Central Division
Rawhiti Lodge No 66 Scottish Night

The Rawhiti Lodge presents its annual fund raising event


Saturday, 10 June 2017

7.00pm start

Masonic Lodge Hall, 191 Main Street

Come and hear the Dannevirke Brass Band and the Dannevirke Highland Pipe Band combine to play some awesome music

Experience Robbie Burns classic “Ode to the Haggis” performed by our very own bard, Jim Farley

Sing along to local Celtic Folk duo “Celtic Cuz”
Mrs Brown will entertain us with some great Celtic humour

Enjoy the Cumberland Reel and Highland Fling performed by the Dancers from the Melissa Martin Academy of Dance

Try some of the districts best Haggis along with a scrumptious highland supper. Be in to win with our whiskey raffle and ticket number draw on the night. Tickets cost $20 per person

Available from:
Tinkerbell Dairy, Main Street, Dannevirke

Paddy Driver, Phone 0274 422 765

Graeme Evans, Phone 0272 470 231

Cha deoch-slàint, i gun a tràghadh.


It’s no health if the glass is not emptied. 

Lodge Rawhiti No 66 Installation

WBro Gary Woodford was Installed as Master of Lodge Rawhiti No 66 for a second term on Saturday 20th May 2017, with Bro Geoff Waterworth and Bro AG Little invested as Senior and Junior Wardens respectively. 

During the ceremony Divisional Almoner VWBro Mike Kendrick presented WBro Arthur Stalky Law, long-serving Almoner of Lodge Rawhiti, with a Gold Charity Jewel in recognition of his service, not only to the Lodge, but also to the wider community.

Seeking new men for your Lodge?

Are you seeking new men to be Initiated into your Lodge?

At the recent Central Division Conference in Whanganui RWBro Neville Patrick spoke of the dilemma that his Lodge, The United Services Lodge in Christchurch was facing with declining membership and the looming threat of dissolution of the Lodge. He then went on to relate the success that the Lodge has had in attracting new men into Freemasonry with a targeted Facebook campaign.

Bro Damian Birchman, JW of Lodge Omarunui No 216, was so impressed with the possibility of bringing new men into his Lodge that he's organised a Skype with the designer of the web page for a proposed fitting for Hawkes Bay at 7:00pm on Wednesday 24th May, at Elbourne Street, Taradale. This will include a formal presentation followed by questions from the Brethren and a discussion on the costing of the set up and running of the web page. If this gets the reaction they are hoping for they are willing to refer candidates to other Lodges that might be closer to where the potential candidates live. 

If you'd like your Lodge to grow with new candidates you're most welcome to attend. For any further details contact Damian on 027 442 2184.

WBro Peter Single RH

The Brethren of The Services Lodge of Hawke's Bay No 313 are mourning the passing of WBro Peter Single RH, Master of the Lodge in 1970 - 1971.

A celebration of Peter's life will be held at 1:00pm at St Matthew's, Hastings on Saturday 20 May 2017.

WBro Barrie Denham Roll of Honour

WBro Barrie Denham was Initiated into Lodge Abercorn No 76 in Gisborne on the 6th of June 1967 and served as Master in 1984. On Tuesday 2nd of May I had the pleasure of presenting him with the Roll of Honour to mark his contribution to Lodge Abercorn-Tuahine.

Barrie is currently serving as Senior Warden of his Lodge and in the course of making the presentation I invited the Brethren to share their reasons for nominating Barrie for the Roll of Honour. Many spoke of his skill as a ritualist, the mentoring he had provided to them and his service to the wider community as well as to Lodge Abercorn-Tuahine.

WBro Robert Bos PGS rounded out the evening with a fine piece of rhetoric on the Seven Liberal Arts and their relationship to a Fellowcraft.

April 2017 Installations

Two Masters were Installed in the District during April 2017.

On a wild, stormy night as Cyclone Cook drenched Waipukurau and blew trees over across Hawke's Bay, WBro Frank Bottrill PGS was Installed as Master of The Woburn Lodge No 25, on 13 April. Frank is an experienced Master, having already served in that Office in 2004 and 2008 in Woburn, and 2007 in Lodge Omarunui No 216.

By way of complete contrast, on a calm, sunny Gisborne afternoon WBro Bruce Kells PGBB was Installed as Master of Lodge Gisborne No 233, on 22 April. Bruce is a likewise experienced Master, having served his Lodge in that capacity in 1983, 1999 and 2016. Once the formality of Installing Bruce as Master was complete - during which WBro Bottrill Addressed the Wardens - I had the pleasure of Investing Bruce as Past Grand Bible Bearer and congratulating him on his preferrment.

As well as being kept busy breathing new life into their Lodges to ensure a sunny disposition for their future; both Masters are participating in the next Installation Ceremony in the District, being that of WBro Gary Woodford at Lodge Rawhiti No 66 on Saturday 20 May in Dannevirke, where WBro Kells will Obligate the Master Elect and WBro Bottrill will present the 2nd Degree Working Tools to the newly Installed Master. 

Services Lodge of Hawke's Bay No 313 Anzac Commemoration Service

Formed in 1945 by men who had served in the Armed Forces, the Services Lodge of Hawke's Bay No 313 has each year remembered those who served and paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defence of their country, in their annual Anzac Commemoration Service.

On April 19 a full Lodgeroom participated in the 72nd Anzac Commemoration Service, lead by the Master WBro Roger Sinclair RH, with WBro Ken Barrowman providing the Commemorative Address and WBro Steve Wallace playing The Last Post and Reveille. The evening had the added poignancy that this was likely the last time that the Services Lodge will conduct the ceremony, the Lodge being in the process of dissolving in June.

Following the Service, the Brethren retired to Refectory for the Empty Chair commemoration lead by Vietnam veteran WBro Paul Hawke PGS, supper and the Service Lodge's own peculiar coffee.

"From Flanders Field.....

to Lands afar."

"They shall grow not old, as we who are left grow old.

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them."

Puketoi Lodge No 149 Final Meeting

Faced with declining membership and the sad realisation that the Lodge cannot continue, the Brethren of the Puketoi Lodge No 149 have voted to dissolve the Lodge.

Divisional Grand Master RWBro Jim Watt will be presented with the Charter of the Lodge by the Master, WBro Mark Holdaway, at their final meeting on Wednesday 12 April 2017, at the Lodgerooms in Pongaroa. The Lodge tyles at 7:00pm.

All Brethren are invited to pay one last visit to Lodge Puketoi and recall the character and enjoyment of visiting this fine old Lodge of 109 years standing.

April Installations

The Woburn Lodge No 25

WBro Frank Bottrill PGS will be Installed as Master of Lodge Woburn No 25 in Waipukurau on Thursday 13 April, for the third time. An experienced Freemason, Frank has also served as Master of Lodge Omarunui No 216 in 2007, Grand Steward in the Eastland District 2010 - 2013, First Principal of Victoria RAC No 4 in 2011 and is active in many Other Orders. Visitors 6:45pm, Grand Lodge 7:00pm. I will be in Formal Evening Dress for the occasion.

Lodge Gisborne No 233

WBro Bruce Kells PGBB will be Installed for the fourth time as Master of Lodge Gisborne No 233 on Saturday 22 April, having previously served as Master in 1983, 1999 and 2016. Bruce served as a Grand Steward in the Eastland District 2006 - 2008 and was preferred as Past Grand Bible Bearer in 2016. The Lodge tyles in Ormond Road, Gisborne at 1:30pm, Visitors 2:00pm, Grand Lodge 2:15pm. Being an afternoon Installation, I will be in a Lounge Suit.

I look forward to your company at both Lodges as they celebrate their Installation ceremonies.

Heather Cockburn Registered Nurse to Speak at Lodge Frimley No 359

Heather Cockburn is a Registered Nurse who specialised in Coronary/Cardiac Intensive Care and spent five years nursing and managing an 18 bed Intensive Care Unit in Saudi Arabia.

Heather will be talking about her experiences at Lodge Frimley No 359 on Monday 20 March, with many anecdotes of living among and nursing the Saudi Arabian people in this so very different land.

Lodge Frimley will tyle at 7:30pm for a short business meeting and to receive Visitors, during which there will be a Ladies programme in Refectory. 

Afterwards the Brethren will join the Ladies in Refectory for Heather’s talk, which she hopes will both educate and amuse.

For catering purposes, please email Secretary Ted Hill if you intend being there. You are still most welcome to attend even if you don’t contact Ted in advance!

March Installations

Lodge Waikaremoana No 158

WBro Allan Pickering will be Installed as Master on Saturday 11 March, in Wairoa. The Lodge is tyling at 2:00pm, receiving Visitors at 2:15pm and Grand Lodge at 2:45pm. This will be Allan's third term as Master.

WBro Allan Pickering Installed as Master of Lodge Waikaremoana No 158.


Lodge Omarunui No 216

Bro Fred Orr, who was Initiated into Lodge Omarunui in February 2011, will be Installed as Master on Saturday 25 March, at Elbourne Street, Taradale. The Lodge is tyling at 2:00pm, Visitors 2:15pm and Grand Lodge 2:30pm. Dinner in the following Refectory must be booked with Secretary Bernard Lock by 17 March.

I look forward to your support of both of the Lodges as they celebrate a new Master in the Chair.


Installation Season

The Installation season is about to start in the District and I encourage you to attend as many of the Installations ceremonies as you can, to support both the Lodge and the new Master in the chair:

Thursday 23 February, 10:00am, Hawke's Bay Daytime Lodge No 453

WBro Tony Rich will be installed by WBro Phil Wagner and brethren of the Railway Craftsmen at Elbourne Street, Taradale.

Saturday 25 February, 2:00pm, The Lion Lodge No 114

WBro Bruce Williams will be installed as Master with brethren of Lodge Zetland No 312, Lodge Rangitikei No 38 and the Taranaki District participating in the ceremony.

Monday 27 February, 7:00pm, Lodge Haeata No 272

Bro Brian Pereira will be installed as Master with a number of Royal Arch Masons participating in the ceremony.

I look forward to your company at as many of the Installation ceremonies as you can attend.

WBro Roger Sinclair Roll of Honour

It was my pleasure to present WBro Roger Sinclair with the Certificate and Jewel of the Grand Lodge Roll of Honour, in recognition of the meritorius service that he has rendered to the Craft, at the Services Lodge of Hawke's Bay No 313 on Wednesday 8 February. During the presentation I invited the Brethren of his Lodge to speak of the service that Roger had willingly given and they recalled, among other things, his practical accounting assistance to many of the Hastings Lodges and Other Orders, his four terms as Master of the Services Lodge, his involvement with the Royal Arch and his general demeanour as a good man and a true Freemason. Others also related his community involvement as a football referee and with St John.


Hawke's Bay Research Lodge No 305

The Hawke's Bay Research Lodge No 305 start 2017 with an address by WBro Kerry Nicholls entitled "The Baker, the Freemason and Life Changing Experiences" tyling at 7:30pm on Monday 6 February at Jervois Street, Hastings.

In his Master's Comments WBro Ron Barrett writes,

"This month we will be having a lecture from WBro Kerry Nicholls and I urge you to be there to support Kerry as he returns to the Lodge from his five year sojourn in the South. 

This month I am asking three questions for you to research and to make a contribution to at our regular meeting: -

  1. Why at an installation is the incoming master obligated in the second degree?

  2. When the District Grand Master is officially received in the Lodge he is received in the third degree. Why?

  3. When we shake hands we extend our right hand. Why not the left?

If you have any questions then the Research Lodge is a great place to ask them. 

Have you any questions for the members to research? 

Ask them at our meeting or put them in writing ... some of the answers may surprise you but they will be interesting."

A number of daily advances in Masonic knowledge, all in one night!

Scinde Lodge No 5

I will be received into my mother lodge, Scinde Lodge No 5, on Tuesday 20 December 2016 and extend a very warm welcome to as many Brethren of the District as are able to attend.

We gather for Fellowship at 6:00pm, Dinner at 6:30pm - bookings for Dinner to the Secretary, WBro Gary Severinsen The Lodge will Tyle at 7:30pm with Visitors and Grand Lodge being received after the domestic business of the Lodge.

Divisional Grand Master RWBro Jim Watt, a Past Master of Scinde Lodge, will be in attendance; VW Bro Steve Shuker will be presented with his Past District Grand Master regalia and the Hawke's Bay Research Lodge No 305 will lead us all in a daily advancement in Masonic knowledge. 

I look forward to your company.

Received into Scinde Lodge. In the East: RWBro Hugh McKeesick P Prov GM, RWBro Jim Watt Div GM, VWBro Ian Hunt Dist GM, WBro David Shields Master and visiting Masters.

The Rawhiti Lodge No 66

Congratulations to The Rawhiti Lodge No 66 who will be the second Lodge in the Eastland Ruahine District to Initiate a candidate into Freemasonry, on Tuesday 20 December 2016 at High Street, Dannevirke.

Rod Ascuncion, a dairy farm worker from Ormonville, was originally to be Initiated into Puketoi Lodge No 149 but as they have voted to close The Rawhiti Lodge have stepped up to ensure Rod is not lost to Freemasonry. VWBro Graeme Evans PDist GM is the proposer and WBro Mark Holdaway Master of Puketoi Lodge is the seconder.

Unfortunately I'm double-booked for the night and unable to attend, but I trust that the southern Brethren will give their full support to the evening and ensure that Rod has a resounding welcome into Freemasonry.

Lodge Omarunui No 216

An Invitation to all Brethren and their Families, Widows and Friends. Children will also be Welcome.

To join the Brethren of Lodge Omarunui on Wednesday the 14th of December for a meal and entertainment.

A meal will be served after the Lodge meeting which will tyle at 6.30 pm and should take no more that three quarters of an hour.  Among other items the menu will include:

Ham, Asparagus, New Potatoes, a variety of Salads

Dessert of Fruit salad, Peppermint Crisp and Ice cream.

Cost will be:  Men  $10.00  Ladies   $5.00     Widows  Free

Entertainment will include the world famous (he might be one day) violinist, Liam Reid and a selection of carols sung by the Lodge Omarunui choir (that’s you).

For catering purposes please ring Bernard Lock  844 3319  by the 6th December 2016 to confirm numbers.  

If you require transport please advise when you ring to register.

Lodge Frimley No 359

To avoid meeting in the week immediately prior to Christmas, Lodge Frimley are bringing their December Regular Meeting forward one week to Monday 12 December. Tyling at 7:30pm, there will be a domestic meeting followed by a social time in Refectory.

The Lion Lodge No 114

A pleasure to attend the Christmas BBQ lunch for the Ladies, Widows and Brethren of the Lion Lodge, held at the home of Bruce and Angela Williams at Te Uri this afternoon. A Taranaki contingent from the Avant-Garde Lodge, who are also members of The Lion Lodge, swelled numbers to about 30 attending.

Following Christmas cake Ray Lefort held yet another of his raffles, with enough prizes that seemingly most families has something to take home. The afternoon concluded with a present of a Christmas cake for each of the widows.

Angela checks out that the chefs and their assistants are up to the task!

From left: Barry, Bruce, Bill, Angela, Paul and Kevin.

The Woburn Lodge No 25

A special invitation is extended to all the Lodge Ladies to join the Brethren of the Woburn Lodge for a festive meal at Dax’s Restaurant in Herbert Street, Waipukurau on Thursday 8 December. 

The Brethren will hold a very short business meeting in the lodgeroom, starting at 1900 hrs and then adjourn to the restaurant to be seated from 1930 hrs. A fixed price menu with a choice of meat, chicken or fish as a main has been chosen to facilitate serving all at the same time. The restaurant has a cash bar. Meal and bar costs to be met individually.

Numbers attending are required – please advise Colin Heyward of your participation (06 857 8299 or and if transport is required.

The Woburn Lodge extends this invitation is to ALL their Lodge Ladies (widows, wives, partners) as well as to their own and visiting Brethren.

Grand Social Life

Social activities are an important part in the life of a Lodge and the Eastland Ruahine District team are no exception to that premise.

Following the Friday night Cocktail Party at Grand Communication, a delegation headed up Cuba Street to Rasa, a Malaysian and Southern Indian restaurant for dinner.


From left: Lyn Shuker, Steve Shuker, Paul Hawke, Nigel Friggens, Barbara Friggens.

From left, around the table: Barbara Friggens, Robyn Evans, Ian Hunt, Graeme Evans, Paddy Driver, Ngaroma Driver and Lyn Shuker enoy dinner at Rasa Restaurant in Cuba Street.

Lodge Gisborne No 233

Congratulations to Lodge Gisborne No 233, who will be the first Lodge in the Eastland Ruahine District to Initiate a candidate into Freemasonry.

The Lodge will open and conduct the business on Tuesday 22 November, then call off until 7:00pm on the following Tuesday 29 November to Initiate Matthew Edward Hamilton. Dress is formal.

The calling off for a week is to give the Master, WBro Bruce Kells, additional recovery time from his recent heart surgery before he conducts the ceremony and I join with the Lodge in wishing Bruce a most speedy recovery.

Abercorn-Tuahine Lodge No 76 is providing support to Lodge Gisborne for the ceremony and I encourage as many of the Brethren of the District as are able to attend on the 29th and welcome Matthew into the Craft.

Lodge Haeata No 272

On Monday 28 November Lodge Haeata are holding a dinner meeting with wives / partners, meeting at 6:00pm at Jervois Street, Hastings.

The catered meal is at 6:30pm, cost $20, where there will be a presentation on relief activities in Syria.

After the presentation the Brethren will dress in regalia and wives / partners will accompany them into the lodge room where I will Invest WBro Kevin Rose as GBB and there will be a presentation by RWBro Peryer PDiv GM

Note lodge will not be tyled on this occasion.

Meeting with MWBro Mark Winger GM

A great pleasure to meet with MWBro Mark Winger GM at the recent 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.