Central Division
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 are holding 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 will Tyle at 11:00am, then Close to admit non-Masonic visitors for the launch of the book. Following a catered lunch, all are invited to adjourn to the historic Gorge Cemetery where former members of the Ruahine Lodge will read a biography of ten selected Freemasons at their grave site. Dispensation has been granted for the Brethren to wear their regalia during the book launch as well as at the Gorge Cemetery.


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 Visit to present 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.

VWBro Jim Lum PGC 50 Year Badge

VWBro Jim Lum PGC was initiated into Victoria Lodge No 21 in August 1967, which was recognised at Hawke's Bay Daytime Lodge No 453 when RWBro Willie Wong P Prov GM presented Jim with a 50 Year Badge.

In making the presentation Willie recalled attending Jim's wedding, even though he don't know him at that time. Willie's parents had been invited to the wedding and, as is Chinese custom, the family went. Later, when they were both Grand Director of Ceremonies of their respective Districts, they served together at a Grand Installation in Palmerston North where they were cheekily referred to as "the Chinese Takeaways".

As well as being a member of both Hawke's Bay Daytime Lodge No 453 and Scinde Lodge No 5, Jim is Chairman of the Hawke's Bay Masonic Almoners' Association.

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.

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

Once again the Hawke’s Bay Masonic Almoners’ Association sponsored 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.

Over sixty old friends got together at the Taradale Club on Thursday 6 July for the friendly and informal gathering, with entertainment provided by Lodge Rawhiti Almoner Ngaroma Driver. 

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.

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.