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.
Graeme Harvie is self employed as a Medical Alarms Agent; and also keeps himself fit mowing lawns.
Initiated into Lodge Ramanui No. 429 in October 1990, and is also a member of the Patea Kilwinning Lodge No. 18 (he is Secretary of both Lodges). Graeme is a Past District Grand Master.
Also a member of Carlyle Royal Arch No. 74 where he recently completed 3 terms as First Principal, and Taranaki Rose Croix No. 272 where he is currently completing a second year as Most Wise Sovereign.
Graeme struggles to have any spare time for hobbies, especially with 8 Grand Children of which the oldest is now at Secondary School. Any spare time seems to be devoted to attending as many of their special days be it birthdays, School activities or the likes. Community involvement seems to be time absorbing also.
He is also currently the President of the South Taranaki Returned and Services Association; and is a Life Member of Lions Clubs International; Lloyd Morgan Lions Clubs Charitable Trust; The Taranaki Race Walking Club and Hawera Combined Hockey Club. He also holds an International Grading as a Race Walking Judge.