Home from home: The City
of Dunedin

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 for 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.

Cystic Fibrosis One young man’s positivity enriches the Lodge

“There are plenty of people much worse off than me,” 18-year-old, cystic fibrosis sufferer, Dylan Booth told the members of Lodge St. Patrick...…


Bronwyn Halley “It’s About Time” for Bronwyn Halley

“I just love music. I love listening to it. I love singing to it. I love writing it. I love seeing people in the audience singing back to me a song that I have written. I think that’s very cool,” so says up and coming country singer and songwriter Bronwyn Halley. The talented young musician...


Michaela George Barnes Heading for the front line of political reporting

A hard-studying, hard-working and determined young woman with a head for politics and journalism, and harbouring a deep concern for the protection of innocents in the firing line, Michaela George-Barnes is this year’s winner of the Port Chalmers Marine Lodge bursary…


The Children's Christmas Party Children’s Christmas party steams ahead

Last year’s Children’s Christmas party was a bit of a wild affair and this year’s proved little different, with the youngsters being entertained with story-telling, sing-along songs, lolly scrambles, and presents from Santa Claus. This year every child was given their own personal kazoo…


kon award Stewart Stott – Freemasonry’s latter-day 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…




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