DISTRICT TEAM - KAPITI-WELLINGTON DISTRICT
District Grand Master
Russell is a fifth generation Freemasons and was initiated into The Coronation Lodge 127 as a Lewis in February 1983. He was Master of Lodge St Matthew in Masterton in 1997 and again Empire Fergusson Lodge No. 225 in 2010. He is also a member of the Waihenga St John’s Lodge and a member of the Research Lodge of Wellington.
Russell attended Victoria University and graduated in 1984 with a Batchelor of Commerce majoring in Political Science. Since then he has contracted to many government departments and private sector companies specialising in the remediation of large failed IT Projects.
Since November 2013, Russell has been the Divisional Representative on the Board of General Purposes. Russell has also been the driving force behind the formation, development and maintenance of the Central Division Website for the last 5 years and latterly the Northern and Southern Divisions websites.
Married to Tania and with 6 children (three daughter’s weddings in the last 9 months which have kept him busy) Russell can best be described as an entrepreneur having been self-employed for the past 30 years.
His hobbies include fine art printing; woodwork; and anything technology related.
Grand Director of Ceremonies
Dennis Blacklaws is a member of The Kapiti Wellington District 19. His mother lodge was Leinster 44 which is now New Zealand Pacific No. 2.
Past Master of Leinster 44 in 1985 and Pacific Leinster No 2 in 1990, and New Zealand Pacific No 2 in 2000. Member of Royal Arch; Current member of New Zealand Pacific No 2; Current Director of Ceremonies Lodge Zetland 312. 2008 appointed Grand Steward.
Married to Wife - Kristyne: Children; Clynton (38) and Nicholas (Nick) (35)
Dennis practices as an Internationally Qualified and Registered Personal Property Valuer/Appraiser specialising in Gems and Jewellery. Dennis is also a qualified Graduate Gemologist and Diamond-Grader - serving New Zealand from his office and Laboratory within the City of Lower Hutt.
Mick was a career Police Officer in London’s Metropolitan Police where he served for 27 years in many roles including Firearms and Road Death Investigation. He rose to the rank of Detective Chief Inspector and during this time met Caroline (a Kiwi on her OE) and got married prior to moving to New Zealand in 2008.
Mick has four children, two from a previous marriage, Fiona 30 and Katie 28 and now has two more Louisa 6 and David nearly 4.
Mick now runs his own company, Cratos Limited, which provides safety and security solutions.
Mick was initiated into Mill Hill Lodge No.3574 (meets Great Queens Street, London) on 15th February 2005, passed on 15th November that year and raised on 21st February 2006.
Upon his move to New Zealand he joined Empire Fergusson Lodge No 225 where he progressed through the roles and was installed in the Chair in 2013. He completed two years as the Master of Empire Fergusson taking the IPM role in 2015 and now serves as Deputy Master.
He has been active in the District and was the architect of the successful "Run Fat Boy Run" efforts to raise money for the Kapiti Coast Coastguard last year.
His hobbies include fishing, shooting and classic cars as well as looking after the lifestyle block where he lives with his family.
Craig Nunnerley was born in Auckland and has notched up 25 years in The Craft.
Initiated into Papatoetoe No.227 he was Master in 1997 and 1998. He then moved south and has since been Master of Ngatiawa-Russell Lodge No.345 (2006), Lodge Zetland No. 312 (2008-10), Lodge Otaki No.72 (2011-13) and United Horowhenua Lodge No.464 (2015).
He has, over the years, belonged to most other Orders.
Craig shifted to Levin in 2010 and is currently working in the Hospitality Industry. He has 2 children. James (31) & Jennifer (29).
Any spare time he has is devoted to his Bayonet Collection, currently one of the largest private collections in the country.