DISTRICT TEAM - WAIKATO
District Grand Director of Ceremonies
I joined Masonry in 1986 in Lodge Rangioawhia. Master of Rangioawhia 1990. Master of Waipa 2007,2008,2013,2014. Master Lodge of Research 2017. Cryptic Secretary 2017 -current. Member of Grand Lodge and Grand Chapter.
20 years employment in the Dairy industry ending in management, then private industry, now retired. Father of 4, grandfather of 8 and great grandfather of 2.
My interests are boating and acoustic music.
District Grand Master
Michael is recently retired after a 44 year career in education, over 20 years of which were spent as a secondary school principal in Southland and Hawkes Bay.
Born, raised and educated in Hamiltonhe taught for 23 years in Central tage and Southland followed by a 15 year stint in Dannevirke. The last six years wer in the MoE in Hamilton. Married to Kathy for almost 43 years, has two daughters, Aimee and rachel, and very recently his first grandchild, Thomas.
Initiated into Lodge Taringatura No. 100 in 1992, a member of Lodge Rawhito No.66 and Hamutana No. 437 and now in Lodge Waikato No 475. Activeli involved in the restoration of cars and motorcycles, travel, lodge and gardening.
Jeremy has a computer support business and an Internet Service provider business based in Te Kuiti.
He was initiated into Lodge Waitomo 469 in March 2009 and became a past master here at the end of 2016 and now he is currently secretary.
After Joining The Waipa Lodge early 2019, became Master in October 2019. Is married to wife Coral and has 3 step children and 3 grandchildren. He is also involved with Legedary Te Kuiti committee and also the New Zealand Shearing Championship committee.
I was born in Palmerston North, and moved around New Zealand with my father’s occupation (Ministry of Transport) living in both the North and South Islands. My working life saw me employed by Inland Revenue (just short of forty years) in Takapuna and the bulk of my career in Hamilton with numerous long term secondments to Wellington and Manukau. Now retired, this gives me time to do the things I enjoy – Freemasonry being one of them.
My father was a very active Mason, so I was raised, from a very young age, in a household well versed to Masonic activities. My own Masonic career, so far, has covered 42 years. I am an active member of Lodge Waikato No. 475, Tawhiri Royal Arch Chapter, Waikato Cryptic Council, the Waikato Sovereign Chapter of Princes Rose Croix, and the Waikato Sovereign Council of A&A Scottish Rite.
I have been married to Carolyn for 42 years and we have three adult children (two in Hamilton, and one in Omokoroa) who between them have given us seven wonderful grandchildren
Don has gained huge benefits from Freemasonry in the influence it has had in his life. He is keen to use the skills he has gained to help the Waikato District adjust to the changing needs of future Freemasons.
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