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Any Freemason visiting the charming City of Dunedin is assured a very warm welcome at Lodge St. Patrick. We meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Dunedin Masonic Centre, Manor Place (See What's on for details.) and we will be pleased to have you in our company...


The Irish Lodges in New Zealand

Ara Lodge No. 348 in Central Auckland is New Zealand’s oldest Freemasons’ Lodge. Lodge St. Patrick’s own historian, ‘Johnny’ Johnston, provides us with some background to all the Irish Constitution Lodges in New Zealand.


Dan Brown novels - A curse or a blessing in disguise?

Since The Lost Symbol burst into the book stores in a blaze of international publicity, much has been written, both in the world’s press and the various Masonic…


The ‘Invisible College’: father of The Royal Society

The origins of The Royal Society lie in an ‘invisible college’ of natural philosophers who began meeting in the mid-1640s to discuss the new philosophy of promoting knowledge of the natural world through observation and experiment, which we now call science.…



The charitable work of the Irish Freemasons


Around the world relief for the infirm, the less fortunate, or those merely requiring a friendly helping hand, is the philosophy that runs through Masons within the Irish Constitution. Indeed, charitable benevolence was a central pillar supporting the structure when, centuries ago, the first Freemasons' lodges were founded. In the 21st century, the …


The King and the Craft

Born in 1895 as the second son of King George V and Queen Mary (then Duke and Duchess of York), he seemed destined for a supporting role in Royal and national life. Like many previous younger sons he looked towards a service life and joined the Royal Navy. When the First World War broke out, unlike his older brother the Prince of Wales…


Baals Bridge Square

In 1830 a four arched, Tudor bridge over the River Shannon in County Limerick was being replaced. During excavation work for the new structure, a surprising discovery was made…


To our visitors from around the world,
welcome to the website of Lodge St.Patrick here in New Zealand, lodge number 468 on the register of the Grand Lodge of Ireland, Dublin.

Irish Freemasonry has been a part of the New Zealand community almost 175 years. It is the oldest fraternal order in New Zealand and, on this website; we hope that you will enjoy reading and learning the truth about regular Masonry, and about the contribution Freemasons make to the community, both in this country and around the globe.

new grandmaster The Changing of the guard

October in Central Auckland, and the wet shining streets of the city mirrored Jack Vettriano’s oil painting ‘The Singing Butler’ as, crowned with umbrellas, a zigzag ribbon of dinner-jacketed men, arm-in-arm with elegant women swathed in flowing, colourful evening attire, battled the elements to rendezvous…


Thomas Grey M.W.Bro. Douglas Grey - Grand Master

It was with considerable pageantry that the Grand Lodge of Ireland in Dublin installed its 44th Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Douglas Thomas Grey. Held at Freemasons’ Hall, the ceremony filled the spacious, and impressive, Grand Lodge Room to capacity…


kon award Alice in wonderland over award

Alice, a student of St. Hilda’s Collegiate School, is this year’s recipient of the 2016 Port Chalmers Marine Lodge Masonic bursary…


Chinese new year Chinese ladies thank the OMCT

Cruise ship passengers, tourists and any passers-by who ventured near Dunedin’s renowned Chinese Gardens on a sunny Saturday morning were wowed by an unexpected colourful, musical event when the ladies of the Dunedin Chinese Association provided a dazzling display of dance and yao gu…


kon award Stewart Stott – Freemasonry’s Robin Hood

One Past Master of Lodge St. Patrick who has taken Robin Hood’s concept of charity to a higher plane has to be V.W.Bro. Stewart Stott…


John G Remembering fallen Brother - L.Cpl. John Geary

The phrase “gone but not forgotten” could not have rung truer when, on 8 August 2015, a sizable contingent of Freemasons from the Irish, Scottish, English and New Zealand Constitutions, supported by family members…



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