DISTRICT TEAM - KAPITI-WELLINGTON DISTRICT
District Grand Master
Merv Left school at 15 years of age to work in the wool manufacturing industry and at 17 years joined the British Army (1st Battalion Irish Guards). He met his wife, Denise, in London while she was on a working holiday and later married in London and arrived in New Zealand in 1971.
Merv and Denise have 2 sons Nicholas and David.
Merv was employed in recent years by a multinational Irish Dairy corporate as part of the Australasia team working from a home office, and has worked 33 years in various roles and parts within the NZ meat industry as a Senior Key Account Manager.
Merv was initiated into Lodge Tawera o Kapiti 253 17th June 1997 and still remains a member of that lodge today.
Moved to Levin 2004 for a rural lifestyle and joined Lodge Horowhenua 464 the same year. Master of the United Horowhenua lodge for 2 years 2009-2011.
United Horowhenua Masonic Hall Company Chair for 2 years 2012-2014 and still an active committee member today. Committee Member of the Frank Bryce Charitable trust.
Member of Horowhenua Royal Arch Chapter No 63. Member of Monckton Chapter Rose Croix No 315 and MWS of the chapter 2009-2011.
Interests/Hobbies include fly fishing and reading.
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.