Southern Division
HOW TO BECOME A FREEMASON
HOW TO JOIN

Freemasonry has never been simplier to join. It offers a rewarding and unique experience for men from all walks of life.  Membership is open to all men aged 21 years or over, although some 18 year olds can apply if they have a father as a member. Like many membership organisations, there are certain prerequisites that potential members must satisfy when applying to be a Freemason. To become a Freemason a person needs to:

*Be a Law abiding person;
*Have a belief in a Supreme Being; and
*Have made his decision to join Freemasonry by his own free will and not for any personal gain or reasons of idle curiosity.
*As Freemasonry offers many unique benefits, these prerequisites ensure that those who join get the most out of becoming a Freemason.

if you think you can satisfy these few requirements and are interested in joining Freemasonry, there are three ways in which you can apply to become a Freemason.


APPROACH A FREEMASON YOU KNOW

If you know of a Freemason, maybe a work mate, neighbour or reletive simply let him know that you are interested in joining.  All freemasons will be happy to talk to you about membership. They may even offer to become your 'nominator'  and make arrangements for you to become a member of his Lodge.


CONTACT US IF YOU WANT TO JOIN A LODGE

Use the contacts form on this web site, explain a few things about yourself and we will put someone in touch with you. Easy as that!


CONTACT FREEMASONS NEW ZEALAND HEAD OFFICE

If you do not know any Freemasons, you are welcome to approach Freemasons New Zealand, Head office in Wellington. The helpful staff there will put you in touch with the right person in the area you want to join. here is their email  You can Telephone (04) 385-6622.


THE INTERVIEW PROCESS

Once this process has started you will be required to attend an interview and certain questions will be asked pertaining to your application. This is a standard procedure and gives any potential member an opportunity to meet with members of the Lodge and ask any questions he may have about Freemasonry. Provided that you and the Lodge are satisfied with the interview, a date would then be arranged for your admission into Freemasonry.


EXPECTATIONS OF MEMBERS


Having joined Freemasonry there are several criteria that are to be respected by members. As Freemasons come from all walks of life, members are expected to interact with each other free from religious or racial prejudice.

Of course there will be some initial and ongoing cost involved but it usually isn't as much as say your local Golf membership, your contact will tell you the fees for being a member.


FREEMASONRY IS NEITHER A RELIGION, NOR IS IT INTENDED TO BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR RELIGION.

Its philosophy is designed to encourage its members toward self improvement.

Members are encouraged to support Masonic Charities which perform valuable services throughout New Zealand

A Freemason is required to pay annual membership fees to his Lodge and to the Grand Lodge of NZ. A joining fee is also charged by most Lodges. The average yearly cost to members varies between Lodges however the fees are explained to potential members before joining.


INFORMATION PACK


Information is available, either from us or Freemasons New Zealand, you just have to ask