Northern Division
From the District Grand Master - 30 November, 2017

November was a very busy month in the Waikato District. There were 4 Installations; Lodge Nau Mai, Lodge Tawhiri, The Taupiri Lodge and Lodge Copernicus all held their Installation Ceremonies and very enjoyable Installation suppers/dinners. Charters were surrendered at Lodge TeMarama and Lodge Hamutana. These were relatively low-key evenings with much reminiscing of the “good old days.” They and Lodge Hillcrest, who also surrendered their Charter last month, are to be congratulated on their forward thinking and focus on the future. 

A 60-year Badge was presented to WBro Trevor Jones in Lodge Waitomo. These presentations are great opportunities to celebrate long and faithful service to the Craft. The Publicity through the “Speak-Up” campaign appears to be having an effect, with a number of Candidates contacting us via the Web site. We will see some Initiations in the coming months and I urge Lodges to look after them with a well-planned Mentoring program. The past year has been a busy but enjoyable year. I wish you all a Merry Christmas with your Families. Have a good holiday and I look forward to an exciting 2018. 

Coming Up: Thursday 7th December – Lodge Alexandra No. 1188EC Installation 

Don Seath 
District Grand Master.


The highlight in July was the Grand Master’s visit to the Waikato District on the 18th.  Mark Winger is really supporting our District and we will be seeing more of him in the coming months. Thank you to Lodge Copernicus for organising his visit so well.

Lodge Tawhiri organised a very enjoyable night out at the Riverlea Theatre on Friday 4th August. Apart from having a very good time, funds were raised for the Graeme Dingle Foundation. I have decided to commit Waikato District funds to boost this fundraising effort this year and encourage all Lodges to continue their support for it.

The Camp Quality appeal for funds is underway for the camp in January. Some Lodges have already started their fundraising for this.

There have been numerous meetings with the Consolidation Committee and plans are well advanced for the formation of the new Lodge Waikato on the 14th October. A small group from Lodges TeMarama, Hillcrest and Hamutana have been working really hard on this for many months. 

There was a very enjoyable Installation of W Bro Denis Sharpe at Lodge Waitomo on the 10th August. A different format was trialled and judging by the smiles (and the late night for some), it was a huge success.

Official visits were made to Lodges Alpha and TeAroha. Both were good nights and The Alpha Lodge successfully recruited several Candidates by opening to the Public, not only for their Lodge, but others as well. 
Coming up:

Tuesday 5th September – Lodge Tawhiri. The Grand Master will present RW Bro Athol Thorpe with his 75yr Badge.

Monday 11th September – Lodge Pukemiro Installation.

Wednesday 13th September – Lodge Waipa Official Visit.

Wednesday 27th September – Lodge TeAroha Official Visit to present a 50-year Badge to Logan Packer.

Monday 2nd October – Lodge TeMarama Official Visit – the last big night for a Great Lodge.

Wednesday 11th October – Lodge Waipa Installation

Saturday 14th October- Consecration, Dedication and Installation of new Lodge Waikato.
Don Seath
District Grand Master.

Citizenship Ceremony with a Difference
The photograph shows from left to right: Mayor Alan Sanson, Bro. James Parker MM, James’s Wife Sarah and VW Bro. Don Seath Dist. GM.

Last month James Parker received his New Zealand Citizenship at a ceremony in the Waikato District Council Chambers from the Mayor Alan Sanson.

James is a keen Master Mason and requested permission to wear his Masonic Regalia at the Ceremony. The Mayor quipped that our Masonic “bling” was more impressive than his.

From the District Grand Master... 30 July, 2017

On Sunday 9th July Lodge Piako unveiled a Memorial Plaque in honour of the late MW Bro Barry McLaggan. The occasion was well attended with accolades to Barry’s huge contribution to Freemasonry and the Community, made by VW Bro Jim McLaggan, Master of Lodge Piako and the Grand Master, MW Bro Mark Winger. The day was well organised and a fitting tribute to a great man.
Lodge Pukemiro hosted a very enjoyable Official Visit on 10th July. RW Bro Ian Nathan was Honoured by the Waikato Lodge of Research for his many years of interesting lectures. His Wife, Barbara, was presented with flowers in gratitude for her support for Ian and Freemasonry generally.

Official visits were also made to Lodges Hillcrest and Hamutana. These were in lieu of their Installation Meetings which have been postponed pending the formation of the new Lodge Waikato. Lodge Hillcrest conducted a very enjoyable “Table Lodge” in the Refectory and Lodge Hamutana were treated to an interesting Lecture presented by W Bro Len Jeffrey Dist. GDC.

The plans for the formation of the new Lodge Waikato are progressing well. All the major decisions have been made and the date for the Dedication of Lodge Waikato is set for Saturday 14th October 2017. This will be followed by an Installation Ceremony and a celebration Dinner in the evening. Details and an invitation will be send out very shortly. This project is a significant step forward for Freemasonry in the Waikato District and for Hamilton.

It is with sadness I acknowledge the deaths of 2 great Freemasons:

RW Bro Tony Fitzherbert, Past Provincial Grand Master and 60 years as a Freemason.
W Bro Andrew Kay RH, Lodge Waipa and especially noted for his work as an Almoner.
Coming up:

Friday 4th August- Lodge Tawhiri hosts the “Oklahoma Premier” at the Riverlea Theatre. This is a fundraiser for the Dingle Foundation and supported by the Waikato District.

Tuesday 8th August – The Alpha Lodge Official Visit

Thursday 10th August - Lodge Waitomo Installation

Friday 18th August – Grand Master Official visit to Waikato hosted by Lodge Copernicus. Details have been sent out by separate invitation. Please reply to Lodge Copernicus if you wish to attend.

Wednesday 23rd August – The TeAroha Lodge Official visit

Tuesday 5th September – Lodge Tawhiri. Grand Master will present RW Bro Athol Thorpe with his 75yr Badge.

Monday 11th September – Lodge Pukemiro Installation.

Wednesday 13th September – Lodge Waipa Official Visit.
Don Seath
District Grand Master.

From the District Grand Master - 30th June, 2017

The Installation of W Bro Ralph Evans to the chair of The Beta Waikato Lodge no.12 on 12th June went well despite several people being unavailable because winter ailments. I discovered that Freemasons could sing more or less in tune without an organist.

I attended a meeting in Auckland with the Northern Division GM and Dist. GMs. It was mainly house-keeping and some more instructions on how to use the new web-site. They also announced a new “fast track” method of processing applications for relief through our District Charity Officer. (Wayne Roberts)

The Feildays stand was well run and supported thanks to Warwick Roberts and Sam Annison in setting up and dismantling. Also, the

volunteers who “manned” the stand throughout the 4-day event. You all did a great job and I am sure some recruits will result. Apart from recruiting, we were certainly noticed and gave a good impression of Freemasonry to the general public.

There have been several calls to improve our communication methods. I am going to reinstate the Dodger until we are satisfied that the website can deliver the information we all need.
Coming up:
Sunday July 9th – Lodge Piako unveiling of Memorial Plaque for MW Bro Barry McLaggan. This is not a Lodge meeting for Lodge Piako, or an Official visit.

Monday July 10th – Lodge Pukemiro Official Visit

Thursday 20th July- Lodge Hillcrest Official Visit

Monday 24th July – Lodge Hamutana Official Visit

Tuesday 8th August – The Alpha Lodge Official Visit

Thursday 10th August - Lodge Waitomo Installation

Friday 18th August – Grand Master Official visit to Waikato hosted by Lodge Copernicus.
Details are being worked through, but at this stage the intention is for a short Lodge meeting in the late afternoon, official reception of the Grand Master into the Lodge, Grand Master to meet Lodge Masters and then close the Lodge.

We will then retire to the Cambridge Raceway to meet up with our Ladies for drinks, entertainment/speeches and dinner. There will be a charge for dinner and bookings with payment is essential. A formal invitation will follow shortly.

Wednesday 23rd August – The TeAroha Lodge Official visit

Yours Fraternally,
Don Seath
District Grand Master.

Report To The Waikato Almoner’s Association

Brethren, I am delighted to share the following comments with you:

As the result of a chance phone call by Don Seath to Integrated Recovery Service (iRs) a successful collaboration to provide care packs to the Waikato Emergency Department has been re-established.

Integrated Recovery Service is part of the Waikato District Health Board and provides a community, recovery focused rehabilitation service for people with mental illness. Understanding the importance of the community as a valuable resource in the rehabilitation process, iRs occupational therapists were excited by the idea of supporting Waikato Almoners with this worthwhile initiative.
It was agreed that Waikato Almoners would supply the items for the care packs and iRs clients would make the packs up and liaise with the Emergency Department.

The care packs are practical and consist of: toothbrush and paste, comb, tissues, shampoo, soap, wet wipes, shaver pack (men only) and Freemason information strip. The care packs are designed to support those who arrive unexpectedly at the Emergency Department without personal necessities.

When the Emergency Department manager was approached about the initiative the response was immediate and positive “That is such a great idea – we would love to be involved”.

iRs clients were also on board with the idea and volunteered their time to make up the packs. According to one client: “the project is worthwhile and it makes me feel that I have been able to help others and that is important to me”. She goes on to say “After all the years I have been in hospital it is nice to be able to give something back”.

From an occupational therapy perspective the initiative has provided opportunities for clients to develop skills and contribute to society. Low mood and motivation can be common amongst the iRs client group and a worthwhile/ community project such as this can lift the mood and provide a much needed boost to confidence and feelings of self worth.

Julie Flaws, Occupational Therapist, Integrated Recovery Service,
Waikato DHB

"Not So Plain" English Guide to Freemasonry

The Waikato District rented a stand at the Clubs and Creativity Showcase in Hamilton on the weekend of 8/9 April.

On Sunday the Prime Minister, Bill English, visited the site and happily posed for a photograph. 

He wanted to know what the gavel was used for and was instructed how to use it and that, with that in his hand, he was the boss!

He was also very interested in the Freemason’s Charity work. When that was explained to him he was very complimentary and told us to keep up the good work.

The Chair, pedestal, column and gavel are 106 years old and supplied by Lodge Te Marama No. 186.

Speaking Up for Freemasonry can produce another sort of PM!

Don Seath
District GM Waikato.