About Freemasonry

Freemasonry is a diverse and complex organisation. It is very old, it's origins lost in time. The first written evidence is dated from England in the 14th century. The Grand Lodge of England was formed by four Lodges in London in 1717.Grand Lodges were formed in Scotland and Ireland in the years following. Freemasonry subsequently spread around the world with the growth of the British Empire.

It is accepted that its origins stem from the "Lodges"of stonemasons attached to the building of castles and cathedrals in medieval times. But the reasons behind the rise of Freemasonry in the general population later are generally attributed to the changes in society at the time of the enlightenment with the growth of secularism, the scientific age and the recognition of the rights of the individual.

Freemasonry came to New Zealand with the early settlers, the first Lodge being formed in 1842, and most towns soon had a Lodge.

The Grand Lodge of New Zealand also known as Freemasons New Zealand, was formed in 1890

                                                                  "Freemasonry takes good men and makes them better".

Freemasonry is founded on principles of tolerance, care, kindness, honesty and trust. These are timeless values that are as relevant to the world today as they were 300 years ago when the organisation was established. The principal aim of Freemasonry is the promotion of universal and lasting happiness for all people. To help us in this endeavour Freemasonry has a registered charity. It does significant charitable work in the community but charity is just one part of the teachings of Freemasonry.

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What is Freemasonry?

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Freemasonry is not a secret society. Its workings and finances are on public record, but there are some traditional symbolic elements members are asked to keep confidential.                                                                                                                                                         Freemasonry is not a religion or sect. Men of all faiths are welcome to join but Freemasonry does not allow the discussion of religion or politics in its meetings as a means of maintaining harmony amongst all members.                                                                                         Freemasonry is not a networking organisation. Using Lodge membership to promote your own, or anyone else's business is strongly discouraged.

The above information is provided by Freemasons New Zealand. Excerpts taken from  "Simple answers to leading questions"

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