Welcome to the launch of our Northern Division Website. The launching of this site brings us into a common format with the other two Divisions in New Zealand and has the potential to significantly increase our information and knowledge sharing in Freemasonry, not only in the Northern Division, but throughout New Zealand in general.
There has been considerable procrastination in recent times and I am now delighted to present the new format of the Divisional website to you all. As you search through the site you will find there are still a number of areas where we have work to complete and we must work together to finalise those sections to enable us all to maximise the benefits and information that is available.
I am indebted to W Bro Russell Pratt, for his work in making this happen and VW Bro Graham Houston, who will be our Northern Division communications representative monitoring progress and driving updates to ensure we have timely and useful information throughout our term of office.
It is now four months since my installation as your Divisional Grand Master and unfortunately my term has commenced with some personal distraction. Firstly, just after the Christmas recess I developed a kidney stone and blood infection which impacted my ability to fully engage. Then secondly, my relocation from Auckland to Hamilton has also caused a major commitment of time and energy as we have moved to a new house and community. However, we are now well settled in Hamilton and my attention will again return to my Masonic commitments.
There are exciting times ahead, which I am sure will also bring challenges for us as we deal with the immediate, and prepare for the longer term future of Freemasonry in New Zealand.
Many will have already had the opportunity of meeting the Grand Master as he embarks on his journey of closer engagement with the districts and local lodges and the promotion of his “Speak up for Freemasonry” campaign. He has committed to a rigorous campaign of district visits and attendance at special occasions throughout New Zealand, including the Northern Division. I look forward to your support when he is attending activities in your district.
Final arrangements are now in place for our 17th Divisional Conference, being held at Alexander Park in Auckland and I look forward to that event. The keynote session at the conference will be a full explanation and demonstration of this Northern Division website and I am sure you will be amazed at the potential and features the website has to offer.
I look forward through a commitment to the use of this Website, and personal visits to your districts and functions, to improving our communications and keeping you informed of Divisional activities in the future.
RW Bro Gary Salmon
Divisional Grand Master