DISTRICT TEAM - EASTLAND-RUAHINE DISTRICT
District Grand Master
District Grand Director of Ceremonies
Paddy was initiated into Lodge Parirua No 423 in August 1994 and resigned clear in 2002 due to a posting to a remote part of South Westland. He joined Lodge Rawhiti No 66 on 16 October 2016 after moving to Dannevirke with his wife Ngaroma and has just completed two years as Master of that Lodge. During his time as Master he was honoured to lead the Rawhiti Lodge’s 125th Anniversary celebrations and to be a part of the first Masonic Lodge meeting to be held on a Marae, at the Makirikiri Marae in Dannevirke.
Having completed a three year NZ Forest Service Woodsman Training course Paddy joined the NZ Army as an Infantryman in 1967. During that time he served two postings to South East Asia including a year in Vietnam. During his time in the Army he had many different postings within New Zealand and finally retired from the Army in 1987 after 20 years service. Paddy has subsequently been employed by the NZ Police, Department of Conservation and various Councils in many interesting roles. He is currently employed as the District Resilience Manager for the Tararua District Council based in Dannevirke.
Paddy's interests include, acoustic instrument making (lutherie), tramping, gardening, music, fishing and of course Freemasonry.
Graham was initiated into Eleanor Cross 7033 EC by his father, uncle and grandfather in 1989. After emigrating to New Zealand, he joined Empire Fergusson 225 in Wellington.
He moved to Waipukurau in 2004 and joined Woburn 25 and became master in 2007, 2010 and 2013. He was invested with his master's apron, worn by his grandfather and father, by W.Bro Frank Bundle, his father. He is still a member of all 3 lodges. He is married to Sally. He is employed by the local lines company where he manages the electricial division.
Nigel was raised on 26 February 2001 in Lodge Haeata No 272, Hastings, and (interestingly, after a period of 7 years and 7 months) installed as Master in September 2008. He joined Hawke’s Bay Research Lodge No 305 soon after being raised, serving two terms as Master in 2013/14. In addition, he enjoys membership in the Rose Croix, the SRIA, and most recently the Royal Arch. Nigel finds the fellowship that Freemasonry offers most agreeable. He enjoys the challenge of the ceremonial work, strongly appreciating its allegory and symbolism. Nigel has served for a term as Grand Steward and a term as District GDC. His other interests include trout fishing, cooking, vegetable gardening, reading, and cryptic crosswords. Nigel retired from full-time work in 2018 after a career in teaching Mathematics and Computing in secondary schools here and in the UK. Nigel & Barbara married in 1973 and have two sons and a daughter, now in their thirties. Thus far, they have been blessed with four grandchildren.
Born in and attended school in Feilding. From a family of 5.
Wasn’t a good scholar academically only because sport got in the way.
I excelled at Athletics and Rugby both primary and secondary school and achieved some good results. The latter years actually trialed for Manawatu with Sammy Strachan and Gary Knight who both went onto play for the All Blacks.
After leaving school I became an apprentice Mechanic in Feilding which in those days involved attending night school 2 evenings a week and 1 afternoon a week. After completing my apprenticeship continued for another 2 years working on Triumphs, Rovers and Landrovers which I enjoyed immensely, but finely the outdoors won.
I took up shepherding with my 1st position in the Pohangina Valley just north of Feilding for 4 years. No motor bikes in those days, all on horseback with a team of dogs. It took a month’s wages to pay for my 1st saddle.
From there I took up a Head Shepherd’s position at Totara Hills in Tikokino for 2 years. This was stud sheep and Angus cattle, then I moved to the outskirts of Havelock North. I took up my 1st Manager’s position for the William’s Family for 8 years.
Then over to Rotorua as Operation’s manager on 8,500 acres for 2 years before coming back to the bay. Presently I am self employed in farming and still working full time and still enjoying breeding cattle and sheep.
I still hold a Classer’s Registration for wool Classing and have completed all my Management papers for farming plus Advanced Business Management.
I still enjoy riding horses and Hunt with the Hawkes bay Hunt but not a serious rider. I supervise the farm at the Hunt property, have been a committee member for 10 years, 8 of these as Treasurer.
My Masonic career started by joining Lodge Haeata in 2002, raised in 2003 and progressed through the ladder and was Master in 2013.
I was also involved in Royal arch and installed as 1st Principal in 2018 plus I am still a member of the Heretaunga Lodge. I enjoy meeting new people and the Charity side of Freemasonry.
I have been extremely grateful for Lyn’s support both at Lodge and my farming career and I try to assist Lyn with her riding and her Nurse Consultancy work.
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