Central Division
Whisky Tasting Night - Scinde Lodge No 5 Fundraiser

Scinde Lodge is hosting this fundraiser for the NZ Research by learned Brother, Professor Sir Richard Faull and his team at Auckland University, into treating disorders which include Alzheimer's, Huntingdon's and Parkinson's diseases.

So many whiskies and so little time!

The world of whisky is complex and varied and one of the great ways to learn more about this is to come along to a whisky night, just you or with a whisky drinking partner, and enjoy the evening with friends or meet some new and old acquaintances.

Come to taste and rate a selection of six single malt whiskies from across the regions of Scotland. Finger food will be provided and there are some great raffle prizes. So, book now and enjoy the fun:

Where: Scinde Masonic Centre, 206 Kennedy Road, Onekawa, Napier

When: Friday 17 August 2018

Time: 7:00pm to about 9:00pm

Cost: $50 per person. Pre-payment is required - please deposit into account 02 0700 0013144 00 including whisky and your surname in the details. 

Limited to 30 places, so be quick to register.

Hosted by WBros Nigel Friggens, David McDonald and Ron Barrett, who have each selected two of their favourite tipples to introduce to you with a story or two.

The organisers and presenters wish to promote safe driving and responsible drinking and recommend organizing transport accordingly.

Hawke's Bay Masonic Almoners' Assn Mid-Winter Lunch

Once again the Hawke’s Bay Masonic Almoners’ Association are sponsoring the Mid-Winter Lunch to provide an opportunity for the Widows, Widowers and more mature Brethren of the Lodges of Hawke’s Bay to meet socially for fellowship and companionship, at a time of the year when there are fewer social or festive functions offering.

Last year over sixty old friends got together for the friendly and informal gathering, where entertainment was provided by Lodge Rawhiti Almoner Ngaroma Driver. Join the fun and fellowship again this year.

Where: Taradale Club, Wharerangi Road, Greenmeadows, Napier

When: Thursday 9 August 2018

Time: 11:30am Arrival and fellowship, 12:00pm Buffet luncheon, fruit drink on the table, Tea or Coffee, Drinks at own cost from the bar.

Cost: $22 per person by cheque to HB Masonic Almoners Association or 03 0642 0733708 00 including your name in the details

RSVP (by Wednesday 8 August 2018): Bruce MacConnell, 27/8 Morris Spence Avenue, Napier 4110 or

Long Service Recognised at Hawke's Bay Daytime Lodge No 453

Long Service to Freemasonry was recognised at the June Meeting of Hawke's Bay Daytime Lodge No 453, with the presentation of a 25 Year Service Badge to WBro Colin Hinks and a 50 Year Service Badge to VWBro Ken Edney PG Lec.

WBro Colin Hinks was Initiated in Napier Lodge No 268 and progressed to Senior Warden before that Lodge handed in it's Charter to become part of the United Lodge of Napier No 25. When that Lodge too closed he joined Hawke's Bay Daytime Lodge No 453, where he was finally Installed as Master in February of this year.

VWBro Ken Edney was Initiated into Lodge Ruapehu No 128 while employed as a psychiatric nurse at Lake Alice. Long time Masonic friend RWBro Colin Johnson P Prov GM made a surprise visit from Whanganui to once again chew the fat with Ken and "interview" him about his early days in Freemasonry. Ken recalled thinking after his Raising, "is that it?" A year later he joined the Royal Arch to complete the story and has has been an ardent supporter of that Order ever since.



















VWBro Ian Hunt Dist GM, VWBro Phil Wagener P Dist GM, WBro Colin Hinks, VWBro Ken Edney PG Lec, RWBro Dave Marshall P Dep GM and RW Colin Johnson P Prov GM

Bush Brothers - A History of the Ruahine Lodge No 80 Woodville 1886 - 2015 Book Launch

Using their perpatetic charter The Hawke's Bay Research Lodge No 305 held an Emergency Meeting at Woodville Racecourse on Saturday 5 May, to facilitate the launch of Paula McCool's book Bush Brothers - A History of the Ruahine Lodge No 80 Woodville 1886 - 2015.

The Lodge Tyled at 11:00am to formalise the day then Closed. Proceedings moved to the dining area where the Brethren were joined by non-Masonic visitors for the launch of the book, which was attended by Taraua District Mayor Tracy Collis. Following a catered lunch, the group adjourned to the historic Gorge Cemetery where Brethren of The Hawke's Bay Research Lodge read biographies of ten selected Freemasons at their grave site, dispensation having been granted for the Brethren to wear their regalia during the book launch as well as at the Gorge Cemetery.

WBro Kerry Nicholls PGS, Master of Hawke's Bay Research Lodge No 453 reads a brief biography at the grave of a former member of Ruahine Lodge No 80.

WBro Nigel Friggens Dist GDC, a Past Master of Hawke's Bay Research Lodge No 453, also reads a brief biography at the grave of another former member of Ruahine Lodge No 80, which handed in it's Charter in 2015.


Anneke Mayhead - Heartland Bank Freemasons Scholarship, Central Division

Anneke Mayhead was presented with the Heartland Bank Freemasons Scholarship, Central Division, at the recent Divisional Conference in Palmerston North. The Scholarship not only recognises Anneke's acaedmic achievement in first year medicine at Otago University, but also her commitment to service in the community. 

Parents Jill Metz and WBro Adrian Mayhead PGS of Lodge Waikaremoana No 158 can be justly proud of their children. In 2015 Anneke's brother Rian was the recipient of the Heartland Bank Scholarship.

WBro Adrian Mayhead PGS and Jill Metz, Anneke Mayhead and Brett Hewson of Heartland Bank

MWBro Mark Winger GM Presents Sixty Year Service Bar to RWBro Jim Logan PGW

The Grand Master, MWBro Mark Winger, visited Lodge Woburn No 25 to present RWBro Jim Logan PGW with his Sixty Year Service Bar on Saturday 27 January 2018.

The morning started with the Grand Master meeting with the Masters (and Masters Elect) of the Lodges in the Eastland Ruahine District, WBro Mike Coyle skyping in from Gisborne, to hear the Grand Master share his vision - Speak Up For Freemasonry - for the growth of Freemasonry and the role Masters and Lodges play in growing the Craft, as well as listening to the successes and challenges that the Lodges in the District are facing.

Following a catered lunch Lodge Woburn No 25 tyled and received the Grand Master. The Lodge then closed to admit Ladies, Family and Friends and VWBro Paul Brittin "interviewed" Jim on his time as a Freemason, his working career and time in Papua New Guinea. MWBro Winger then presented Jim with his Sixty Year Service Bar marking the significant contribution that Jim has made to Freemasonry.

MWBro Mark Winger GM presents RWBro Jim Logan with his Sixty Year Service Bar while wife Barbara looks on.

Lodge Waikaremoana No 158 Sell Marine Parade Lodgerooms

With the passage of time and advancing years the Bethren of Lodge Waikaremoana No 158 were no longer able to man the gates of the local A & P Show in Wairoa, which provided their principal source of income to finance the running of their Lodgerooms. Facing an uncertain financial future and the passing of a couple of Brethren, the Lodge made the courageous decision to sell their Lodgerooms.

The Foundation Stone for their Lodgerooms was laid by MWBro JS Hawker GM in 1967 and the Lodge started meeting there on the completion of the building in 1968. Membership was strong and the Lodge prospered for many years, celebrating their Centenary in March 2008 with a visit from MWBro Barry McLaggan GM. Unfortunately times have changed and the Lodge held their final meeting at Marine Parade on 14 November 2017.

The Brethren of Lodge Waikaremoana No 158 meet for the final time at Marine Parade, Wairoa.

Internation jazz pianist and Wairoa resident David Parquette has purchased the old Lodgerooms and I look forward to hearing jazz piano where once I heard ritual.

Lodge Waikaremoana has been able to find alternative accommodation at the Hind Building, 39 Queen Street, Wairoa and the future is looking a little brighter as they have three men - a joining member and possibly two candidates - expressing an interest in Freemasonry.

The Lion Lodge No 114 and Lodge Zetland No 312 Fraternal Visit

On Saturday 14th October the Lion Lodge No 114 of Ormondville hosted yet another annual fraternal visit from Lodge Zetland No 312, a tradition that has been occurring every year since 1945. Each June The Lion Lodge returns the favour, visiting Lodge Zetland in Wellington. The Lodges share a travelling gavel and travelling minutes recording each visit. 

The visit started with lunch (and a whisky provided by nonagenarian WBro Vic Ives PM who was away celebrating his 90th Birthday). The Lion Lodge then called back on to receive Lodge Zetland. Unfortunately both the Master, WBro Matt Dyer, and the intended candidate from Lodge Zetland were unable to attend due to work commitments. In their stead VWBro Duane Williams P Dist GM, a Past Master of Lodge Zetland, acted as Master and assumed the Chair to pass Bro John Villiers, a recently raised MM, in a simulated working. John joked that it was the fourth time he has been the candidate in the 2nd degree, but that as he is a large man Lodge Zetland don't seem in any hurry to raise him again in a simulated 3rd degree working! RWBro Graham Wrigley Dep GM, attending as a member of Lodge Zetland, presented the 2nd Degree Tracing Board and Bro Jack Steer pesented his first ever charge in Lodge with the Charge After Investiture.

RW Bro Graham Wrigley Dep GM, Bro John Villiers, WBro Bruce Williams Master of The Lion Lodge and VWBro Duane Williams P Dist GM

Lodge Abercorn-Tuahine No 76 Installation

Twenty years after first being Installed as Master of Lodge Abercorn-Tuahine No 76, WBro Mike Coyle repeated the experience on Saturday 7 October.

In proposing the Toast to the Master in Refectory, newly invested Director of Ceremonies WBro Barrie Denham RH, recalled Mike's time as an announcer on 2ZG, as a Communications Officer for the Council and his retirement job as a driver for InterCity. In reply Mike spoke of his plans for the Lodge for the year, with a good mix of Masonic and social activities for the Brethren and Ladies.

Installing Master VWBro Ian Hunt Dist GM, newly Installed Master WBro Mike Coyle and RWBro John Peryer P Div GM who Addressed the Brethren.

There are two Installation ceremonies remaining in the District this calendar year:

Bro Trevor Martin at Lodge Frimley No 359 on Monday 16 October, Visitors 7:00pm, at 8 Elbourne Street and

Lodge Te Mata No 298 on Thursday 16 November at Jervois Street, Hastings.

VWBro John Bray PGDC 60 Year Service Bar

VWBro John Bray passed to the Grand Lodge above on Thursday 28 September, so the presentation of his 60 Year Bar by Central Division Grand Master RWBro Jim Watt in the Woburn Lodgeroom at Waipukurau on Saturday 30 September didn't quite go as initially planned.

John was an initiate of Lodge Waikaremoana No 158 in Wairoa on 10th September 1957 and had retained his membership there for sixty years. When John moved onto his farm in Central Hawke’s Bay in 1967 he joined the Porangahau Lodge No 296 and was their Master in 1971 and again in 1976. In 1979 Porangahau Lodge merged with Bedford No 25 and Abercorn No 30 to form The Woburn Lodge No 25 and John was Woburn’s Master in 1980.

Friends, Brethren, Ladies and members of John’s family met for a memorial service lead by his son VWBro Richard Bray. Jim spoke of his own connections with John and placed John's Service Badge on his apron, which had been set up (along with other memorabilia) in the Lodgeroom.  Recollections were made of John's life, character, Freemasonry and practical jokes, then the assembled retired to Refectory to further remember him.

Bro Rod Asuncion MM

Ormondville dairy farm worker Bro Rod Asuncion was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason at Lodge Rawhiti No 66 on the evening of Tuesday 15 August. Rod was originally to have been initiated into Lodge Puketoi No 149, but when it became apparent that Lodge Puketoi would close he was initiated into Lodge Rawhiti. It was appropriate then that former members of Lodge Puketoi WBro Mark Holdaway, WBro Frank Kay, Bro Craig Broughton and RWBro Jim Logan all had a part to play on the night. Visiting Brethren from The Woburn Lodge No 25, The Heretaunga Lodge No 73, The Lion Lodge No 114 and Lodge Gisborne No 233 swelled the numbers in the Lodgeroom in support of both Bro Asuncion and Lodge Rawhiti.

WBro Fred Allardice, Bro Craig Broughton, Bro Rod Asuncion, WBro Gary Woodford, Bro Geoff Waterworth and Bro Clayton Locke.

Meeting with MWBro Mark Winger GM

A great pleasure to meet with MWBro Mark Winger GM at Grand Communication in Wellington and to hear him expound his vision that we all need to Speak Up for Freemasonry.

Article and photo from Hawke’s Bay Today.