We are a Protestant fraternity with members throughout the world. Autonomous Grand Lodges are found in Scotland, England, the United States of America, West Africa, Canada and Australia and of course New Zealand.
Our name comes from William III, Prince of Orange, and is kept because his victory over despotic power laid the foundation for the evolution of Constitutional Democracy in the British Isles.
Support for William of Orange in the British Isles led to the formation of Orange Societies to commemorate his victory at the Battle of the Boyne in July 1690, but the largest and longest lasting groups were the Boyne Societies in Ireland.
In 1795, following the culmination of attacks on Protestants in County Armagh at the Battle of the Diamond, in which Protestants routed those who had attacked them and attempted to burn properties, it was decided to form an organisation which would protect Protestants. This body, drawing on existing Orange Clubs in the neighbourhood, was named the Loyal Orange Institution.
In modern times the Loyal Orange Institution continues to function, with thousands of members others across the world. Today defending Protestantism is not so literal as it was in 1795, but it requires us to take a stand for truth in an age of secularism and in order to defend our culture and traditions.
We hope you will learn more about us and the Orange tradition of New Zealand through this website.
Many early members of the first Orange lodges in New Zealand were soldiers of the 58th and 65th Regiments who, when relocated around the North Island opened new Orange lodges. As more regiments came to New Zealand especially during the period of the New Zealand Wars many soldiers were Orangemen. Many of these soldiers obtained a discharge from their respective regiments and stayed in New Zealand
Table 3: Chronology of the Establishment of the Loyal Orange Institution in New Zealand.
|1843||First meeting of an Orange Lodge in New Zealand.|
|1867||Establishment of Grand Lodge of New Zealand- encompassed North Island only.|
|1870||Opening of Grand Lodge of the Middle Island.|
|1883||North Island Lodge changed its name to Grand Orange Lodge, North Island of New Zealand. Middle Island Lodge became known as Grand Orange Lodge, Middle Island of New Zealand.|
|1888||First Ladies Lodge opened in Wellington.|
|1908||Amalgamation of North Island and Middle Island Grand Orange Lodges, to become Grand Orange Lodge of New Zealand.|
Transplanted Irish institutions: Orangeism and Hibernianism in New Zealand, 1877-1910.
PJ Coleman – 1993 – ir.canterbury.ac.n