Lodge Secretary – W Bro Will Wood PDJGW
Phone: 027 484 9005
Web site: http://aorangi2300ec.org.nz/
Aorangi Lodge welcomes visitors from other Lodges. If those travelling from elsewhere in New Zealand or from overseas are in Wellington, they will be made very welcome at our meetings and social functions. In the first instance please make contact with the Lodge Secretary.
The Lodge meets on the second Wednesday of each month from April to November tyling at 6.30pm except for the installation meeting in November which tyles at 6.00pm(inc).
Tyling is at 6:30pm
The Installation meeting is in November
Aorangi Lodge was opened 23 November 1888 having been sponsored by St John’s Lodge No 1888 in Featherston. The Charter is dated 14th February 1889. The Lodge was formed largely by members of the legal and civil service fraternity who were members of Wellington Lodge, but decided that Wellington deserved another English Constitution Lodge. It maintains a “Sister Lodge” relationship with Wellington Lodge and they are the two remaining English Constitution Lodges in the city.
During its’ early years it numbered a Governor-General of New Zealand, senior members of the G-Gs staff as well as several distinguished military men and medical practitioners among its ranks.
Initially the Lodge met in the lodge rooms in Boulcott St, later moving to The Terrace. In 1966 it held its meetings Ngatoto St in Ngaio, then in 1981 moved to the new lodge building in Tinakori Rd. In 1991 the Lodge moved to Phillip Street, Johnsonville.
About Aorangi Lodge
Aorangi Lodge began as a city lodge and remained so for many years; the majority of its members were professional people who worked, and often lived, in the inner city and suburbs. Today it embraces a wider range of vocations with members coming from as far afield as Te Horo and the Wairarapa, but with a significant number from the city’s northern suburbs.
Aorangi continues to be one of the largest lodges in the District of the North Island with fifty members. It enjoys a close relationship with all the English Constitution Lodges in the lower North Island, particularly with Sir Donald McLean Lodge 1646 in Waitara, Mount Egmont Lodge 670 in New Plymouth, and also with St Alban’s Lodge 2597 in Christchurch.
The Lodge is a dining lodge. Immediately following its meetings it sits down to dinner, where members can enjoy each other’s company with fine food, great conversation and a programme of formal and not so formal toasts.
Aorangi Lodge enjoys an active social programme during the year with functions that include wives and partners, ranging from the informality of the Summer BBQ (with children), Ladies Night Dinner at a restaurant in Wellington or the Hutt Valley in July, and a pre-Christmas Lunch in the city.
For well over one hundred years Aorangi Lodge has built a reputation for its friendliness and the opportunity for its members to enjoy their Freemasonry. The Installation Meeting at the end of the year is the high point of our masonic calendar.
If you are interested in becoming a member of a Lodge and of the wider fraternity of Freemasonry, we will be pleased to discuss this with you. Again, in the first instance, please contact our Lodge Secretary.
The website of the United Grand Lodge of England, www.ugle.org.uk presents a very good overview of Freemasonry and is recommended to anyone who is interested in becoming a member. The other sections of the District Grand Lodge website www.freemasons.org.nz (which you are now visiting) will give a comprehensive insight into our Lodges in the North Island, New Zealand.