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2021 Archives

Latest Board Report – December 2021

Have you read the latest Board Report dated 2 December 2021? Read the CEO’s report and Grand Master’s report. Review the feedback received from Movable Conference 2021 and updated on the Conversion process … Continue reading Latest Board Report – December 2021

2021 Winners of the Year 9 Education Grant!

Due to the unprecedented number of applications received in 2021, the decision was made to give fifteen awards this year. The winners for the 2022 school year are… Read more news…

Fun and Games with Nelson Lodge

Nelson Lodge gave a new activity a go after one of their recent meetings. The game called ‘HOY’ (similar to Housie) involved milk bottle tops, playing cards, a caller and lots of concentrating … Continue reading Fun and Games with Nelson Lodge

Meet your New Grand Master!

Congratulations to Brother Neil Harvey who was installed at MC2021 as our new Grand Master.Neil has been a member of Napier Lodge for 45 years and was involved at a Lodge, District and … Continue reading Meet your New Grand Master!

Family Monthly Planner 2022

Organise even the busiest of family schedules in 2022 with this Family Monthly Planner. This book contains a monthly calendar with family goals and things to do. Keep you self organised with a … Continue reading Family Monthly Planner 2022

Holiday Home update for Covid-19

Wondering how the latest COVID-19 framework may affect your holiday plans with us? At Orange and Red, all of our affordable holiday homes remain open! See the attached notice for more information. Read … Continue reading Holiday Home update for Covid-19

Grand Master’s Charity raises over $10,000 for MND!

Throughout his term as your Grand Master, Bro. Graham Allanson worked tirelessly with our Lodges to raise money for Motor Neuron Disease (MND) New Zealand.   We are delighted to confirm that the … Continue reading Grand Master’s Charity raises over $10,000 for MND!

Christmas Activity Book

Use this Christmas Activity Book to keep kids busy for hours!  There is an activity book for 4-9 year olds, and another for 9-15 year olds. This festive book is packed with Christmas-themed … Continue reading Christmas Activity Book

Annual Scavenger Hunt a hit with Taranaki members!

During the October school holidays, over 20 families in Taranaki had a fantastic time at the annual Manchester Unity Scavenger Hunt. Participants deciphered cryptic clues to find letters hidden throughout beautiful Pukekura park. … Continue reading Annual Scavenger Hunt a hit with Taranaki members!

Wellington members make a head start on the festive season

The Wellington children’s Christmas party on Saturday November 13 was a huge hit! Everyone had a wonderful time with lots of festive food (and sugar), and the face painter was incredible – there … Continue reading Wellington members make a head start on the festive season

Movable Conference 2021 – Highlights!

Would you like to re-live MC2021 or perhaps you skipped it this year but would like to see what you missed? Here are some photos of the fabulous event! Read more news…

Ready to teach our next generation, thanks to Manchester Unity!

One of our 2017 Higher Education Award winners, Scarlett Stott, has recently completed her Bachelor of Arts.  Here she updates us on her plans for the future:   “Kia ora koutou! I have … Continue reading Ready to teach our next generation, thanks to Manchester Unity!

November 2021 Fraternally Yours

Check out our latest November edition of Fraternally Yours! Reacquaint yourself with the historical delights of Ferrymead Heritage Park, read about the new GPS alarm member benefit and find out about our new … Continue reading November 2021 Fraternally Yours

Christmas Gift Planner

Use this Christmas Gift Planner to banish the last minute holiday stress! It contains a Christmas gift and card planner, Christmas cookie and menu ideas and helps you track your online orders and … Continue reading Christmas Gift Planner

Win a Camping Package!

Share your ideas on what would attract you to attend Lodge meetings and you could win a camping package valued at over $1500! This competition is now closed.  *Winner will receive the prize by … Continue reading Win a Camping Package!

Movable Conference 2021

Movable conference 2021 will be held at The Napier War Memorial Centre in sunny Napier. The venue is just across the road from the Scenic Hotel Te Pania and a 15-minute drive from the Airport.  There … Continue reading Movable Conference 2021

Halloween Activity Books for your kids

Use this Halloween Activity Book to keep kids busy for hours!  There is an activity book for 4-9 year olds, and another for 9-12 year olds. Enjoy a howling good time with our … Continue reading Halloween Activity Books for your kids

It’s a ‘thumbs up’ for bowling!

At the end of the October school holidays, Wellington-based members and their families met for an afternoon of bowling. The $10 subsidy per member was a great incentive to head along for some … Continue reading It’s a ‘thumbs up’ for bowling!

Conference is going ahead despite Level 2!  

Do you want to read about how MC2021 will take place in a safe environment despite the pandemic’s upheaval?  Read our latest Movable Conference newsletter. Read more news…

Save on GPS Medical Alarms

Members now receive discounted pricing on the NEW GPS medical alarms offered through VitalCALL. Designed to be used when out and about, this could be your perfect option for maintaining an independence and … Continue reading Save on GPS Medical Alarms

Riccarton Lodge visit Kate Sheppard’s former home

The October ‘Janet’s Jaunt’, organised by Riccarton Lodge, was to visit the former home of Kate Sheppard. It was a wonderful sunny day and the group of nineteen were given a very warm … Continue reading Riccarton Lodge visit Kate Sheppard’s former home

Latest Board Report – September 2021

Have you read the latest Board Report dated 16 September 2021? Read the CEO’s Report and the Grand Master’s Report. Read updates on Conversion.  Read now…  Read more news…

Spring Activity Book for Kids

Use this Spring Activity Book for Kids to keep kids (and mums) busy for hours!  It contains a mammoth 40 pages of child activities that are sure to be family favourites.  Enjoy Tic … Continue reading Spring Activity Book for Kids

Fun at Ferrymead!

Would you like to step back in time and experience life in the early 1900s? Ferrymead Heritage Park now offer members of Manchester Unity a 50% discount on current admission prices as well … Continue reading Fun at Ferrymead!

Father’s Day Activity Book for Dads & Kids

Use this Father’s Day Activity book to keep dad and kids busy for hours!  It contains 24 pages of father & child activities, sudoku, word searches, 30 Days of Kindness activities, and colouring … Continue reading Father’s Day Activity Book for Dads & Kids

Akarana Lodge enjoy a lovely morning before Lockdown

With much relief, Akarana Lodge was delighted to be able to hold their morning tea on Tuesday 10 August, just days before the nationwide level 4 lockdown. We had another fantastic turn out with … Continue reading Akarana Lodge enjoy a lovely morning before Lockdown

Level 4 Lockdown Status

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. The 0800 number will … Continue reading Level 4 Lockdown Status

Latest Board Report – July 2021

Have you read the latest Board Report dated 29 July 2021? Find out what how Society performed financially for the year ended 31 May 2021, read the annual actuary report, and review the … Continue reading Latest Board Report – July 2021

August 2021 Fraternally Yours

Check out our latest August edition of Fraternally Yours! Discover how your holiday home experience has been enhanced, get all the details on our upcoming education scholarships, and meet your new Fraternal Manager. … Continue reading August 2021 Fraternally Yours

Win a $200 travel voucher!

Share your story of using one of our new member benefits – including personal medical alarms, baby gifts, save on travel and online games – and be in to win a $200 Bluebridge … Continue reading Win a $200 travel voucher!

Education Awards

Applications for the 2022 school year are now closed.  Grants are available for students who will be in Year 9 in 2022 as well as for those students in full-time tertiary education (including … Continue reading Education Awards

Latest Board Report – May 2021

Have you read the latest Board Report dated 20 May 2021? Read the CEO’s Report and the latest update on Conversion. Find out what the Grand Master is doing in his Fraternal report.  Read … Continue reading Latest Board Report – May 2021

Catch up with 2019 HEA Winner Sophie Exeter

Sophie Exeter, one of the recipients of our High Education Award grant in 2019 remains continuously appreciate of the ongoing financial support from Manchester Unity towards her Bachelor of Health Sciences majoring in … Continue reading Catch up with 2019 HEA Winner Sophie Exeter

Nelson enjoy lunch and a jewel presentation with the Grand Master

On Saturday May 15, Grand Master Bro Graham Allanson, along with Fraternal Council members, joined Loyal Nelson Lodge for lunch. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal at the Tides Restaurant Café in Trailways Hotel … Continue reading Nelson enjoy lunch and a jewel presentation with the Grand Master

An Update from 2016 HEA Winner Natalie

We love to hear from our past Education Award winners on what they have been up to!  Natalie Exeter updates us below on her studies: “Last year I completed the theoretical part of … Continue reading An Update from 2016 HEA Winner Natalie

Britannia Lodge celebrate a special Birthday!

On May 10 members of Britannia Lodge combined their regular meeting with a special birthday celebration – Brother Hubert Cliff turned 90! Noble Grand Margaret Tinglay and Sister Beth Cowie decorated Ngatitoa Lodge … Continue reading Britannia Lodge celebrate a special Birthday!

Winter Activity Book for Kids

Use this Winter Activities book to keep children busy for hours!  It contains 24 pages of mazes, dot-to-dot, tracing pages, colouring pages, word scramble, creative activities that don’t require a computer, missing vowels, … Continue reading Winter Activity Book for Kids

Introducing our new Fraternal Manager!

Bro. Robert has been involved in Manchester Unity from the age of seven, starting as a Junior Member of Nelson Lodge and becoming a Member in 1967. Bro. Robert has served as Noble … Continue reading Introducing our new Fraternal Manager!

Vintage Machinery Museum a Huge Surprise!

Loyal Ashburton Lodge recently enjoyed a visit to the Roger Mahan vintage machinery museum in Geraldine. The museum came as a surprise to us all, just in the sheer scale! At the age … Continue reading Vintage Machinery Museum a Huge Surprise!

A surprise visit for centenarian Joyce Cooke!

Akarana centenarian Joyce Cooke was delighted with a visit from the Grand Master last Sunday afternoon. Up from visiting Rotorua and Waikato, Grand Master Bro Graham Allanson organised a special visit to Joyce … Continue reading A surprise visit for centenarian Joyce Cooke!

Wayne Hermansen Contracting

On Saturday 15th May a group of Woodville members visited Wayne Hermansen Contracting and spent an interesting and informative afternoon looking around the yard of a busy contractor. Wayne Hermansen showed us around … Continue reading Wayne Hermansen Contracting

Nelson’s Housie afternoons are back!

On Sunday 2nd May, Nelson members gathered to enjoy their first afternoon of Housie this year.  The room was silent with concentration, and only the voice of the Caller was heard, along with … Continue reading Nelson’s Housie afternoons are back!

Our ‘Join a Friend’ initiative is back!

Invite a friend or family member to join Manchester Unity so they can experience all the fantastic benefits that you already enjoy. Every friend or family member you get to join during June … Continue reading Our ‘Join a Friend’ initiative is back!

Win a 50” TV!!

Share your story on what prompted you to take up our most popular product – the Kickstart Share Fund benefit and be in to win a huge 50inch LG UHD TV! This competition … Continue reading Win a 50” TV!!

Check out our latest May edition of Fraternally Yours!

Discover our exciting new save on travel benefit, catch up on events around the lodges, meet one of our centennial members, read feedback received during the Outreach Program 2021 and be among the … Continue reading Check out our latest May edition of Fraternally Yours!

Latest Board Report – March 2021

Have you read the latest Board Report dated 18 March 2021? Read about the status of Membership growth and the second phase of Conversion.  Find out what the Grand Master is doing in … Continue reading Latest Board Report – March 2021

Update from past Higher Education Award winners

Members and their Children receive education awards to assist with education costs. Awards are available for Secondary and Tertiary education. You can read about how previous winners have benefited here. Here are some of the … Continue reading Update from past Higher Education Award winners

A Mother’s Planner

Use this planner to organise your busy week this Mother’s Day. Or give it to your mum, daughter, grandma, or favourite auntie. It contains 20 pages of planners, checklists, inspiration, lists, charts, schedules … Continue reading A Mother’s Planner

Holiday Activities For Kids

Use this Holiday Activities book to keep children busy for hours! It contains 20 pages of mazes, colouring pages, word scramble, creative activities that don’t require a computer, missing vowels, sudoku, and word … Continue reading Holiday Activities For Kids

NEW Save on Travel!

Plan your journey of New Zealand and book your travel through the Interislander or Bluebridge ferry or any of the three trains (Northern Explorer, Coastal Pacific or TranzAlpine) and receive a 10% discount … Continue reading NEW Save on Travel!

Conversion

Please note – we are not currently receiving further feedback on Conversion Proposal, in order to allow us to review and make decisions in response to feedback received prior to the cut off … Continue reading Conversion

Rotorua Lodge is Open!

On Monday 8th March 2021 close to 45 members from various lodges attended the grand opening of Rotorua Lodge at the Distinction Hotel, Rotorua! The Grand Master, first lady and the Fraternal Council … Continue reading Rotorua Lodge is Open!

BBQ Picnic Among Friends in Marlborough

On a stunning late afternoon in March, a group of members from Nelson and Marlborough met at Brayshaw Park in Blenheim for a barbecue dinner. A lovely shady area was found and much … Continue reading BBQ Picnic Among Friends in Marlborough

Nelson Shakes Rattles and Rolls

One of Nelson Lodge’s favourite post-meeting games to play is ‘The Button Game’ – a game for all ages! The bar is opened, drinks are served and then the game can begin. With … Continue reading Nelson Shakes Rattles and Rolls

A Perennial Favourite – Mini Golf

Loyal Nelson Lodge members couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with their sweethearts, than a game of mini golf together. It was a typical beautiful sunny Nelson day, not … Continue reading A Perennial Favourite – Mini Golf

Grandmaster Visit and Kaiapoi River Queen

Over 90 people attended the recent Grandmaster’s visit to Rangiora on 27th February! Over 30 certificates were presented to long serving members, along with three 25 year service jewels. Bro Charlie Gamble joined … Continue reading Grandmaster Visit and Kaiapoi River Queen

Easter Planner

Use this planner to super-charge your family’s Easter activities! It contains 24 pages of seasonal preparations, traditions, and Easter themed puzzles of wordsearch, word scramble, and missing vowels. Only available as a digital … Continue reading Easter Planner

Loyal Eastern Lodge celebrates long service members!

On the 13th of February, members of the Loyal Eastern Lodge came together for a fabulous day in the Bay of Plenty. Long service members were celebrated through a number of certificates being … Continue reading Loyal Eastern Lodge celebrates long service members!

Switch on to Technology

Manchester Unity and SeniorNet are working together to support and motivate our Members to feel comfortable and enjoy using technology as part of their everyday lives.  The two options available to you are below: Daily Online Sessions These are FREE and … Continue reading Switch on to Technology

February 2021 Fraternally Yours

Check out our latest February edition of Fraternally Yours! Meet our Higher Education and Secondary School Award winners, get the details on Outreach Program 2021, reminisce with our Christmas lodge event stories, read … Continue reading February 2021 Fraternally Yours

Win a Sunbeam Espresso machine!

Rate your recommendation of Manchester Unity and you could be sipping café-quality coffee at home with just the touch of a button! This survey has now closed. Terms and conditions apply. * *Winner … Continue reading Win a Sunbeam Espresso machine!

Mother Christmas delights Wellington children  

On Sunday, 6 December 2020, we held the Children’s Christmas Party at Stop Out Sports Club in Lower Hutt. Over thirty children were entertained with an indoor bouncy castle, outdoor games, face painting, … Continue reading Mother Christmas delights Wellington children  

Waikato Lodges Games Day and Bottle Auction

On a glorious, hot sunny Waikato day, over 40 Waikato Lodge members and their friends and enjoyed a fabulous day of outdoor games followed by lunch and bottle auction. A wide variety of … Continue reading Waikato Lodges Games Day and Bottle Auction

A White Star for Don Hopwood!

A chilly rainy day did not dampen the spirits of Don Hopwood, his family and the members of Ashburton Lodge as they made their way to Trott’s Garden in the early afternoon of … Continue reading A White Star for Don Hopwood!

2020 Winners of the Year 9 Education Grant!

The winners for the 2021 school year are… Miquela Penaranda Britannia Rebecca Hawke  Unity 2007 Isabel Wolfgramm Antipodean Max Wilson Riccarton Sophia Unwin Napier Jaxin Dicks Nelson Sasha Saunders Nelson Teihotu Marsters Britannia … Continue reading 2020 Winners of the Year 9 Education Grant!

Meet the 2020 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 make a difference in their lives … Continue reading Meet the 2020 Higher Education Recipients!

Young father winner of Noel Leeming gift card!

During December any new member who joined Manchester Unity went into a draw to win a Noel Leeming gift card. A huge congratulations to our Wellington winner, Paul Viskovic, pictured with his children, … Continue reading Young father winner of Noel Leeming gift card!

New Year, New Us – Family Bucket List and Goals Planner

Use this planner to dive into your family’s wants and needs in 2021.  It contains 14 pages of insightful prompts for you to target and achieve goals for your family during the new … Continue reading New Year, New Us – Family Bucket List and Goals Planner

Hanmer Holiday Home makes for a relaxing stay

We always love to hear how Members enjoy the Manchester Unity holiday homes.  Here is what one of our new members, Nellie, had to say about her family’s stay in Hanmer Springs in … Continue reading Hanmer Holiday Home makes for a relaxing stay