Southern Division

PEGASUS & CANTERBURY PAGE- what's COMING UP, what's BEEN HAPPENING & what do you NEED TO KNOW in our COMBINED CANTERBURY DISTRICTS?  - It can all be found here!

(This first page simply lists the highlights or any changes to the various postings on your webpage, they are listed here in the order that they appear below on the main page.  Just scroll down to find the latest information or article you wish to view).

PLEASE KEEP US INFORMED ON WHAT YOU AND YOUR BRETHREN ARE UP TO:  If you or your Lodge have a Special Masonic Event, Social Occasion or Charity Event coming up and you wish to let all our brethren know about it, please email the details to me at:  so that the information can be posted on your website. 


Invitation to Upcoming Events:




refer to the posting below for further details.



Amberley Lodge Masonic Golf Tournament - Sunday 30th September 2018, 11am shotgun start.

To be held at the Amberley Golf Club, Amberley Beach Road, Amberley.

(Please refer to the full article below for the details of the invitation to participate from the Amberley Lodge). 


Early notice of the annual 50, 60 & 70 Year Badge Holders & Partners Luncheon - It is planned to hold this year's annual luncheon at The Elms on Papanui Road on  Friday 26th October 2018,  further details will be notified to all lodges in late July 2018, when attendee registrations will be called for. 




"Spud in a Bag for Charity Challenge" - Details of this years "Charity Challenge" out now (see below for details).

Planting & growing tips have been kindly provided by Morton Smith-Dawe

(see below for details)

This year, our English & Scottish Brethren have been invited to join with the New Zealand Brethren of our 20 Canterbury Combined District lodges to take part in this fun Charity event which proved such a success last year.


Congratulations to City Harvest Food Rescue - Celebrating the best of Canterbury Business:

Proud finalists in the Rata Foundation Champion Community Impact category.


Don’t be quiet in the cold this winter - Speak up and stay warm for Charity


Freemasonry on TV in New Zealand: Freemasonry in New Zealand has a regular show  "Speak Up"  on Sky Channel 083 FACE TV?  Tune in to  "Speak up"  on  Thursday's  at  8pm.

Speakup Weekly Interviews if you missed a programme and would like to view it just click on the links as listed in the article below.


Important District References:

The new Pegasus District Communications Officer:

How to apply for funding from the Canterbury Masonic Charitable Trust in three (3) easy steps:


Articles of interest from our members:

The Storm -  by W Bro. Warren Duff

A Daily Advancement - "Apron" - from Lodge Doric Brighton.

Many Flags under One Banner - by W Bro. Sam Rowntree.

A Token Symbol - by W Bro. Sam Rowntree.

A Band of Brothers - Freemasons on Parade.

180 Years of Freemasonry & 1500 Meetings on the Peninsula - by VW Bro Terry Carrell - P G Lec.


Past Lodge Events:

Lodge Idris No.452 - Alternative 3rd Degree.

Lodge Takahe No.397 - 50 Year Badge - November 2017.



Alpine Scooter Safari - 19th May 2018

Christmas Dinner Cheer from Lodge Takahe, The Freemasons Charity and City Harvest.

The Pegasus District No.25 “Spud in a Bag for Charity” - Weigh-in & BBQ - Sunday 3rd December 2017.


Departed Merit: - "May our brothers past, rest in peace"

W Bro. J (John) G H Latham - P G Std B - 4th July 2018.

W Bro. S G H (Hunter) McGahey - PGIG - 21st November 2017.

R W Bro. B (Brian) A Goodman - P Div GM - 15th October 2017.

W Bro. B (Bevan) W Olsen - P G Swd. B - 2nd September 2017.







Greetings Brethren,

A social function is to be held 27th October 2018 from 7.30pm to 11.00pm at the Shirley Freemasons Centre in the form of a  DINE AND DANCE.


This will be an evening of friendship and fellowship for all Canterbury Freemasons, their wives, partners and friends. 

The evening will take the form of, a SOCIAL HOUR,  a TWO COURSE MEAL


followed by DANCING - Good music (not too loud) has been arranged. 


BYO Refreshments 


This is an opportunity for all Freemasons AND THEIR FRIENDS to join together for an affordable social evening. 

All-inclusive cost is just $30 per person 

Tickets will be available shortly.  In the meantime, make up a party to attend what will be a most enjoyable event, with proceeds from the evening to be donated to the Shirley Freemasons Centre.

See you all there, fraternally Jim Gilmour - Organiser

Amberley Lodge Masonic Golf Tournament


Date & Time Sunday 30th September 2018, 11am shotgun start,18 Holes.

To be Held at:  The Amberley Golf Club, Amberley Beach Road, Amberley.

Cost:   $100.00 for a team of 4 which covers a meal at end of play.

A Social function will be held after completion of play, with prizes and raffles.

Entries or enquiries to W Bro. Ian James at:

Entries Close:  Sunday 23rd September 2018 for catering purposes.

Come and join us for a great day out!



2018 Potato Growing Challenge

The Masonic Lodges

“Spud in a Bag for Charity”

2018 Potato Growing Challenge.

Following a successful inaugural competition in 2017 for Lodges within the Pegasus District No.25, it has been decided to open the competition to all Lodges within Christchurch and surrounding areas.


The idea is simple.  Ten members of each Lodge will each grow a seed potato in a planter bag.  The individual donation to enter is just $5.00 for the seed potato and bag.

The potatoes produced will be weighed in on Sunday 2rd December 2018, with certificates of recognition along with cash prizes being presented to the winning Lodge and individual brethren in the following categories:

The prize winning Lodge and individual brethren can either donate their cash prize to our nominated charity for 2018, or have the money paid in to their Lodge’s benevolence fund for use in pursuit of their own Lodge’s charitable work.

Growing rules to be strictly adhered to:

  1. Each Lodge will be issued 10 seed potatoes + 10 growing bags.  A donation of $5.00 for each potato & bag ($50.00) will be paid to the District project organiser W.Bro Clive Fletcher to cover the cost of prizes, seed potatoes & growing bags, with the balance donated to our charity for the “2018 Potato Growing Challenge”.
  2. Only the “Liseta” seed potato provided is to be grown in the planter bag issued.
  3. The potato crop must be dug on or before 2nd December 2018, be clean and packed in the numbered bag provided with the handles tied and delivered to the organiser at the final weigh in to be held at the Shirley Freemasons Centre on the 2nd December 2018.



The potato crop and any donated cash prizes, plus the balance of the entry fees collected, will be donated to “City Harvest Food Rescue Canterbury” (registered charity CC53888) for distribution to the less fortunate in our society in time for Christmas.    For more information on this wonderful organisation please feel free to call John Milligan on 022 162 1104 or check them out at


Please confirm the interest of your Lodge to W.Bro Clive Fletcher by 30 June 2018 to enable the correct number of seed potatoes to be purchased for the event;

Phones:  03 347 8902  or  0275 382 630  or  email:


Our grateful thanks goes to Grant Dawe of Morton Smith Dawe Limited for his generous support in providing the “Liseta” seed potatoes for our “Growing Challenge”.  For all your seed potato and produce seed supplies please contact Grant and his team at Wigram Road, Halswell, Christchurch, on phone 03 322 8117 or check out



Planting & growing tips below are kindly provided by Morton Smith-Dawe.


•  Place your certified seed potato out in a dry area to allow sprouts to develop to approximately 1-2cm in length.

•  When seed is sprouted as above, mix Potato Fertiliser in to the soil (this protects potato sprouts from fertiliser burning) and plant the seed at a depth of approximately 10cm with sprouts pointing upwards.  Cover the seed potato carefully with soil, so as not to damage the formed sprouts.

•  As the seed potato grows, commence moulding soil around the potato plant when 5-10cm in height. This protects the potatoes from greening and insect damage, an additional side dressing of Potato Fertiliser can now be applied.

•  Water regularly ensuring the soil is kept moist and free from weeds.  When harvested store potatoes in a cool dark place to retain their freshness.

Congratulations to City Harvest Food Rescue

Celebrating the best of Canterbury Business:

The Westpac Champion Business Awards recognise and celebrate the excellence, innovation, and success of businesses and charities in the Canterbury Region. The Awards programme culminates in the largest business awards ceremony in New Zealand with numerous high-profile and over 1300 guests in attendance.

John & Janice Milligan


This year, our Charity, City Harvest Food Rescue, co-founded by John (JW Lodge Takahe No. 397) and Janice Milligan are proud finalists in the Rata Foundation Champion Community Impact category recognising registered charities and Not for Profit organisations doing exceptional work to provide help and support to those in need in Canterbury.  Vital to the success of our region, these organisations navigate unique challenges in their operations and as such this award recognises the commitment of these teams (both paid and volunteer), the drive and dedication of their boards, the strength of the links within community and the overall impact of the organisations performance on the community.


District 25/26 - Car Parking Fundraiser Project

District 25/26 project - Hazelden Business Park Car Park / Netball Parking

ONLY 14 weeks with one to go and we have raised


for our charity.

Keep up the great effort, it's fantastic to finally see all our lodges working together on one worthy project, thank you.

Lodge's next on duty:


  8.30am – 11.30am

  11.30am – 2.30pm

  25 Aug

   Avon Shirley No. 185 

 Still 2 Volunteers Required


Project: The District is raising funds by providing car parking at the Hazelden Business Park Car Park on Saturdays during the netball season. To make the event successful, the project requires 4 people in the morning and 4 in the early afternoon to man the gates and direct traffic.

Location: 14 Hazeldean Road, Addington.  It’s to the left off Lincoln Road, not far from the Hagley netball courts.

Roster: The District Grandmasters are supportive of a Roster system and based on the netball season, each Lodge is requested to complete one roster spot. This spreads the load and provides the opportunity for all to participate.  (Please refer to the roster which is listed below).

The Cause: We are raising funds for “Fill Their Lunchbox” a wonderful charity that provides lunches for children identified as in need. To see more about Fill Their Lunchbox see:

Organiser: W.Bro Dai Eveleigh is organizing the event and Lodges are requested to make contact with the names of volunteers (and phone numbers in case of bad weather or cancellation). Please contact Dai on 0220200750 or



  8.30am – 11.30am

  11.30am – 2.30pm

  25 Aug

  Avon Shirley

  2 Volunteers Required


Marty Gerken & Dave McCliskie

District Grand Master's - Pegasus & Canterbury Districts



Don’t be quiet in the cold this winter


Don’t be quiet in the cold this winter - Speak up and stay warm!


These hats are:




Freemasonry in New Zealand: On TV



Freemasonry in New Zealand: On TV


Did you know that Freemasonry in New Zealand now has a regular show  "Speak Up"  on Sky Channel 083 FACE TV?

We do  -  and you can tune in to  "Speak up"  on  Thursday's  at  8pm.

Don’t have SKY?  Don’t panic  -  you can still view the programme using the “on demand” facility at   Be sure to tune in and enjoy this wonderful opportunity.


Speakup Weekly Interviews if you have missed a "Speak Up" programme and would like to view it, just click on the links listed below:

Episode 5 -

Episode 4 -

Episode 3 -

Episode 2 -

Episode 1 -



The new Pegasus District Communications Officer:

Fraternal greetings brethren, I am Bro Dawid Jozwiak from The Crown Lodge No.138. As it's probably obvious from my unpronounceable name - English is not my native language. I was born in Poland and travelled around the world for nearly 15 years now. 

I am currently the Junior Deacon of my lodge and I'm trying to be as active as work and family commitments allow me to. I am a digital marketing expert with many years of experience under my belt. I enjoy history, geopolitics, extreme sports and travelling.

I will be helping with the District’s website page and I'm happy to assist any Brother with his digital or marketing needs.

If you need to get hold of me, feel free to contact me on Mobile 022 637 9564 or via email on

Many thanks, Bro Dawid Jozwiak




How to apply for funding from the Canterbury Masonic Charitable Trust in three (3) easy steps:

Brethren, have ever wondered how to apply for funding from the Canterbury Masonic Charitable Trust?  Here's how in 3 easy steps:

1. Email for the application form.

Complete the application form with as much information as possible. Remember to tell a story about the project, provide information about the organisation, who will benefit and why it will be of assistance.  You should include other additional information about the organisation, (eg. you may be able to cut and paste from their website).


2. Obtain two (2) quotes for the items that you want to fund.

This is important and shows that the price is fair and reasonable.


3. Provide the application form, the quotes and any additional supporting information to the Secretary of CMCT for submission to the trust.


If in doubt or need assistance, discuss it with your District Almoner or contact the Canterbury Masonic Charitable Trust secretary on Phones:  03 351 1404  or  0212 102 917.

Yours fraternally

W. Bro Dai Eveleigh

Trust Chairman


The Storm -  by W Bro. Warren Duff

Whilst this winter has not been as severe as others, I have recently experienced a hard frost that brought back to me a story that my mother told many years ago.  Her father, my maternal Grandfather was a Freemason at the St Bathans Lodge Central Otago.

The winter of 1920, I was told, was especially severe in Central Otago, moreover the tiny settlement of Drybread did not escape the heavy fall of snow and the eventual ice cap.  It was in these conditions that twin boys were born, premature.

  The house had no heating other than what was provided by the ubiquitous Shacklock Orion  coal range.  The mid-wife knew the premature babies would not survive unless they had constant and steady supply of warmth.


She saw the coal range as their incubator, there was nothing else; they would surely die in the extreme cold.  The mid-wife suggested they be placed in the coal range oven. 



This would require constant monitoring of the heat 24 hours per day, and that demanded responsibility.  Plenty of people to make it happen.

My Grandfather being a neighbour heard of the manpower plight and quickly put in train a roster of Freemasons, their wives and neighbours who all joined in the monitoring of the babies 24 hours per day.  I was told many walked many miles across the snow to the homestead to perform this life saving act.

The baby’s survived and grew into strong men surviving well into their 80’s.  I have actually met them.  It is a wonderful story of human endurance, of survival, of community spirit and neighbours being neighbourly and the local Lodge being seen to expose their tenet of service.

Following a storm in Auckland several months ago, the news covering the event caused me to shake my head as the TV interviewer asked a lady beside her badly damaged home.  “How did she manage to get along without power for 48 hours?  Yes two days without power.  The lady smiled and told the interviewer that she was a country girl and knew how to survive.  She knew how to cook a meal and live until the cavalry arrived.  That flick of spirit confused the TV interviewer who simply could not continue with any further questions.  She was knocked off her perch with the simplest of replies.  Adversity was a challenge not a problem so what if she did not have power, “there were others worse off.” Came the reply.

Today we have a large number of agencies established to assist those in need.  One of them is the benevolence of a Freemasons’ Lodge.  The trouble as I see it, few people know of its existence unless they are introduced to the convenor.  We seem to miss out on all media coverage, never mentioned not even in dispatches.

Perhaps the Speak Up Campaign will tell people who we are and put our name in the forefront of the their mind and make a call on us. But in saying this as Freemasons we need to be aware of situations that require our aid then, maybe, just maybe; we are worthy of comment.

That is when the meek, and unprotected require sustenance, succours and financial help then it will it become our finest hour.


Képtalálat a következőre: „scottish flag”Képtalálat a következőre: „new zealand flags”Képtalálat a következőre: „british flags”Képtalálat a következőre: „irish flag”


Many flags under one banner

Here in New Zealand we have a unique situation where we find that, not only do we share our districts, but in many cases we share our towns with other masonic constitutions. When the home of The Ashley lodge was destroyed in the Christchurch earthquakes little would we know that it would create an opportunity to develop a strong and lasting relationship with our brothers in The Amberley Lodge (English constitution)! This relationship has grown far beyond the simple use of their lodge building, we now share social functions on a regular basis, we have a joint church service once a year, and we have even used members of their lodge to provide catering and stewards for our installations.


With our eyes now open to the larger masonic family that our brother in the sister constitutions can provide, we have established relationships with the other constitutions within the Canterbury area. These regular visits and joint support has seen benefits in many different aspects of masonic life and have strengthened the craft in general across the Canterbury district. The recent ANZAC parade in Rangiora showed the strength of our masonic organisation within the town, when four different lodges from two districts and two constitutions assembled and marched together under a single Masonic flag. The variation in ritual and the different styles of regalia and dress make each visit a voyage of discovery. Being present at the English Tercentenary ceremony and subsequent banquet was one of last year’s highlights, “it’s just a shame that I will be a little over two hundred years of age by the time New Zealand Grand Lodge has the opportunity to reciprocate”.


In these days were membership is relatively low across freemasonry, I am reminded of that old proverb;  "That a single stick may break easily, but by gathering many together, it has a strength greater than the whole".  We should endeavour to embrace the opportunity to establish connections with both the blue lodges and red lodges from the other constitutions.  Together we can forge a strong and positive future for freemasonry here in New Zealand.






A Daily Advancement: - reproduced here by permission of Lodge Doric Brighton No. 236.


 The words of men, like all their possessions and activities, are subject to accident.  This word came into existence as the result of that type of verbal accident which etymologists call elision, which means the dropping out of something.  For centuries the word napron meant a white square of cloth, and from that term came such others as napery, napkin, and map; the phrase “a napron” was used so frequently that at last, and through elision, this became changed into the more easily pronounced “an apron,” and afterwards the “an” was dropped.

The Operative Mason’s apron was made of leather, and was designed to receive hard wear (usually it hung from his neck to his ankles); why was it then that a Speculative candidate is given a white apron?  When William Preston wrote his monitorial lecture he acted on the assumption that the colour symbolized innocence.  Historians of the Craft would not quarrel with Preston, but they might add the comment that it is white in the same sense that a sheet of paper is white before a writer begins to set down words upon it; which would mean, that it is white because he is a beginner.


A Token Symbol

A Token Symbol

offered for consideration and discussion,

by W Bro. Sam Rowntree  - PM Ashley Lodge No. 28.


Képtalálat a következőre: „masonic pins”                           Képtalálat a következőre: „masonic pins”                            Képtalálat a következőre: „masonic pins”


The symbols that are associated with Freemasonry are known across the globe;  They have been used by Hollywood and countless authors to sell their films and books, but how often are these same symbols used by us individually to promote freemasonry here in New Zealand.  How many members wear a masonic symbol on a regular basis?  A couple of people may wear a masonic ring, there may even be the odd embroidered jumper out there, but are we utilising symbolism to its full potential?  Just imagine if every freemason used a masonic emblem of some description to advertise more often?


It could be as simple as a masonic pin on your collar.  There are numerous versions of pins and badges on the market (most of them seem to originate from the USA), they come in all shapes and sizes and use various materials.  The history of pins dates back almost as long as the craft itself. During the second world war, freemasons within occupied Europe would wear the forget-me-not pin (allegedly Hilter’s favourite Flower), to secretly show that they were members of the craft, this in a time were membership of Freemasonry meant certain imprisonment and possibly death.  The broken pillar pin is traditionally given to the widow of a lodge so that they may be recognised as such.


Pins cost as little as $5 to $10, this has to be the simplest and most cost effective way to heighten the profile of Freemasonry within New Zealand.  When people recognise that you are wearing a masonic symbol their reactions can be mixed, but this is a perfect opportunity to educate the misinformed and to provoke a conversation with the curious.  There may well be times that you are approached by someone who you have known for some time and yet neither had any idea that you were both members of the craft.  So many times I hear that “oh that’s a freemason pin isn’t it, my father (or my grandfather) was a member of that”;  In this situation you might ask a simple question like ‘have you not thought of becoming a member yourself’?


You will be surprised by the number of people who notice that you are proudly wearing a masonic emblem and we should be proud.  It may be a small display, but it can make a big difference in promoting the Craft.


I invite you to make wearing a masonic pin part of your normal public routine and so be proud to "Speak up for Freemasonry".



A Band of Brothers - Freemasons on Parade

A Band of Brothers - Freemasons on Parade



Band of Brothers

The Anzac day parade in the town of Rangiora was a little larger than normal this year to commemorate the one hundred year anniversary of the end of the Great War. It was the second year that members of the Ashley Lodge (wearing their aprons with pride), had the opportunity to lay a wreath on the cenotaph during the Anzac ceremony.


The wreath party headed the procession (just behind the band), with the two masonic representative’s positioned front and centre.  The reaction from many at the site of the masons' apron was a mixture of intrigue and curiosity. (There is still a little mystery left within freemasonry, even in this world of total interweb knowledge).  This provided a great chance to engage in conversation regarding the merits of the craft.


This year it was decided to dispatch an invite for all brethren residing in or near Rangiora to join in the parade.  The result was that brethren from four different lodges, two districts and two constitutions assembled under a single generic freemasons' flag, in true rank and file.  This unit of smartly dressed and very distinguished members marched with almost military precision as the music of the local pipe band filled the air.  It was great to see that so many had made the effort to be a part of the parade.

As the last post sounded and our Masonic flag was ceremonially lowered, it showed that we had lost family in those terrible times and that the sacrifice made by our brothers would not be forgotten.  After due respect the flag was slowly raised and held high as the procession moved back through the crowded streets back to the RSA.

Our presence within the parade was noted by a great many people and the bearing of our members during the day gives true testimony as to the strength of character found within the craft.




180 Years of Freemasonry on the Peninsula - Phoenix Lodge No. 43

180 Years of Freemasonry & 1500 Meetings on the Peninsula - Phoenix Lodge No. 43

by VW Bro Terry Carrell - P G Lec.


1,500th Meeting.

Text Box: Figure 1. Bro Rev Michael Baker watches as W Bro Graeme  Curry (DC) and W Bro Tony Templeton (Master)cut the cake.The Phoenix Lodge No.43 celebrated its 1,500th meeting in April. Fittingly this was the passing to the Fellow Craft Degree of the Vicar of St Peters, Anglican Parish of Akaroa/Banks Peninsula. Fittingly, as it was the 2nd Vicar of the Church, Rev William H Cooper, who in 1876 formed the predecessor to the current Lodge, became its first Master, and who facilitated the construction of the rooms the Lodge uses today.

In true Phoenix tradition, the 1,500th meeting followed the rule of Fun, Fellowship and Freemasonry.  Grand Lodge was received and an ANZAC tribute given. As always, music was a highlight of the ceremony and after the passing, and a brief history presentation, all retired to a relaxed refectory sprinkled with formality included the cutting of a celebratory Cake. Some got home rather late!

Freemasonry in Akaroa started much earlier when Captain L’Anglois gathered other whalers then (1837) around Banks Peninsula to a meeting on his vessel Cachalot at anchor in Port Levy. L’Anglois purchased land in Akaroa and on his return to France proceeded to organise for a colony to be formed. He returned with the colonists as Captain of the Compte d’Paris arriving back in Akaroa 1840.

Text Box: Figure 2. PhoenixAgain, in 1842 he called a meeting on his ship and the following year, when the French Corvette, Le Rhin arrived in Akaroa (1843), a Lodge was formed under the Grand Orient of France. It is reported that in that same year a lodge room was built “by one of the immigrants named Etevenaux”. A full list of the members of that first lodge, Loge Francaise Primitive Antipodenne No. 86, is displayed in the rooms, at 160 Rue Jolie.

Text Box: Figure 3. Lodge Rooms at 160 Rue Jolie, Akaroa. 1876 hall to the left and 1963 extention to the right.The 1876 Lodge closed in April 1881, but in November that same year was resurrected as Phoenix Lodge No.1959 E.C. taking over the rooms so recently completed. Although added to and modified over the years, the core structure of that 1876 construction remains largely unaltered. In the refectory, added in 1906 and extended in 1963, one can enjoy the warmth from the fire place added in that 1906 modification. The lean-to that forms the current entry hall is part of the 1963 modification while the kitchen area has undergone many modifications, the latest being in 2005.

Text Box: Figure 4. Much of the furniture is original.The rooms came through the earthquakes almost unscathed. They continue to be improved with modernisation of services including heating, rewiring, insulation and roof maintenance. In the Lodge Room, attention has been paid to preserving many original aspects and furnishings. Phoenix, as the name might imply, uses the past as a launching pad to the future and will continue to modernise while preserving its history and foundation.



Lodge Idris No.452 - Wednesday 22nd November 2017

An alternative 3rd Degree for Lodge Idris Brother Johnny Hughes was ably assisted by Brethren of Lodge Takahe No.397.  Congratulations Bro. Hughes we look forward to your progress in the craft.


Lodge Takahe No.397 - Tuesday 21st November 2017

W Bro. J A Barlass (Jack) was presented with his 50 year service badge by the District Grand Master of the Pegasus District V W Bro. A M Gerken, on the evening of Lodge Takahe No.397 last regular meeting.  Jack received his 50 year service badge on the anniversary date of his being initiated into Lodge Takahe 50 years ago on the 21st November 1967.


Lodge Takahe members were not only privileged but were very happy to share this special evening with 15 members of W Bro. Barlass’s immediate family, who of course could not fail to be interested in the organisation that has been so important to Jack, that it has been such an integral part of his life for 50 years.  Congratulations Jack!



Alpine Scooter Safari - 19th May 2018

You’re not here to enjoy yourself, you know!


            Rob                    Jim                    Ben                    Ian                      Sam


A Freemason Team made up from four different districts (including two divisional Grand Masters) took part in this year’s Tranz Alpine Scooter Safari.  The event involves riding 250 km’s from Christchurch to Hokitika on 50cc Scooters to raise funds for the New Zealand Cancer Society.  It was billed as “It's not for the faint hearted” and certainly lived up to its reputation.  It wasn’t just hard on the riders, as the tiny machines where pushed well beyond anything they were designed for, made evident by the steady rate of mechanical attrition throughout the day.


It began with two records for the Mike Pero Motorsport Park, firstly the largest number of motor vehicles ever recorded racing at the same time (270) and second the slowest race in the circuit’s history. Out on the open road our four man team made its way across the Canterbury plains and soon enough found the Sheffield Pie Shop and the first chance to refuel both man and machine. There was even enough time for a little TLC for one of the bikes.


From here battling a head wind found it was difficult to maintain any kind of speed at all and that was before we even reached Porters Pass. Testing the gears and using all the power we could find we made our way steadily upwards at little more than walking pace. The relief of making the summit evident on more than one or two of the competitors faces.


A short break on the shores of Lake Lyndon, then on through the pass. It’s not until you attempt the ride through the Alps on a 50cc bike that you realise just how often the gradient changes. At least we got a chance to see the beauty that road through mountains has on offer.


Lunch in Arthurs Pass village was very welcome. Unfortunately the thought it being all downhill to the finish was short lived, as we first had to climb our way to the head of the pass. Descending the over the viaduct would be a test of nerve on 30 years old bikes, on skinny tyres and poor brakes. With the rain setting in the road down to Kumara would offer a few more challenges before the end of the day.


A final short break before the last 20 km’s along the coast, reaching Hokitika a little over 9 hrs from the start.  I am pleased to report that all five team members and their machines arrived safely at the finish, albeit slightly damp and feeling a little worse for wear.


The Six previous events raise just over $789,000 and with the addition of this year’s event, an amazing $320,000 that brings the figure up to a grand total of $1,109,000. With the money still coming in they expect that figure to surpass $1,120,000.

There is still time for you as an individual or your lodge to make that figure even higher. So if you haven’t already done so please donate what you can into the events account, every little helps.

Widows Sons Charity Account BNZ 02-0876-0001948-03

All money raised goes to the Cancer Society for scientific research and cancer patient support.


For more photos visit the Safari face book page at





Christmas Dinner Cheer from Lodge Takahe, The Freemasons Charity and City Harvest

This Christmas the brethren of Lodge Takahe No. 397 along with the Freemasons Charity and City Harvest joined forces to help the hungry. Together they provided a Christmas meal to 50 needy families through Christchurch, so that they quality food items to cook in their own homes. Some of the food was collected from South City New World while the other items came from the City Harvest food bank. The packages contained a frozen chicken, stuffing, gravy, Christmas pudding, Lindt chocolates and fudge.

Christmas has come and gone for another year and for many this time of joy and togetherness is often marred by stress and hardship. We have all heard of those heart wrenching stories of parents who want nothing more than to provide their children with a truly magical Christmas. Stories of mothers trying to protect their children from the social stigma of poverty turning to the last bastions of charitable services to ensure that their children don't go without the bare necessities.

In an attempt to provide a little bit of Christmas joy and relief to those most vulnerable in our communities, the Brethren of Lodge Takahe No. 397, with the assistance of The Freemasons Charity, partnered with City Harvest to provide a Christmas meal in the homes of 50 families throughout Christchurch. Working with Janice – from City Harvest –  and the owners of South City New World, we were able to acquire food items that would allow these families to make a Christmas meal in their own homes (e.g. frozen chicken, stuffing, gravy, Christmas pudding etc). Purchased by Lodge Takahe this food was then supplemented with various luxury items (e.g. Lindt chocolates, plunger coffee) that had been collected by City Harvest in the weeks preceding Christmas.

To ensure that these hampers were distributed directly to the homes of those most in need throughout the entire city, the community centres who work closely with City Harvest provided Lodge Takahe with the names of families they serve. Whereby allowing Lodge Takahe to remove ourselves from the process in determining where these hampers would be gifted. This blind charity ensured that the Christmas hampers were to be delivered to those most truly in need. Even before the first of these hampers had been delivered we were already receiving fantastic feedback from the community centres, with one family who we had contacted calling the team at their local community centre to say how grateful she was that we had contacted her and that she “is now able to provide her children with a Christmas meal.”

On what would have been our usual Standing Committee evening the Brethren and wives of Lodge Takahe assembled at the City Harvest premises to pack these food hampers for distribution directly to the recipients during the second week of December. The pure sense of joy and heartfelt gratitude that flooded across the faces of the recipients when we greeted them at their door was truly moving and humbling. It is proof that charity is twice blessed, for I am sure that all those who participated in some act of giving over the holiday season has received some joy from it.



The Pegasus District No.25 “Spud in a Bag for Charity”

Potato Growing Challenge.

The official potato Weigh-in & BBQ was held

on Sunday 3rd December 2017 at the Shirley Freemasons Centre

And the Winners are???

LARGEST INDIVIDUAL CROP @ 2.084kg - W Bro. Dale Brown - Southern Cross Lodge No.6

SMALLEST INDIVIDUAL CROP @ 0.027kg - W Bro. Mark Luxon - The Avon Shirley Lodge No.185

LODGE WITH LARGEST TOTAL CROP @ 7.371kg - Brethren of The Southern Cross Lodge No.6


We trust that the real winners in this are the individuals and families in need, who are assisted by our chosen Pegasus District Charity - "City Harvest Food Rescue".

To the masters and brethren of the participating District lodges, thank you for your efforts.  We've had some fun and laughs and at the same time donated 45kg's of new potatoes and hand over cash in excess of $500.00 for John and Jan's team of volunteers at

 "City Harvest Food Rescue".

 Well done to all who took part!



To the 40 or so brethren, partners and families who joined in the celebratory social hour and BBQ lunch held at the completion of the official weigh in, thank you and I trust you all enjoyed our time together.

By the sound of some of the discussions I heard on Sunday during our BBQ lunch, there are some brethren who are already planning their next years challenge, to better their efforts of this year.

Maybe as one brother suggested, Sheep Nuts are just the thing needed for a winning crop!





W Bro.  John Gordon Hewart Latham  P G Std B

29th December 1934  - 4th July 2018  

Farewell to our dear friend and Brother.

Brethren, with deep sadness I advise that W Bro. John Latham  P G Std B, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday 4th July 2018.


W Bro.  S G H (Hunter) McGahey - PGIG

25th January 1934 - 21st November 2017

May you Rest in Peace Hunter.


It is with sadness that we note the passing of or beloved Brother,

Worshipful Brother Samuel George Hunter McGahey - Past Grand Inner Guard,

to the Grand Lodge above, on Tuesday 21st November 2017, aged 83 years.

Dearly loved husband and best friend of Faith for 57 years.

Hunter was initiated into The Crown Lodge No.138 on 7th September 1967,

and Installed as Worshipful Master 7th December 1993.



Passing of RW Bro B A Goodman - P Div GM

RW B A Goodman P Div GM


 On behalf of the Divisional Grand Master Southern RW Bro R M Angelo, it is with sadness I report that RW Bro Brian Goodman ID 7335, Past Divisional Grand Master Southern,  after a short illness, passed to the “Grand Lodge Above” on the evening of Sunday 15th October 2017. 



W Bro. Bevan William Olsen - P G Swd. B

4th July 1929 - 2nd September 2017

Initiated - The Crown Lodge No.138 - 21st January 1954

Master - The Crown Lodge - 5th December 1967, 5th December 2000, 3rd December 2002

Farewell Brother may you R.I.P.

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