2017 Annual Sessions
Jun06

2017 Annual Sessions

The 73rd Grand Lodge Sessions of New Zealand was held over Queens Birthday weekend in Auckland over three days. These sessions was distinguished by three outstanding guest speakers: The first was by the Reverent Doctor Stuart M Lange from the Presbyterian Church whose presentation was called “Martin Luther and the Reformation, 500 years on”. The focus of the presentation was “…I want to remind you of what you know, and to explain...

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NZ Odyssey
Mar19

NZ Odyssey

A Trip From The Top To The Bottom Of NZ This is a report by Bro. Ian Mackey (PM Oxford LOL 213) and his wife who had a wonderful holiday in New Zealand in February and early March of this year. They drove the length of NZ from Piahai in the north to Te Anau in the south (a distance of 1,996.2 km by road Plus an interisland ferry or 1248.5 km if flying direct). “Thankfully the weather was kind to us. We visited Katikati – the Ulster...

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Part 4 of Why the Orange Order is struggling in New Zealand
Mar09

Part 4 of Why the Orange Order is struggling in New Zealand

Whats With The Orange Order In the last 3 articles we have covered the gulf between existing members and the younger population who are needed to preserve and continue the Orange Order in New Zealand. The relevant observations identified are: New Zealand is a secular country and religion is no longer a driving force for joining the order. In fact, practicing Protestant numbers are declining. The question for getting younger members to...

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Part 3 of Why the Orange Order is struggling in New Zealand
Mar02

Part 3 of Why the Orange Order is struggling in New Zealand

Is Social Media The Only Way To Talk To The Younger Generation? From last article (http://brch.me/op92) we made a number of observations: That the younger generation live in a mobile-on-demand world and communicate in a “SoMoVid” form (social media, mobile & video) fashion The indifference of the younger generation to following their parents example because only 36% predict they will be better off than their parents The majority...

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Part 2 of Why the Orange Order is struggling in New Zealand
Feb23

Part 2 of Why the Orange Order is struggling in New Zealand

How To Communicate With The Younger Generation Note from the author: We are producing this series of articles with the end goal of educating fellow Protestants as to the benefits of joining the order. Firstly if you haven’t read the first article then take the time to read the article at (http://brch.me/op91) From the feedback we have received it appears that attracting new members, especially younger members is not only a problem in...

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Why the Orange Order is struggling in New Zealand
Feb16

Why the Orange Order is struggling in New Zealand

Is The Orange Order A Religious Organisation? Most New Zealanders are religiously ignorant in contrast to the fact that 84 per cent of the world does identify with a faith or religion. New Zealand is a secular country, and as such we receive little or no religious education. To put this in perspective, the majority of New Zealander’s have no understanding of the causes of the Troubles in Ireland, or why the Middle East in such a mess,...

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