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About Us

PURPOSE STATEMENT

We are a unique members’ organisation which has thrived for over 300 years. Having no political or religious affiliations, we comprise members of all ages, races, religions, cultures and backgrounds. We gather in our individual Lodges throughout the country where we have ceremonial traditions which encourage us both to be more tolerant and respectful and actively fulfil our civic and charitable responsibilities; we also make time to eat, drink and meet together, and form lifelong friendships.

WHAT WE AIM FOR

Vision

To attract those from all backgrounds and walks of life, enabling them to develop into more thoughtful and confident people. To inspire and challenge them to practise the core values we celebrate – Integrity, Friendship, Respect, Charity – in their private and public lives. To cement our reputation as a force for good in our communities and society at large and as a thriving organisation that people aspire to join.

HOW WE WILL ACHIEVE THIS

Mission

Over the next 7 years, we will enhance our reputation as a thriving organisation that people aspire to join and broaden our membership across all age groups.

What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest social and charitable organisations. Its origins are believed to lie in the traditional ceremonies of the medieval stonemasons who built many of the world’s amazing cathedrals and castles. For freemasons today there are four important values that help define their path through life: Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity. Membership is open to any man over the age of 18 irrespective of their race, religion or social status. Freemasons meet at lodge meetings which are typically held in two parts. The first involves the lodge administration and working practises in a temple, a process made up of three degrees, each marked by a special ceremony. The second is a festive board, where members dine socially together with formal speeches and toasts. Making friends, contributing to society, celebrating tradition, learning and personal growth are all reasons to join Freemasonry. If you are interested please contact our District office who will be more than happy to help.

Our Values

Ideology
Building good people

Rather than working on buildings like the masons of old, today’s Freemasons focus on building themselves as people of integrity, and membership provides the structure to help achieve that goal.

Ideology
Building together

One of the oldest social organisations in the world, Freemasonry is not defined by an ideology. It is open to people from all religions and political persuasions, and provides the common foundation for friendships between members, many of which will last for life.

Ideology
Building unity

With a membership of more than 200,000 people drawn from communities across the UK, Freemasonry brings people together irrespective of their race, religion or any other perceived differences that can divide us as a society

Ideology
Building compassion

Kindness and charitable giving are deeply ingrained within the principles of Freemasonry. The organisation provides a support structure that helps members make positive contributions to communities and worthwhile causes through fundraising events or volunteer work.

Discover Freemasonry

Right Worshipful District Grand Master Richard Malcolm Taylor
District History

SOUTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND - DISTRICT GRAND LODGE

The District Grand Lodge was formed on 18 August 1973 by the amalgamation of the former Provincial District of Canterbury (1859), the Districts of Otago and Southland (1864) and Westland and Nelson (1870).


District Grand Lodge

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Canterbury was the first in New Zealand and held its first meeting on 19 July 1859. The District Grand Lodge of Otago and Southland was formed in 1864. The District Grand Lodge of Westland was formed in 1870 and became Westland and Nelson in 1920.

Lodges

Southern Star Lodge No. 735, - warranted 1858

Dunedin Lodge No. 931, - warranted 1862

Canterbury Lodge No 1048 – warranted 1864

Lodge of St John No 1137 – warranted 1865

Pacific Lodge of Hokitika No 1229 – warranted 1886

Greymouth Lodge No 1233 – warranted 1868

Lazar Lodge No 1689 – warranted 1877

Phoenix Lodge No 1690 – warranted

Winchester Lodge No 1737 – warranted 1877

Ashburton Lodge No 1811 – warranted 1877

The Conyers Lodge No 1916 - warranted 1879

Amberley Lodge No 2007 – warranted 1882

St Albans Lodge No 2597 – warranted 1895

Canterbury Royal Arch Chapter 1048

District Grand Master: Richard M Taylor (2017)

Deputy Dist. GM: John O Soper (PAGDC) (2020)

Asst. Dist. GM: Franz v Zoggel (PAGDC) (2020)

Dist. G. Secretary: Murray Tasker (2022)

Past District Grand Masters

1858 John Charles Watts- Russell

1868 William Donald

1884 Henry Thomson

1891 Peter Cunningham

1897 Richard Dunn Thomas

1905 Charles Dilworth Fox

1913 Matthew Stoddart Brown

1918 Norman Lindsay Macbeth

1931 Matthew Stoddart Brown

1935 John Ernest Purchase

1945 John Francis Hutchinson

1957 George Jobberns, CBE, DSC

1966 Donald Alexander Munro (resigned 1973)

1864 John Hyde Harris

1881 Thomas Sherlock Graham

1919 Joseph Skettowe Webb

1924 William Rowland Hayward

1935 John Jacobs

1941 John Simpson

1949 William Osborn Clark

1955 Leslie Edward Arthur Lord

1968 Edward William Pickford (later Dist GM SI)

1870 John Lazar

1880 John Bevan

1912 Jesse Steer

1945 Frank Benjamin Lawn

1949 Arthur Henry Boyce

1956 Maj. John Watson

1962 Robert John Shand-Smith

1973 Edward William Pickford

1974 Frederick Baxter Price

1988 J. Gordon Baines

1993 Geoffrey Kirk Friend

2003 Geoffrey Wayne Rowe

2017 Richard Malcolm Taylor