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2020 Archives

An evening of drinks, nibbles and natter

Nelson Lodge held their final Meeting of the 2020 Year on 16th December in their well-maintained Lodge rooms. The social evening was the perfect opportunity for members to have a drink, something to … Continue reading An evening of drinks, nibbles and natter

Drinks, Natter and Nibbles

Nelson Lodge held their final meeting of the 2020 Year on 16th December in our well-maintained Lodge rooms. It was a social evening where we all had a chance to have a drink, something … Continue reading Drinks, Natter and Nibbles

The Big Happy Holidays Puzzle Book

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Winner of $200 Noel Leeming gift card!

Congratulations to Lorraine Day of New Plymouth, who was one of our winners from the new member sign up competition that recently closed. She had already planned to buy a Christmas gift from … Continue reading Winner of $200 Noel Leeming gift card!

Petone branch celebrate Christmas at Cafe Lokum

The Petone branch, of City of Wellington Lodge, always enjoy good numbers at their meetings and their final meeting of the year was no exception! Members recently gathered at Petone’s Cafe Lokum to reflect … Continue reading Petone branch celebrate Christmas at Cafe Lokum

Christmas festivities in the Hawkes Bay

Napier and Hastings members enjoyed a scrumptious Christmas-themed buffet at the Duke of Gloucester in Taradale on Saturday the 28th November.  It was a lovely afternoon enjoyed by all. The members really got into … Continue reading Christmas festivities in the Hawkes Bay

Wellington gets into the Christmas spirit!

The end of November saw the Wellington region lodges come together for their combined Christmas dinner.  This was held at Whitby’s Restaurant at the James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel in the city. A … Continue reading Wellington gets into the Christmas spirit!

Nelson Lodge members gift AED to St Johns

Nelson Lodge members voluntarily donate a small amount each quarter to our Unity Concern Fund. This Fund is administered by a Committee who allocate the funds to local Community Groups. In early December, … Continue reading Nelson Lodge members gift AED to St Johns

Grand Master and Nelson Lodge visit the West Coast

A delightful afternoon on Saturday 14 November at the Union Hotel in Greymouth was enjoyed by the Grand Master Bro Graham with the Fraternal Council, nine Nelson Lodge Members and nine members of … Continue reading Grand Master and Nelson Lodge visit the West Coast

City of Wellington ends the year on a high note! 

Last Wednesday night, City of Wellington members farewelled 2020 with a delicious meal of chicken and salads before an informal meeting and Christmas supper. 19 members enjoyed the festive meal complete with Christmas … Continue reading City of Wellington ends the year on a high note! 

An extra special presentation by Loyal Rangiora Lodge

On Saturday 8th November, members of the Fraternal Council and Loyal Rangiora Lodge were very honoured to attend Bro Charlie Gamble’s 102nd Birthday celebration in North Canterbury.  During this, we were granted the privilege of … Continue reading An extra special presentation by Loyal Rangiora Lodge

Thank you, Greymouth!

Members living on the West Coast had recently voiced concerns that the Grand Master and Fraternal Council hadn’t visited them for ages, so this year Grand Master, Brother Graham Allanson and the Fraternal … Continue reading Thank you, Greymouth!

Jingle Mingle Christmas Lunch

Join us on Sunday 13th December from 11.30am at the Rangiora RSA. There will be a raffle with some great prizes, plus a competition for the person who brings the most creatively wrapped gift … Continue reading Jingle Mingle Christmas Lunch

Merry Christmas from Britannia Lodge!

Last evening Britannia Lodge enjoyed an evening of fish and chips, Christmas crackers, and a Christmas supper to celebrate the end of an interesting year! Throughout what has been a unique year for … Continue reading Merry Christmas from Britannia Lodge!

Grand Master’s visit to Wanganui

The Loyal Wanganui Lodge took advantage of a mild spring day in September to combine the Grand Master, Graham Allanson’s visit with the presentation of a large number of lodge certificates. Some 57 … Continue reading Grand Master’s visit to Wanganui

Past HEA winner set to fuel the Auckland Blues

Natalie Exeter, one of the recipients of our High Education Award grant in 2016 remains continuously grateful for the financial support she has received towards her Masters in Advanced Nutrition Practice.  Here is … Continue reading Past HEA winner set to fuel the Auckland Blues

What a Fraternal weekend!

The weekend of the 7th and 8th of November was a Fraternal one for Manchester Unity members in the Canterbury region. The weekend began with members of the Fraternal Council, Sister Carla Weber, Rangiora Lodge … Continue reading What a Fraternal weekend!

Congratulations Sister Beth

Sister Beth Cowie recently celebrated 50 years of active service to Manchester Unity! Sister Cowie is well known and respected throughout Manchester Unity,  having served in a variety of roles both at Lodge … Continue reading Congratulations Sister Beth

Van Gogh exhibition tops off lovely weekend away for survey winners

The lucky winners of our August survey recently took advantage of their prize of a weekend in a Millennium Hotel, to visit the much-acclaimed Vincent van Gogh Alive Exhibition in Wellington.  Here is … Continue reading Van Gogh exhibition tops off lovely weekend away for survey winners

November 2020 Fraternally Yours

Check out our latest November edition of Fraternally Yours! Read about your new members benefit at The Baby’s Room, discover all about the Members Forum, the discounts you can get through the Manchester … Continue reading November 2020 Fraternally Yours

Win one of two EasyFlip 4G phones!

Share your story about how attending a Manchester Unity social event enriched your life and be in to win one of two EasyFlip 4G smart phones. Have you discovered a new hobby or … Continue reading Win one of two EasyFlip 4G phones!

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Oruawharo Homestead, High Tea and Wine – an amazing day!

On 10th October, Napier and Hastings Lodge members visited the Oruawharo Homestead. Local treasures were found at the Waipawa markets, before visiting New Zealand’s town with the longest name,  Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimanungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu (go on, have a … Continue reading Oruawharo Homestead, High Tea and Wine – an amazing day!

Latest Board Report – September 2020

Have you read the latest Board Report dated 17 September 2020? Read the CEO’s Report and the Grand Master’s Report. Read updates on Increasing Membership and Conversion.  Read now…  Read more news…

A surprise for Sister Isla!

Recently Sister Pip McLean, Fraternal Manager, discovered that Sister Isla King, Eastern Lodges serving Financial Secretary, had not received her Financial Secretaries Jewel.   A plan was hatched and with the blessing of … Continue reading A surprise for Sister Isla!

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What is a friendly society?

We often get asked “what is a friendly society?” and thought we’d take this opportunity to explain!  A friendly society is a membership-based, not for profit organisation.  Manchester Unity Friendly Society members pay … Continue reading What is a friendly society?

Rangiora makes a splash!

Rangiora Lodge had a community-focused swim night on July 25th at Dudley Park Aquatic Centre, Rangiora.  It was a huge success with around 65 people of all ages coming along.  Children had a fantastic … Continue reading Rangiora makes a splash!

Pizza, an AGM and a Purple Degree what a night!

This year Britannia Lodge trialed a meal in the Lodge rooms before there AGM and what a success it was! Members thoroughly enjoyed the relaxed start to the evening  over pizza. Our AGM … Continue reading Pizza, an AGM and a Purple Degree what a night!

History made: Loyal Akarana Lodge hosts first online AGM

For the first time in history, Loyal Akarana Lodge held their AGM online! Planning was well underway for a tasty dinner and the AGM when, just two weeks prior to the meeting date, … Continue reading History made: Loyal Akarana Lodge hosts first online AGM

NEW Save on Baby Gifts!

Members of Manchester Unity now receive a 20% discount on baby gift products purchased through The Baby’s Room.  Visit their online store and easily create and send the perfect baby gift! Read more… … Continue reading NEW Save on Baby Gifts!

White Star Jewel announcement

The worthy recipient for 2020 is Bro. Don Hopwood of Ashburton Lodge. Nominations for the Manchester Unity White Star Jewel were considered by the Fraternal Council during August 2020.  The Council agreed unanimously … Continue reading White Star Jewel announcement

Pizza and bubbles? Yes please!

On the 3rd Wednesday of August, 19 City of Wellington Lodge members met before their AGM over pizza and bubbles. Attending members really enjoyed the relaxed and social lead up to the AGM with … Continue reading Pizza and bubbles? Yes please!

Latest Board Report – July 2020

Have you read the latest Board Report dated 30 July 2020? Find out what how Society performed financially for the year ended 31 May 2020, read the annual actuary report, and find the … Continue reading Latest Board Report – July 2020

Manchester Lodge pancake night

Last week, a number of our Feilding members met up at Gail and Graham Allanson’s house.  Everyone had a great time catching up on recent events and enjoying delicious home-made pancakes! Read more … Continue reading Manchester Lodge pancake night

Grand Master visits Rotorua!

Rotorua members held a very successful luncheon on Saturday 4th July for their Grand Master’s visit. Our Grand Master, Graham Allanson, gave an excellent talk and answered a wide variety of questions and also … Continue reading Grand Master visits Rotorua!

Meet Nelson’s newest member!

On a cold Wednesday night in July 2020, Aimee West was initiated as a member of Loyal Nelson Lodge by her grandparents Noble Grand Sis. Jan Simpson and Right Supporter Bro John Simpson. … Continue reading Meet Nelson’s newest member!

Greytown Lodge enjoys lunch meeting

On the same day much of New Zealand moved back to level 2, members of Greytown Lodge met for a tasty lunch. With a few extra precautions in place members enjoyed a delicious … Continue reading Greytown Lodge enjoys lunch meeting

COVID-19 Update

We are currently at Level 4 in New Zealand.  During this time, we will continue to operate as close to normal as possible, while staff are based from home. Members will continue to … Continue reading COVID-19 Update

An evening fun at Johnsonville’s 1841

Loyal Britannia Lodge traditionally hosts an evening at Johnsonville’s 1841 during the winter months and this year was no exception! On the 3rd August, 23 members and friends enjoyed the much anticipated evening of … Continue reading An evening fun at Johnsonville’s 1841

Claim Your Kickstart!

This promotion has expired.  Sign up your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to the Society’s new Kickstart Share Fund benefit. The kickstart amount is a share fund benefit and is payable upon death. The … Continue reading Claim Your Kickstart!

COVID-19 Update – member login

Coronavirus Update August 2020. Manchester Unity has released the following updates: 11 August, 2020 Update: COVID-19 alert to Levels 2 and 3 Normal service shall continue! Members will continue to receive the usual … Continue reading COVID-19 Update – member login

Morning Tea at Edmund Hillary Retirement Village

On Friday, 7th August we were lucky enough to have morning tea with past Grandmaster, Brother Peter Courtney and his son, John. We met Bro Peter and Bro John at Edmund Hillary Retirement Village … Continue reading Morning Tea at Edmund Hillary Retirement Village

August 2020 Fraternally Yours

Check out our latest August edition of Fraternally Yours! Read about our new Online Games, meet our new Taupo holiday home caretakers, apply for the 2021 Education Awards, and have your opportunity to … Continue reading August 2020 Fraternally Yours

Win a Family Escape!

We are seeking your stories of using Manchester Unity’s many medical benefits to be in to win a two-night escape for two adults and two children at any Millennium hotel in New Zealand. … Continue reading Win a Family Escape!

Hello Matamata, we are back!

On 25th July 2020 33 members, family and friends assembled in Matamata for the first time in many years.  This highly successful event is part of a nationwide programme, rolled out by the Fraternal … Continue reading Hello Matamata, we are back!

Education Awards – now OPEN!

We are excited to announce that 2021 applications for our very popular Education Awards are now open! Grants are available for year 9 students in 2021 as well as for those students in full-time tertiary … Continue reading Education Awards – now OPEN!

Britannia Lodge is back into it!

Monday 20 July 2020 saw  Britannia Lodge hold a  face to face meeting for the first time since March. Attending members were thrilled to be able to meet and celebrated with lunch and … Continue reading Britannia Lodge is back into it!

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A Weekend to Remember!

The first weekend in July was a busy, but rewarding one for our Fraternal Council. The weekend included Grand Masters visits to both Taupo and Rotorua and a Fraternal Council meeting! The Grand … Continue reading A Weekend to Remember!

New Online Games!

Members can now play fun, challenging and ad free online games on Manchester Unity’s secure Games page.  You will find games that keep you sharp, like Match Drop, Mahjong and Hex Pipes.  Additionally, … Continue reading New Online Games!

Higher Education Award winner in it for the long haul!

In 2018, Mason Lowe was awarded one of Manchester Unity’s education grants towards his Veterinary Science degree. Here is what Mason has to say about his experience so far: “I am a year … Continue reading Higher Education Award winner in it for the long haul!

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Latest Board Report – May 2020

Have you read the latest Board Report dated 21 May 2020? Read about the status of Membership growth and the CEO’s Report. Find out what the Grand Master is doing in his Fraternal … Continue reading Latest Board Report – May 2020

Cheers everyone!

A blustery Wellington winter’s evening did not deter City of Wellington members from enjoying their first ‘face to face’ meeting since lockdown. We celebrated our return to ‘face to face’ meetings with one … Continue reading Cheers everyone!

Medical Industry, here comes Kathryn!

Kathryn Barnhill was a recipient of our Higher Education Award in 2016 and continues to impress with her studies.  She is now working on her second Degree!  Here is what she has to … Continue reading Medical Industry, here comes Kathryn!

Recipient of Higher Education Award aims for career in International Politics

In 2017, Renee Robinson was the lucky recipient of one of our Higher Education Awards. Here she updates us on how her studies are going! “I came to Victoria University intending to get … Continue reading Recipient of Higher Education Award aims for career in International Politics

Akarana out of lockdown!

Akarana members were happy to enjoy their first social lunch out after a long period in lockdown. With a great turn out, we had a lovely long lunch up at Kings Plant Barn … Continue reading Akarana out of lockdown!

Colouring in Competition

And the winners are… Over the Covid-19 lockdown, the Wellington lodges ran a Winter-themed colouring in competition. The entries we received were brilliant and, as you can see from the photos, lots of … Continue reading Colouring in Competition

White Star Jewel Nominations

 A reminder that nominations for the White Star Jewel close 31st of July 2020.   The White Star Jewel criteria and nomination form can be found by clicking here and scrolling down to Jewels … Continue reading White Star Jewel Nominations

Akarana has Huge Success with Zoom Meeting

Auckland’s Akarana Lodge had their first online zoom meeting on the 27th May which was a huge success! With the current restrictions and risk to the vulnerable, Akarana Lodge decided to embrace Zoom’s video … Continue reading Akarana has Huge Success with Zoom Meeting

Quiz the night away

Antipodean Lodge recently hosted the inaugural Zoom quiz evening with Britannia Lodge‘s Beth Cowie as Quiz Master! Eleven teams from across New Zealand logged on and enjoyed eight rounds of interesting Manchester Unity-themed … Continue reading Quiz the night away

Manchester Lodge Go Virtual!

On the 7th May, our members from both Manchester and Wanganui Lodges embraced the social challenge of Covid-19 and met online.  Being able to just dial in from the comfort of their homes made … Continue reading Manchester Lodge Go Virtual!

Grand Master in Pride of Place

Our current Grand Master, Bro Graham Allanson is originally from Nelson Lodge and his photo has now been proudly placed in the Lodge rooms alongside previous Grand Masters from Nelson Lodge. Bro Graham … Continue reading Grand Master in Pride of Place

Antipodean Zoom’s to Lodge

11 Members and guests from around New Zealand gathered to participate in Antipodean Lodges first ever Zoom meeting this week. During the meeting members learnt about the new member benefits offered by society, discussed … Continue reading Antipodean Zoom’s to Lodge

City of Wellington Lodge embraces ZOOM

The first week in May saw City of Wellington trial the ZOOM platform as a way to meet. Our inaugural meeting was very well attended with members thoroughly enjoying the experience. The ZOOM … Continue reading City of Wellington Lodge embraces ZOOM

Napier embraces Zoom!

12 tech-minded, modern thinking and forward-looking members held an enjoyable and successful meeting at Napier lodge last night.  Attendees enjoyed this method of staying connected.  The ease of using the Zoom platform is undoubtedly … Continue reading Napier embraces Zoom!

Win a Panasonic TV!

We are seeking your stories of memorable vacations at a Manchester Unity holiday home to be in to win a Panasonic TV. Click here to complete the survey by 7th June 2020. Terms and … Continue reading Win a Panasonic TV!

May 2020 Fraternally Yours

Check out our latest May edition of Fraternally Yours! Read about our new Members Forum, meet our new online pharmacist, the Grand Master’s message, and your opportunity to win a Panasonic TV! Read … Continue reading May 2020 Fraternally Yours

Napier Zooms to their Management Meeting.

Napier Lodge held their first ever Zoom Management meeting this week. It was really great to see everyone and have the face to face contact via Zoom.   We had a highly successful … Continue reading Napier Zooms to their Management Meeting.

Britannia Lodge is ZOOMing along

Monday midday saw the first ever Britannia Lodge ZOOM meeting take place. In attendance were 20 Manchester Unity members from across New Zealand. Members of Britannia Lodge welcomed guests who included, Grand Master … Continue reading Britannia Lodge is ZOOMing along

Members Forum online!              

Get involved in Manchester Unity’s new online community. It is designed to keep all members connected — even when we are apart. Where the conversation goes is up to you. Share tips, ideas, … Continue reading Members Forum online!              

Loyal Manchester Lodge news

New introductions and presentations were plenty when the Loyal Manchester Lodge met up for a special afternoon tea! On 7th March 2020, The Loyal Manchester Lodge welcomed new members!! Sister Tania Topping and Bro … Continue reading Loyal Manchester Lodge news

The UFS Courtney Place – a message for all Wellington Lodge Members

Good news! The Wellington UFS in Courtney Place is still open for business during Lockdown. Members of the Wellington Lodges, with current UFS cards,  can request their prescriptions to be couriered to them. … Continue reading The UFS Courtney Place – a message for all Wellington Lodge Members

Latest Board Report – March 2020

Have you read the latest Board Report dated 26 March 2020? Read about our COVID-19 response, status of Membership growth and strategic focuses for the next three year. Find out what the Grand … Continue reading Latest Board Report – March 2020

Auckland Grand Master’s visit

Auckland’s Akarana Lodge was happy to host Grand Master Brother Graham Allanson, Sister Gail and the Fraternal Council on Saturday 14th March. We had a spectacular, sunny day at Waitemata Golf Club with a … Continue reading Auckland Grand Master’s visit

A Treat for Napier Lodge

20 members went to Lick This on Marine Parade on a stunning Hawke’s Bay Day.  Members chose either a coffee or a waffle cone with 2 flavours – choosing the flavours proved a … Continue reading A Treat for Napier Lodge

Riccarton Janet’s Jaunt March

The March outing for Janet’s Jaunts was to the Tai Tapu Sculpture Garden where the group of fifteen keen members wandered the grounds, viewing the almost 100 sculptures on exhibition. The weather was … Continue reading Riccarton Janet’s Jaunt March

Te Awamutu members re engage

On Saturday members from Te Awamutu, Otorohanga, Te Kuiti,  Taumarunui met for the first time in years!     After members had enjoyed a leisurely lunch and cuppa,  Fraternal Manager, Sister Pip McLean … Continue reading Te Awamutu members re engage

Save on Natural Health Products!

Members of Manchester Unity now have access to special pricing on natural health products. Use the NZ Online Pharmacy and you will order from a real New Zealand pharmacy, proudly owned and operated … Continue reading Save on Natural Health Products!

Our Grand Master visits Ashburton

Grand Master Brother Graham Allanson, Sister Gail and the Fraternal Council kicked off the year with a Grand Masters visit to Ashburton late February 2020. The day began with a fabulous lunch at … Continue reading Our Grand Master visits Ashburton

What an Offering it was!

Loyal Greytown Lodge recently held their quarter night meeting at the Offering in Greytown on a scorching Wairarapa day! During our meeting, which was attended by our Grand Master and his wife Gail, … Continue reading What an Offering it was!

Riccarton Lodge Outing

After a rather warm day, the drop in temperature allowed 19 members of Riccarton Lodge to enjoy a very pleasant walk around Walter Park in Mairehau. Just 6 hectares in size the park … Continue reading Riccarton Lodge Outing

Janet’s Jaunt

The first Janet’s Jaunt outing for 2020 was to the historic homestead Avebury House in Richmond, Christchurch. The house was built in 1885 and remained with the Flesher family until 1945 when the … Continue reading Janet’s Jaunt

Fish and Chips brighten a gloomy day

Loyal Britannia Lodge meet fortnightly on a Monday ,and today we enjoyed Fish and Chips and salad before our meeting. The Fish and Chips from Porirua Seafoods and lettuce, walnut and feta salad … Continue reading Fish and Chips brighten a gloomy day

Thank you Pram Beach!

On a glorious summers day 15 members enjoyed Lunch at our favourite Kapiti Coast eatery – Pram Beach. As always we were treated to exceptional service, divine food and brilliant company. The only … Continue reading Thank you Pram Beach!

Win a Noel Leeming voucher

Share a story of a memorable social event you attended with Manchester Unity recently and be in to win a $200 Noel Leeming voucher. Click here to complete the survey by Sunday, 22 … Continue reading Win a Noel Leeming voucher

A great start to the New Year

What better way to begin the New Year than with a Coffee Morning!   Recently 12 Wellington members enjoyed a morning of coffee, tea and divine muffins at Vivant!  and spent time catching  up … Continue reading A great start to the New Year

Senior Move Managers Exclusive Offers

Big Move. Little Worry. Are you stressed about moving out of your family home? As a member of Manchester Unity, you have access to a generous discount for assistance when moving home. Find … Continue reading Senior Move Managers Exclusive Offers

February 2020 Fraternally Yours

Check out our latest February edition for Fraternally Yours! Read about our Higher Education Award recipients, 2020 Member Discount Card, the Grand Master’s message, and your opportunity to win a Noel Leeming voucher! … Continue reading February 2020 Fraternally Yours

Riccarton Christmas

Fifty members and friends shared the enjoyable final Riccarton Lodge meeting of the year. K’Zees Duo provided easy listening music to entertain but everyone seemed to be enjoying the chance to catch up … Continue reading Riccarton Christmas

Unity Concern Donation of Tree to Nelson Tasman Hospice

On Sunday 2nd December, we attended the Grand Opening of the Nelson Tasman Hospice Dedication Garden and Grounds. We started off with several speeches welcoming and thanking everyone for their kind donations. We … Continue reading Unity Concern Donation of Tree to Nelson Tasman Hospice

Central Hawke’s Bay Bus Trip

31 members recently enjoyed a fabulous day out. We began our day with a visit to the Te Mata Peak Figs who grow approximately 30 different varieties of figs and produce a wide … Continue reading Central Hawke’s Bay Bus Trip

From Full to Empty – High Tea in Havelock

Nelson and Blenheim members this year decided to join together and meet halfway at Havelock for High Tea. It was a small Café but the service was as good as the food. ‘Apples … Continue reading From Full to Empty – High Tea in Havelock