St Thomas’ Church Kohimarama, Thursday 29th April 2021, 6 – 7:30pm. For ticket information Click here
St Thomas’ Church Kohimarama, Wednesday 18th March 2020, 6 – 7:30pm. For ticket information Click here
Click here The Foundation continues to support a number of community initiatives. Read the two page article recently published in the March issue of the Freemasons NZ Magazine.
The Foundation has recently been assisting the APO, the Auckland Writers Festival, NZ Opera and more. Read the two page article just published in the September issue of the Freemasons NZ Magazine.
Click here The Foundation has been active over the last three months. Read the two page article just published in the March issue of the Freemasons NZ Magazine.
Click here for our latest updates on a variety of activities which the Foundation supports, has just been published in the December issue of the Freemasons NZ Magazine.
The New Zealand Brain Bee Challenge encourages high school students to take an interest in the human brain and neuroscience and to continue with this subject into their university studies. With our close connection with the study of brain disease through the University of Auckland’s Centre for Brain Research, the Foundation lends a helping hand, as one of many supporters, to this annual competition involving around 45 secondary schools and 1500 students.
The New Zealand 2015 Challenge of this international competition has just been completed and individual and team winners from the separate North and South Island rounds were:
|St Margaret’s College
Rangi Ruru School
St Margaret’s College
Teams: 1st Rangi Ruru Girls School; 2nd Cashmere High School : 3rd St Margaret’s College
Francis Douglas Memorial College
Teams: 1st Mt Roskill Grammar; 2nd St Cuthberts College; 3rd ACG Parnell College
Our individual winners now travel to Sydney for an Australasian competition later this year. Representatives from both countries then proceed to a world final where the ‘top brains’ from 30 countries meet.
The Brain Bee competition was founded in the US in 1999 and has been conducted here annually since 2007 to help inspire New Zealand students to pursue neuroscience careers in order to help treat and find cures for neurological and psychological disorders. Year 11 students compete to determine who is the ‘best brain’ on such topics as intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movement, stress, aging, sleep, addiction, Alzheimer’s and stroke.
The 2014 New Zealand winner was Nicholas Kondal, from Massey High School, Auckland who is yet to travel to his international event to be held in Cairns, Australia. 2013 winner was Thomas Chang from Auckland Grammar School who went to Washington DC (with his Dad) and achieved an outstanding third place – that’s in the world!
Students in North Island Brain Bee finals at University of Auckland
Just like all New Zealand Lodges, and every other Masonic charitable source in the country, the Foundation was asked to contribute towards the Freemasons New Zealand 125th Anniversary project for the Blind Foundation of New Zealand.
How could we refuse such a worthy cause. The target was the cost of 125 special digital disc players (‘Daisy’ Players) for blind and low-vision people wanting the life-changing faculty of using the Blind Foundation’s recorded book library. With the Blind Foundation sharing this historic milestone with us – both organisations formed in 1890 – we were only too happy to generously respond.
Pleasing to note was way in which many Lodges and Districts also answered to the call for their charity – in true Masonic spirit.
The cheque was presented at the celebration dinner in Christchurch in May by Grand Master MW Bro John Litton to a very thankful and appreciative recipient.