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2018 Archives

Christmas Office Hours

Manchester Unity will be closed from Thursday 20th December 2018 and will reopen Wednesday 9th January 2019. During this time, no correspondence will be processed from Head Office and you will be unable to book … Continue reading Christmas Office Hours

Final Janet’s Jaunts visit for 2018

The Janet’s Jaunts year concluded with a resoundingly, successful visit to a cheese and ice cream factory.  There were 21 in the group and as the photo shows it was a rather tight … Continue reading Final Janet’s Jaunts visit for 2018

Latest Board Report – October 2018

Have you read the latest Board Report dated October 2018? Find out what how Society is using Neighbourly, read about the latest strategic alliances. And review our new Manchester Unity Mobile App. Read … Continue reading Latest Board Report – October 2018

Grand Master visit and Certificate presentation

On the 27th October 2018 , Wellington lodges came together to host a special Grand Master visit and Certificate presentation. In excess of 70 members, family members and society officers attended the event … Continue reading Grand Master visit and Certificate presentation

Manchester Unity Mobile App

We have recently launched an exciting Member channel, Manchester Unity Mobile App! Members with a smart phone can now use our new mobile app to conveniently access Manchester Unity’s products, membership benefits and information.  … Continue reading Manchester Unity Mobile App

Visit to Historic cottage!

It was just a small group from Riccarton Lodge who braved the wet and cold to visit possibly one of the smallest, purpose built libraries in New Zealand.  Designed by Samuel Hurst Seager … Continue reading Visit to Historic cottage!

Nelson Lodge recently celebrated their 50 Year recipients

Nelson Lodge recently celebrated their 50 Year recipients by holding their annual 50-year certificate presentation. Noble Grand Sis Trixie Fraser presented Bro Don Shirley and Bro Robert Bruce with their certificates. The afternoon … Continue reading Nelson Lodge recently celebrated their 50 Year recipients

Save on electronics this Christmas!

With Christmas around the corner, why not treat someone special and get that perfect gift! As a Member of Manchester Unity, you can get a discount off a variety of products at Noel Leeming. … Continue reading Save on electronics this Christmas!

Give us suggestions for enhancing ‘Voting’ as a membership benefit

And be into win a Nespresso Coffee Machine! We are seeking your ideas about enhancing “Voting” as a membership benefit. “Voting” had rated as the third highest membership benefit in the August 2018 … Continue reading Give us suggestions for enhancing ‘Voting’ as a membership benefit

Wellington lodges were WOW’ed

2018 is the 30th anniversary of WOW and on the  6th October 25 members and friends attended the 8pm show –  and what a show it was! Before attending the show 14 members enjoyed a … Continue reading Wellington lodges were WOW’ed

Members enjoy the Manawatu Tattoo

When the Wellington lodges found out that the Manawatu Tattoo was being held in Feilding over the last weekend in September, it decided a day trip was in order. Brother Chisholm and Sister … Continue reading Members enjoy the Manawatu Tattoo

New Mobile App!

Use your mobile phone to access membership benefits and information. Members with a smart phone can now use a new mobile app to conveniently access Manchester Unity’s products, membership benefits and information.  To … Continue reading New Mobile App!

Super Saver App!

Access a huge collection of money-saving offers at hundreds of merchants in city and regional locations nationwide through Manchester Unity’s Super Saver App. This paid subscription service provides members with valuable and exclusive … Continue reading Super Saver App!

Celebrating the World of Wearable Arts in Wellington

Hi Manchester Unity, Emma, our daughter and I have just returned from Wellington. WOW what a time we had. We wanted to say a big thank you to Manchester Unity for the tickets … Continue reading Celebrating the World of Wearable Arts in Wellington

Save on Stationery!

As a Member of Manchester Unity, you can get up to 20% off any purchase at OfficeMax stores throughout New Zealand.  With school holidays here, the release of this new Save-Money deal is perfectly timed to help … Continue reading Save on Stationery!

Riccarton Lodge celebrates 132nd anniversary

Riccarton Lodge celebrated its 132nd anniversary on September 20 at the Balmerino Room in Riccarton Park. Seventy members, visitors and friends enjoyed a very pleasant evening. There were two presentations made, firstly the … Continue reading Riccarton Lodge celebrates 132nd anniversary

Visit to Mona Vale, historic homestead

Twenty five Lodge members enjoyed a visit to Mona Vale, a historic Christchurch homestead which was severely damaged in the 2010 Christchurch earthquakes. It was built in 1899 for Frederick Waymouth who had … Continue reading Visit to Mona Vale, historic homestead

Coffee and sunshine for Wellington Members

Wellington put on a fabulous day for the September coffee morning at one of our favourite venues, Mediterranean Foods in Paraparaumu. 12 members enjoyed a morning of tea, coffee and conversation. Conversations sprung … Continue reading Coffee and sunshine for Wellington Members

Latest Board Report – September 2018

Have you read the latest Board Report? Find out what how Society is preparing for Special Conference 2018, read about the latest Membership Statistics, view the agreed dates for the Outreach Program 2019 … Continue reading Latest Board Report – September 2018

Hippopotamus High Tea on the first day of Spring

Wellington was treated to a beautiful, hot and sunny day to celebrate the first day of spring – and celebrate we did!  Wellington Manchester Unity members enjoyed a lovely High Tea at the … Continue reading Hippopotamus High Tea on the first day of Spring

Everest Climber speaks to Ashburton

Members came together from Ashburton, Geraldine and Riccarton Lodges to hear climber Michael Read present his adventures on Everest. Michael, a local blackcurrant farmer, decided he wanted to do something with his life. … Continue reading Everest Climber speaks to Ashburton

Save on DIY this Father’s Day!

With Father’s Day around the corner, why not treat someone special and get that perfect gift! As a Member of Manchester Unity, you can get a discount off a variety of products at Placemakers. … Continue reading Save on DIY this Father’s Day!

White Star Jewel Awarded

Nominations for the Manchester Unity White Star Jewel were considered by the Fraternal Council at its meeting last Friday.  The Council has agreed that an award will be made this year. I am … Continue reading White Star Jewel Awarded

Introducing Fee for a clean and Linen hire for Queenstown!

Fee for a Clean and Linen hire is now available in our Queenstown units. Members booking a Holiday Home in Queenstown can now choose to have the convenience of Linen hire on arrival … Continue reading Introducing Fee for a clean and Linen hire for Queenstown!

“Janet’s Jaunts” celebrates 25 years

“Janet’s Jaunts” was set up by the Late Sister Janet Ward to encourage fellowship and friendship for Riccarton Lodge members. She organised monthly outings for ten months of each year, taking members to … Continue reading “Janet’s Jaunts” celebrates 25 years

City of Wellington AGM dinner and presentation of Jewels

On the 16th August 2018 City of Wellington held their AGM with a fish and chip meal beforehand. The AGM went smoothly with a surprise thrown in for two of our unsuspecting members. A … Continue reading City of Wellington AGM dinner and presentation of Jewels

Petone Branch enjoy Mid-Winter Christmas

On the 3rd August 2018, 18 City of Wellington Petone branch members, members from other lodges family and friends all enjoyed a very nice evening at the Petone Working Men’s Club in Petone. Brother Arrowsmith had seen the … Continue reading Petone Branch enjoy Mid-Winter Christmas

‘Mumma Mia’ with Riccarton Lodge

Riccarton Lodge members spent a evening at the movies enjoying the latest Mumma Mia film‘Here we go again’. It was a great, toe tapping movie, with the full theatre clapping at the end due … Continue reading ‘Mumma Mia’ with Riccarton Lodge

From the Grand Master’s Desk – July 2018

Since my last report exciting things have been happening for us all. Firstly we have launched theJoin a friend or family member promotion. For each new member you get to join during August – … Continue reading From the Grand Master’s Desk – July 2018

Latest Board Report – July 2018

Have you read the latest Board Report? Find out what how Society performed financially for the year ended 31 May 2018, read the annual actuary report, and find the Board’s decision on the … Continue reading Latest Board Report – July 2018

Give us leads on which Save-Money deals you like the most!

And be into win an escape with Copthorne Hotels! Complete a short survey. Only 1 question! Comments are optional. This survey is now closed.  Want to give your feedback in person? Call Louise … Continue reading Give us leads on which Save-Money deals you like the most!

Higher Education Awards Applications are now open!

Higher Education Awards give up to four awards to Members or their children to aid them in full-time tertiary study. The awards give either $2,000 or $2,500 each year for the term of … Continue reading Higher Education Awards Applications are now open!

Wellington Lodges enjoy ‘2 for 1’ meals at the 1841

32 members, family and friends enjoyed an evening at the 1841 in Johnsonville. Mondays evening is 2 for 1 night at the 1841, so not only did we enjoy evening of good company … Continue reading Wellington Lodges enjoy ‘2 for 1’ meals at the 1841

New Member Benefit – Save on Movies!

We have released a new Member Benefit – Save on Movies!  See movies for $9* nationwide at EVENT, HOYTS and READING cinemas.  Order your movie vouchers now. Read More…

 Wellington Area – Mid Winter Christmas 2018

On Saturday the 23rd June 2018, was Wellington areas annual Mid-Winter Christmas dinner. This year we hosted it at Bin 44 on Queens Wharf. 35 members and family enjoyed a spectacular 3 course meal complete … Continue reading  Wellington Area – Mid Winter Christmas 2018

Switch on to Technology

Learn how to enjoy and use technology.  As a Member of Manchester Unity, you are entitled to a $10.00 voucher. Manchester Unity and SeniorNet are working together to support and motivate our Members … Continue reading Switch on to Technology

 Coffee date with Wellington

What a nice way to start the week! On the 11th June 2018, 18  M.U members attended a coffee morning at Astoria on Lambton Quay. The central city location proved popular with most … Continue reading  Coffee date with Wellington

Save on hotels!

As a Member of Manchester Unity, you can get a 20% discount off daily room rates at Millennium Hotels’ 19 locations throughout New Zealand.  How can I access these savings? Merely use your … Continue reading Save on hotels!

Music Evening with Riccarton

Riccarton Lodge recently held a very successful Music Hall evening with over 70 people in attendance, quite a number dressed for the occasion. The Lodge is fortunate to have as members, wonderful entertainers … Continue reading Music Evening with Riccarton

 Law reform success

Following CEO Sanjiv Jetly’s presentation to the government’s select committee, Manchester Unity has succeeded in achieving law reform to allow New Zealand friendly societies to raise capital.  Read more…

From the Grand Master’s Desk – June 2018

It is with much sadness that I am writing this tribute to our late Sis Joyce Oliver who passed away on 7 May 2018.  Sis Joyce will be well known to many of … Continue reading From the Grand Master’s Desk – June 2018

Latest Board Report – May 2018

Have you read the latest Board Report? Find out how Society performed financially over the last 11 months, read about what the Membership Committee wants to focus on for its Members and hear … Continue reading Latest Board Report – May 2018

Mother’s Day at Time Cinema

Wellington’s windy and wild weather on Mother’s Day didn’t stop 19 members and friends from enjoying a lovely day at Wellington’s Time Cinema in Lyall Bay. Before the movie began guests had time … Continue reading Mother’s Day at Time Cinema

Social Dinners and Meetings for Wellington

The last few months the Wellington lodges all enjoyed meals before or during their meetings. These meals have been a great time for members to enjoy an evening together catching up and enjoying … Continue reading Social Dinners and Meetings for Wellington

From the Grand Master’s Desk – May 2018

Here I am writing a May 2018 report – half the year is nearly gone.  I trust you are all well into your Lodge functions and enjoying what is on offer to you.  … Continue reading From the Grand Master’s Desk – May 2018

Tell us which membership benefits are your favourite

And be into win a WOW Wellington Weekend! Complete a short survey. Only 2 questions! Comments are optional. This survey has now closed.  Want to give your feedback in person? Call Louise on … Continue reading Tell us which membership benefits are your favourite

Latest Board Report – April 2018

Have you read the latest Board Report dated 19 April 2018? Find out what Society wants to focus on for its members, and read the results from the recent “What’s your recommendation” survey … Continue reading Latest Board Report – April 2018

Coffee at Java Point Café

A wet and wild Wellington morning didn’t stop 9 local members getting together for a morning of coffee and socialising.  Java Point Café allowed the group to sit in the conference room to … Continue reading Coffee at Java Point Café

Banks Peninsula Lodge Indoor Bowls Night

Banks Peninsula Lodge Members came together on 18th April to enjoy a lovely dinner at the Little River Hotel. The night was followed with the annual indoor bowls tournament in which six teams … Continue reading Banks Peninsula Lodge Indoor Bowls Night

Movie night with Loyal Southland Lodge

The Loyal Southland Lodge enjoyed a night out at the movies. Members attended the Regel Theatre, which is part of the old Awarua Radio site. The movie night was then followed by a … Continue reading Movie night with Loyal Southland Lodge

Member Benefit – Personal Inventory

We have for your use a booklet called “Personal Inventory”. This is for you to complete with information about you and your family. One day we will all pass on and often those … Continue reading Member Benefit – Personal Inventory

A day at the Christchurch Botanics

A group of 18 Riccarton members visited the Christchurch Botanic Gardens to tour the propagation area. The guide, Brian Appleton, showed members items of interest – one being the massive stump of a … Continue reading A day at the Christchurch Botanics

My Manchester Unity Experience – Terry Upjohn

I first became a Member in circa 1971. I joined through the late Jack Heal. On joining I met many brothers and sisters and have enjoyed the friendship and comradeship of the Manchester … Continue reading My Manchester Unity Experience – Terry Upjohn

New Member Benefit – Voucher Booklet March 2018

Your new Voucher Booklet is in the mail! Use this voucher booklet to access savings at selected national providers. Your Voucher Booklet March 2018 has offers from Starbucks, Espresso Carwash, Brumby’s, Hungry Wok, … Continue reading New Member Benefit – Voucher Booklet March 2018

My Manchester Unity Experience – Beth Cowie

I first became a member when I turned 21. A junior insurance policy that my parents had taken out for me had matured.  Those days you had to sign a receipt and send … Continue reading My Manchester Unity Experience – Beth Cowie

Coffee at Medifoods

15 Wellington members gathered at Medi Foods, Paraparaumu on February 19 for a coffee morning. 2 hours flew by drinking very nice tea and coffee and chatting. It was lovely to see so … Continue reading Coffee at Medifoods

Loyal Britannia Lodge turns 175

On Saturday the 10 February 2018  approx. 40 members and their family gathered to celebrate Britannia’s 175th. The celebrations began with a commemorative meeting chaired by the lodges Noble Grand, Brother Hubert Cliff.  … Continue reading Loyal Britannia Lodge turns 175

Introducing your new Nelson Fraternal Administrator – Kathy King

As you read this I will have just started my Employment as the new Fraternal Administrator , so I thought I would introduce myself so you have a “heads up” when you meet … Continue reading Introducing your new Nelson Fraternal Administrator – Kathy King

High Tea at Greytown Lodge

Members of the Greytown Lodge spent a lovely afternoon enjoying the High Tea at the Copthorne Hotel. It was a beautiful and warm afternoon in Masterton and the table was filled with socialising … Continue reading High Tea at Greytown Lodge

Riccarton Lodge enjoy the Botanic Gardens

The threat of rain and thunder and lightning didn’t hold off 25 enthused members from enjoying their walk around the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. 25 Riccarton Lodge members gathered at the Botanics on the … Continue reading Riccarton Lodge enjoy the Botanic Gardens

Law reform for bettering NZ Friendly Societies

CEO Sanjiv Jetly appeared before the government’s Finance and Expenditure Select Committee. He sought law changes to allow Friendly Societies to raise capital.  Read more…

Grand Masters address at Britannia Lodge 175th

On Saturday 10 February 2018 I had the real pleasure of being able to address members and friends all on such a magnificent occasion as the celebration of 175 years of Loyal Britannia … Continue reading Grand Masters address at Britannia Lodge 175th

New 2018 Discount Card is on the way!

Your new Member Discount Card should arrive any day now in the post! This card gives you access to great savings from a number of well-known nationwide retail suppliers – Officemax, PlaceMakers, Thrifty and … Continue reading New 2018 Discount Card is on the way!

Presentation to the Cancer Society

The former NZ Grand Master’s chosen charity was the Cancer Society, and as he traveled around NZ addressing the members at functions and meetings he promoted the Cancer Society and raised funds for … Continue reading Presentation to the Cancer Society

Ashburton Lodge – Capricorn Gardens and Talbot Forest Cheese Factory visit

A mini bus and two cars left Ashburton at 9.00am on a lovely warm day and set off for Geraldine. Arriving at Capricorn Gardens we met up with six members from Geraldine. We … Continue reading Ashburton Lodge – Capricorn Gardens and Talbot Forest Cheese Factory visit

Rate your recommendation of Manchester Unity

And be into win a 32″ Panasonic Smart TV! Complete a short survey. Only 2 questions! Comments are optional. This survey is now closed. Want to give your feedback in person? Call Louise … Continue reading Rate your recommendation of Manchester Unity

From the Grand Master’s Desk – February 2018

Well here we are with one month of 2018 already gone.  I trust you all had a very happy and safe festive season. This is my first report as your Grand Master and I … Continue reading From the Grand Master’s Desk – February 2018

Nelson Members tackle the West Coast

In November 2017 a van load of Nelson Members spent the weekend on the West Coast.  Saturday we drove south as far as Hokitika for morning tea then to Dorothy Falls and Lake … Continue reading Nelson Members tackle the West Coast

2017 Winners of the Year 9 Education Grant!

The winners are…                                                                                      Congratulations to all the winners. Want to be a winner next year? Remember if you have a child who will be in Year 9 in 2019 to watch Fraternally Yours … Continue reading 2017 Winners of the Year 9 Education Grant!

Meet the 2017 Higher Education Recipients!

The Awards for Higher Education are one way that Manchester Unity Friendly Society can make a difference in assisting both members and the children of members to a difference in their lives and … Continue reading Meet the 2017 Higher Education Recipients!

Riccarton Lodges 2017 Christmas Social

When Loyal Riccarton Lodge celebrated its 2017 Christmas Social, it was the opportunity to present two 50 year certificate and to enable the more than 70 members and friends attending, to wish others … Continue reading Riccarton Lodges 2017 Christmas Social