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I hope you are all well rested after the holiday break and ready to go for the new year. December was a good month for Lodges in the Waikato with less formality and lots of opportunities for Lodges to socialise. It is pleasing to hear through the Waikato Almoners Association that Lodges went to great lengths to visit our Widows and elderly Brethren.

The Almoners have also been kept busy with hospital visits to several Brethren. I have put the contact phone numbers on the Dodger for people able to arrange hospital visits to Brethren and their families.

The Waipa Lodge hosted a morning tea and presented a generous cheque to the “Casting for Recovery” organisation on the 4thDecember. The Freemasons Charity supported this worthwhile cause.

Lodge Waikato presented a 50 year Badge to WBro Rod Harper RH on the 13thDecember. A great social night with a good attendance followed.

Bryan Bevege has been busy organising the Arts Initiative in Waikato Schools. This District program is designed to “Speak Up” for Freemasonry among younger people, their Teachers and Parents. The competition is to be judged in April and Lodges are encouraged to keep contact with their chosen schools. If you have any questions about what is required, call Bryan on 0272 491 818.


Coming up:


Thursday 21stFebruary -     Grand Lodge Official Visit to Lodge Waikato No. 475

                                                To Present a 60 year Badge to WBro John Dickinson.


Saturday 16thMarch -          The TeAroha Lodge No. 52 Installation with Music from the Choir.


Tuesday 19thMarch -           Waikato Lodge of Reseach No. 445 Installation in Rotorua.


Wednesday 20thMarch -      Grand Lodge Official Visit to Lodge Taupiri No. 118

                                                Waikato District Masters working a 2ndDegree.


Saturday 23rdMarch -          Northern Division District Grand Masters Official Visit to the Bay of Plenty.

                                                Lodge TePapa No. 316 Installation.




Don Seath

District Grand Master.






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1stDecember 2018


There were 3 very enjoyable Installations in November at Lodges Nau Mai, Tawhiri and Copernicus. There were 6 Past District Grand Masters in attendance to help me install Warwick Roberts, also a PDist.GM, into the Chair at Copernicus. There was also an Official Visit to The Beta Waikato Lodge on the 12thDecember when an Empty Chair ceremony was performed with great dignity to mark Armistice Day.

Ngaruawahia High School invited Willy Willets and I to their Prize Giving and acknowledged the assistance Freemasons have given to the re-building program there. It has been led by the Headmaster WBro Chris Jarnet and is quite a success to be proud of. Well done Chris for putting Freemasonry to work in the community.

Susan and I enjoyed a boat trip on the Waikato River with Lodge Pukemiro on the 26thNovember. I also had a very enjoyable day with Lodge Waipa on the 17thwhen they celebrated 80 years of association with Lodge Arawhaiti.

I attended a meeting in Auckland with the Northern Division on Saturday 25thNovember followed by an Installation that night at Lodge Onehunga Maugawhao No.168. At the Division meeting I was required to report on our District and I was very proud of the Waikato District and our achievements this year. It was decided not to fund the Fieldays site at Mystery Creek next year. We are working on another proposal for the Fieldays which will be more targeted to the people we want and less expensive. 

In December (starting next week) we have 2 Official Visits and an Installation at The Alexandra Lodge. The English Constitution have invited RWBro Gary Salmon Div. GM to represent the Grand Master and I will be looking for a few Grand Lodge Officers to support him on Thursday 6th.

More important for me will be Official visits to Lodge Piako on Wednesday 5thDecember and Waikato on Thursday 13thDecember to present 50-year Badges. 

It is good to see Lodges scheduling degree work for their December meetings where possible.

I will be in touch again before Christmas with an invitation to a District meeting in February. The date and venue are yet to be decided. 



Coming Up:


Wednesday 5thDecember       Lodge Piako No. 160 Grand Lodge Official Visit.

                                                Presentation of 50-year Badge to WBro David Hansen.


Thursday 6thDecember:         Lodge Alexandra No. 1188 EC Installation.

                                                RWBro Gary Salmon Div.GM representing the Grand Master.


Thursday 13thDecember:       Lodge Waikato No. 475 Grand Lodge Official Visit.

                                                Presentation of 50yr Badge to WBro Rod Harper RH.


Wednesday 25thDecember:    Official Visit from Santa if you are good.






Don Seath

District Grand Master.


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A big thank you to all those people who kept the Waikato District ticking along while Susan and I were overseas for 6 weeks. We watched from afar the fun you were having at Lodge Piako’s 60-year Badge presentation, the triple ceremony at The Alpha Lodge, WBro Bruce Brisco’s Installation and the Vicar of Dibley Show. While you were busy, I had a couple of quiet meetings with a few Freemasons from Australia and the UK aboard a ship in the Baltic Sea.

Candidates are continuing to present themselves for membership at a steady rate. I encourage Lodges to seriously consider utilising their December Meeting for degree work. A huge effort has been made to recruit new people and it would be a shame to give them the impression that we are not a vibrant and efficient organisation. Christmas socials with our Ladies can be held on a different date, keeping in mind we do not meet again until February.

If you are planning to go to Lodge Nau Mai on Saturday and stay for dinner, please let Lodge Nau Mai know for catering. Likewise, Lodge Waipa are hosting Lodge Arawhaiti to celebrate 80 years of association and will be holding a dinner after the Saturday meeting. Bookings are essential. 



Coming Up:



Saturday 3rdNovember:             Lodge Nau Mai No. 177 Installation of WBro Todd Saunders.

                                                   Installing Master – VWBro Don Seath Dist.GM.    


Tuesday 6thNovember:             Lodge Tawhiri No. 166 Installation of WBro Mark Oliver.

                                                   Installing Master – VWBro Don Seath Dist.GM.


Monday 12thNovember:            The Beta Waikato Lodge No.12. Grand Lodge Official Visit.


Friday 16thNovember:              Lodge Copernicus No. 505 Installation of VWBro Warwick Roberts. 

                                                   Installing Master – VWBro Don Seath Dist.GM.


Thursday 6thDecember:            Lodge Alexandra No. 1188 EC Installation


Thursday 13thDecember:          Lodge Waikato No. 475 Grand Lodge Official Visit.

                                                   Presentation of 50yr Badge to WBro Rod Harper RH



Don Seath

District Grand Master.



Triple Second Degree


Triple Second Degree ceremony conducted by the Waikato District Grand Lodge Officers at the Lodge Alpha No 81 on Tuesday October 9thfor Bro’s Anaru Maniapoto, Toko Samuals & Hone Touau.


WM                 WBro Peter Saunders, G.Swd.B

DM                  VWBro Jim McLaggan, PDGM

JW                   VWBro Warwick Roberts, PDGM

SW                  WBro David Shearer, GS

SD                   WBro Logan Packer, PGS

JD                   VWBro Mark Fraser G.S.C

IG                    Peter Kimber, PGS

Tyler               Dave Watson, PGIG

DC                  Len Jeffrey, DGDC

Chaplain         VWBro Bob Monson G.ALM

Organist          WBro David Landells, PGBB 


Test questions - WBro Lou Bristowe, PGS

Obligation- WBro, Warren Merrilees, PGS

Secrets - WBro Murray Loft, GS

Investiture - WBro David Shearer, GS

Charge after Investiture - WBro John Evered, PDGDC

Charge in the S.E - WBro Brian Cowley, PGS

Working Tools - VWBro Warwick Roberts, PDGM

Tracing Board - WBro David Landells, PGBB

Charge after Passing - VWBro Jim McLaggan, PDGM        

Prompt - VWBro Jim McLaggan, PDGM  



This was a great night with the Grand Lodge team putting in a great team effort. 

We went into the ceremony a little unsure as three candidates at the same time was a big ask, but on the night, everything went to plan, and our three candidates had a smooth dignified ceremony.

From the District Grand Master October 2018




28th September 2018


We had a great turn out for Lodge Pukemiro’s installation.

DivGM Gary Salmon visited Lodge Waikato No. 475, to present WBro Dick Morgan his 50 year Badge.

Official Grand Lodge visit to Lodge Piako No. 160 to present WBro Linton his 60 Year Badge.


Don’t forget to book your tickets for a Benefit Performance of The Vicar of Dibley at the Riverlea Theatre on 17thOctober. Please contact



Coming Up:


Tuesday 9th October-         Waikato Grand Lodge officers conducting a triple 2nddegree ceremony

   at The Lodge Alpha No. 81


Wednesday 10thOctober-    Lodge Waipa No. 119 Installation of WBro Bruce Brisco.

                                             Installing Master – VWBro Dene Richards PDistGM.


Wednesday 24thOctober-     The Taupiri Lodge No. 118 Installation of WBro Merv Wallis.

                                              Installing Master – VWBro Warwick Roberts PDistGM.


Saturday 3rdNovember -      Lodge Nau Mai No. 177 Installation of WBro Todd Saunders.

                                             Installing Master – VWBro Don Seath Dist.GM.    


Tuesday 6thNovember -       Lodge Tawhiri No. 166 Installation of WBro Mark Oliver    .

                                             Installing Master – VWBro Don Seath Dist.GM.


Friday 16thNovember-         Lodge Copernicus No. 505 Installation of VWBro Warwick Roberts. 

                                            Installing Master – VWBro Don Seath Dist.GM.




Don Seath

District Grand Master.



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From the District Grand Master September 2018

Thank you to the large number of Freemasons who paid tribute to RWBro Athol Thorpe at his funeral on the 7thAugust. Athol’s Family were very impressed and I was proud to be a Freemason on the day.

On the weekend before a few of us attended the Installation of Lodge Parahaki No. 269 in Whangarei. Again, I was proud of the Waikato team who participated in the ceremony and made “adjustments” for the different way of doing things in Northland. Thanks to Kevin and Judy Burch for their hospitality.

We enjoyed some more warm hospitality in TeKuiti at the Installation of Damin Moys as Master of Lodge Waitomo No. 469. Damin has some good ideas for his Lodge and I am sure his Brethren will support him and progress the already great atmosphere in Lodge Waitomo.

The Beta Waikato Lodge had a successful open night on the 13thAugust and at least 2 promising candidates were there.

I attended a Divisional meeting in Auckland Saturday 18thAugust. The way forward for our Division is still a little unclear, so there is more work to be done there. In the meantime, there will be no Divisional Conference in 2019. Instead we will concentrate on the Grand Installation in Wellington which the Northern Division will be hosting.

Susan and I had a very enjoyable evening in The TeAroha Lodge on 22ndAugust. Bro Tom Carden received his 50yr Badge and The TeAroha Lodge turned on it’s usual warm hospitality and meal.

Bryan Bevege has been busy planning some District activities for Charity and the Choir. The Arts Initiative for local Schools will be a Waikato District project and will give considerable publicity for us. He will be looking for bookings for a Benefit Performance of The Vicar of Dibley at the Riverlea Theatre on 17thOctober.

Please give Bryan your support.

Susan and I will be overseas from 6thSeptember to 18thOctober. The District will be in the capable hands of Len Jeffrey, my Grand Stewards and the Past District Grand Masters. I will be tracking your progress from afar.  



Coming Up:


Monday 3rdSeptember –         Lodge Pukemiro No. 301 Installation of VWBro Dene Richards

Wednesday 5thSeptember -    LodgePiako No. 160 Grand Lodge Official Visit 

                                                  60 Yr. Badge presentation to WBro Linton.

Wednesday 10thOctober-        Lodge Waipa No. 119 Installation of WBro Bruce Brisco.

                                                   Installing Master – VWBro Dene Richards PDistGM.

Wednesday 24thOctober-        The Taupiri Lodge No. 118 Installation of WBro Merv Wallis.

                                                   Installing Master – VWBro Warwick Roberts PDistGM.



Don Seath

District Grand Master.

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From The District Grand MASTER July 2018


30th July 2018


I have just been informed of the sad passing of RWBro Athol Thorpe PGW. Athol has been an absolute stalwart of Freemasonry in the Waikato and in Lodge Tawhiri for over 75 years. He has also been a great friend and mentor for many of us.

The month of July was relatively quiet with an Official visit to the Alpha Lodge and Lodge Waikato’s Installation. Both events were well attended which goes to show that when Lodges prepare well, people come out on cold winter nights and enjoy themselves.

Not so well attended was the District meeting of Masters, Wardens, Secretaries and Directors of Ceremonies. Only 5 Lodges were there but those who came received some useful information on how ceremonies should be conducted.


Coming Up:


Saturday 4thAugust – Lodge Parahaki No. 269 (Whangarei) Installation.

Thursday 9thAugust – Lodge Waitomo No. 469 Installation of Bro Moys SW.

Wednesday 22ndAugust –Lodge TeAroha No. 52 Grand Lodge Official Visit & 50yr Badge. 


Monday 3rdSeptember – Lodge Pukemiro Installation of VWBro Dene Richards


Don Seath

District Grand Master.


From the District Grand Master June 2018

June was a busy month with the Installation of Ralph Evans back into the Chair at Beta Waikato, an official visit to Lodge Nau Mai to present Ron Rhodes with his 60yr Badge, an official visit to Lodge Copernicus, a presentation in Lodge Tawhiri to the Dingle Foundation and the Fieldays stand.

The presentation to the Dingle Foundation on Sunday 10thJune was very well organised by Lodge Tawhiri and well received by the Foundation, including Sir Graeme Dingle himself. Members of the public, Councillors, MPs and the press were present.

Warwick Roberts and Sam Annison did a great job in setting up the Fieldays stand and taking it down. Over 20 strong leads were gathered for possible membership from all over NZ. Thankyou to those who gave up whole days of their time to man the stand.

A review of our involvement at Fieldays is underway. We do have to be careful that when we are in Public we make a good impression and that we make best use of people’s time and resources.

It is good to see Lodges arranging mid-winter luncheons and inviting Widows, Elderly members and new members. These are important features of our Lodge programs.

There are a number of new members coming in to the Craft at the moment. Please make sure that they receive a copy of the Dodger and that they are invited to visit another Lodge soon after they have taken their Degree. I have tried to notify the District of Lodge workings 2 months in advance to help facilitate visits for new Members to the appropriate ceremonies.

Susan and I will be overseas from 6thSeptember to 17thOctober. During this time there will be 2 Installations which will be ably conducted by Dene Richards and Warwick Roberts. The Pukemiro Installation will be held 1 week earlier to enable me to be there.


Coming Up:


Tuesday 10thJuly – The Alpha Lodge No. 81 Grand Lodge Official Visit.

Thursday 19thJuly – Lodge Waikato No. 475 Installation of WBro Graham Hallam.

Friday 27thJuly –Masters, Wardens and Secretaries meeting. Details to follow.

Saturday 4thAugust – Lodge Parahaki No. 269 (Whangarei) Installation.

Thursday 9thAugust – Lodge Waitomo No. 469 Installation of Bro Moys SW.

Wednesday 22ndAugust –Lodge TeAroha No. 52 Grand Lodge Official Visit & 50yr Badge. 


Don Seath

District Grand Master.


From the District Grand Master May 2018

May 2018

April has been an eventful month starting with the Installation of WBro Bruce Brodie to the Chair of Lodge Piako on 5thApril.

The Waikato District ran a stand at the Waikato Showcase event at Claudelands from 6th-8thApril. This event again proved quite fruitful and was well received by the many people who stopped for a chat. I am grateful for the help I received from the 9 Brethren who gave up their time. I am convinced that the benefits of this activity cannot be measured in new members, but rather in terms of raising the public awareness of our organisation.

There were Official Visits to Lodges Pukemiro and Waikato, the latter to celebrate 50years of Paul Sutcliffe’s Freemasonry. Paul’s night was very well attended and a fine tribute him.

The Northern Division Conference was held in Auckland on the 21stApril. This Conference was one of the better organised and managed Conferences. I am sure that further improvements, particularly with registrations and voting, will follow in future Conferences.

On Sunday 22ndApril a presentation and luncheon for the winners of this year’s Waikato University Scholarships was held in the Alpha Lodge Rooms. Again, there was an impressive line-up of young people who I am sure will make a valuable contribution to our community.

The Waikato District Fundraiser for the Graeme Dingle Foundation has been boosted by a substantial contribution from The Potter Trust. The exact amount will be announced shortly and when a date has been finalised, an invitation will be issued to all Lodges to attend a function to formally hand over the cheque. A separate invitation will be sent out soon.


Coming up:

Tuesday 8thMay –The Alpha Lodge No.81 Installation of WBro Sam Annison.

Wednesday 16thMay – The Taupiri Lodge No. 118 Official Visit.

Monday 11thJune – The Beta Waikato Lodge No.12 Installation of WBro Ralph Evans

Wednesday 13th– Saturday 16thJune –Fieldays’


Don Seath

District Grand Master.




APRIL 2018

I received some valuable feedback from those who were present at the District Meeting on 27thFebruary. Unfortunately, there was only 1 Master Mason there, but I have been able to get some good information from MMs with the help of Marc Dresser at the TeAroha Installation. This information will go into a District Plan to retain members.

Sunday 4thMarch was a great day organised by Lodge Tawhiri at the Minogue Park Model Railway  to raise funds for the Graeme Dingle Foundation. This project is gathering momentum and will be supported by the Freemasons Charity.

The Waikato University Scholarships have been decided and will be awarded at the Alpha Lodge Rooms on Sunday 22ndApril at 11.30 am. The applicants were again of a very high standard. These scholarships are earning us a good reputation in the University.

I will be contacting some people for help in manning the Freemason’s stand at the Waikato Showcase at Claudlands from Friday 6thto Sunday 8thApril.

There have been 3 Grand Lodge functions in March – Lodges Waipa and Waitomo combined for a great night on 14thMarch, The TeAroha Lodge hosted us alongside the Northland District on 17thMarch and we combined again with Bay of Plenty in Rotorua to Install Jim into the Chair at the Waikato Lodge of Research. All very enjoyable occasions.

I regret to report the loss of John Waldron, PDist.GM. He died suddenly last weekend at his home in Tauranga.

Coming Up:

Wednesday 4thApril:                       Lodge Piako Installation.

6th, 7th& 8ThApril:                           Waikato Showcase – Claudlands

Thursday 19thApril:                         Lodge Waikato Official Visit. 50yr Badge presentation:

                                                            VWBro Paul Sutcliffe PDist.GM

Saturday 21stApril:                          NorthernDivision Conference, Auckland.

Tuesday 8thMay:                              The Alpha Lodge Installation

Wednesday 16thMay:                       The Taupiri Lodge Official Visit.

Please note: The Copernicus Meeting on 20thApril will not be an Official Grand Lodge Visit.

Don SeathDistrict Grand Master.

Speaking up for Freemasonry at the Waikato Winter Show

Left to right: WBro Martyn Todd, VWBro Don Seath, WBro Ralph Evans and Bro Bryan Bevege.

Getting ready to "Speak Up" for Freemasonry at the Waikato Show 6th-9th April 2018.

“The 3 days spent there, with help from an additional 5 Freemasons, was highly successful. A large number of people visited the

stand and took away pamphlets, wallet strips and booklets. Several promising leads for Candidates and re-joining Members were made."

Don Seath

District Grand Master


MARCH 2018

February was a quiet Month for the District but, there has been a lot of activity behind the scenes in most Lodges, making plans for the year ahead. There are encouraging signs of Candidates coming forward. With this in mind a District Meeting was held on the 27th February to ask the question: “How can Lodges ensure that new Members are receiving well planned and executed Mentoring?”

The meeting produced many good ideas and a small committee was formed to follow up on the suggestions. This will be chaired by Tony Dixon, District Education Officer. A summary of the meeting will be circulated.

An Official Visit to Lodge Nau Mai to present a 50yr Badge to Bro Noel Jones took place with the famous, warm, Nau Mai hospitality enjoyed.

Sadly, Lodge Nau Mai suffered the loss of Joan Street soon after the visit. Joan was a great hostess and stalwart of Lodge Nau Mai. She and Noel hosted many occasions in Taumarunui for the Waikato District. Our thoughts and prayers go to Noel.

On a happier note, Susan and I celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary in February.

Could all Lodges please send me their notice papers and their plans for the following month as well. This will help in publishing the Dodger in a more timely manner and help Lodges plan their visiting program.

Coming Up:

Wednesday 14thMarch:                   Combined Meeting of Lodges Waipa and Waitomo Official Visit.

Saturday 17thMarch:                       The TeAroha Lodge Installation of Bro Alan Wilkinson

                                                            and Northland District Official Visit.

Tuesday 20thMarch:                        Waikato Lodge of Research Installation of VWBro Jim McLaggan.

                                                            Bay of Plenty and Waikato Districts combine.

Wednesday 4thApril:                       Lodge Piako Installation.

6th, 7th& 8ThApril:                           Waikato Showcase – Claudlands

Thursday 19thApril:                         Lodge Waikato Official Visit. 50yr Badge presentation.

Saturday 21stApril:                          NorthernDivision Conference, Auckland.

Don SeathDistrict Grand Master.


I hope you have all enjoyed a good break from Masonic activities and spent some quality time with your loved ones. We certainly had a busy 2017, so the Holiday period has been good to re-charge the batteries.

2018 will be different. No new Lodge to be formed (that I know of), 2 less Lodges and a small influx of new candidates. Therefore, the emphasis this year will be to consolidate the gains by looking after the needs of our newer members. With this in mind, I am calling a District Meeting for Tuesday evening on the 27th February. I would like all Lodges to attend – Masters, Wardens, Officers and any other interested Brethren, particularly new members. The venue and agenda details will follow by separate notice. Please keep the date free.

In December WBro Peter Saunders was promoted to the rank of Grand Sword Bearer. He will be invested at the Divisional Conference in Auckland on the 21st April. Congratulations Peter.

2 of our stalwarts have been having too many visits to hospital during the holidays – Harry Pettit and Barry Bone. I hope you both recover soon to join us with your cheerful company soon.

The dress code for the summer months (February and March) and for daylight meetings is Lounge Suit.

Coming Up:

Wednesday 7th February: Lodge Nau Mai Official Visit to present a 50yr Badge to Bro Noel Jones
Tuesday 27th February: District Meeting.
Tuesday 6th March: Lodge Tawhiri Official Visit
Wednesday 14th March: Lodges Waipa and Waitomo Official Visit
Saturday 17th March: The TeAroha Lodge Installation of Bro Alan Wilkinson and Northland District Visit.
Tuesday 20th March: Waikato Lodge of Research Installation in Rotorua of VWBro Jim McLaggan.

Don Seath
District Grand Master.

New Beginning for Freemasonry in the Waikato

Nearly 200 Freemasons from all over New Zealand arrived in Hamilton over the weekend of October 14-15 to witness and officiate at the Constitution and Dedication of the new Lodge Waikato.

The membership of Masonic Lodges throughout New Zealand has been ageing and falling for decades. The Hamilton area had six lodges with about 300 members between them and there was a growing need to rationalise and to make the organisation more attractive to younger men.

Starting about 18 months ago an initiative driven by District Grand Master Don Seath and member Grand Steward Murray Loft has led to the disestablishment of three lodges, Te Marama, Hamutana and Hillcrest, the establishment of the new Lodge Waikato No 475 and the installation of its new 'Master'.

Seath said the initiative was not only a new grouping and a new centre but signaled a new way of doing things.

''We have talked about amalgamation for several years. It is very difficult to run a lodge when you get to fewer than 10 people. We've known for some time that something needed to be done - not a merger of lodges, but the establishment of a new lodge with a new set of objectives.

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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.


My Mother Lodge, TeMarama, held its last full meeting on 2nd October. It was a great night attended by 90 people who were treated to some interesting history of TeMarama, a cooked meal and an excellent Toast to the Lodge by Paul Sutcliffe. Many people have commented how important it is to preserve as much as possible of TeMarama’s magnificent Lodge Room. I guess we could say the same about King Solomon’s Temple.

Lodge Waipa held their Installation Meeting on 11th October with Bruce Brisco taking the Master’s Chair.

The New Lodge Waikato was Constituted and Dedicated on 14th October by the Grand Master, Mark Winger and his Presiding Officers. This rare ceremony, with all its pomp and colour, was attended by 170 people and was thoroughly enjoyed by all who came.

The Installation of the first Master Willy Willetts followed and 95 people celebrated both ceremonies at a Banquet in the evening. Highlights of the day for me were Ian Nathan’s Oration and Digger Tibby’s Address to the Brethren. These two Senior Brethren set the standard for us all to follow.

A Journalist was in attendance for most of the day and has produced an article to be published in the November issue of “Seasons” magazine. Seasons has a circulation of 30,000.

Lodge Hillcrest surrendered their Charter on 19th October with a short but dignified ceremony.

Coming up:

Saturday 4th November – Lodge Nau Mai Installation. Bookings and payment for Dinner are essential.
Monday 6th November – Lodge TeMarama Charter Surrender.
Tuesday 7th November – Lodge Tawhiri Installation.
Wednesday 15th November – The Taupiri Lodge Installation.
Friday 17th November – Lodge Copernicus Installation
Monday 27th November – Lodge Hamutana Charter Surrender
Thursday 7th December – Lodge Alexandra (EC) Installation
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.

"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.


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