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The Auckland Writer’s Festival Schools Programme and Family Day has received a tremendous boost with its 2015 programme made possible due to a generous donation from The Freemasons Foundation.

Festival director Anne O’Brien says the partnership is a great fit. “I am delighted to welcome The Freemasons Foundation into our partnership stable. Their generous support demonstrates the organisation’s active and ongoing work for the benefit of young people,” says Ms O’Brien.

David Mace, Chairman of the Freemasons Foundation says The Freemasons are delighted to be partnering the Auckland Writers Festival Schools Programme and Family Day for 2015.

“The work of the Freemasons Foundation is focused wherever we can see a direct and lasting benefit to the community – from cutting edge Medical Research in association with the University of Auckland, the Emerging and Resident Artists of NZ Opera, and now to supporting young, emerging writing talent,” says Mr Mace.

Auckland Writers Festival associate director Eleanor Congreve developed this year’s schools programme and says she hopes it demonstrates the festival’s unswerving commitment to inspiring young writers and readers.

“The Festival is delighted to offer two exciting days of presentations, workshops and discussions by leading local and international youth writers. Encouraging a life-long love of reading by introducing writers to young readers is an important part of the Festival’s mission,” says Ms Congreve.

Globally-celebrated British author of Alex Rider fame, Anthony Horowitz, award-winning US young adult novelist Laurie Halse Anderson, best-selling Australian writer and national treasure Morris Gleitzman, internationally-acclaimed NZ singer/songwriter Hollie Fullbrook (aka TINY RUINS), multi-award winning NZ young adult author Bernard Beckett and leading light of local spoken word poetry Grace Taylor are among the stellar line-up of writers taking part in the Auckland Writers Festival Schools’ Programme, on May 13th and 14th this year at the Aotea Centre.

The Auckland Writers Festival Schools’ Programme is made possible with the generous support of its Gold Partner: The Freemasons Foundation, Grant Partners: ASB Community Trust and Creative New Zealand and Donor Partners: Penguin Random House New Zealand, Walker Books and Warwick.

January 17, 2015

The Auckland University

The Freemasons and the University of Auckland have been working together for over 30 years. Proudly involved with ongoing research by Professor Martin Connolly, the Freemasons Professor of Geriatric Medicine, we have also supported Distinguished Professor Richard Faull and his team at the Centre for Brain Research, funding research staff and equipment. Their latest research, spearheaded by Professor Russell Snell, is generating a sheep model of Alzheimer’s disease.

A Chair of Geriatric Medicine was established at the University to mark the Centenary of the Grand Lodge of New Zealand. Today the Chair is under the guidance of Professor Martin Connelly. Assistance was later extended to neurological disorders. This ongoing partnership continues under Professor Richard Faull and his team at the University’s Centre for Brain Research. Their work into the causes of such diseases as Alzheimers, Parkinsons and Huntingtons has received glowing international recognition. In tandem with the Freemasons Charity a new Freemasons Chair of Neurosurgery has been established.

January 1, 2015

Rangihoua Heritage Park, Oihi, Bay of Islands

The ecumenical Marsden Cross Trust completed this $10 million project encompassing 20 hectares adjoining the site of the Marsden Cross at Oihi, commemorating the bicentennial of the arrival of Rev Samuel Marsden and his first preaching of the Gospels at Christmas 1814.

Rangihoua BayFreemasons Foundation has funded the Portal, the main entry to the Park, with a “Welcome” sign, two sentinel poles and concept boards explaining the nature and background of the project.

The new Park, 35kms from Kerikeri, was officially opened by the Governor General, Sir Jerry Mateparae on the 21st December, with a service on the site on Christmas day.