DISTRICT TEAM - OTAGO LAKES DISTRICT
Member of Lodge Manuherikia Kilwinning 109; also a member of the Research Lodge of Otago 160 and of Lodge St Patrick 468 IC. Grand Steward 2013 - 16.
My wife Carolyn and I have owned and operated Cooneys Clothing & Footwear in Alexandra since December 1995 although our daughter Amy and her husband Hendrik have managed the business for us since the start of 2014.
I am presently employed full-time in a local accounting practice.
Carolyn and I have four children and seven grandchildren - three of our children and five of our grandchildren presently reside overseas.
Sporting pursuits include golf, curling (represented NZ in the World Senior Curling Championships in 2012 (5th place) and in 2013 (2nd place)), rowing, walking.
District Grand Master
Originally from the large Island to the west of New Zealand, Will Spry is a company director of his fly fishing guiding business, based in the Mackenzie Country, near Mt Cook, since moving over the ditch in 1993. Initiated into Lodge Kurow 164 in 2004, he has enjoyed his time serving his lodge and community through Freemasonry.
Wife Shelley, and his two teenaged boys also keep him busy during the year. With a love of the outdoors being a key focus of his business as well as his personal life, the Southern Alps are a great setting for his outdoor pursuits, including alpine skiing, hunting, rafting, tramping and of course, fly fishing for trout. His other passion in life is music, with the clarinet being his main focus, but also a love of a capella singing and playing the piano for a bit of fun.
District Grand Director of Ceremonies
Born in Oamaru; lived & farmed the family farm at Otekaieke (sold farm 1989). Started a tourist venture in Oamaru 2000; operated the “Penguin Express” for seven years and now owns/drives the Oamaru to Dunedin Shuttle.
Joined Lodge Waitaki No 11 in March 2004 - Master in 2012, 2013, & 2014. Currently Master of Lodge Oamaru Kilwinning 82. Joined Lodge Kurow 164 being my late father’s Mother Lodge (I am currently Junior Warden at Lodge Kurow).
Also a member of The Order of the Secret Monitor, Waitaki Conclave No 23 (currently GDC).
I joined The Cromwell Kilwinning Lodge 98 in 1979; was WM in 1986 and then again in 2013 and 2014.
I believe that Freemasonry is as important today as it ever was.
There is only one thing in Freemasonry that matters and that is Membership - looking after existing and seeking out the new.
Young men need of a sense of belonging, they need structure; Freemasonry can help develop self-esteem and help to build confidence.
I am a Company Director of Home Safe Queenstown Ltd.
I am married to my best friend Jill for slightly over 40 years.
We have two children and 5 delightful grandchildren.
I have an overly enthusiastic interest in gunpowder and petrol, thus a passion for firearms and classic cars.
Sometimes I play golf, but mostly I just hit a small white ball and head off in the general direction I thought it went.
We have a Great Dane and a West Highland Terrier - these guys are our personal trainers and a great source of entertainment.