Volkner Commemorative Medal
May05

Volkner Commemorative Medal

The murder of the Reverent Carl Völkner in 2 March 1865 was a story about a clash of wills and beliefs in this turbulent time of New Zealand’s history, a story reminiscence of any modern contemporary war story. Both sides as of today still claim their actions were justified. THE MISSIONARIES The Māori name for the Anglican Church in New Zealand, te Hāhi Mihinare (the missionary church). Anglicans began missionary work among Māori in...

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A step back into history Part 3 The Kerikeri connection
Feb15

A step back into history Part 3 The Kerikeri connection

Its back a year from the last issue and its 1975. This date is significant because it’s the start of the Orange Lodge newspaper. Actually a herculean effort considering it was typed on a typewriter (no instant spelling and grammar checks) and consisted of 7 foolscap sheets which are probably 10% larger than our current A4 sheets of paper. Volume 2 of the Orange newsletter was published in June 1975, a few months late. It’s never easy...

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A step back into history Part 2 The Forward Movement
Feb08

A step back into history Part 2 The Forward Movement

Its 1976, and the order still has over 50 lodges spread throughout the country, yet there is the concern about the gradual declining membership. As the membership declines with natural attrition and old age, the influx of new members is not keeping pace. The concern about this gradual decline in the membership has been apparent by successive Grand Masters and finally a decision is made to be proactive, hence an appeal goes out for...

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A step back into history Part 1 The state of the Order
Feb03

A step back into history Part 1 The state of the Order

It is a sad fact that the order has been in a steady decline in New Zealand for a number of years. This series of articles will attempt to document the history of the order in NZ and show the highs and low and significant events that have happened over its 142 years to date. This first article in this series will start with period around the mid 1970’s, a time that the order appeared to be in good shape but was showing signs of worry...

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Message from the Grand Master 2012-2014
Jun12

Message from the Grand Master 2012-2014

Happy New Year to you all for 2014. I trust those of you with family were able to spend some time with loved ones and enjoyed what summery weather that there was. Of course it was also a time to share in the joy of the celebration of Christ’s birth and then later to face a New Year and contemplate how you spent the old year and consider how you might spend the new. The Order both here and abroad has not started well. I would guess by...

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Civic Welcome Address 2014
Apr28

Civic Welcome Address 2014

Civic Welcome Speech by Ross Robertson MP for Manukau East Address at the Grand Orange Lodge of New Zealand 71st Biennial meeting Greetings and acknowledgements. Welcome to all of you, and especially to our visitors: the Grand Master of Australia, State Grand Masters from Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, and our own delegates from all over New Zealand, from Whangarei to Invercargill. Let me start by greeting and acknowledging...

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