What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry is:

  • One of the world’s oldest and largest fraternal organizations.
  • An organization of men who adopt the fundamental principals of integrity, goodwill and charity as the foundations for an individual’s life and character.
  • A non profit organization that is heavily involved in supporting charity and community service.
  • Comprises of men of character with high ideals and worthwhile values who make a difference in the community.


The actual origins of Freemasonry have been lost in time but it is generally accepted that it developed from the stonemasons of medieval Europe.

In New Zealand it began with the early settlers, the first meetings being recorded before 1842. The Grand Lodge of NZ (Freemasons New Zealand) was formed in 1890.

The Myths Dispelled

  • It IS NOT a secret society but embraces confidentiality.
  • It IS NOT a religion or a substitute for religion.
  • It emphasizes universal harmony and DOES NOT permit discussion of religion or politics.
  • It IS NOT a benefit society and to join for personal gain will only lead to disappointment.

A Freemasons Code

  • To share concern and respect for human values, moral standards, the laws of society and the rights of individuals.
  • To believe in a Supreme Being.
  • To help other people through charity work and community service.
  • To promote fellowship and goodwill amongst his fellow members.
  • To regularly attend Lodge meetings and participate, with his family, in Masonic activities.

How to Join

  • Talk to someone you know who is a Freemason, he will not solicit your enquiry but respond readily to your approach.
  • Get in touch with us.
    See our contact page.
  • Contact Freemasons of NZ.
    P.O. Box 6439