DIVISIONAL TEAM - SOUTHERN DIVISION
Brian Coutts is a geographer, surveyor and protected area planner who was been a lecturer in the National School of Surveying at the University of Otago for the last 25 years. Prior to that he has a central government surveyor/planner with the Lands and Survey and DoC and had spent a short time in private practice as a consultant. He will retire from full time employment later in 2017. Brian has contributed to his profession though being Chairman of the Surveyors Licensing Board, President of the NZ Institute of Surveying and the Commonwealth Assn of Surveying and Land Economy, and now is Chair of Commission 1 (Standards and Ethics) of the International Federation of Surveyors.
Brian joined Freemasonry in Hokitika in 1985. Moving to Dunedin he was a founding member of the United Lodge of Otago in 1988. He has held every office in his Lodge with the exception of Treasurer, being Master 3 times (1992, 1998, 2014). He was also the Centennial Master of the Research Lodge of Otago No 161. Having been promoted to Grand Lodge Office in 1999, he has been a Grand Steward, Asst Grand Director of Ceremonies and was District Grand Master of the Wickliffe District for 2006/08. Brian serves on the District Executive and fills in as District Grand Director of Ceremonies when required. He is Provincial Grand Master of the Royal Order of Scotland NZ South, and is a 30° Rose Croix PMWS, and is the DC for his Dunedin Chapter.
Grand Director of Ceremonies
I was born in Dunedin in 1951 and bred in Christchurch with schooling at St Martins and Cashmere High School. Since leaving school I have worked in sales and marketing for various local and national companies and currently own and operate my own on line sales business. I have been involved in Scouts as a Cub Scout Venturer Rover and leader and support this excellent organisation whenever possible. Jaycee took my interest for many years as did The Christchurch Tramping Club. For the past 40+ years I have been married to Susanne and we have 2 wonderful children pursuing their own careers as well as 2 grandchildren.
I joined The Crown Lodge No 138 in 1994 and have been Master 4 times as well as secretary for 6 years Grand Steward District Grand Director of Ceremonies and now Grand Director of Ceremonies. I enjoy my Freemasonry and in particular Speaking up for Freemasonry having been involved in the FAME project of 2004 and coordinating the South Island Live Life Lighter programme in 2009.
I believe firmly that inefficient leadership and a distinct lack of cooperation coordination and communication has led us into the current situation of the public not knowing who or what we are and that we have been the masters of our own destiny. Apathy is killing the craft faster than old age and it is time to wake up and start being publicly proud of what we do!! There are too many myths and critics who can only be silenced by good frequent publicity. I enjoy observing nervous young men being initiated and then watch their progress into confident well rounded citizens which is basically what Scouting and Jaycee taught me. The fraternal friendships are long lasting and without the support of my wife who enjoys most facits of Freemasonry I would be lost on the golf course searching for the 19th.
Remember Fun Fellowship & Freemasonry go together and come a long way before gold chains and titles.
Divisional Grand Master
Rob lives in Christchurch, but originally hails from Nelson before he moved to Blenheim where he was initiated in Wairau Lodge No 42 in 1972. He was commissioned into the Royal New Zealand Air Force and over the next twenty years served in various posts around New Zealand returning to Canterbury where he continued his RNZAF career, and later worked for the Ministry of Defence. Settled, he progressed through the various Freemason chairs and became Master of Lodge Malvern No 230. On relocating to Lyttelton he served as Master of United Forces Lodge No 245, and Masters & Past Masters Lodge No 130 in Christchurch, as well as working in several District and Divisional appointments.
He was promoted to Grand Rank in 2006 as District Grand Director of Ceremonies followed by six years as the Grand Superintendent of Works and a member of the National Finance Committee prior to being appointed the Divisional Grand Master - Southern.
Apart from serving in the New Zealand Armed Services, he trained and held registration as a Facilities Manager specialising in strategic asset and property management. Thérèse his wife is the Director of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand and is well known in Freemason circles, having developed and managed the Freemason Travelling Exhibition. She also advises on Freemason Museum matters.
Since a teenager, Rob has been an active motorcyclist and today continues to fettle and ride bikes both new and old and is a proud member of the Freemason based “Widows Sons”.
Click here to see Rob with his bike.
Born, raised, and educated in Whangarei. Spent approximately 25yrs in retail (department store management) and 25yrs as a stores administrator. I retired at the end of 2015. Married to Carol - 2 adult children, 5 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter. I did military service which was all territorial after National Service. I was a commissioned officer and I am now probably on the list of too old and defunct to serve list!
Initiated 1968 - Lodge Parahaki No 269 (Whangarei)
WM Lodge Koranga No 197 twice, currently Secretary/Treasurer
Past Dist GM - Midland District, currently District Ceremonial Preceptor
P First Principal - Timaru Royal Arch Chapter No 15, currently Treasurer
P Grand Lecturer
Thrice Illustrious Master Timaru Cryptic Council No 15 twice
AA&SR Rose Croix
Most Wise Sovereign twice
Order of the Secret Monitor
Supreme Ruler Te Awa Conclave No 44 twice
Past Grand Supreme Ruler of NZ
Past Chairman Midland Masonic Charitable Trust