Freemasonry is alive at The Wellington Lodge in New Zealand.
Become A Member
If you are interested in becoming a member of The Wellington Lodge and of the wider fraternity of Freemasonry, we will be pleased to discuss that with you. Again, in the first instance, please contact our Lodge Secretary.
Lodge Secretary: Bob McKillop
Address: 24 Aspiring Terrace, Aotea, PORIRUA 5024
Phone: (04) 238-2873
Who can become a Freemason?
Our fraternity has a wonderful history, which dates back more than three centuries. It is one of the world's oldest secular fraternities, a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Founded on the three great principles of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth, it aims to bring together men of goodwill, regardless of background and differences.
People might think that to become a Freemason is quite difficult. It's actually straightforward.
The three essential qualifications for membership to Freemasonry cover your spiritual, moral and physical aspects. The qualifications are as follows:-
- The essential spiritual qualification is that you must believe in a Supreme Being. Membership is open to men of any race or religion who can fulfil this essential qualification and who can satisfy the other two requirements.
- The moral qualification is that you must be of good repute, a loyal citizen and obedient to the laws of the land.
- The physical qualification is that you are male and must be at least 21 years old. This age qualification exists to ensure that you are free to formulate your opinions, and exercise your own judgement.
Wives, partners and families of members are of course, encouraged to enjoy many of the social aspects of Freemasonry, but it is only men who are eligible for membership.
What Freemasonry can offer
Freemasonry is a way of life where men can meet regularly in order to be active in the support of its own members, their ideals and of the community at large. What you will get out of membership of Freemasonry will be reflected by the effort you make to integrate with the other members of the Lodge. We are sure that you will gain far more from your membership than you expect, by becoming a Freemason and a more useful citizen in your community.
Every Freemason has his own reason for joining. For many, Freemasonry acts as a ‘constant’, providing them with a unique combination of friendship, belonging and structure, with many Freemasons saying they have made valuable lifelong friendships. Above all and for most, Freemasonry is simply an enjoyable hobby.
Other reasons include:
- Achievement – progressing through the offices in the Lodge to become Master.
- Brotherhood – making new friends from all walks of life.
- Charity – contribute to deserving causes, both Masonic and non-Masonic.
- Education – learning from peers and mentors by practicing and making speeches.
- Knowledge – finding out about the history and mysteries of Freemasonry.
- Self improvement – making a contribution to your family and society.
What benefits will I get out of Freemasonry?
- Make friends and meet people from very different walks of life.
- Gain satisfaction of helping others less fortunate than yourself.
- Build self-confidence and ability to speak publically.
Freemasonry and Religion
Freemasonry is not a religion, nor is it a substitute for religion. Its essential qualification opens it to men of many religions and it expects them to continue to follow their own faith. It does not allow religion to be discussed at its meetings.
How much does it cost?
You don’t have to be well-off to become a Freemason. It costs less than you may think and is comparable to other social clubs and societies.