DISTRICT TEAM - EASTLAND-RUAHINE DISTRICT
District Grand Master
Ian was initiated into Scinde Lodge No 5 in 1999 and installed as Master in 2007. He was invested as Grand Steward in 2008, District GDC in 2010 and GDC in 2013. A member of Hawke's Bay Research Lodge No 305 and about to complete a term as Master of the Baden Powell Lodge No 381, Ian is also a past First Principal of Victoria Royal Arch Chapter No 4. He has been active in his mother Lodge as Director of Ceremonies for seven years and is a past Convener of Scinde Lodge Building and Property Committee.
During the day Ian is a Territory Sales Manager for Goodman Fielder; and in his spare time President of the Hawke's Bay Jazz Club, a tenor saxophonist with the Hawke's Bay Jazz Club Big Band and hosts a fortnightly jazz programme on Radio Kidnappers.
Ian's daughter Natalie and son Ben are both pursuing careers in music in Wellington.
District Grand Director of Ceremonies
Nigel was raised on 26 February 2001 in Lodge Haeata No 272, Hastings, Installed as Master in 2008, and is currently invested as Director of Ceremonies. He joined Hawke’s Bay Research Lodge No 305 soon after raising, served two terms as Master in 2013/14 and is presently Treasurer. In addition, he enjoys membership of the Rose Croix and the SRIA, finding the fellowship that Freemasonry offers most agreeable, enjoying the challenge of the ceremonial work and strongly valuing its sentiment. Nigel is interested in exploring different understandings of Masonic symbolism and allegory and has thoroughly enjoyed his 3-year term as Grand Steward.
Nigel's career has been as IT Manager and Teacher of Mathematics and Digital Technologies in secondary schools in UK and NZ. Together with wife, Barbara, they have two grown-up sons and one daughter. So far, they have been blessed with four grandchildren. Other interests include trout fishing, cooking, vegetable gardening, reading, and cryptic crosswords.
Paddy was initiated into Lodge Parirua No 423 in August 1994 and resigned clear in 2002 due to a posting to a remote part of South Westland. He joined Lodge Rawhiti No 66 on 16 October 2016 after moving to Dannevirke with his wife Ngaroma and has just completed two years as Master of that Lodge. During his time as Master he was honoured to lead the Rawhiti Lodge’s 125th Anniversary celebrations and to be a part of the first Masonic Lodge meeting to be held on a Marae, at the Makirikiri Marae in Dannevirke.
Having completed a three year NZ Forest Service Woodsman Training course Paddy joined the NZ Army as an Infantryman in 1967. During that time he served two postings to South East Asia including a year in Vietnam. During his time in the Army he had many different postings within New Zealand and finally retired from the Army in 1987 after 20 years service. Paddy has subsequently been employed by the NZ Police, Department of Conservation and various Councils in many interesting roles. He is currently employed as the District Resilience Manager for the Tararua District Council based in Dannevirke.
Paddy's interests include, acoustic instrument making (lutherie), tramping, gardening, music, fishing and of course Freemasonry.
Rob was initiated into Scinde Lodge No 5 on 16 August 2005, passed 9 March 2006, raised 18 July 2006 and was Installed as Master on 25 June 2011. He has served on the Scinde Lodge Building and Property Committee, was Deputy Master in 2015 and is currently Tyler of the Lodge. Rob is also a member of Scinde Rose Croix Chapter No 302, where he served as Most Wise Sovereign 2014 to 2016.
Rob works in his own business as a contractor installing aerials / dishes / TV systems. Rob is divorced and has two adult children.