DIVISIONAL TEAM - CENTRAL DIVISION
Now a resident of Wellington, Jim originally hailed from the south before he moved to Napier where he was initiated in Scinde Lodge in 1985. He went on to serve two years as Master of Scinde before moving to Wellington and subsequently serving a double term as Master of the United Lodge of Wellington. He has served in District roles, his last role as District Grand Master. Presently a trustee and the secretary of New Zealand Pacific Lodge he is also a member of the Grand Lodges Ceremonial Review Committee and the Building Fund Review Committee.
Self-employed since 21, Jim and his partner Penny own and run an event management company which specialises in running off shore events in the conference and incentive market.
Penny is an active supporter of Freemasonry, presently working with Jim on arranging the annual Freemasons Scholarship presentation ceremony and organising the 2016 Grand Installation, this being the third Grand Installation she has contributed her professional skills to.
Jim and Penny have three sons, two and a half grandchildren and when not travelling for their work spend their spare time travelling or working on where to go to next.
Divisional Grand Master
Stephen is a semi-retired accountant.
He did his schooling at Paraparaumu School and Wellington College, and his Accounting degree at Victoria University.
He was initiated into Lower Hutt Lodge No. 299 in October, 1988 and joined Tawera-O-Kapiti No. 253 in 2002.
Stephen has been/is a Treasurer to numerous Lodges and orders throughout the Division. He is also a Justice of the Peace.
He lists his hobbies as gardening, genealogy and family history, watching sport, travel, and spending time with his grandchildren.
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.
Sidney Hill - PG Swd B - Central Division - Secretary
Now a resident of Palmerston North, Sidney was originally from Auckland, he was initiated into Lodge Maungarei No 427, in 2003 and subsequently served two years as Master of that Lodge.
After moving to Palmerston North, he successively served double terms as Master of Lodge Pa-Ka-Ma No 319 and as the First principle of The Manawatu Royal Arch Chapter No. 11, and in 2016, he was awarded the rank of Past Grand Sword Bearer.
Presently he is the Secretary of Lodge Pa-Ka-Ma No 319 and serves as a Director of the Manawatu Masonic Company,
Other masonic interests are as an active member of the Research Lodge of Ruapehu, the Rose Croix, and the Knights Templar.
Married to Julia; an active supporter of freemasonry and currently the assistant Lodge Almoner for Lodge Pa-Ka-Ma.
They have four children, six grandchildren and when they are not working with their life-style farm, their spare time is spent enjoying international travel or planning where to go to next.