. In 1989 he received the MBE for services to manufacturing, the community and sport. A cross-country champion in his youth, he later officiated in several different sporting bodies. But Jack was still not content with retiring. In 1995 he was invited to join the Board of the Ullrich Aluminium Group as Chairman. As Jack settled into the job, the wealth of corporate experience he brought to bear, and the respect he commanded, gave a sense of stability and direction to the rapid growth and expansion being experienced by the Group. It has been recognised that the company’s best years were under Jack’s leadership, and he was deeply respected by the Ullrich brothers, management and staff. When Jack was appointed to the board, the company had 26 branches. When he departed only some 4 years ago, it had grown to 46 branches Australasian wide, with 500 employees. A remarkable 15-year period of expansion, and Jack was the right man in the right place at the right time. Jack’s family comprised his wife Val, five children, 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. With acknowledgement to Ray Burgess and Jack Leigh
Freemasons fill a gap
Pallet pavilion. GLEN JANSEN
he project brought together people involved in the fine arts and creative arts disciplines, geography/planning, architecture, and landscape architecture from CPIT, Lincoln University and the University of Canterbury. Ryan Reynolds, co-founder of Gap Filler, discussed the project with WBros Dai Eveleigh and Gerald Robertson, of The Crown Lodge No.138, and described the need for audio players to enable delivery of the Tour. Assisted by The Freemasons Charity, 20 MP3 players and 20 headphones were gladly donated. ‘When The Freemasons were approached by
Audio tours are a great way to learn about a city, to experience it visually while listening to your own personal guide. With an ever changing landscape and the desire to provide visitors and locals alike with an intimate tour of the Christchurch CBD, Gap Filler created the Transitional City Audio Tour.
Gap Filler, we could see their passion and desire to support the community – exactly the core values of Freemasons. “Yes” was an easy answer,’ Dai Eveleigh said. The free tour of approximately 1 hour 40 minutes takes participants from the Pallet Pavilion around the streets, paths, vacant sites and new landmarks before returning to the Pallet Pavilion. The audio player and headsets can be borrowed
free of charge with proof of ID, collected from and returned to Café Woohoo in the Pallet Pavilion, corner of Kilmore and Durham Streets. Gap Filler is the Charity behind many of the interesting projects in Christchurch, including The Pallet Pavilion, Central City Wide Mini Golf and the Dance-O-Mat, with the aim to create a more interesting, dynamic and vibrant city. www.gapfiller.org.nz Dance-O-Mat – Gap Filler.
Gap filler Gap Filler is a creative urban regeneration initiative started in response to the September 4, 2010 Canterbury earthquake, and revised and expanded in light of the more destructive February 22, 2011 quake. It is now administered by the Gap Filler Charitable Trust. Gap Filler aims to temporarily activate vacant sites within Christchurch with creative projects for community benefit, to make for a more interesting, dynamic and vibrant city. Gap Filler will see vacant sites utilised for temporary, creative, peoplecentred purposes. They work with local community groups, artists, architects, landowners, librarians, designers,
students, engineers, dancers, anyone with an idea and initiative! They lower the barriers, by handling the legal contracts and liability insurance to help ideas become a reality. Gap Filler projects are temporary in nature, seeking to activate vacant sites for relatively short periods, to demonstrate that the city can grow in important ways without large capital expenditure or major construction. Their projects can pop up as spaces become available around the city. All projects will be able to occupy or vacate a site quickly and they enliven and enrich the cultural life of the city,
Book Exchange — Tim Church.
Phoenix from the ashes Waipa Lodge is rebuilt and reopened 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 2013 when, what is attributed to the action of arsonists, the building was destroyed by fire. Despite the efforts of the Te Awamutu Volunteer Fire Brigade only part of the building could be saved. The Refectory was destroyed along with historic photographs of the Past Masters of Waipa and the former Rangiowhia Lodges. While damaged by smoke and water the Lodge room survived better. The premises had been subject to a number of burglaries over previous months leading to an extra security door being added to hinder access. It was suggested that the fire might have been started in retribution for blocking unauthorised access. Less than one year later the lodge has been reconstructed in a modified form and was reopened on Saturday March 15. Past Master, WBro Richard Death, tells the story of the eleven months of effort.
From combustion to completion It was a hell of a shock. So much so that many of us could not immediately take in the extent of what had occurred. After more than a century of peaceful coexistence, in and with the community of Te Awamutu, the Lodge rooms had suffered serious fire damage by what was a deliberate act of arson. The remains of the building, once the fire brigade had finished with their inquiries and allowed us to inspect what was left, did not look at all promising. The mess that confronted us appeared to be more than a small band of men, however willing, could possibly return to some degree of usefulness. Initial reactions were ‘well that’s the end of us on this site’ and if that had been where the matter ended it would have been the end of an era of Freemasonry in Te Awamutu. Given a short time to recover and assess the reality of what had to be done, and given some experienced counsel from a range of sources, some from within Freemasonry and some from outside, a more positive way forward began to emerge. Human nature being what it is there had to be anger at the useless waste of resources. There had to be the useless search for blame and the even more useless pursuit of some sort of vengeance, compensation, or whatever. The truth is that the fire was the result of the actions 18
The Lodge Room — after the fire.
The Lodge Room — restored.
The Grand Master cuts the ribbon.
of a very disturbed individual who had no idea of the reasons for, or consequences of, his actions. Speculation that it was some sort of assault on Masonry is even more ridiculous, as his attempted explanations to the courts made obvious. Early and prompt financial contributions from fellow Lodges in the Waikato and in general made a huge difference to the resolve to re establish the home of The Waipa Lodge. It made us realise that we had a duty to Freemasonry itself to do so. A fundraising dinner held at Wintech in Hamilton, principally organised by brethren from outside Waipa, and supported by brethren from far and wide made sure that we knew that we had the backing to do so. Many people helped us on the road back and I thank them all. I hope that their real sense of satisfaction comes from what they have seen of the finished work. Once the resolve had been strengthened the process started, subject to the sorting out of insurance. While this was not an easy process, in the end I believe that we were well treated by our insurers and we had much cause to be thankful for the professional assistance that we received along the way. Early on we considered alternative sites or premises and, no doubt, we could have gone down that trail. However, a really good look at what we were left with established that, while the refectory area of the old building was certainly beyond any sort of salvage, the Lodge room itself and the service areas, which were part of a 1980s rebuild,
were mostly smoke and water damaged, therefore potentially salvageable to the experienced eye. At this stage we took the most important and significant step in the process. We approached building consultant Ross McGowan, to guide us through the rebuild. Apart from being a thorough professional Ross is a long time local citizen of the Te Awamutu district with a deep interest in his community and its people as well as having a caring approach to his craft. In the course of completing this building, generally on time and more or less within budget, Ross dug us out of every hole that we dug for ourselves along the way. A lot of measuring and agonising took place within the lesser damaged part of the Lodge rooms. Eventually we decided that we could do without the
old refectory area and incorporate this within the very abundant foyer area left standing as well as providing a kitchen quite satisfactory for our purposes. A lot of measuring and agonising also went into the area available for assembly prior to entering the Lodge room. We also became aware that there would be other issues with refurbishing, beyond those directly associated with the fire. The roof, in particular, had been causing concerns for some years. With the further damage resulting from the fire the prudent course was to reroof the whole of the building, re pitch some of the old roof and replace guttering, to improve watershed thus making a huge difference to the soundness of the building. Internally, replacement of the ceiling within the Lodge room, replacement of wall linings and carpet, cleaning, electrics and repainting have all been attended to. The decision at the beginning of the process to appoint a Project Manager to manage the work, rather than tendering for a lump sum contract meant that the need to attend to each part of the work could be assessed and tested as we went along. This has made for considerable savings along the way Early in the restoration consideration was given to enhancing the sound within the Lodge room. The most common complaint these days being â€˜I canâ€™t hear.â€™ In the end this was put aside as being too expensive and we were prepared to wait until the renewed space was tested and a need re-established.
The Mayor of Waipa, Mr J Mylchreest with MWBro John Litton.
During the rebuilding the Lodge was being catered for in temporary premises and, with the help of sister Lodges, no meetings of The Waipa Lodge or its tenant lodges, the Waipa Rose Croix and the Te Awamutu Royal Arch were ever cancelled. The finished project is the result of the combined efforts of many people. I believe that we have actually ended up with a better building than we had before. Even if it is a smaller building it is more in tune with our needs. I also believe that we have enhanced the value of the premises. In times when the shape and form of how we celebrate Freemasonry is changing, we have a building which is Masonic, but not so Masonic that it is of no use for anything else. If we didn’t get everything perfectly right, we certainly tried. Above all, the harmony in which the rebuilding was achieved made it a pleasure to be associated with the project.
A day of ceremonial and celebration The day’s events began with the lodge being tyled at 9 am and, shortly after, called off. A luncheon, with approximately 100 invited guests, was held at 1 pm and this was followed by a civil reopening Ceremony at 2 pm when His Worship the Mayor of Waipa District, Mr J. Mylchreest, unveiled the plaque. When cutting the ribbon, the Grand Master, MWBro John Litton, congratulated the Brethren of The Waipa Lodge on their efforts in restoring the building to such a high standard. Following the ceremony the nonMason guests and the ladies departed, the latter to the local theatre for a private movie viewing. The lodge was then called on and the ceremonial continued with the reception of the Visiting Masters and Grand Lodge officers. WBro Richard Death gave the Oration and the Grand Chaplain, VWBro Ivan Smith, performed the Blessing Ceremony. The day of celebration finished with a dinner for 83 brethren and partners plus the Mayor of Waipa, at the Windy Ridge function Centre, Ohaupo. The Grand Chaplain, VWBro Ivan Smith.
WBro Andrew Kay is presented with his Roll of Honour badge.
WBro Andrew Kay RH During the formal ceremony, held in conjunction with the reopening, the Grand Master presented 90-year old WBro Andrew Cecil Kay of The Waipa Lodge with the with the title of Grand Lodge Roll of Honour for services over nearly 60 years to the Craft and the Lodge. Andrew Kay was initiated into Waipa Lodge in June 1954 and was Master in 1975-76 and again in 200506. For the past 20 years he has also been a member of Te Awamutu Royal Arch and Rose Croix. For the past six years Andrew has been the Lodge Almoner. His wife, Jeanette, assists Andrew in visiting Waipa’s 25 Lodge Widows and they take those who are mobile to local stage productions and luncheons, at least
twice annually. Also, for the past six years, Andrew has taken charge of the lodge kitchen where he sets up/cleans up the refectory for the Lodge and the Chapters and makes tea and coffee for any charitable organizations which use the refectory facility. Until his retirement Andrew was a sheep farmer at Parawera in South Waikato and, for 25 years was Treasurer/Secretary of the local branch of Federated Farmers. For five years he was President of Waipa Racing Club. He is an Elder and Treasurer of KihiKihi Presbyterian Church and is currently Treasurer of the KihiKihi Police House Restoration Trust. We offer our congratulations to WBro Andrew Kay RH.
Serving a local need Lodge Te Puni organises a variety show to fund bladder scanners On Wednesday 5th March members of Lodge Te Puni presented two bladder scanners to the CEO of the Hutt Valley District Health Board. This was the result of a fundraising effort by the combined Lodges of the Hutt Valley.
W. Bro TR McKenzie, Master of Lodge Te Puni, with W. Bro Ray Keenan presenting Graham Dyer, Hutt Valley DHB CEO with one of the two portable bladder scanners, looking on is Pete Chandler Hutt Valley DHB COO. BELOW A bladder scanner.
couple of Lodge members’ immediate family, who work for the DHB, had indicated that staff were fund raising for equipment that was in short supply for their Patients. The nurses of Mapu Unit and the Community Health Services had started selling cakes and undertaking other fundraising efforts to purchase a bladder scanner. The members then brought the Units’ plight to the Lodges and a number of Brethren also indicated that they had been hospitalised recently and had to wait for the only scanner to become available for their treatment. Lodge Te Puni decided to hold a Variety Show to raise funds to complete the purchase of at least one bladder scanner. WBro Ray Keenan approached many talented artists both within the
Craft and outside, including his very own successful singing son and his Group, ‘The Auzzie Boys.’ A plethora of acts was assembled, from juggling, dancing (ballroom, rock-n-roll, traditional Polish), musical acts and even the piping in of a Haggis with the traditional address. Audience participation was encouraged and, during intermission, food and drink was available for purchase. Along with some very sought after prizes for raffles, the support for the show was outstanding. The money raised on the night was, with the help of The Freemasons Charity, able to purchase two bladder scanners valued at over $13,000.00 each.
As always it was a tight knit team, encompassing members of the Lodges from the Hutt Valley, wives and partners, and the nurses from the DHB that made this occasion the success it was. Thanks are due for the support of local businesses, individuals and the performers along with The Freemasons Charity for help in providing such necessary equipment for the health and wellbeing of the wider community. WBro Mac McKenzie
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The Hardy Norsemen present the Working Tools of the galley.
Arrival of the Hardy Norsemen A unique ceremony gives flavour to a Lodge Installation A unique and long established ceremony at every Installation of Lodge Zetland No 312 is the arrival of the Hardy Norseman, usually four Vikings in full regalia, who storm the Banquet and present the Master with an intricate Viking Galley and its associated Working Tools and also Working Tools from the Shetland Islands made from shipwrecked wood and silver mined on the Islands. Their pillaging, sacking and ferocity is only assuaged by the a good dose of whiskey and they are then sent on their way.
Presentation of the Working Tools from the Shetland Islands are presented to the newly installed Master, WBro David Trott, Past Grand Organist.
odge Zetland No 312 was consecrated and dedicated at the Island Bay Masonic Temple on 27 March 1945 by the then Grand Master MWBro Sir Cyril Newell, Marshall of the Royal Air Force and Governor General of New Zealand. The Lodge has changed a little over the years and was one of the first to adopt the scheme of a two year term of office for its Master and Officers but with bi-monthly meetings augmented by social events for members, partners and families in the ‘off ’ months. Although this has worked out pretty well for the Lodge, the increasing number of new members may necessitate going back to monthly meetings. 22
From the beginning Lodge Zetland has had a town and country fraternal relationship with Lion Lodge No 114, located in Ormondville. After 69 years these two lodges continue their annual fraternal visits to each other in June and October as well as attending each other’s Installations. This town and country Brotherhood has never ceased to wane. The connection has always been because of the Norse that settled in the area and Zetland’s Shetland Islands roots. Lodge Zetland has had three homes in Wellington. First was the Mokoia Freemasons Hall in Te Aro. Next was the Karori Freemasons Hall followed by the Taia Freemasons Hall in Kilbirnie and, now, the Westminster Lodge room, located in the Wellesley Boutique Hotel in downtown Wellington. Ormondville is a township in the centre of a dairying and grazing district, sixty-six miles by rail southwest from Napier. In 1876 a special settlement, comprising 2,600 acres, was made, and later on other similar Government subdivisions were effected. Ormondville was named after the Hon. J D Ormond,
who at one time owned large estates in the district. The country is very broken, and is rugged and mountainous. Saw milling was at one time carried on near the township, but dairy farming is now the principal industry with some sheep and cattle grazing. The Ormondville railway station opened in 1880 in what was just a clearing in the bush. The rail line and the station boosted the embryonic township and it became a bustling village. The railway was an important source of employment for local people. At its peak, in the 1950s the station employed 15 people. Thereafter staff numbers declined and the building was threatened with demolition. However, a determined campaign by locals successfully resulted in its preservation.
Lion Lodge rooms, Ormondville.
Southern Cross milestone celebrated
150 years of Invercargill Freemasonry A mighty milestone for the Southern Cross Lodge No.9 was reached on 6th April 2014 marking 150 Years since its foundation in Invercargill in 1864. The actual jubilee meeting took place on 3rd April at the splendid Southland Masonic Centre.
he Jubilee Meeting consisted of four consecutive parts. Following a short meeting of Southern Cross Lodge members, visiting Masters and Brethren were received followed by the reception of the District Grand Master, VWBro Alan Gurney and the Grand Master, MWBro John Litton and Officers of Grand Lodge. The Grand Master’s entry was accompanied by fanfares from WBro Lee Newcombe and organ processional by RWBro Gilbert Murphy. The absence of bagpipes was duly noted. Following a short formal meeting the Brethren retired in the customary manner and escorted their ladies and friends into the Lodge Room for the public part of the meeting. The open meeting started with the reading of the list of Lodge Members by the secretary, VWBro Martin McGregor, who read a summary of the Lodge History, beginning with a scene-setting description of Invercargill and its people in 1864.
Public part of meeting in the lodge room.
The Grand Master then presented the Cinqucentennial Jewel to the Master of Southern Cross, WBro Jim Lamont, who then reciprocated by presenting the Grand Master with the Jewel. The jewel is closely modelled on the Centennial Jewel and was made in Invercargill. Next was the presentation of ten sitting Masters of Southland to the Grand Master, who followed with a presentation of Master Mason’s Certificates to newly raised Brethren. The open meeting concluded with an address by the Grand Master in which he congratulated the Southern Cross Lodge and Southland Freemasonry on achieving their historic milestone. Next on the agenda was a superb banquet put on by Invercargill’s awardwinning restaurant, Paddington Arms, the tables splendidly set out and decorated by WBro Harold Scobie and his family. VWBro John Marshall, Past District Grand Master, in proposing the toast to the Southern Cross Lodge,
ABOVE WBro Jim Lamont, Master of Southern Cross Lodge. LEFT 150 year Jubilee Jewel.
pointed out the close association over the decades between Southern Cross and his own Lodge, Lodge St. John No.94, and in particular their leading role in promoting the foundation of the Grand Lodge of New Zealand. After proposing the toast to Ladies and Friends, in which he thanked them for their support of their menfolk, especially those whose Masonic activities took up a lot of time, WBro B Padget presented The Grand Master and Diana Litton with gifts on behalf of the Lodge and the Southland Masonic District. The Grand Master’s gift was a book entitled
The Grand Master presents Master Masons certificates.
‘Old Invercargill’ by local historian, John Hall-Jones. Diana’s gift was a lovely silver necklace with shards of paua. He then presented Doreen Lamont, who is as Scots as her husband, with a miniature fernery, adding that if she looked after the ferns as well as she looked after her man ‘they will be happy wee ferns.’ The evening ended with the singing of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ to a piano accompaniment played by WBro Bill Tonkin, Lodge Organist, and Master at the 125th anniversary. Photographer — Maree Wilkes
the Southland Multiple Sclerosis Society. A cheque for the Lumsden Community Swimming Pool towards some heating panels will be presented later. A tour around Invercargill was taken in before a farewell dinner at The Cabbage Tree attended by a large party of Brethren and wives from all over Southland.
The Southern Cross Lodge No. 9 The history of the Southern Cross
Lodge began in 1863, Invercargill’s ‘Golden Year’, when several Masons from different constitutions met to discuss the formation of a Lodge. Their first petition to the United Grand Lodge of England was turned down because it was signed by members of three different constitutions, but the second petition was granted and issued on 12th January 1864 to the Southern Cross Lodge No.997. Already, on 6th January, a meeting had been held to float share subscriptions for the building of a Masonic Hall. The Consecration Meeting, attended by 34 Master Masons, commenced on 6th April 1864 and spanned four days, during which 19 entrants were initiated. WBro F Chapman was the first Master and Bro William Robertson the first Initiate. During its first year, Southern Cross held 13 regular meetings, 17 emergency meetings, initiated 41 candidates and admitted 21 affiliates. Meetings were held in Watson’s Hotel and other locations until the new Masonic Hall in Kelvin Street was consecrated on 9th November 1864. Unfortunately, the boom years ended in a serious slump in 1865 and Invercargill suffered de-population. With the Lodge losing many members,
To the Bluff The following day saw the Littons escorted to Bluff by VWBro Alan Gurney and WBro Ken Broad. Although the previous day had been gloriously hot and sunny, the Bluff visit saw a drop in temperature and the onset of rain for a photograph taken next to the famous sign post at Stirling Point. A visit to Bluff ’s beautiful marae delighted the Grand Master. Hosted by the Fortitude Lodge No.64, the Grand Master visited the Freemason’s Hall to present a cheque to the Bluff Life Guard, which is in the process of raising money to build a new life boat. The presentation was filmed by Cue TV and broadcast later the same day. The Grand Master was also interviewed and took the opportunity to explain Freemasonry as a modern organization with traditional values engaged in making major charitable contributions in support of medical research and community projects. A cheque was also presented to 24
The first Masonic hall in Kelvin Street, Invercargill. Built 1864, the part under the pitched roof is still standing and has been restored and now rented out to a boutique. The building is owned by the Historic Places Trust.
The third Masonic hall.
it was forced to sell the hall to the Provincial Council, although still meeting there until sharing the building proved inconvenient to all. Gradually numbers built up again and the Lodge offered to buy back the Hall in 1868 but was declined, so it continued to meet in hotels until building a very small hall in Nith Street in 1876. Joined there by Lodge St. John No.610 SC in May 1877, the hall very soon proved far too small and the two lodges joined forces to build a large and rather splendid hall, also on Nith Street. This, the third hall, was completed in March 1882. The following year saw the foundation of Lodge Victoria No.471 IC, which lodge also used the new Nith Street hall. Around this time there was a considerable expansion of Freemasonry in wording in all three degrees. The with the founding of many lodges in the explanation of the Third Degree Tracing rural Southland districts. Board is never given. Officers do not The Southern Cross Lodge and Lodge wear cuffs, although recently the Master St John lobbied hard for the formation of and Wardens started wearing cuffs the Grand Lodge of New Zealand. When inherited from Lodge Adoniram No. the Grand Lodge was formed in 1890, 411. As for suppers, a character called the Southern Cross Lodge emerged at ‘John Bull’ used to put in an appearance No.9 and as a foundation Lodge. The but his costume has been lost, as has other two Southland foundation Lodges the tradition. The Lodge is traditionally were the Mokoreta Lodge No.63 and the a ‘wet’ lodge, but nowadays alcohol is Fortitude Lodge No.64. Lodge St. John seldom brought to the table. was prevented from joining by protracted For the past hundred years or so, the negotiations with the Grand Lodge of fortunes of the Lodge have been largely Scotland. However, by 1906, Southland typical of Lodges throughout New was the only province with all its lodges Zealand. Like so many others, Southern in the Grand Lodge of New Zealand. Cross has suffered a decline in numbers, The next big development was the not only of overall membership but completion of the vast and splendid of its core of dedicated Brethren upon masonic hall in Forth Street in 1925, whose shoulders rests the management financed by Southern Cross and St John of lodge affairs. Nevertheless, the lodge Lodges, Lodge Victoria No.147 and is noted for its support of Grand Lodge Lodge Waihopai No.189, which sold its hall in Southland Masonic Centre today. Grey Street in order to join the scheme. Much of the furniture from the old hall was moved into the new building, including the famous ‘Hawcridge Pillars’ which feature on the Master Mason’s certificate. The Lodge does not have many tradit ions which mark it out. It works the ‘English’ version of the Third Degree and there are minor diff erences
and District schemes, having some effective planners and organizers among its members. The Lodge has recently seen a healthy influx of new, young members, mostly Filipinos with a keen attitude, which augers well for the future although it presents challenges for masonic education. Southern Cross will join other lodges to rise to the education challenge on a District basis. The Lodge has already started by making the role of Preceptor one of mentor-in-chief and instructor of ritual and protocol, an active office not necessarily given to the most senior member of the Lodge. The Lodge would like to thank John and Diana Litton for honouring Southland with their visit and hope they will visit us again before not too long. Their friendliness and sociability made a great impression on us all.
Heath keeping company with Prince Albert of Monaco, Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Fast track Freemason An international perspective
Heath Johnson was born to a family, which has resided in the city of Monkton New Brunswick for five generations. He is now a man of the world. Although his grandfather was a Freemason of 50-year standing with Keith Lodge No. 23 in Moncton, Heath grew up knowing nothing about freemasonry. From a young age he had noticed a piece of stained glass in his grandparents’ kitchen window, with the square and compasses and the letter G. He remembers asking his grandfather, who was named Gerald, if the G was for his initial and getting a knowing smile and a gentle no.
ollowing high school, Heath atten ded Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, where he studied for a Bachelor of Commerce degree in International Business. After graduating BCom, he moved to England and took his MBA at the University of Oxford. After completing his master’s degree, he first worked as a management consultant for Accenture, out of their Montréal office, where he routinely flew 200,000 km a year to Canada, the US, China and Singapore for work.
Matriculating at Oxford 2003.
Heath eventually moved back to Moncton in 2007 where he most recently worked in economic development, helping people to start businesses and teaching high school and college students about entrepreneurship. He enjoyed his time teaching so much that he decided that he wanted to do it full-time at the university level, and thus decided to go back to school. He applied to the PhD programme at Victoria University of Wellington to study entrepreneurship and moved to New Zealand on 1st March 2013 to commence his studies. His thesis is on the experiences of immigrant entrepreneurs in rural areas and small cities. Having been heavily involved in the Scouting Movement, with 15 years as a Scout leader, Heath began volunteering as a Scout leader in New Zealand shortly after his arrival.
The path to Freemasonry Through his involvement in Scouting and other outdoor pursuits, Heath and a friend happened to learn that someone they knew in Moncton was a Freemason. They got to talking about Freemasonry and their interest in it, as both of their grandfathers were active in their local lodges before they passed away, and they decided to get more information about Freemasonry from their outdoorsman friend. After a number of conversations, Heath petitioned for membership in his grandfather’s lodge in mid-2012. Three members of the lodge investigative committee sat down with him and his partner, Megan, in October, and following the interview and discussion the lodge voted to accept his petition. However, in December 2012, Heath learned that he had been admitted into the PhD programme in Wellington, and would be moving to New Zealand at the
end of February 2013. With Keith Lodge’s installation held in January, it was a bit of a rush to conduct his initiation before he left Canada. Ultimately, his initiation was held in early February 2013 and, 2.5 weeks later, he boarded a plane for Wellington. He had never attended a regular lodge meeting in Canada: his only Masonic experience there was his own initiation. Arriving in Wellington in March 2013, Heath didn’t know a soul in the country, let alone the city. As Megan, a GP, wasn’t due to arrive for a few months he was on his own to get settled into their new home. Knowing that Freemasonry could provide a great means of establishing himself in the community, and to make friends, he began researching lodges in Wellington. In April 2013, he attended his first ever regular meeting at Westminster Lodge No. 308 as a guest of the Master, WBro Ken Stokes. Over the course of the next few months, Heath travelled and visited frequently with Ken, attending a lodge meeting roughly every week, and several installations while still an entered apprentice. He came to know
many Freemasons in the Wellington-Kapiti and Hutt-Wairarapa Districts, and he felt a great sense of belonging. Heath became a joining member of Westminster Lodge in the winter of 2013. At one meeting VWBro Venice 2004. Warwick Bell learned of his involvement in Scouting, and mentioned the existence of The Baden-Powell Lodge No. 381. After some discussion, Baden Powell expressed an interest in conducting his Fellowcraft ceremony. In August 2013 Heath travelled to Cambridge, Waikato, where they put on what he described as a splendid Fellowcraft ceremony. His Master Mason ceremony followed at Westminster Lodge in October. Since then Heath has joined Baden Powell Lodge and, such is his progress in Freemasonry, he has already been invested as Junior Deacon for that lodge; something he says would have taken him several years to achieve in Canada. During his time in New Zealand
Heath has maintained contact with his brothers back in Canada who were going through their three degrees, and he has noted some interesting differences in the ceremonies and ritual between the two countries. Along with other Entered Apprentices and Fellowcrafts Heath has been a regular attendee at the discussion groups convened by VWBro Dr George Allan, Chair of the National Education Committee. Heath is now spending some time in Canada this year undertaking research as part of his studies, and looks forward to sharing his Masonic experiences with the brethren in Canada, and with the brethren in New Zealand on his return.
The decorated aprons of New Brunswick
Getting to the Winter Olympics
Keith Lodge mailed Heath’s Master Mason’s apron to Westminster Lodge so that he could be invested with it during his ceremony in October 2013. When he visits, it is instantly a topic of conversation amongst brethren In the Grand lodge of New Brunswick, it is a tradition that when a lodge celebrates its semi centennial (golden jubilee), all of the members of that lodge get silver adornments on the fringe and jewels. When a lodge celebrates its centennial (platinum jubilee), all members of the lodge receive aprons with gold adornments. As Keith Lodge is over 150 years old, Heath’s apron has gold adornments.
Heath’s specialty is entrepreneur ship, which is what got him to the games. His first challenge was to become a torchbearer, which he achieved by entering a Coca Cola-sponsored trivia quiz 100 times. He subsequently climbed up the preference list for volunteers at the games by being fluent in English and French. He was posted to the athletes village and spent a month in Whistler.
Keith Lodge’s first meeting was held on 21st January 1853. Originally #927 on the Registry of The Grand Lodge of England, Keith Lodge was so named for the famed brew master, politician, public servant and, most importantly, Mason, Alexander Keith. Not only did he found the lodge, but also he aided in the uniting of the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia under their own independent Grand Lodge. After initially declining membership, Keith voted to join the new Grand Lodge of New Brunswick on July 3rd, 1868 and was thereafter numbered 23 on their roster. There are 4 lodges named in honour of Alexander Keith. More information at www.nbmf.org/keith23/history1.htm Keith Lodge has about 240 members with an average age around 45, of which roughly 60-80 attend lodge regularly. The lodge has a social club and a bar that is well attended on Friday nights. There is a local chapter of the Widows Sons, as well as other social gatherings.
Heath in gold trimmed apron.
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.
Merger strengthens Masonic brand
The two Masonic Trusts running retirement villages, rest homes and hospitals in the southern North Island are merging their operations under the umbrella of The Masonic Villages Trust. The merger will take place on 1 July.
The merged Trust will have 225 care beds and 348 retirement villas and apartments, making it one of the largest charitable retirement village and aged care providers in the southern North Island. Its balance sheet will have a gross value of around $70 million, with total annual revenue in the region of $16 million.
“The increased size of the Trust will result in operational efficiencies, ensure professionalism in everything we do, assist us with marketing and provide the financial resources needed to continually upgrade and expand our offering,” says The Masonic Villages Trust (TMVT) chair Bill Arcus. “In the longer-term we also hope that our improved financial strength will support better pay and improved career opportunities for our staff, especially those in the care facilities.” Trust chair Bill Arcus Scale is important
He says the Trust will continue to be a relatively small player in the context of the whole aged care and retirement village sector. “We will be small enough to remain responsive to the needs of our residents, while being large enough to provide a credible alternative to the very large retirement communities operated by the listed public companies.” Manawatu Masonic Association Trust (MMAT) chair Bill Carswell says the need for charitable providers will not diminish in the future. “Our focus as Freemasons is on the needs of our residents, not profit for shareholders. But to ensure we can continue to fulfil our duties in this area, it is critical that the two Trusts become one. With cost pressures forcing many smaller operators to close their doors, we need to be of sufficient size to ensure ongoing viability.” The TMVT and MMAT began their separate operations in the 1960s. In recent years, they have worked together, initially through joint purchasing arrangements. This has resulted in worthwhile savings in the purchasing of insurance and statutory supervision services, as well as nursing supplies and cleaning products. In 2012, the first step toward a merger was made with the signing of an agreement for TMVT to provide the MMAT with management, accounting and administrative services. With a formal merger there is the potential to share other areas of specialist expertise. For example, a common approach to the regulatory and compliance regime that rest homes and hospitals work within, will make quality assurance easier to manage and less cumbersome for the staff at each facility. In recent years, there has been a dramatic improvement in the quality of the retirement villages offered by the publicly listed
Residents at Masonic Court, Palmerston North The need for charitable providers will not diminish
operators. This has put pressure on some charitable operators to modernise their existing facilities and to build new facilities that meet market expectations. TMVT has risen to this challenge at its Wairarapa and Horowhenua villages, along with the development of the state-of-the-art Glenwood Hospital in Masterton. Its latest development of 86 new apartments at Woburn Apartments in Lower Hutt, has been described by the city’s mayor as setting the benchmark for quality retirement living. “In our view, the success of the Trust is a success for Freemasonry. It offers tangible evidence of Masonic charitable principles at work in the community, in a way that is immediately recognisable and has resonance and relevance to most New Zealand families,” says Arcus. The merged Trust will have retirement communities, rest homes and hospitals in Palmerston North, Levin, Masterton and Lower Hutt. There is also a standalone retirement village in Foxton.
Palette brings apartments to life
The design concepts she is developing are influenced by art deco themes. These were fashionable in the 1920s and 30s and were adopted by the architects responsible for the post-earthquake rebuild of Napier. “Our designs will be contemporary, but will pick up on the art deco styles that are seen on many buildings in Hutt City. It’s a style that influenced the joinery design in Woburn Apartments.” Fraser observes that the bland colour schemes adopted by many other retirement communities have an institutional feel. “This is not what Woburn Apartments are about. Most people who have so far signed up for an apartment are leading active lifestyles. They want to spend more time enjoying activities, friends and family, while being part of a sociable and supportive community.”
“You may be participating in a group activity, having some peaceful time to yourself, or wanting private time with others around you. Each scenario has implications for how a space looks and feels.”
Frances Fraser of Honour Creative says the interior design needs to answer three questions: Does it belong, does it offer contrasts and does it balance the needs of the individual with those of the group?
As the roof goes on Stage 1 of the Woburn Apartments, the interior designer is hard at work developing the colour schemes and furnishings for the shared ‘public’ spaces in the community.
The colour palette recommended by Honour Creative reflects this. It will make Woburn Apartments interesting and home-like, and carry the message that this is an active vibrant community. Stage 1 of the Woburn Apartments is on track for completion late this year. Stage 2 will be completed in 2016. www.woburnapartments.co.nz
Your time really counts
One of the most valuable things Freemasons can do for brethren, friends and family members living in a rest home or hospital is to spend time with them. “Residents have regular interactions with staff and can take part in the many activities we organise for them. But we all need one-toone time with people we know and trust,” says Woburn Masonic Hospital manager Christine Townsend. Helping at meal times, if swallowing issues are not a problem, is a wonderful way to spend one-on-one time with a resident. If the resident has problems feeding themselves, just ask one of our staff – they will show you how to help. “Most residents, if they are physically able, love to get out and about. A trip to the park or a beach, or a stop at a pub for a beer, makes them feel they are still part of the real world. Even a walk around the
grounds in a wheelchair can do wonders,” says Townsend. “They come back really buzzing, with lots to talk about. However, we do need to know of your plans in advance so we can make sure they are ready for you and so we know where they are in an emergency.” One-to-one time also allows the resident to talk about things that might be concerning them. If it is something you think may need attention, please make an appointment to discuss it with the registered nurse or the manager. “We need feedback and sometimes residents are reluctant to provide it to us, often because they don’t want to cause trouble or because of the Kiwi ethic that you should be grateful and just put up with it,” she says. “Of course, when you are in care you are entitled to be treated with respect as an individual, with all your needs met.” Freemasons are known for the valuable visits they make to brethren and widows of brethren in care. “When visiting male friends and brethren, check that someone is taking responsibility for maintaining their shaving gear and buying toiletries. This may mean getting their electric razor or beard trimmer safety tested and tagged, or taking them on a shopping trip. It all helps their quality of life.”
The Masonic Villages Trust Woburn manager Christine Townsend with resident Mara Murray We all need one-to-one time with people we know and trust
Head office: 63 Wai-iti Crescent l Woburn l Lower Hutt 5010 New Zealand l Tel +64 4 569 8512 l www.masonicvillages.co.nz firstname.lastname@example.org
Heartland Bank Freemasons Scholars 2014 T
he Heartland Bank Freemasons Scholarships are provided annually under the auspices of Freemasons New Zealand and are administered by The Freemasons Charity. These scholarships are to assist children and grandchildren of Freemasons, who are able students and are active in their communities. As in previous years, three Scholarships of $6,000 have been awarded in 2014, one per Division of Freemasons New Zealand. The criteria for selection is that applicants should have a good academic record and be attending, or just completed study at a secondary school or college: years 11 to 14. They must also demonstrate good citizenship and be involved in some form of community activity. If successful the funds are to be utilised in furthering individual education.
Southern Division – Sylvia Duncan This year Sylvia, who has just turned 16, is completing Health Sciences First year at The University of Otago, a
competitive intermediate year from which the top students are selected for professional programmes such as Medicine, Dentistry and Physiotherapy. Sylvia was first enrolled at Marlborough Girls College at the age of 10 and allowed time to catch up a little by repeating Year 13 and broadening her range of subjects as well as taking two Massey University Engineering and Mathematics papers. She is now aiming for entry into Medical School next year. Sylvia already has her future career marked out, initially practising medicine in a hospital setting before undertaking further study and specialising in public health. Her ultimate goal is to join the World Health Organisation. At College, Sylvia was involved in numerous community and school based leadership activities including academic mentoring, debating, music and theatre. She has been a very active member of St John Youth and risen to the rank of Sergeant in which role she is involved in planning, training and participating in disaster simulation exercises. Sylvia was selected as a delegate to the National Model United Nations Conference held in Wellington last July and, for several years, has been a volunteer leader at Kiwi Ranch camps.
Central Division – Jack Petterson Jack Petterson has held leadership roles at each of the schools he has 30
attended, most recent being Napier Boys High School. These have included captaining and coaching cricket, canoe polo and football. In 2012 he went on a school based football tour to the United Kingdom. He credits his part time work as a Pack’n’Save checkout operator and at McDonalds for the development of his interpersonal skills. Jack plans to study for a double degree at the University of Otago, first towards a BCom, pursuing an economics major to extend his interest in fiscal policy and international trade. His second degree course will be for a BA with majors in political studies and geography, the latter to extend his passion for different cultures and landscapes. His future career aspirations are to represent New Zealand internationally, as a diplomat or in international politics. His dream job is to work for the United Nations. At High School Jack participated in various community activities including clean ups around Hawke’s Bay assisting Napier Intermediate School students with reading tuition. His major community involvement has been as a member of the Youth Council of Napier,
a branch of the City Council, with the task of making the city a better and safer place for youth. This has included organisation of safe and fun events, such as concerts and youth games.
Northern Division – Conor Gyde Conor Gyde has two major passions, running and theatre, particularly Shakespeare. Nevertheless his academic aspirations are towards business with an ultimate ambition to head Fonterra. He plans a conjoint degree, studying at the University of Waikato for a Bachelor of Management Studies majoring in Agricultural Business and a BSc. majoring in Earth Science. Following this he hopes to obtain employment with Fonterra, gain international experience and work his way up the management ladder. As a pupil of St John’s College, and Head Prefect and Leader of the College
Student Council in 2013, he has received many awards in athletics being the College record holder for races from 800 metres to the steeplechase. He has represented the College at many events throughout New Zealand. Conor regards his best theatrical performance to date as being selected for the National Shakespeare Schools Production, which included appearing in The Merchant of Venice, performed in the Legislative Chamber of Parliament. He intends to be heavily involved in community and university theatre during his years of tertiary study including directing Shakespeare productions at his former college. Growing up on a family farm, Conor already has many of the skills necessary for an agricultural career. With the triple aspirations of athletics, theatre and business ahead of him Conor is, without doubt, heading for a well-rounded and extremely busy life.
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An oil and gas dynasty in the making Rene and Lindi Engelbrecht Engineering is in the blood of the Engelbrecht family with youngest daughter Lindi Engelbrecht of Rototuna, Hamilton, a 2014 Freemasons University Scholarship awardee, completing her Bachelor of Engineering with Honours at the University of Waikato. She is specialising in chemical and biological processing. Already the recipient of several scholarships and awards, Lindi thrives on asking questions and solving problems, and challenging what seems impossible.
indi’s father is an electrical and automation engineer, while her sister Rene, a 2013 Freemasons scholarship recipient, graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering with first class Honours, majoring in materials and process engineering and works for an engineering consultancy involved in New Plymouth’s oil and gas industry. According to Lindi’s
Family conference with an engineering bias. Lindi is on the left.
mother, there are few occasions at the family dinner table when engineering is not a discussion topic. Completing an internship at Todd Energy crystallised Lindi’s career plans. Upon graduation, she will pursue a career in the oil and gas industry. She hopes to build upon a Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours by completing a Master’s
degree in Petroleum Engineering, through distance learning, while gaining experience by working in the industry. Her ultimate goal is to develop into a successful engineer with the knowledge and experience to manage and lead a large scale processing plant. She would also like to complete post graduate study later in her career on how to utilise New Zealand’s natural resources more efficiently and in a sustainable way to meet the country’s energy needs. In commenting on her preferred field Lindi says. ‘The ever increasing global demand for energy has caused New Zealand’s oil and gas industry to boom in recent years. This, by default, has increased the need for technical people to enter the work force, something industry is struggling to achieve.’ A survey of the industry in 2012 found that. ‘There is still a large under representation of females in the industry, particularly in technical engineering and trade operation roles.’ Thus, the future looks bright for the Engelbrecht sisters. Lindi’s leadership skills, obvious during her secondary school years, have further developed during her time at university. She is a busy student ambassador, in particular encouraging women to start and continue studies in engineering. Lindi leads by example as a committee member of the Young Engineers Society and a student member of the Institute of Professional Engineers (IPENZ). For almost five years she has taught Sunday school. She also enjoys a range of sports and plays netball, squash, and touch. She enjoys being outdoors, mountain biking, hiking and kayaking. Joanne Ruscoe and Morris Robertson
On this year’s programme Address and presentation of scholarships by Sir Ray Avery
Once a street kid in London, Sir Ray Avery is a successful scientist, inventor and social entrepreneur. As Technical Director of the Fred Hollows Foundation, he designed and commissioned low cost lens manufacturing technologies, systems, and global distribution networks. His efforts led to a collapse in the global price of lenses, making modern cataract surgery accessible to the world’s poorest. In 2003 Avery founded the international development organisation Medicine Mondiale dedicated to making quality healthcare and equipment accessible to the poorest developing nations around the world. Address by former Freemasons Scholar Professor Margaret Brimble
2014 Freemasons University Scholarship recipients Auckland University of Technology Tim Pratt (PG), Crown Hill, Auckland
PhD in Management
Brittany Olsen-Verner, Mangere, Auckland
Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy)
University of Auckland Cameron Ellis (PG), Shirley, Christchurch
Masters of Science in Psychology
Elisabeth Bolton, Te Awamutu
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Samuel Bookman, Remuera, Auckland
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Andrew McIndoe, Kelburn, Wellington
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
University of Waikato Karen Houghton (PG), Taupo
PhD in Microbiology
Anthony Baker, Taumarunui
Master of Business Management
Lindi Engelbrecht, Rototuna, Hamilton
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
Alana Scott, Tirau
Bachelor of Business Management
Massey University Krista Hupman (PG), Albany, Auckland
PhD in Natural Sciences
Byron Brooks, Devonport, Auckland
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
Ashleigh Clark, Feilding
Bachelor of Business Studies
Nigel Espie, Whangaparaoa, Auckland
Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Business Studies
Phillipa Webb, Gisborne
Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism
Victoria University of Wellington Taylor Hughson (PG*), Thorndon, Wellington
Master of Arts in English Literature
Professor Margaret Brim ble CNZM holds the Chair of Organic and Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Auckland and is also a Principal Investigator in the Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Royal Society of Chemistry. She was the first New Zealander to receive the L’OrealUNESCO Award for Women in Science, and the second woman to receive the Rutherford medal.
Laura Kranz (PG*), Remuera, Auckland
Master of Science in Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience
Juliet Bull, Epsom, Auckland
Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Dylan Chambers, Johnsonville, Wellington
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Brontë Jefferies, New Plymouth
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Address by Tim Pratt representing the 2014 Freemasons University Scholars
Tim Pratt of Auckland is an adult student and compassionate man studying for a PhD in Management at Auckland University of Technology. In a country where many social services could not function without the voluntary sector Tim, with a past career as a Minister of Religion, has achieved an MBA with Distinction and Master of Business with First Class Honours.
Lincoln University Nirajmohan Shivaperumal (PG), Awapuni, Palmerston North
PhD in Food Microbiology
Catherine Mountier, Rolleston
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
University of Canterbury Samuel Wakelin (PG), Leeston, Christchurch
Master of Arts
Nicholas Allan, Hawarden, North Canterbury
Master of Science and Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology
Simona Seizova, Wainoni, Christchurch
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Helena Trollopem, Ilam, Christchurch
Bachelor of Science
University of Otago Gareth Rees (PG), Caversham, Dunedin
PhD in Public Health
Anna Hoek Sims, St Clair, Dunedin
Bachelor of Arts (double Honours)
Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours)
Bachelor of Medicine
PG means scholar awarded a Post Graduate Scholarship ($10,000). PG* As these students are recipients of full scholarships, they have each been awarded the maximum allowable amount of $6,000. All other scholarships are university scholarships ($6,000).
A full report on the 2014 Scholarships Presentation function will be carried in the September issue of New Zealand Freemason. 33
Should we become Operative Masons again? Delving beneath the messages in our ceremonies This article carries on from my last on the topic of symbolism being the language of Freemasonry. We look at a few obvious symbols in our Masonic meetings and how we could enrich our modern lives at work and with our families. Dr George Allan.
ome of the first physical symbols that a new member is shown and told about are the working tools in the first degree. These are the symbols relevant to an entered apprentice at the beginning of his Masonic journey. Imagine a young man, about the age of fourteen in years gone by, starting his career as an operative mason, he is unskilled and wants to learn the trade and become a craftsman. He would be apprenticed to an operative master mason who would probably give this apprentice a secondhand hammer and chisel and a rough ashlar because, in his early work, the apprentice is likely to make mistakes and damage his tools and the stone on which he is practising. So, the entered apprentice is supposed to practise and become better at his work. He is also given a ruler to measure his work and this twenty-four inch gauge symbolizes ‘time management’, another skill that, with practice, will make the apprentice a better workman. The symbolic message in the first degree is learn and practice to become better. The entered apprentice is in the learning stage of freemasonry so we should guide and assist that learning. In time the apprentice gets good at squaring off the rough ashlar and making the edges and sides smooth. To the eye this looks good but, to the professional, those sides and edges need to be measured with greater accuracy if the stone is to fit exactly into the intended structure of the building. So, other working tools are required to try those edges and sides for exact square-ness and this is the work of a more advanced workman, a fellow of the craft. In our explanations of the working tools in all three degrees we use the phrase, ‘… but as we are not all operative masons but free and accepted and speculative 34
masons.’ The following five questions come out of these words: First question: what does it mean to be free? In the days of operative masons it meant free from the indenture of apprenticeship but what does it mean today, to you? I suggest taking time to think about this and write yourself some explanations in your Masonic note-book (recommended in my last article) and read what you write. This is the practice needed here to help you improve as a mason. Then, when you see your initial thoughts allow yourself to think again, this time more deeply and write more depth of meaning, just for yourself. This is an important step in your learning about freemasonry. You may be courageous enough to share your thinking with two or three others in a discussion group. We are encouraging masons all over New Zealand to get together in small selforganizing groups for this very purpose, to share your ideas and learn from each other. Find out what Freemasonry means to others and add this to your learning. Second question: what does it mean to you to be an accepted mason? Writing your answers in your note-book and discussing with other masons is the practice needed here to make yourself a better learner of Freemasonry. Third question: what does it mean to you to be speculative? This may be more difficult for some of us but I suggest
Rough and smooth ashlars.
you have a go and make initial notes, read them and refine them. This will be hard work but will definitely help you become a better craftsman. Back in the early days of Freemasons’ Lodges in London it was common practice to invite scientists to demonstrate their latest inventions in the Lodge rooms and for masons to speculate on the future uses of such things as electricity, the light bulb, engines, voice recording apparatus. So what does speculate mean to you as a Freemason? Fourth question: does this thinking beyond the words in our ceremonies really help us become better masons and better people at work and at home? Some masons are content to learn the ritual words by rote and we must accept this as their way. However, consider this preface to the 1976 reprint of the book called The Lost Keys of Freemasonry by Manly P. Hall, in which Reynold Blight stated, ‘The ignorant take them literally and build for themselves prison houses of words and with bitter speech and bitterer taunt denounce those who will not join them in the dungeons’. If you haven’t read this book I strongly recommend it to you as a basis for a better understanding of our Freemasonry today. For those Freemasons who want learning and are looking for a deeper understanding in our ceremonies we may need to make small changes to our practices. At the moment we are not attractive to young men. Is this OK? What is it that is unattractive? Is it our repetition of ceremonies without discussion of meaning? Can we improve to become attractive to the right type of younger men who are worthy of being made Masons? The Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said, ‘Life is a series of natural and
spontaneous changes. Donâ€™t resist them, that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forwardâ€™. Are we resisting change? Are we suppressing a natural change to be modern and keep abreast of modern-day life? Are we blocking the forward flow of Freemasonry? Fifth and final question: should we become operative masons again? Not with stone, chisel and hammer, but with analysis and understanding the messages hidden in our ceremonies. Should we be teaching our newer masons about the philosophy that drives Freemasonry, the philosophy behind each of the six degrees in Freemasonry? Send me your thoughts in an e-mail to drgeorgeallan@ gmail.com and write a letter to the Editor and start a discussion on why we should again be an operative force in the world. VWBro George Allan, Chair of National Education Committee
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Roskill Foundation RepoRting
Hearing is believing. We heard. The Roskill Foundation has responded to a request for help from The Hearing House, an Auckland-based charity for deaf children and their families.
Established in 1998, The Hearing House is a pioneer in the
field of therapy and audiology services for children with cochlear implants and was the first organisation of its kind in New Zealand. Since then it has grown from a small charity that helped a handful of children to one that, each year, helps hundreds of deaf children from Kaitaia to Turangi. Their mission is to teach deaf and hearingimpaired children to listen and speak. What they wanted was a tympanometer, a device used to pinpoint problems with the middle ear and to check the integrity of the nerves in the ear, before they can be cleared to receive a cochlear implant. It is also used to check nerve reflexes after surgery, to monitor how the ear is responding to louder sound levels. They had one, but another was sorely needed to help care for the growing number of children using the services of The Hearing House.
Masons in the Cathedral A choral evensong at Holy Trinity
Cathedral in Parnell, Auckland on Sunday 23rd March was a recognition of the long and close relationship between Freemasons and this building. And what a natural fit it seemed.
connections date back to its origins. Photographs taken at the laying of the Foundation Stone in 1957, show the then District Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England with Bishop John Simkin. Freemasons contributions to the Church have included magnificent stained glass windows and more latterly, assistance for the refurbishment of the organ in St Mary’s church. All Constitutions were invited including partners and friends. Full regalia was encouraged. 36
Head audiologist, Leigh Martelli said “The tympanometer is a vital piece of equipment used in the puzzle of helping deaf children hear. You simply cannot complete a diagnostic hearing test without it”. Leigh knew the Freemasons might help. In the very early days of our programme to help University students, she was a recipient of our aid in the form of grocery vouchers. Nowadays that programme is The Freemasons Charity University Scholarship programme. We heard you Leigh - again.
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Stepping in for special-needs kids Resource Teachers - Learning and Behaviour
(RTLB) is a resource provided by the Ministry of Education for all schools to call upon. It comprises experienced teachers trained to support the needs of students in Years 1 – 10 whose achievement in learning and behaviour is not being fully realised - perhaps sufferers from dyslexia or autism - and to support their school and teacher. RTLB might provide a classroom teacher with special teaching strategies, they might introduce a class or school-wide programme, or they might work directly with a child or small groups of children. Or supply assistive technology. The Foundation responded to a request for assistance from a ‘cluster’ of RTLB schools in Auckland and is funding assistive equipment such as netbooks,
laptops and I-pads to be used in trials testing students for the best equipment to suit their specific need. The Ministry of Education has funds for the purchase of equipment to loan to students but to access the funding, trials are required to prove the best technology has been found for each student. RTLB Cluster 8, based at Royal Oak School in Auckland (there are 40 Clusters throughout NZ) has a pool of such equipment that is available for these trials and dedicated staff trained to run the trials. But they just don’t have enough equipment to meet the needs of a growing back-log of students waiting for assistance. So we felt we had good cause to step in!
Chairman David Mace with Royal Oak RTLB teachers (L to R) Margaret Muir (Practice Leader); Roseanne Gibson (Manager); Anne Roborgh (Practice Leader) with some new assistive technology.
Macular Degeneration Research
Early days in our search for treatments for AMD The Freemasons funded research project on Age-related Macular
Degeneration is now into its second year at the Department of Ophthalmology at The University of Auckland, and solid progress is being made.
The project titled ‘Targeting inflammation
in Age-related Macular Degeneration’ is designed as a three-year study. It is being carried out by PhD student Prachi Didmishe in association with Department Head, Professor Charles McGhee and others. Despite much research, AMD remains the leading cause of irreversible blindness today. In New Zealand around 30% of the elderly population is affected to some extent and visual impairment may be profound. Unfortunately it remains predominately untreatable as in most cases the cause is unknown. Until recently, research was focused on the retina. However the Auckland ophthalmology people were among the first to recognise the potential for sustained inflammation at the back of the eye (the choroid) to be responsible and this study begins that line of investigation. The first step was to be able to study human
donor tissue samples. This was completed through a complicated and extensive process. Existing lab samples were unusable because their processing was not uniform and new samples from the National Eye Bank required Human Ethics approval. Setting up protocols for optimum tissue handling and storage, as well as extraction of genetic material, was also established. Now that the methods and protocols have been defined these techniques will be used to study the inflammation with experiments proceeding over the next two years. The work of the first year has already been presented by Prachi at local University level as well as internationally at the largest regional vision-science conference, ASIA-ARVO 2013, held in New Delhi, India, in October last year. Ultimately the research is aimed at the development of new drugs and subsequent clinical trials.
Grants continue for South Auckland Hospice
grant has been made by FREEMASONS SOUTH AUCKLAND HOSPICE CHARITABLE TRUST to the South Auckland Totara Hospice at Manurewa. Once again the Trust’s funding will be used to train community GPs in gaining palliative care certification by working with the Hospice. The funding of these grants comes from the famous 2010 Karaka house auction led by Ian Ross for the South Auckland Freemasons. The substantial proceeds were placed in the care of the Trust formed especially for this purpose. The Trust has recently appointed David Collett, long-time member and currently Deputy Master of Lodge Tuakau No 278 as a trustee replacing the late Ross Nicholson. David is an electrician and provided his services in the Karaka house project. He says he is very happy to continue serving the Hospice, and thereby serving the community, in this way.
Brain Bee Challenge seeks future neuroscientists The Brain Bee Challenge is one of the largest secondary school competitions in New Zealand with more than 1500 year-11 student competitors quizzed about their knowledge of the brain.
For a number of years, Freemasons Roskill Foundation has provided assistance to The University of Auckland’s Centre for Brain Research who organise the North Island portion of the competition. It’s purpose is to attract top students to study science, and in particular neuroscience, and inspire them to consider careers as clinicians and researchers working to treat and find cures for more than one thousand neurological and psychological disorders.
The Brain Bee Challenge has become an international success. The New Zealand winners compete with Australian State winners to select representatives for each country who then compete in the International 38
final for the World Brain Bee title. The 2013 North Island winner - from 200 competitors from 400 schools - was Thomas Chang, of Auckland Grammar. Thomas went on to win the New Zealand title at Adelaide in January and now goes to Washington DC for the International Brain Bee Challenge. Good luck Thomas!
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Full house for young opera stars S
t Thomas’ Anglican Church in Kohimarama was packed with opera enthusiasts and supporters on a Friday evening a few weeks ago, to hear some of the NZ Opera’s Freemasons Emerging and Resident artists perform in a concert of popular pieces. This was the second year the concert has been organised by
the Foundation as an opportunity for Freemasons of all Constitutions and their wives, families and friends to get a taste of the talent within the ranks of these fine artists. Judging by the remarks of enthusiasm and delight from the audience it’s bound to become an annual event on the Auckland Masonic calendar.
Masonic ghosts at work in scholarship Older Auckland Freemasons may
remember Lodge Orakei No 270 but today the only living reminder of that once thriving Lodge is the Auckland Masonic Education Foundation. And every year some of the revenue earned by the old Lodge’s invested assets is given away, under their name, as scholarships to bright young university students in the field of science at The University of Auckland.
2014 Freemasons Orakei Scholar Daniel Chen with parents Angel and Michael and Warren Howard.
The man that keeps the Orakei ghost ship afloat is Warren Howard a former member of Lodge No 270 who, with Reid Polkinghorn, Alex Davidson and Mark Winger reward some very talented
and enterprising students. This year’s winner of the Orakei Scholarship is Daniel Chen who is studying for a PhD in bioengineering. His Doctorate study course is aimed at developing a device using artificial muscles that will adjust one’s walking gait and thus alter joint contact forces. This adjustment has tremendous potential to reduce the risk of developing osteoarthritis and to halt progression of the disease. Osteoarthritis is a joint degeneration disease that affects 300,000 New Zealanders at an annual cost of $1.6 billion. There is no cure and the most effective treatment is prolonged rehabilitation or orthopaedic surgery. The Roskill Foundation provides administration services for the Education Foundation. 39
Home Equity Release Loan launched At Heartland Bank, we pride ourselves in finding products for people, not people for products *
eartland Bank (Heartland) is the proud partner of the Freemasons Deposit Scheme. This partnership, which is built on shared values, enables Freemasons and their families to support Freemasonry in New Zealand by investing in Heartland Bank deposits under the scheme.* In April, Heartland launched Home Equity Release loans, which provide seniors the freedom to enjoy their retirement in their own home. Heartland’s Home Equity Loan has been developed following extensive research to create a market leading and socially responsible product. In addition, Heartland’s parent company, Heartland New Zealand Limited,** has completed the acquisition of Sentinel from Seniors
Money International Limited, who as market leaders in home equity release lending in New Zealand, bring expertise and operational infrastructure to Heartland. Like many of our global counterparts, New Zealand has an aging demographic that is typified by those with a majority of their personal wealth tied up in their home. A home equity release loan allows retirees to borrow against the equity in their home without having to sell it. The money can be used to fund home repairs, fulfil dreams of travel, cover health care costs, assist the next generation or simply to take the pressure off day-to-day living expenses. The Heartland Home Equity Loan is designed to give customers the financial
freedom to enjoy their retirement while still living in the place they call home. It is similar to a standard mortgage except it’s designed for older New Zealanders only and requires no regular repayments. Anyone over the age of 65 who owns their own home can apply, with the amount available determined primarily by their age and the value of their home. As an example, a 70 year old can typically borrow up to 25% of the value of their home. The Heartland Home Equity Loan in designed to release funds to improve quality of life but we recognise that this is a big decision and customers place a lot of trust in us. That’s why we make the following promises:
Promise one: Life time occupancy guarantee
Your home will remain the place you live for as long as you choose.
Promise two: No negative equity guarantee
The amount required to repay the loan will never exceed the net sale proceeds of the property.
Promise three: Loan repayment guarantee
There is no requirement to make any loan repayment until the end of the loan. 40
Calling lost depositors Residual funds in the old Freemasons Deposit Scheme As you all know the old Freemasons Deposit Scheme with ANZ/National Bank has been closed and a new Freemasons Deposit Scheme has been opened with Heartland Bank. To date the switch has proved very successful for Freemasons and Freemasons New Zealand with $80 million dollars being held in the new Freemasons Deposit Scheme with Heartland Bank. We now need help in locating depositors with whom we have lost contact either through change of address, change of country or sadly death of which we have not been notified. Any assistance from readers of the New Zealand Freemason Magazine would be greatly appreciated, with any up to date contact details e.g. address, telephone or email for the actual depositor (many of
them are widows) or their family, which will assist us in closing the remaining accounts.
We recognise it’s an important decision and we are committed to ensuring customers are 100% comfortable and happy with their choice to take out a Heartland Home Equity Loan. We offer a thirty-day cooling-off period (which means if you change your mind within thirty days of taking out your loan you can simply pay off your loan and we will refund the application fee in full) and customers can repay the loan at any time without penalty (mortgage discharge fee applies). We recommend
that independent financial advice is sought, and as part of the application process, we require that all applicants receive independent legal advice. We also recommend that applicants talk it through with their families. At Heartland Bank we are dedicated to delivering best-of-category products, helping customers where it really matters. We believe that the time is right for home equity release loans in New Zealand and we are confident we have the product, procedures and expertise
Missing depositors Frances Leoata Aantjes, Hayden John Armstrong, Mathew Leonard Aukett, Colin John & Branda Jean Bosley, Robert Wallace & Winifred C Carter, Andrea Dale Cook, Christine Blackwell Cottle, Dorothy Mary Curd, Phillipa Joan Davis, Jack Paton & Pearl Iris Dickins, Glen Ian & Sandra Moana Dunlop, George & D Graydon, Harry Arthur James Haines Estate, Gemma Kate Hawthorn, Marion Elizabeth Jackman, Alan Leslie Kelway, Raymond Robert Lambert, Pauline Ellen Latimer, Jacqueline Jospehine K Lawrence, Elizabeth Loeber, Phillip
Ainslie & Helen Patricia Lundy, Alistair James Bellair Lysaght, Angus Telfer & Joan Evelyn MacDougall, Simon Cresswell Major, Jenna Jean McIntyreRoyal, Bruce AM & Eila E & Robert B McKinlay, Andrew Craig McMillan, Raymond David & Judith Ellen McMillan, Angela Michelle McNeill, John Rhodes Moncrieff, Roimata Teresa Peri, Angela Marie Radojkovich, Phyllis Ada Row, Sian Maree Scott, Fiona Mary St John, Hamish Richard Stuart Thornton, Mabel Turner, Adair Margaret Uden, Ann Mildred Velvin Estate, Alan Robert Wilson and Paul Wilson – RP Account. The old Freemasons Deposit Scheme can be contacted on freephone 0800 659 876 (leave a message) or email firstname.lastname@example.org Duane Williams MBE, Deposit Scheme Wind Up Administrator
to give a customer experience ‘The Heartland Way’. Heartland is looking to incorporate the Heartland Home Equity Loan into our partnership with Freemasons New Zealand. If you or someone you know is interested in finding out more about a Heartland Home Equity Loan visit www.heartland.co.nz or call 0800 488 740 to talk to an expert and receive a free brochure. Andrew Ford, Heartland Bank National Retail Manager
*Freemasons New Zealand is not a promoter of and does not guarantee the obligations of Heartland Bank Limited in relation to Heartland Bank deposits. **Heartland Bank Limited (Heartland Bank) is a subsidiary of Heartland New Zealand Limited (HNZ). HNZ does not guarantee the obligations of Heartland Bank in relation to deposits. A copy of Heartland Bank’s disclosure statement and investment statements can be obtained at any Heartland Bank branch, by phoning 0800 85 20 20 or by visiting www.heartland.co.nz. Lending criteria, fees and charges apply for Heartland Home Equity Loans.
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Iced tea, peaches, golden eagles and a warm welcome
Visiting the Scottish Rite in Savannah, Georgia By Bro Shane Paterson, Lodge Auckland-Maungakiekie No. 87
uring a holiday break last year from our current expatriate posting in Shanghai, I was fortunate to travel with my wife Rachael and daughter Charlotte to Georgia and South Carolina in the United States. Because freemasonry is so strong in that part of the world, with a long and influential history in the United States, I was keen to take the opportunity to meet with some of the local brethren. Following an internet search of lodges in Savannah, I made contact with Brother Jay Robbins, 32 degree, KCCH, of the Roger Lacey Lodge No. 722, F. & A.M. Although there were no blue lodge meetings for me to attend during my stay, brother Robbins very kindly invited us all to attend their Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite ring investiture ceremony at the Valley of Savannah, Orient of Georgia, Southern Jurisdiction. He promised us that it would be a very memorable evening, and so it was. Upon our arrival in Savannah, Jay met us at a cafe near his work where he told us all about the history of the local lodges over bottomless glasses of sweet iced tea and some of the local speciality food such as fried chicken and cheese grits (cornmeal). Jay was clearly heavily
Shane and Rachael Paterson with daughter, Charlotte and H. Jay and Mickey Robbins.
involved in many aspects of the craft and other side orders in the area. What I did notice, talking to Jay, was a marked focus on both honour and moral virtue. As an illustration, he relayed a local tale from the Civil War period. Legend has it that Masonic prisoners held at Fort Pulaski, 14 miles from Savannah, were considered so trustworthy that they were permitted, by their captors, to travel into Savannah without guards to attend lodge meetings, in the sure knowledge that they were men of their word and would return to their captors. This is truly an incredible tale. On a very hot evening in Georgia we drew up near the stunning 100 year old Scottish Rite Hall. It is set at the corner of one of Savannah’s many tree lined squares, featuring beautiful trees dripping in Spanish moss. It was in one of the nearby picturesque squares that Forrest Gump was filmed waiting for his bus on a park bench. It is
a truly stunning town. A line of cars clearly showed the way towards the hall, as they all proudly sported square and compass, Shriner and De Molay badges and bumper stickers with slogans such as ‘A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child’. We received a very warm welcome at the pre-function dinner. The food was supplied by the ladies of the Order of the Eastern Star, which is very popular in that area. We were served roast beef with lashings of gravy, and living up to Georgia’s reputation, as ‘The Peach State,’ they also supplied generous portions ‘Peach Cobbler.’ Once again, vast quantities of sweet ice tea were supplied to wash it all down. After dinner we were greeted by Worshipful Master Howard Major, who welcomed us and presented me with a beautiful Roger Lacey Lodge No.722 enamel badge. Additionally, Jay also presented me with a lodge cap, lodge pirate badges for Charlotte and a Masonic pocket watch. I was pleasantly surprised by the attention, as they had clearly and kindly planned all this before
The Scottish Rite Temple Savannah, Georgia, USA.
Charlotte Paterson at Fort Pulaski.
our arrival. Following dinner we lined a packed hallway waiting for a lift to take us to the ceremony room. Whilst waiting, Brother Robbins inquired ‘Has anyone met anybody from New Zealand before?’ After a short silence he said ‘Well... you have now!’ My wife extended her hand to shake hands with one of the brethren, who responded in a thick Southern drawl ‘that’s not how we do things in the south, honey,’ whereupon he gave her a big kiss on the cheek and hug instead. They were certainly a great bunch. We entered a large, red, square shaped ceremony room, which was lined with seating on three walls and the fourth contained a theatrical archway and curtains with a podium to the side. The side wall was adorned with a large mural of a double headed bald eagle, the emblem of the Scottish Rite and a large American flag stood next to the podium. Taking centre stage for the evening was a six foot tall gold coloured ring. The work of the evening was to present 14th degree gold rings and 32nd degree patents to 16
brethren. We discovered that the rings presented were new rings, which had been melted down from the old rings of past brethren, which was a lovely sentiment. Each man entered the room through the large gold ring wearing their new black Scottish Rite hats, before their wives and daughters joined them on stage, at which time they were invited to place the gold ring on their husbands finger. Pictures were taken together before the brethren were presented with ornate patents and a three inch thick copy of Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry written by revered Scottish Rite freemason Albert Pike. We all had a fantastic evening visiting our brethren, which we felt was a truly unique experience. This was especially true
for my wife and daughter who have not had a great deal of opportunity to spend time around our brethren to date. It was wonderful to be welcomed with open arms into such a Southern community event. I couldn’t help but wonder how many other 9-year old girls from New Zealand could say they had been to see a Scottish Rite ring ceremony in Savannah Georgia before? What must it have been like for her to enter a ceremonial chamber to watch well dressed grown ups in funny hats, watched over by golden two headed eagles, to see a pledging, to watch a presentation on the historical impact that brethren have made and to see the bonds of brotherhood and fellowship, all upon and about a large gold ring? But then, I remind myself… she is from Middle Earth.
Roger Lacey badge.
Get up and go
Coromandel Lodge takes a new direction After 142 years of monthly evening meetings The Coromandel Lodge No 17 will be taking a new direction under the leadership of WBro Mike Cadman who will be installed as Master in July. The Lodge is heading for a life on the road.
he Coromandel Lodge excellent repast’, many began its life on the speeches, songs and toasts 5th of July 1872 when it occupied the whole of the was mentioned, in the evening, ending at about Daily Southern Cross 1 am when the party Newspaper, that it was finished. a red letter day for the Fast forward to present Masons at Coromandel times and the incoming when the Lodge was Master, Mike Cadman, Sir Alfred Jerome formally opened by the is the great grandson of Cadman. Provincial Grand Master, Sir Alfred Jerome Cadman Irish Constitution, Brother GP who was not only a member Pierce. A large number of brethren of The Coromandel Lodge in 1872, had been invited, but the effects of but was also a member of Parliament adverse weather prevented many from and supporter of Sir George Grey. He attending. However, this did not dampen also supported the second Stout-Vogel the proceedings of the ceremony and, ministry from 1884 until its defeat after the official dedication and the in the 1887 elections. In 1891 he was initiation of five new members, some appointed Native Affairs Minister and fifty Masons retired to the Coromandel to several other ministries during his Hall which was part of the ‘Bridge time in Parliament. Due to ill heath he Hotel’ and the premises of a Mr Berry, resigned all his officers in Parliament the enterprising proprietor of the hotel, and, in April 1901, was appointed a CMG. formerly known as ‘Glovers’. In 1903 was knighted with a KCMG and, After what was described as a ‘most in 1904, made speaker of the house. He
passed away to the Grand Lodge above in Auckland on March 23rd 1905. With his great grandson now at the helm, the Lodge will become what is known as a ‘Travelling Lodge’ and will be able to meet anywhere the Master and brethren choose. It is envisaged that the lodge will meet only three times a year, with two regular meetings and the installation. The two regular meetings will be held at a lodge in a District of the Lodge’s choosing and it is hoped that the recently discovered ‘travelling gavel’ will be taken with it and presented to the lodge in the host District. From a lodge that was on the brink of closing, it now has 47 members and it is hoped that this will grow to over a 100 in due time. It will offer more of a relaxed social atmosphere rather than an emphasis on rank, regalia and ritual. Meetings will be held over a weekend with the Lodge meeting being held on a Saturday afternoon. At the conclusion of the meeting the members, their wives, partners and or girl-friends will enjoy a sit down dinner with an evening of social interaction. Although plans have not been completely finalised, this will be the basis of the Lodge’s function. It will be strictly social unless ceremonial work dictates otherwise. Dress code will be very relaxed at meetings with lounge suits and, if the weather permits, white shirt, tie and black trousers. All brethren will be addressed as ‘Brother’ and every member will wear the light blue craft aprons, with the exception of Installation and other official Grand Lodge visits. Membership is open to all Brethren of any constitution and, if any Freemason is interested in joining, they can contact Mike Cadman, at email@example.com or any one of the lodge members. WBro Reg Watt
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The Ara Taimau Lodge No. 1 New Zealand Pacific No. 2 The Palmerston Lodge No. 26 The Ashley Lodge No. 28 Waihenga St Johns Lodge No. 37 Lodge Wairoa No. 55 The Mangonui Kaitaia Lodge No. 78 The Mangonui Kaitaia Lodge No. 78 The St Andrew Kilwinning Lodge No. 79 St Augustine Lodge No. 99 Lodge Whangarei No. 102 Lodge Winton No. 108 Lodge Winton No. 108 The Waipa Lodge No. 119 The Waipa Lodge No. 119 The Tauranga Lodge No. 125 The Coronation Lodge No. 127 The Wallace Lodge No. 129 The Wallace Lodge No. 129 The Crown Lodge No. 138 Rongotea Lodge No. 146 Rongotea Lodge No. 146 Waikaka Lodge No. 151 Lodge Rotorua No. 153 Lodge Rotorua No. 153 Lodge Kurow No. 164 Lodge North Harbour No. 182 Lodge North Harbour No. 182 Lodge North Harbour No. 182 The Avon Shirley Lodge No. 185 The Avon Shirley Lodge No. 185
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Stepping up to succeed In his address to the Proclamation Convocation in Nelson First Grand Principal Les Borrell looked back on the year’s achievements – and forward to the tasks ahead.
n his words. ‘I spoke last year at some length about the fact that almost half of the text of the Obligation I took then was my promise to strive to ensure that cordial and positive relationships were, to the best of my ability, to be fostered and encouraged among all branches of our fraternity. I felt then, and still feel a very deep sense of obligation and desire to do this; as such opportunities are renowned for their enjoyment levels, both ceremonially and socially. The perception of Freemasonry in the outside world is inevitably that it is, in essence, a single entity. But the presence of senior representatives of the various Masonic identities gathered here with us today and, all hopefully having fun, attest to it being a living, breathing, and evolving organism with plenty of arteries, blood vessels, and nervous systems. Indeed, their presence is proof of the fact that all of these separate facets of this great fraternity, which we all love so much, are linked in some measure, all are complementary to each other and definitely not to be viewed as competitors. I also spoke last year of the widely perceived relationship that our Grand Chapter seemed to have with our Grand Lodge and I had the temerity to use a musical analogy to suggest that those two famous Freemasons of old, Brothers Gilbert and Sullivan, might have characterised it in the form of a cynical Savoy opera. To continue the musical analogy, I can now tell you that Bros Gilbert and Sullivan are no longer “composers in residence” as they have given way to the genius, and the heavenly ambience, of the music of an even more famous Freemason in the person of Bro Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart who composed some of his most sublime music specifically for Masonic ceremonial both generally and in his own Lodge in particular. I can assure you with a great deal of joy that, during the past twelve months, your Management Council, MWBros 46
Cooper and Litton, the President and the Board of General Purposes and the Chief Executive of Freemasons New Zealand have forged a very cordial and positive relationship. I am sure that you have already seen evidence of this happy accord and am confident that it will become increasingly visible and enjoyable. As most of you are already aware, during the past year, we have been warmly and graciously welcomed to the opening and dedication of the new Shirley Freemasons Centre in Christchurch and at the recent Grand Installation of MWBro Litton. We were invited to attend and make a presentation to the seminar for incoming District Grand Masters in September. We also greatly appreciated the invitation to mount a display stand and to be a significantly visible presence at the Grand Installation. To cap off all this activity what an honour and a privilege it was to have MWBro Litton accept our invitation to attend and address our Royal Arch Forum at this Convocation. I thank him for his enthusiastic contribution to this weekend’s festivities. During February the chairman of our Management Council, our Grand Scribe Ezra and I met with the Grand Master, the President of the Board of General Purposes, and the Chief Executive of Freemasons New Zealand in Wellington for the first of what will be meetings to be held two or three times a year. This first meeting agreed on and prepared a statement advising our New Zealand Brethren and Companions of our shared aims and objectives and those of you who attended the Forum would, have welcomed its announcement by the Grand Master during the course of his address. I would now like to return to the other topic to which I referred last year, and which related to the essential element to ensure our survival: to make Freemasonry in all of its facets and faces something to be enjoyed and definitely
not something to be endured. To succeed in this goal is probably perceived largely as just a statistical measurement. If so it can only be viewed as being in the long-term category and probably called “membership retention”. It will never be in the quick-fix box. I cannot this afternoon point to a statistical record that screams out “success”, neither can I tell you how many Chapters, or indeed Lodges, have embarked on a series of “standard raising” activities. What I can tell you for an absolute certainty is that, however favourably or unfavourably Freemasonry is perceived, it is in fact assuredly supposed to be a “standard raising” entity. If we don’t approach everything we do motivated to raise the quality of all of our activities, administrative, ceremonial and social, we may be building ourselves up as a large moribund audience left only to be peacefully embraced by Bro Mozart’s absolutely beautiful Masonic funeral music! In conclusion I must toss you a problem, which you all have a critical role to play in solving. To a very large extent, despite all of the wonders of our information technology age, we have a desperately serious communications problem. Everyone prattles on in our Chapters and Lodges about the need to save postage by using e-mail and the Internet. Grand Chapter has a fine living website, regularly updated and with all the bells and whistles, including a group of talented communications editorial assistants, to capitalise on the communications technology which is there to serve you. The trouble is our membership is ignoring it and not taking advantage of all of that effort to create and offer so
In the next issue many opportunities to keep in touch. Communication is about what the message is and how to deliver it. It is about delivering the message in a way that the recipient can relate to, by a method he is most familiar with. Our communications with Companions via email since December 2013, when new technology was introduced, shows we have delivered messages (newsletters and a discussion paper) to about 64% of our membership. The remaining 485 Companions have not yet indicated that they have email and thus don’t receive any information. Interestingly, only about 40% of you who received the messages bothered to open them. What is the communications team doing wrong? Interestingly, as well, nearly 30% of all emails opened are read on mobile devices. That is a clear pointer to the way of communication in the future.
If the communications team don’t learn of membership needs and wants their job becomes impossible. But communication, if it is to be a reality, has to be a two-way street. This is not the time to bellyache that nobody tells us anything. What should we expect if we don’t join the conversations? We all owe the communications team better support and encouragement than they have been receiving to date. Please do identify the role that you can play and take some further rewarding steps on your Masonic journey. To those of you who have been invested in new offices today I offer my warm and sincere welcome to the 20142017 team, and I trust that you will all enjoy stunningly successful terms of office.’ ME Comp Les Borrell First Grand Principal
Royal Arch elects future Grand Principal – The First Grand Principal for 2015–2017 will be Geoff Davies, of Wellington, who was elected to the position at the Annual Convocation in Nelson. Read about Geoff in the next issue.
Special 50-year badge presentation in Tauranga – Presentation by MWBro John Litton to ME Comp Les Borrell.
A first for collaboration in New Zealand The Grand Master addresses the Royal Arch Convocation Forum: ‘The Grand Lodge of New Zealand and the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of New Zealand are continuing their close collaboration and cooperation; we mutually recognise that our interests are inextricably linked in the object of promoting freemasonry and that working together will benefit both.’ MWBro John Litton GM, in his inaugural address to the Royal Arch Forum at the Annual Convocation of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of New Zealand in Nelson (March 7 2014). MWBro John Litton, is also a Royal Arch Mason and has been a member of Brooklyn Royal Arch Chapter No. 24 since 1978. Whilst his duties have kept him from attending Chapter meetings, he is well informed about the current state of Royal Arch Masonry. In making history as the first Grand Master to address the Royal Arch Forum, his two key messages to an appreciative audience were first. ‘That as Freemasons we should focus on the many positive aspects of Freemasonry rather than the negatives and, second in order to be understood by all, we should dispense
with “Masonic speak” when talking to non-masons.’ ‘Tell them what we actually do, and let them know we care about people,’ he emphasised. In his speech John Litton outlined the process of developing the Strategic Directions leading to the Seven Pillars. He stressed that the outcome would be a living document to be followed through by the Task Groups responsible for each of the pillars. He went on to refer to ‘Media Training’ which he had undergone and how this led him to reflect on a number of difficult questions he had been asked and was likely to be asked again during his term of office. His wife, Diana, equally felt that she should be prepared
for the questions she would be asked about Freemasonry. This led to John and Diana personally producing a booklet, principally for Brethren and their partners, entitled Plain English Guide to Freemasonry. He said that it was not intended as a substitute for the public leaflets and would be available to attendees at the Divisional Conferences. In John Litton’s concluding remarks he said that Brethren should be positive and, if so, he could be confident about the future of Freemasonry. A video of MWBro John Litton’s address can be found by clicking the link on the home page of www.freemasons.co.nz
The Back Page
Connecting with the community and having fun are themes being promoted by the Grand Master. These items show that some Lodges have taken this aboard and are raising their sights and hitting their targets.
A smashing time The Crown lodge No138, Christchurch, has become part of the Bunnings Shirley Community Projects activities which includes awareness days and sausage sizzles etc. In March the Lodge participated in its first community awareness day that, along with newspaper advertisements for meetings and flyer drops, is steadily increasing its local profile. At the community day the Lodge organized a crockerysmashing stall to raise awareness and raise money to purchase new equipment for the Richmond Barnardo’s Play Centre. The day was a huge success with a loud ‘olay’ accompanying each smash and an ‘ohhhhhh’ with a miss. A little porcelain pig lasted three hours and was a major target/fund raiser. One widow returned regalia and another returned memorabilia to the stall. The Bunnings orga ni ser was proud of her Freemasons Ashburton Good Citizen scholarship and numerous enquiries were made. Overall, it was a hit for Freemasonry and Barnardo’s and the Freemasonry presence will become a regular feature. Thanks to WBro Gerald Robertson, The Crown Lodge Aiming for the king hit.
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Editor’s note: Not withstanding the above, the material accumulated for each issue exceeds the space available and, inevitably, some submitted items miss out. Decisions for inclusion or otherwise are based on the criteria set out in the NZ Freemason Guidance Notes, which have been widely circulated over the past three years and which are available on request from the Editor. For example, there are some fifty 50/60 year Service Awards listed in each issue. For any of these to rate a story on their own they need to be particularly unique or of national interest. The final decision on inclusion or otherwise of material is made in the interests of achieving balanced coverage, both geographically and in topics of wide interest. 48
Good keen men.
Shooting for health Following on the success of last year’s shoot the 2014 Districts 19 and 21 Clay Bird Shoot was an even greater event with nine Lodges enjoying the friendship and vying for the trophy. Of the 35 shooters eight were non-Masons and five were ladies who shot their way around the Blue Rock Gun Club on a perfect Wairarapa day. The shoot took a similar format to the previous year, but with a few more double traps set up and a few simultaneous traps to really test the hand to eye coordination. Participants also enjoyed a great barbecue lunch. The Smith Scott Warren Gillies trophy was won again by Westminster Lodge No. 308 but, of more importance, the event raised money for the Cancer Society of New Zealand Men’s Health Programme, Get the Tools, to promote and educate men on the ‘to dos’ on early detection of cancer, which is paramount to survival. The shoot raised $1,000 and, being multi district, qualified for a 2:1 grant from The Freemasons Charity. These funds will go towards supplying more technology to the Cancer Society and the Men’s Health Programme and it’s hoped that their good work will help every man to better look after himself. Thanks to Bro Matt Dwyer, Lodge Zetland The winning team.
SERVICE AWARDS February, March & April 2014
60 YEAR BADGE WBro David James Etheridge PM VWBro Norman Lawrance Bitters PGDC WBro Samuel Douglas Paddon PM WBro Gordon Prujean Williams PM WBro John Alexander McBain PM VWBro Mervyn Francis Hynes PG Lec VWBro Clement Alan Ragg PGDC WBro Robert Creighton Barlow PM RWBro William Duncan Robert Anderson Dep GM WBro George Stopford Hyauiason MM WBro Francis James Trainer PGD Bro William John Shaw MM
Scinde Lodge No. 5 Scinde Lodge No. 5 Lodge of Progress No. 22 Lodge Tawhiri No. 166 Roslyn Morning Star No. 192 Lodge Titirangi Mt Albert No. 204 Lodge Doric Brighton No. 236 Lodge Tawera-O-Kapiti No. 253 Lodge Awatea No. 258 Lodge Orewa No. 370 Lodge Maungarei No. 427 Lodge Homewood No. 447
50 YEAR BADGE
WBro Norman Ronald Lewis PM Bro Reginald Colyer Dawson MM Bro Maurice Cuthbert Bailey MM Bro Robert McIntosh Webster MM RH Bro Ian Magnus Miller MM WBro Frank David Arnott PG Swd B Bro Alan Andrew Mason MM WBro Kenneth Alexander McGregor PM WBro Murray Gibson Fisher PG Std B WBro William Herbert Moss PG Swd B WBro John Graham Robertson Tilley PM Bro David Craig MM WBro Russell John Doak PM WBro Alfred George King PM WBro Seaton James A Mills PGS WBro Anthony Thomas Waters PM WBro Pieter Wolthaus PM WBro William John Colvin MM WBro Robert Bruce Whitehead PM WBro Kenneth Arthur Saban PM VWBro Clifford Harry Sidney Turner PG Alm RH WBro Leslie Alexander Hine MBE PM VWBro Lawrence V Morgan Long P Asst Prov GM VWBro Leslie Victor Borrell PG Lec WBro Ivan Alexander Frost PGBB RH Bro Bruce Gordon Mudgway MM
New Zealand Pacific No. 2 Scinde Lodge No. 5 Southern Cross Lodge No. 6 The Caledonian Lodge No. 16 The Canterbury Kilwinning Lodge No. 23 The Belmont Albion Lodge No. 45 Lodge Oamaru Kilwinning No. 82 Lodge St John No. 84 Motueka Bays Lodge No. 117 The Wallace Lodge No. 129 Hikurangi Lodge No. 140 Hikurangi Lodge No. 140 Onehunga Maungawhao Lodge No. 168 Hutt Valley Lodge No. 176 Lodge Clinton No. 183 The Avon Shirley Lodge No. 185 Lodge Waihopai No. 189 Lodge Tawera-O-Kapiti No. 253 Lodge Riccarton No. 276 Westminster Lodge No. 308 Lodge Te Puni No. 315 The Baden Powell Lodge No. 381 Lodge Fendalton No. 384 The Gate Pa Lodge No. 407 Petone Daylight Lodge No. 458 The United Lodge of Wanganui No. 468
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