Right Worshipful Brother Brian James Westhead
Right Worshipful Brother Brian James Westhead District Grand Master Grand Superintendent Born in Auckland in 1948, married to Desré for 40 years with one son. Trained as a Fitter and Turner, and now owns his own engineering equipment manufacturing business exporting worldwide as well as for the local market. Has had a love of cars from a very early age, especially Classic English Sports Cars. Is a member of the Austin Healy Sports Car Club (and has been for the past 28 years) and enjoys many Club runs. Fully restored a MK1 Austin Healy 3000 Sports car, which was a labour of love taking 1400 hours. Hobbies are Classic Sports Cars and Freemasonry. Masonic History: Craft: Initiated into the Lodge of Harmony No. 2180 in 1984, and became Master in 1993, then again in 2004 and 2005. Joined the Remuera Lodge No. 1710 in 2005, and the Northern Light Lodge No. 1878 when it moved to Auckland as a daylight Lodge in 2006. Served as Master of Northern Light Lodge in 2009. The first District rank was DGSwdB in 1997; DDepGDC in 2000; DGDC 2001 and DGJW in 2003. Was made an Assistant District Grand Master in 2007. Was appointed Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in 2008. Installed as District Grand Master by the Pro Grand Master, M.W.Bro. P.G. Lowndes in Auckland on Saturday 8 October 2011.
Very Worshipful Brother Farouk A Khan
Born in 1948 in Birmingham, England, educated at Barnsbury Boys School, University of Surrey –BSc (Hons), Loughborough University – MSc, Bath University – PGCE and The Royal Air Force College, Cranwell. Joined Yager Company of the Honourable Artillery Company in 1971 and later transferred to the Veteran Company. Commissioned into the Engineering Branch of the RAF in 1971. Appointments included maintenance of Vulcan, Hunter, Hawk, Hercules and Meteor aircraft and various weapon systems. Senior Officer appointments included command of a Weapon Engineering Squadron, Guided Missile Integration at the Aircraft and Armaments Experimental Establishment, Boscombe Down, Operational Requirements and safety aspects of Special Weapons in the Ministry of Defence and Procurement Executive. Elected a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 1992 and became a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and Member of the Institute of Explosives Engineers in the same year. Retired from the RAF as a Squadron Leader in 1997. Taught mathematics and Computer Science in Marlborough (UK) until moving to New Zealand in 2004. Hobbies include music, cabinet making and woodturning.
Initiated in the George Duke of Kent Lodge No 8788 (Wiltshire) in 1996 and became Master in 2003. Joined Remuera Lodge No 1710 in 2005, served as Master in 2007. First District rank was DGTyler and V/Pres DBofGP in 2009 and 2010. PDG SwdB in 2011, Pres DBofGP in 2012 DDGM in 2015 and PGSwdB in 2016.
Very Worshipful Brother Bruce McMurtrie, PGSwdB
V.W.Bro. McMurtrie, born 1934, worked for some 40 plus years in the Women’s fashion industry starting as a clothing cutter in 1949 with a well-known New Zealand fashion company, attaining the position of Factory Manager. From there, he moved to General Management of several fashion companies in Auckland. Appointed District Grand Secretary in 1994.Initiated into the Eden Lodge No. 1530 in 1966 and Master in 1976. Exalted into the Eden Chapter in 1969 and installed as First Principal in 1978. First District Office in 1979 – District Grand Treasurer. President of the District Board of General Purposes in 1984 and served for 4 years. Appointed District Grand Secretary in 1994. Appointed to the Rank of Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in 1989, promoted to Past Junior Grand Deacon in 1998. Past Grand Sword Bearer, October 2011.
In the Royal Arch, he was appointed as District Grand Scribe E at the same time as District Grand Secretary. Third District Grand Principal in 2002 and held that Office for four years; currently Past Assistant Grand Sojourner.
Sport now consists of golf and watching Grandchildren play their sport. Is a member of the Whangaparaoa Golf Club and spent two years as Club Captain and three as President of that Club.
DISTRICT GRAND LODGE OF NORTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND
The United Grand Lodge of England is the Governing body for over two hundred thousandn Freemasons meeting in over 6,800 Lodges worldwide.
In the UK, Lodges are grouped into either the Metropolitan Grand Lodge or Provincial Grand Lodges. Most of the “overseas” Lodges are grouped into Districts, each headed by a District Grand Master appointed by Grand Lodge. The only real difference between Districts and Provinces is that Districts are given somewhat more power to run their own affairs. This is an historical anomaly probably resulting from the length of time it took for communications between Districts and Grand Lodge. It could be argued that with modern communications methods there should now be no distinction between Districts and Provinces; however, Freemasonry loves its traditions!
In New Zealand there are two District Grand Lodges, The North Island and the South Island. The District Grand Lodge of North Island, has twenty four Lodges and meets in towns as far apart as Wellington and Kerikeri. This map shows the approximate locations of our Lodge rooms, some of which are home to more than one Lodge. From this, you can see that the North Island is well catered for with English Constitution Lodges throughout the Island.
At the top of the District hierarchy is the District Grand Master (DGM) who has a Deputy and two Assistant District Grand Masters as well as a number of District Grand Officers whose main duties are ceremonial. Answerable to the DGM for the administration of the District are three committees. These are the Board of General Purposes, The Chapter Committee of General Purposes and the Board of Trustees of the North Island English District Masonic Charitable Trust. In addition, the District has one paid employee, the District Grand Secretary who has an office in the English Masonic Centre at Ellerslie, Auckland. All of these appointments and committees are filled by members (past masters) of the various Lodges within the District.
Each Lodge within the District has a Master who is elected by the members of that Lodge to rule over the Lodge for a period of one year. The Lodges have a team of officers appointed by the Master or elected by the members to administer and provide ceremonial for the Lodge.
The Book of Constitutions (a copy of which can be read on this site) contains the rules and regulations which govern all aspects of the inter-relationships between Lodges, Districts and Grand Lodge as well as the administration, control and behaviour of Masons at all levels.
DISTRICT BOARD OF GENERAL PURPOSES
“To provide for the people of our District, a society for men of integrity which relies on the highest standards of moral and social conduct, and which is charitable in nature.”
W Bro Graeme Martin – President of the District Board of General Purpose
|ELECTED AND APPOINTED MEMBERS:||EX OFFICIO MEMBERS:|
|W.Bro. E.A. Allan PDGSwdB DGChStwd
W.Bro. K.J. Armstrong DGChap
W.Bro. G.M. Byrne PAGDC-DGDC
W.Bro. A.S. Cross DGSwdB
W.Bro. S. Elliott PDGPurs
W.Bro. M.T.O. Harding PAGDC
W.Bro. B.J. Holland PDGSwdB
W.Bro. M.J. Jensen PAGDC
W.Bro. D.D. Leach PDJGW
W.Bro. G.J. McKandry PDSGW
W.Bro. W.D. Maday PDJGW
W.Bro. R. Pemberton PDGSuptWks
W.Bro. D.M. Turner PDGReg
W.Bro. T.R. Stansfield DGSwdB
W.Bro. W.E. Weir PAGDC-PADGM
W.Bro. I.J. Woodcock DSGD
|R.Wor. Bro. B.J. Westhead DGM
V.W.Bro. F.A. Khan PGSwdB DDGM
W.Bro. M.A. Chopping ADGM
W.Bro. B.M.R. Smith ADGM
W.Bro. R.H. Johnstone DGTreas
W.Bro. P. Parris DGReg
W.Bro. A.J.M. Macdonald PAGDC Chairman of Trustees
V.W.Bro. B. McMurtrie DGSec PGSwdB
|W Bro Graeme Martin PDGTreas
V.W.Bro. Farouk Khan PGSwdB
W.Bro. Warren Weir, PAGDC
V.W.Bro. David Roberts, PGSwdB
W.Bro. Roger Everest, PAGDC
W.Bro. Bill Andrew, PAGDC
W.Bro. Ross Hughes, PAGDC
W.Bro. David Philips, PDistSGW
2012 – 2015
2006 – 2012
2003 – 2006
2000 – 2003
1996 – 2000
1993 – 1996
1990 – 1993
|W.Bro. Jack Thomas, PDistSGW
V.W. Bro. Bruce McMurtrie, PGSwdB
V.W.Bro Alaric Wood, PGSuptWks
W.Bro. Paul von Sturmer PAGReg
R.W. Bro. Ross M. Collins PDGM
|1987 – 1990
1984 – 1987
1981 – 1984
1976 – 1981
1972 – 1974
|Lodge Number||Lodge Name||City|
|670||Mt Egmont||New Plymouth|
|942||Port Chalmers Marine||Taradale|
|1338||Prince of Wales||Auckland|
|1646||Sir Donald McLean||Waitara|
|1647||Star of the North||Whangerei|
|1721||United Manawatu||Palmerston North|
|2073||Duke of Albany||Helensville|
|Chapter Number||Chapter Name||City|
|1646||Sir Donald McLean Chapter||Waitara|
|1721||United Manawatu Chapter||Palmerston North|
|1801||St George Chapter||Whangerei|
|2073||Duke of Albany Chapter||Helensville|
|2180||Chapter of Harmony||Auckland|
|2221||Te Awamutu Chapter||Auckland|
HRH THE DUKE OF KENT, KG, GCMG, GCVO, ADC
Prince Edward George Nicholas Paul Patrick was born in 1935, and educated at Eton and Le Rosey, Switzerland. He is a cousin both of the Queen and of the Duke of Edinburgh. His father, who was Grand Master from 1939 until 1942, was the fourth son of King George V, and his mother, Princess Marina, was the daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece.
He has been the Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England since he was first elected in 1967. As the Grand Master is a member of the Royal Family he has powers to appoint a Pro Grand Master to be his principal adviser, and to act for him on those occasions when, due to royal engagements, he is unable to be present.
Peter Geoffrey Lowndes
Peter Lowndes was born in 1948 and educated at Eton. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). He served as a Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies from 1984 until 1986, and was subsequently appointed Grand Director of Ceremonies in 1995, serving until 2003.
On 10 March 2004, Peter Lowndes was installed as Deputy Grand Master, continuing until his appointment as Pro Grand Master on 11 March 2009.
Jonathan Spence was born in 1960, and educated at the Mathematical School, Rochester and Trinity College, Oxford.
After a career in banking, from which he retired in 2006 as Chief Executive of a London bank, he now holds a senior position in education.
He was appointed Grand Director of Ceremonies in 2003 and served in that office until his appointment as Deputy Grand Master on 11 March 2009.
Sir David Wootton
Sir David Wootton was born in 1950 and educated at Bradford Grammar School and Jesus College, Cambridge.
He became a partner in an international law firm in 1979 specialising in corporate transactions and best-practice compliance with law and regulation in corporate governance.
Having a strong interest in the governance of the City of London, he was elected to Common Council in 2002 as Member for the Ward of Farringdon Within, and subsequently elected as Alderman for the Ward of Langbourn in 2005. Sir David served as Lord Mayor of London for 2011-12.
He served as Metropolitan Senior Grand Warden in 2007, and was promoted to Past Grand Sword Bearer in 2012, before his appointment as Assistant Grand Master on 12 March 2014.
Nigel Brown was born in 1948, in Lusaka, in then Northern Rhodesia, and was educated in Southern Rhodesia and at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He was commissioned into the Grenadier Guards, retiring as a Captain.
He subsequently spent 15 years in senior management, followed by 12 years as a business consultant specialising in advising clients on winning competitive global tenders.
Nigel is married with two adult children, and has been a Freemason for over 25 years. He was appointed as a Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies in 2005, serving until his appointment as Grand Secretary in February 2007.