Central Division
Scinde Lodge No 5, 160th Anniversary

Scinde Lodge No 5 celebrated 160 Years of Freemasonry in Hawke's Bay on Saturday 20 October. 

In January 1858 a notice appeared in the Hawke's Bay Herald, “We, the undersigned Master Masons, being anxious to form a Lodge, to be called 'Scinde Lodge', and to meet in the Town of Napier, Ahuriri request the pleasure of meeting all Brethren at Bro Munn's Royal Hotel, at high noon, on the 2nd February next ensuing, to consult concerning the proposed Lodge and other matters interesting to the Craft.” It was signed by six Master Masons who were among the founding Brethren of Scinde Lodge and a copy of that notice hangs in the crush room at the sign in desk. The meeting decided to form a Lodge, an application was sent to Lodge Ara No 348 in Auckland, from there to the Australian Social Lodge No 260 in Sydney and from there to Ireland, where his Grace the Duke of Leinster signed the Warrant for Scinde Lodge No 419 on the 8th of October 1858. This date has ever since been fixed as the birthday of Scinde Lodge. 

To celebrate the occasion the Lodge received MWBro Mark Winger GM, accompanied by RWBro Graham Wrigley Dep GM and RWBro Jim Watt Div GM (a Past Master of Scinde Lodge) at their October Meeting. VWBro Ian Hunt Dist GM presented a brief history of Scinde Lodge, before the Grand Master made two presentations. The first was of the Charles Henry Critchley Jewel to RWBro Jim Watt. The jewel had previously been presented to RWBro Charles Critchley and RWBro Warwick Holmes, both Past Provincial Grand Masters of the Hawke's Bay District and Past Masters of Scinde Lodge.

The second presentation was to RWBro Hugh McKessick P Prov GM, who the Grand Master promoted to Past Deputy Grand Master in recognition of his service to the Craft over many years. Hugh was, by his own admission, "gobsmacked" at the promotion.

RWBro Jim Watt, RWBro Graham Wrigley, WBro Richard Millea, MWBro Mark Winger, VWBro Ian Hunt, RWBro Hugh McKeesick

In Refectory, the Master, WBro Richard Millea, proposed the Scinde Lodge Birthday Toast, which appears in the Scinde Lodge Centennial Booklet and was proposed at a number of the events celebrating Scinde Lodge's Sesquecentennial.

The Ladies and Brethren continued the celebrations at a Dinner held at The Mission Restaurant. There, guest speaker Bro Sir Richard Faull addressed the gathering on his work into brain research, particularly of Huntingdon's and Parkinson's diseases, made possible with support from the Freemasons Charity. WBro Richard Millea presented Bro Sir Richard Faull with a cheque for $16,000 ($8000 from Scinde Lodge and $8000 from the Freemasons Charity) for Optogenetic equipment. This will enable Bro Sir Richard's team to study live brain cells and further enhance their work to slow down the debilitating effects of brain disease. The Grand Master topped up the cheque with an additional $4000 to cover exchange rate losses.


Bro Sir Richard Faull explains the human brain.


21st Initiate of 2018

On Thursday 11 October Bro Kyzer Whaanga became the 21st man initiated into the Eastland Ruahine District this calendar year, when WBro Damian Birchman initiated him into The Woburn Lodge No 25. This was The Woburn Lodge's second initiation of the year, after Bro Murray Bone was initiated in May. The Lesser Lights were presented by Bros Bret Barnett and Hemi Harris, Fellow Crafts of Lodge Frimley No 359, who were themselves initiated earlier this year. Also in attendance was Bro Jason Alexander, who was initiated into Lodge Omarunui No 216 just one month prior.

Scinde Lodge No 5, The Rawhiti Lodge No 66, The Heretaunga Lodge No 73, Lodge Abercorn-Tuahine No 76, Lodge Waikaremoana No 158, Lodge Omarunui No 216 and Lodge Frimley No 359 have all initiated men into Freemasonry this year and are benefitting from the rejuvenation in their Lodges that Speaking Up for Freemasonry offers.



















Bro Hemi Harris, Bro Murray Bone, WBro Damian Birchman, Bro Kyzer Whaanga, Bro Jason Anderson, Bro Bret Barnett

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.

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.