DISTRICT TEAM - HUTT WAIRARAPA DISTRICT
District Grand Master
Ed Robinson joined Westminster Lodge in 1989, and now also belongs to The Baden Powell Lodge, Research Lodge of Wellington, two other Research Lodges, two Royal Arch Chapters and a Cryptic Council. He has been Master of three lodges, and 1st Principal of one of the Royal Arch Chapters. His father and an uncle were Freemasons. Following University in Wellington Ed worked as an Actuary for National Mutual Life in Wellington, Melbourne and then again in Wellington until 2000, then worked as a project manager for an AXA company in England, followed by consulting work back in Wellington. (While in England he joined a lodge and enjoyed their weekly Lodge of Instruction). In retirement, Ed has worked for Scouting in relation to Brookfield Scout Outdoor Education Centre, and for Freemasonry in various roles, including the Museum, Archives, membership records, Master Mason education evenings, reporting and the review of ritual and ceremonial. He organised the 2012 ANZMRC Conference in Wellington, and has created a Masonic Digital Library for members of Research Lodges with over 6,000 files able to be searched. He became a Grand Steward in 2008, G Std B in 2013, and GDC for the Royal Arch in 2018. He is married to Margaret, with 3 children and 5 grand-daughters. Margaret interests include genealogy, quilting, Karori Arts and Craft Centre and the “Little Sprouts” Charity.
District Grand Director of Ceremonies
Steve joined Waikanae Lodge in 2007 and is also a member if Waihenga St John in the sunny Wairarapa. He has been Master twice and is currently looking to join another order. Following a RAF apprenticeship, Steve received a scholarship to attend University and spent many a happy year 'following the flag' on various tours around the world.
He came to New Zealand in 2003 and his last proper job was as Country Manager for Unisys New Zealand Ltd. He now runs a leadership training and coaching practice - doing work he loves with people he likes. When not doing things 'masonic', Steve is a volunteer Qualified Fire Fighter with the Greytown Brigade; the two pursuits keeping him fully occupied. He has a passion for film and photography, both making and watching. He has four children, three girls and a boy, and a long-suffering and very patient partner Chrissy. He has a favourite motto: 'I'm old enough to know better, but young enough to do it anyway.'
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