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A surprise for Brother Breton

On Thursday the 25th April 2019, Wanganui’s Fraternal Administrator (F.A), Brother John Breton got a bit of a surprise!

At a Manchester Lodges meeting, Deputy Grand Master, Brother Graham Allanson presented Brother John with his F.A’s jewel.

 Brother John has done a tremendous job as F.A to Wanganui Lodge and it is nice to see his hard work and dedication rewarded.

Well done Brother John!

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Join a friend or family member

Win a week’s holiday

Invite a friend or a family member to join Manchester Unity so they can experience all the fantastic benefits that you already enjoy.

For every friend or family member you get to join during June, July and August, puts you in the draw^ to win a week away in one of our fabulous holiday homes*.

Application forms are available below, or from 0800 101 842. Certified Documents are no longer required – please ignore this section

Membership Application Form*

*Certified Documents are no longer required – please ignore this section

Medical Insurance Application Form

Funeral Plan Application Form

Direct Debit Form

^ Drawn Monday 2nd September
*  Dates subject to availability

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An afternoon of Tea and Treats

Mid-March 22 members assembled at Wellingtons Hippopotamus restaurant for High Tea – Hippopotamus has a fierce reputation as one of Wellingtons leading High Tea venues and they sure have lived up to their reputation!

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Bone china tea cups and saucers, immaculately dressed waiters and waitresses, a never ending supply of delicious teas and a delightful array of treats awaited us. Two hours slipped quickly away as we chatted, laughed, consumed large amounts of tea and devoured the delectable treats delivered to us on beautiful 3 tiered plates.

Everyone that attended thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and we can’t wait to go back!

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Higher Education Award recipient appointed to Halberg Youth Council

Recent Higher Education Award recipient Anton Besseling was interviewed on SKY Television at the recent Halberg Awards.

He has been appointed to the Halberg Youth Council which is a group of ten young leaders who represent the voice of physically disabled New Zealanders.

The Council was setup in 2017 to assist the Halberg Foundation to support it’s disability, sport and recreation programmes throughout the country. It assists local Halberg advisers, supports inclusion training and community programmes and events.

The Youth Council continues to support the Foundation’s vision of an inclusive New Zealand with the aim of providing for the next generation to be independent. 

Congratulations Anton!

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Wellington Lodges social calendar begins!

Antipodean Lodge began the year with a business meeting and caught up with each other’s news over a long supper (including a selection of chocolate).

Britannia Lodge welcomed in 2019 with a ritual meeting and some Fish and Chips! They also enjoyed some supper after the meeting and caught up with each other’s news.  

The second meeting of the year was Bro. Terry Upjohn’s first meeting as Noble Grand, and Sis. Margaret Tingay’s first as Vice Grand. Both are enjoying the challenge of their new offices.

City of Wellingtons first meeting was an informal one with Pizza for dinner followed by a delicious supper and catch up.

City of Wellington Petone Branches 2nd meeting of the year was a Fish and Chip meal attended by Bro. Jetly (CEO)  and Sis. McLean (Fraternal Manager). Everyone enjoyed robust discussions and shared enthusiasm for rejuvenating Petone Branch.

All the Wellington Lodges are looking forward to a busy year of meetings and social events and would love you to come and join them at a meeting or a social event.

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Tour of Earthquake Repairs

With the many changes that are taking place within Christchurch City, it was time to take a Janet’s Jaunt through the city. There are so many places and areas that are different since the Earthquakes, including narrower streets and speed reductions. 

We were lucky to have driver Andrew from Clark’s Buses providing us with much information. The group loved it and also enjoyed rounding off the outing with afternoon tea at the Black and White cafe at the Bush Inn Centre.

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Napier and Hastings Morning tea

Members of the Loyal Napier and Hastings Lodge came together at No.5 Café & Larder for a morning tea filled with plenty of coffee and plenty of socialising.   Members even got to enjoy the lovely voice of fellow lodge member Bro Brian Wright!  Morning teas are a popular social event for Napier and Hastings members and are held monthly, attracting around 40 members.

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Happy Riccarton Lodge Members

It was a happy group of Riccarton Lodge members, two grandchildren and two little dogs who enjoyed a recent evening walk through Abberley Park in Christchurch on the day following gale force winds throughout Canterbury.

It was a bit disconcerting to see a number of damaged trees and it was fortunate that no one was injured by the damage.

The cold easterly wind cut the walk-about short but everyone enjoyed the warmth and hospitality of the nearby McDonald’s to finish off the evening.  The group photo was taken by 7 year old Max Speirs.

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Share your Discount Card and Super Saver savings story

And be into win a Tefal Air Fryer!

Share a story of how you used your Discount Card, Discount app or Super Saver app – where you used it and how much you saved!

This survey is now closed.

Terms and conditions apply:

  • Winner will receive the prize by courier at their nominated home address.
  • You must be a member of Manchester Unity.
  • You must have a valid email address (which will be added to your account).
  • Your account may not be in arrears.
  • One entry per member.
  • Your feedback may be used on our website or in Fraternally Yours.

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Melville Askew – 99.99 years old

It was with great sadness that Loyal Egmont Lodge members learnt of the death of possibly their oldest member.  Melville (Mel) Askew died the day before his 100th birthday, passing away peacefully just as his extended family were gathering for a celebration of his extraordinary life.  Mel had many tales to tell but his experiences in the Second World War were particularly significant.

Mel saw action in World War II with the 19th Battalion of the Taranaki Company at the Battle of Crete. The battle was the first airborne invasion of WWII when German paratroopers rained down on 6,700 soldiers from New Zealand who, along with the rest of the Allied Forces, had been instructed to hold the island, but they were forced to surrender after 10 days.

Mel was wounded by a German stick bomb on the first day of the battle and spent the next four years as a prisoner of war in camps in Germany and Poland. He was freed just three weeks before the war ended.

Mel was an enthusiastic member of Manchester Unity for 83 years and was still attending the monthly Luncheon Club until just weeks before he passed away.

Photo caption: Bro Mel Askew, 6 January 1919 – 5 January 2019


High tea & Chocolate in Marlborough

A group of Nelson Lodge members joined the Marlborough Branch to enjoy a High Tea at Saveur Café & Bistro, positioned with a lovely view of the River flowing by.

Bone china, fancy napkins and tiered cake stands with all the trimmings. Delicious food and great company all made for a lovely afternoon. Members stopped at the Chocolate Factory on way back home for a tasting of samples.

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Trip down the Wild West Coast

In November 2018 a van load of Nelson members spent the weekend in the West Coast.  On Saturday, members drove south, from Nelson to Hokitika. First stop was the National Kiwi Centre in which we time it perfectly and arrived to see the Eels, Kiwi and Tuatara get fed. After lunch the group drove to see the magnificent Otira Viaduct alongside the friendly locals (a Kea) followed by a stop at Otira Hotel which is stuffed inside and out with interesting objects.


In the evening we met the local Westland members for a meal at Union Hotel in Greymouth.  This was a great chance for everyone to catch up.  Following the dinner IPGM Bro John Simpson presented a member with their 50 year certificate and updated all members on MU matters.

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Combined Christmas Dinner and 50 Year Certificate Evening in Blenheim

Marlborough Christmas Dinner was held at the Faiweathers where three Marlborough members were presented with their 50 Year Certificates by the IPGM Bro John Simpson. The ten Nelson members enjoyed a festive buffet meal with the attending Marlborough members and families. A lovely time was had by all attending. Then we all were given a bag of Christmas Goodies to take home with us by Marlborough NG Bro Ian Lammas.

L to R NG Marlborough Bro Ian Lammas, Bro Brian Herd, Bro David Dyer, Sis Betty Smart, IPGM Bro John Simpson

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Meet the 2018 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 maybe even the community.

The Winners for the 2019 year are….

Mason Lowe

I am looking to go to Massey University in 2019 to study a Bachelor of Veterinary Science, pre-selection. I chose to study this because I’m interested in the welfare of animals, and how I can use learned skills to help them. In the future I aspire to be a general practicing veterinarian.


Anton Bessling

In 2019 I will start my Degree, Majoring in Mathematics, and Minor in Chemistry, at Massey, in Palmerston North. These will be followed by a diploma in secondary school teaching.


I will continue to pursue running at a competitive level, as I would like to represent New Zealand.

Sara Dooney

In 2019 I will be studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) at University of Canterbury. I would like to major in either of the Chemical and Process or Mechanical disciplines of the degree. In the future, I am particularly interested in developing products and processes that are sustainable and environmentally friendly.


Hollie Unwin

In 2019 I will be studying First Year Health Sciences at Otago University. I then hope to gain entry into the medical programme and study to become a doctor,
eventually specialising in Psychological Medicine and pursuing a career in Psychiatry.

I have always gravitated towards Medicine as a future career as I am passionate about both science and improving the lives of those around me.

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Wellington area Children’s Christmas Party

The first Sunday in December  played host to the annual Children’s Christmas Party Wellington and a thunder storm!

This year, luckily  we moved the venue to the Stop out Club Rooms in Seaview which gave us much more room for the children to play indoors during the storm.

 The afternoon began with Zappos fabulous show of magic and balloon sculpting.

Once Zappo had finished Mother Christmas arrived with a huge sack of presents for the children.

Judging by the smiles on the Children’s faces I think the presents she brought along were very well received!

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The afternoon was rounded off by afternoon tea and Ice creams for the children and parents.

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Christmas Dinner at Vivant Wellington

On a hot and humid Sunday (9th December 2018) over 30 members enjoyed Christmas at Vivant in the Ibis Hotel.

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We were treated to a beautiful 3 course Christmas themed meal complete with Christmas crackers and wine.

Members thoroughly enjoyed the venue, the company and the excellent meal.

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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 any Holiday Home accommodation.


We wish you a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the 

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 fit in the Board room.

On the table are samples of the different types of cheese products they produce from cheese provided by another supplier. Amazingly we got to try all these different varieties. We were able to see the whole operation from a viewing corridor.

The company does make the ice cream and again we were able to see the packaging operation and to sample the product.

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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 held in the Kensington Room at The Petone Workingman’s Club.

The Grand Master, Sis Sue Meikle, began the afternoon by addressing the guests and answering any questions that the guests had.

The meeting then moved to the certificate presentation part of the afternoon.  Four Wellington lodges were represented at the event:

  • The Loyal Antipodean Lodge
  • The Loyal Britannia Lodge
  • The Loyal City of Wellington Lodge
  • The Loyal Rose of the Valley Lodge


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The Noble Grands from each lodge presented a total of 12 long service certificates to members ranging from 50 to 75 years of membership.

At the conclusion of the presentations the two longest serving member’s, Brother Westbury and Brother Stringer cut our celebration cake, before moving into a lovely, social afternoon tea.

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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. 

To start with, you will be able to access four things – Member Discounts, Super Saver, website, and the latest Fraternally Yours.  Think of the new mobile app as a shopping mall where we have added four shops.  In the next 2 years, we have an exciting program of adding other offerings including offerings we are currently negotiating with partners.  We expect this modern mobile technology platform to support growth and add value to existing members.

To get started, download our Manchester Unity app by searching ‘Manchester Unity’ in App Store or in the Play Store and follow these instructions to set up your account.

Terms and conditions apply:

  • You must be a Member of Manchester Unity
  • You cannot access this app if you are more then 3-quarters in arrears.


If you need help with any part of this ordering process, call Louise at Society Office at 0800 101 842 ext. 8785.

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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 and built in 1887/88, the tiny octagonal brick and rimu lined building at Glentunnel houses the local library which is completely run by volunteers. Also housing the local Post Office agency, the library is financed by the small revenue they receive from NZ Post. Badly damaged in the September 2010 earthquakes, the building has been completely rebuilt, strengthened and certainly retains its heritage attributes which continue the warm and welcoming environment for locals and visitors alike.

Volunteer Librarian Susie van Hulten has a genuine interest in the building and its history, sharing much of her knowledge with the group. It was in pouring rain the group ended their outing with a visit to Coton’s Cottage at Hororata, which also was extensively damaged in the September 2010 earthquakes. Built in 1864 for Bentley Coton and his wife, the cottage consisted of five rooms with an attic bedroom. Today the attic is no longer accessible but the cottage has been restored, reusing the original materials, to a very high standard. Certainly worth a visit alongside a the museum!

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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 was a great opportunity for members to gather and socialise, alongside meeting Nelson Lodges new Fraternal Administrator, Kathy King!

The afternoon procedure’s included presentation of certificates, cutting of the cake, a catered high tea and a quiz to finish off the afternoon.

An entertaining afternoon enjoyed by all those who attended.

Bro Robert Bruce and Bro Don Shirley with their 50 Year Certificates after cutting of the Cake.

Bro Don Shirley, Bro Robert Bruce and NG Sis Trixie Fraser who presented the 50 Year Certificates.

FA Sis Kathy King, Bro Don Shirley, Bro Robert Bruce and NG Sis Trixie Fraser.

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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.

How can I access these savings?

Merely use your Manchester Unity Member Discounts App. To get started, download our Manchester Unity app by searching ‘Manchester Unity’ in App Store or in the Play Store and follow these instructions to set up your account.

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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 survey.

Complete a short survey. Only two questions!

This survey has now closed. 

Want to give your feedback in person? Call Louise on 0800 101 842 ext. 8785

Entries close 3rd December 2018.

Terms and conditions apply:

  • Winner will receive the prize by courier at their nominated home address.
  • You must be a member of Manchester Unity.
  • You must have a valid email address (which will be added to your account).
  • Your account may not be in arrears.
  • One entry per member.
  • Your feedback may be used on our website or in Fraternally Yours.

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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 relaxing at meal at Dockside while watching the sun setting on the harbour. 

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After we finished our meal we took a short stroll across to the TSB Bank Arena while enjoying the  pre-show entertainment and exhibits.

Once at the TSB Bank Arena we joined the rest of our group and were treated to 2 hours of non-stop  costume’s and choreography – without a doubt the show is a journey of imagination and excitement.

We can’t wait till next years show!

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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 McLean were the drivers for the day and  they along with 2 cars of members, set off from Porirua railway station mid-morning for the 2 o’clock show.

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Members  enjoyed a break and lunch at a café in Foxton before heading to Feilding.

The Manawatu Tattoo was over two and a half hours of non-stop entertainment including performances by Craig Adams, Suzanne Prentice OBE, Foundation New Zealand Youth Pipe Band, Highland Dancers, Feilding Intermediate School, Palmerston North Boys High School Stage Band and OK Chorale, Bulls School Kapa Haka, Broadway Marching, Coach House Museum, Joe Lumsden’s Rough Riders, Military Vintage Vehicles and more.

A absolutely fantastic show enjoyed alongside a great group of lodge members!

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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 start with, members will be able to access four things – Member Discounts, Super Saver, website, and the latest Fraternally Yours.  Think of the new mobile app as a shopping mall where we have added four shops.  In the next 2 years, we have an exciting program of adding other offerings including offerings we are currently negotiating with partner.  We expect this modern mobile technology platform to support growth and add value to existing members.

To get started, download our Manchester Unity app by searching ‘Manchester Unity’ in App Store or in the Play Store and follow these instructions to set up your account.

Terms and conditions apply:

  • You must be a Member of Manchester Unity
  • You cannot access this app if you are more then 3-quarters in arrears.


If you need help with any part of this ordering process, call Louise at Society Office at 0800 101 842 ext. 8785.

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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 offers from restaurants, leisure activities, retailers, accommodation and much more.

We have partnered with NZ’s foremost sourcer of the best market offers available in the country, with a special member rate!

Find out more…

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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 that I won to attend WOW. It was a fantastic show and we thoroughly enjoyed it, it was extra special being the 30th anniversary and the awards night as well.  Our accommodation was also extremely nice, and handy to the venue, so could just walk over to the WOW show.  Please find attached two photos that we took.

Thanks again,

Kathy Anderson

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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 you save money, whilst freshening up the kids stationary supplies.

How can I access these savings?

Merely use your Manchester Unity Member Discounts App.

Don’t have the App?  Just visit the Play Store or Google Play for Android or App Store for Apple, download “Manchester Unity Member Discounts”, and start saving money! 

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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 Purple Degree was presented to last year’s Noble Grand Sister Margaret Bell and then a very surprised Sister Bern Haylock PDGM (shown here at right with Noble Grand Sister Fiona Chandler) was surprised to be awarded the Lodge Merit Jewel for her contribution to the success of Riccarton Lodge. Sister Bern served on the District/Fraternal committee for many years filling all offices and ensuring the successful running of all social events.  She brings these skills to Riccarton Lodge events and also she is the Lodge Welfare Officer, visiting members who are unwell and giving them a small gift.

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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 purchased four acres of land off the Dean’s brothers. The property was sold in 1905 to Annie Townend who named it ‘Mona Vale’ after her mother’s home in Tasmania.

Following a two year, $3.2 million repair and restoration, it reopened on November 28, 2016, and today is a popular cafe, restaurant and function centre, set amongst beautiful gardens which include a lily pond and an attractive gazebo, shown here. The amble through the gardens concluded with a beautiful afternoon tea in the restored homestead.

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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 up all over the table, some members realised they knew each other outside of Manchester Unity, whilst some took the opportunity to catch up with friends they hadn’t seen for a while! 

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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 splendid Hippopotamus Restaurant in the Museum Hotel.

From the moment we stepped inside, 16 Manchester Unity members were treated to an absolutely perfect afternoon. The afternoon High Tea menu offered a selection of Dilmah teas (or coffee if preferred), served in beautiful, dainty bone china tea cups.

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After our wait staff had seated us and all members had a lovely drink in hand, we were then presented the most exquisite array of fine food, presented on towering cake stands. The wait staff talked us through each of the items available in detail. The stands were filled with a mixture of sweet and savoury treats and all were thoroughly enjoyed over numerous cups of tea and lots of chatter.

What a perfect way to spend the first day of spring .

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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. This thought brought him to find his passion in mountain climbing!

He set his sights on the Seven Summits Challenge, consisting of climbing the tallest mountain in each of the world’s continents, with his goal being one per year. Having successfully climbed Elbrus in Russia, Kilimanjaro in Africa, Aconcagua in South America and Denali in Alaska, Everest was his next challenge! 

Flying into Lukla Airport in Nepal, it took 12 days to walk into base camp – a place Michael and the rest of his climbing team would call home for the next 6—7 weeks as their bodies acclimatised to the higher altitude. 

At 4.05am on 19 May, Michael Read stood at the top of the world – thought to be the 50th New Zealander to complete such a challenging and rewarding experience.

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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.

How can I access these savings?

Merely use your Manchester Unity Member Discounts App or your Members discount card upon purchase.

Don’t have the App?  Just visit the Play Store or Google Play for Android or App Store for Apple, download “Manchester Unity Member Discounts”, and start saving money! The access code for the App is MUFS1.

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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 very pleased to announce that the worthy recipient for 2018 is Bro. Sandy Graeme Lawson P.D.G.M.  Bro. Lawson was initiated into the Loyal Kimbolton Lodge in 1959 and after serving through the Chairs he moved to Feilding where he attended Loyal Manchester Lodge, also served through the Chairs there.  He later moved to Wellington, joined the Loyal Antipodean Lodge and has served that Lodge in the full range of positions.  Bro Lawson has served on both the Wanganui and Wellington District Management committees and as an Antipodean Trustee for 30 years.  He has been a deputy at MU Conferences 12 times and remains active in Lodge affairs today.

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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 and the Holiday Home cleaned on departure. For $20pp members can add Linen hire. Members can add ‘Fee for a clean’ for $60.

Linen hire and Fee for a clean can also be added to existing bookings.

Got a question? Call Rebecca on 0800-422732.

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“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 places they may never get to visit.

Sadly Sister Janet died in November 2015 but Janet’s Jaunts has continued with Sister Lynne Winsloe planning the interesting outings each month, February to November.

To celebrate 25 years since the formation of Janet’s Jaunts, long time members of the group, Brother Duncan and Sister Shona Mangels are shown cutting the Anniversary Cake during the Anniversary Lunch on July 19, 2018.

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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.

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A surprised Brother Barry was presented with Lodge Merit Jewel in recognition of his outstanding efforts as Elective Secretary over the last four or so years.

An equally surprised Brother Norm was presented with a bar for his Lodge Merit Jewel in recognition of the service he gave to the lodge last year when he stepped in as Financial Secretary.

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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 Mid-Winter buffet advertised and suggested Petone branch members friends and family go along and see what it was like.

Happy members enjoyed a wide range of tempting food, good company and great conversation.

The dinner was thoroughly enjoyed by all attendees!

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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 – October, you go in the draw to win a week’s holiday in one of our great holiday homes. Let’s get this rolling. The more you get signed up the better your chances of winning! Secondly we heldBusiness Forum 2018 in Wellington for all Administrators, Secretaries and Head Office staff. This was a great networking event for everyone thus ensuring we are all working together for the same purpose – “MEMBERS”. So much is happening with new benefits and products that ongoing training is paramount. Thirdly coming up in September there will be a new promotion looking at gaining many, many new members. Exciting stuff! In the meantime stay healthy and warm during this cold winter.

From your Grand Master,

Sue Meikle

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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 on 0800 101 842 ext. 8785

Entries close 3rd September 2018.

Terms and conditions apply:

  • Breakfast included.
  • Travel is not included.
  • Copthorne terms and conditions apply.
  • You must be a Member of Manchester Unity.
  • You must have a valid email address (which will be added to your account).
  • One entry per Member.

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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 and conversation – we also enjoyed a very reasonably priced meal.

The 2 for 1 menu was varied and had something for everyone, the most popular menu items being the steak and pork, closely followed by the fish.  Member’s enjoyed catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. Our youngest guest was a pre-schooler who came to visit each table with his very proud Grandad.

The sounds of guests laughing and enjoying themselves only stopped briefly while we ate our excellent meals.  The meals were of such a generous size most guests had no room for dessert.

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 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 with a drink, Christmas crackers (with much better jokes that last year), a Christmas quiz and lots of good conversation.

Mid-Winter Christmas dinner is always a popular event and a great time to catch up with old friends and make new ones, this year proved no exception as conversations quickly sprouted up across the 3 tables and only died down when our meals arrived!

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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 to enjoy and use technology.

SeniorNet brings older adults and technology together in a friendly, fun and stress-free way. Small, well organised classes, with volunteer tutors, about the same age as their students, run learning sessions on a vast range of topics to help 50+ years people use technology in their everyday lives.

Click here for details.  

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 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 members taking advantage of the free travel their Gold Cards allowed them.

Members spent the morning, chatting with old and new friends, catching up with each other’s news while enjoying excellent service and refreshments’ .

The morning was enjoyed by all and we are looking forward to Augusts coffee morning. (Venue still to be chosen)

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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 Manchester Unity Member Discounts App.

Don’t have the App?  Just visit the Play Store or Google Play for Android or App Store for Apple, download “Manchester Unity Member Discounts”, and start saving money! The access code for the App is MUFS1.

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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 who ensured that all attending got into the swing of the evening singing and toe tapping, with Barry Brinson at the piano and John Winsloe on drums.

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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 you as she was a valued member of the Fraternal Council team.  As such she had spent over six years travelling throughout the country attending Council meetings and most importantly meeting with our membership.  In total she gave 36 years of loyalty to Manchester Unity and for that we are all grateful.

Sis Joyce was working to assist the Fraternal Council until shortly before her unexpected early passing.  She was loyal to our Order to the end.  Thank you Sis Joyce for your dedicated time and effort and also many thanks to Bro Rex for his undying support of Sis Joyce during her term on the Fraternal Council.  She will be missed by many.  Rest in peace Sis Joyce.

From your Grand Master,

Sue Meikle



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 to look at the extensive array of movie memorabilia and movie equipment.

The Time Cinema is an old fashioned movie experience where guests are treated cartoons, short clips from days past and are required to stand for the Queen.
After the first half and intermission is held and members had lunch.

After we had finished lunch we enjoyed the main feature – All about Eve, a black and white movie starring a VERY young Marilyn Monroe.

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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 dinner together:

Antipodean enjoyed a meal at Giuseppe’s – a local pizzeria

Britannia enjoyed extremely nice fish and chips before there meeting in the lodge room

City of Wellington had pizza during their meeting  in there lodge rooms

City of Wellington – Petone Branch enjoyed a meal before there meeting at G8 Tandoori – a local Indian restaurant

The lodges regularly have a meal before meetings and enjoy trying different venues –  if you would like to join us for a meal before a meeting we would love to see you.

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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.  As you may have read on the website recently, I attended the 175th Celebrations of Britannia Lodge.  How proud can we all be to be a part of such a long-standing organisation.

In the coming months you will all be updated on what both the Board and Fraternal Council are planning with a view to increasing membership and improving the enjoyment of what is currently available to members.  Watch this space – it’s onwards and upwards for us all.

Already there have been more benefits offered and you should have received your Discount Cards.  I encourage everyone to make the most of all the benefits available.

Take care and look after one another.

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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 escape the background noise of the café. 

All members thoroughly enjoyed their catch up with fellow members, and their morning refreshments.

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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 left behind struggle with finding out information to assist them with finalising your estate. In this booklet you can record all this information for them in one place. This should be used in addition to a current Will.

This can be downloaded here or you can obtain a printed copy by contacting Rebekka Jobson on or call 0800 101 842.

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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 cedar tree. This stump has been left for visitors to see just how huge it is.

Due to the Canterbury climate, some trees grow some three times faster than in their home country. This results in the tree being not as solid, leading to cracking and disintegration. Before it was cut down to prevent damage, it was estimated to have stood at around 30 metres tall and was well over 100 years old. A similar tree still stands in the Gardens but has been wired to prevent a dangerous situation. The lovely outing concluded with afternoon tea at the Ilex Restaurant in the Gardens.

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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 Unity Fraternity.  I am most impressed for what the lodge does and has done for its members.

Unfortunately through the years I have not been as active in the lodge due to family commitments but, since my retirement I have returned to the lodge, and I am thoroughly enjoying it. My wife Erica worked for the U.F.S Pharmacy in Porirua many years ago and no longer accompanies me to the Loyal Britannia Lodge.

Thank you Manchester Unity!

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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 it back.  I had never heard of MU so asked what it was all about.   Brother Len Tompsett (who was the financial secretary of Antipodean Lodge at the time) called around to see me and explain everything.  I joined up immediately and haven’t looked back since.

I found out that my Mother and Father were both members of MU and Dad was even a junior member of the Blenheim Lodge.  They didn’t attend when living in Nelson or Wellington but I got them back into it again when they shifted to Palmerston North.  A couple of years after dad died, mum became the permanent left supporter to the Noble Grand.  A job she took very seriously and if the NG didn’t do something right she would let them know.

Both my daughters were Junior Lodge members, one based in Wellington and the other in Palmerston North.  When my daughters reached 15 years of age they both joined the Senior Lodge and went through the chairs.  When my Grandson turned 15 he joined the lodge and so did my granddaughter when she turned 15.  All my family have been initiated into the Lodge.

MU has been a life line for me for nearly 50 years.  Through some rough times it has always been Manchester Unity that has been there for me.  The one thing constant in my life.

I was extremely shy in those first few years, but as I progressed through the chairs I gained confidence with every passing duty.  I can now take minutes and chair meetings without hesitation.  It has stood me in good stead with my working life also.  One particular job was being secretary of the Monrad Intermediate School Board of Trustees.  Before MU I would never have been able to do that job.

I took out a funeral benefit and credit union account when I joined and a few years later took out life insurance (IAB policy).  The funeral benefit is one benefit I don’t think should have been abandoned as a minimum for joining MU – it is a weight of my shoulders knowing that my family will not face a financial burden once I pass.

I have enjoyed all the social side of MU as well as taking office and being on various committees (some of which have long gone now).  The ritual is very important to me even though I cannot remember it all by heart but have to read it.  I am enjoying the new ritual which has come out although there is always something special about the universal ritual.  The friendships gained through MU have been lifelong friendships.  Going to conferences round the country and meeting up with members from all over NZ is very special.  We all help one another in various situations.

Thank you very much Manchester Unity,

Beth Cowie

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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.   To mark the occasion, officers and some members wore historic regalia Brother Fitchett kindly lent us, for the day, from the archives.


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At the conclusion of the meeting the commemorative cake was cut  and afternoon tea was held. Afternoon tea was a chance for guests to chat, catch up with old friends and make new ones.

Guests then enjoyed and informal  late afternoon drink an evening of dinner, speeches and more chatting.

A great day was had by all,  and a big thank you, goes to all the officers that practised and practised their ritual to make the meeting a huge success.

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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 me!

I’ve lived in the region for the last 24 years and can’t think of a place I’d rather be.

My husband Peter and I have a lifestyle block over-looking the Waimea Plains and enjoy having the best of both worlds – a rural lifestyle but an easy bike commute to Richmond and Stoke. We have 3 sons, the youngest at Nelson College, and the older two just about to embark upon their first jobs in the business sector, one in Auckland and the other in Wellington.

Having spent 30 wonderful years working full and part-time in educations, I decided to branch out and focus on using more of my organizational and planning skills rather than teaching. I spent 2017 working for the Electoral Commission as the Returning Officer for the election, and also have a part-time position as the Senior Outreach Community Co-Ordinator for a parish of the Anglican Church. I believe their will be many similarities between that role and my employment with Manchester Unity.

When I’m not working I enjoy keeping fit, gardening, reading and preparing for my next speech for Toastmasters. My personal challenge for the New Year is to learn the keyboard. Please don’t expect a concert though – my childhood piano lessons were not very fruitful.

I look forward to meeting and working with you all from February.

Regards to all,

Kathy King

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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 25 January to enjoy the gardens and the summer weather.

The day had been warm but the weather change took place around the time to meet.  Groups headed off with most walkers meeting up to enjoy the beauty of the Rose Gardens to end the outing.

The group were then joined by 5 non-walkers for a quick supper. A great day was had by all.

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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 Lodge.  I explained that when I get the opportunity to tell non-members that our Society has been in existence for over 175 years I feel that is something really special and I feel really proud and honoured to be a part of such a great society.  I realise that times have certainly changed but members obviously have had the ability to adapt to our changing environment or we wouldn’t have lasted this long.  Wellington certainly proved to be in the forefront of progress within MUFS.

It was also great to see so much of the old regalia worn at the meeting.  As I had mentioned earlier it is great to move with the times and adapt accordingly but it is also so very important to remember and celebrate the past.  At my own Lodge last year we ran one of our meetings using the old ritual as many of our newer members had never seen it done and everyone really enjoyed the experience.

Congratulations to Loyal Britannia Lodge on being the second lodge to reach the great milestone of 175 years after Nelson being first in April 2017.

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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 this extremely important charity along the way.

On 6th December 2017, at the Nelson Lodge Christmas meeting, Brother John Simpson presented a cheque for $2998.10 to Michelle Hunt, the Cancer Society representative.

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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 were then shown around the gardens by Robyn the gardener. There were many acres of trees, shrubs, flowers and unusual plants along with three garden features. One of these was a very, very shiny steel ball held up and turned around by fine jets of water around the base, set in the middle of a pond surrounded by trees and plants. The shiny surface of the ball reflected the beautiful scenes of the surrounding gardens.

From here we traveled to the Orchard Café in Geraldine. The variety of meals was outstanding and thoroughly enjoyed by all.

 Our next visit was to Talbot Forest cheese factory in Temuka. What a wonderful tour of the factory. We were decked out in Hi-Visibility vests and taken by the owner Paul Fitzsimons to all parts of the factory.

Three tankers of milk were delivered daily to the factory. The cheese was made in many different varieties, some aged for up to two years, then cut into small wedges or squares, sealed and packed and then bound for supermarkets all over New Zealand and overseas. Paul has recently brought more land and buildings adjacent to the current factory and hopes to expand the business and turn these into a café and tourist attraction.

Finally back on the bus and homeward bound arriving at 4.30pm – tired, hot and happy.

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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 look forward to meeting as many of you as possible over the two years during my term of office.

I must thank all the delegates and friends that made my installation at Movable Conference in Christchurch such a memorable occasion. It certainly isn’t something that happens to you every day and I was so proud to be given the honour.

My aim is to make being a member of our great Society as enjoyable and fulfilling as possible for you as a current member, and to increasing membership so many more have the chance to enjoy and get value out of what Manchester Unity has to offer.

Here’s to a great 2018.

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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 Kaniere and lunched afterwards.

That evening we met the local Westland Members for a meal at Union Hotel, Greymouth after which IPGM Bro John Simpson updated them on MU matters and then he presented 50 Year Certificates.

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2017 Winners of the Year 9 Education Grant!

The winners are…                                                                                     

Maia ButtersBritannia
Alexander CameronBanks Peninsula
Ella CoatesEgmont
Jordon DansonRangiora
Tyson HaglundCanterbury
Ella JoblinBanks Peninsula
Paige KennedyNapier
Lily MartinNapier
Kate MundyRangiora
Joshua WilliamsCanterbury

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 in August 2018, when there will be a reminder about sending in your application. This is a free member benefit so please use it.  Remember that the child’s parent or legal guardian must be a member of Manchester Unity Friendly Society.

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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 maybe even the community.

The Winners for the 2018 year are….

Aimee Stewart from Napier

In 2018 I will be heading down to Otago University to study first year Health Sciences. From there, I aim to gain entry into the Medical Programme and become a Doctor. I am interested in becoming an Emergency Physician as both critical thinking and problem solving are essential to the job as it has an immediate impact on lives. In the future I hope to be able to be involved in public health and raising awareness of the critical link between lifestyle and many of the health problems we face today, overall making a difference in the people’s health across New Zealand.


Ella Bonnington from Ashburton

In 2018, I will be commencing my second year of the Bachelor of Nursing Degree at Ara Institute of Canterbury. I wanted to be a nurse to make a difference in people’s lives and to challenge myself. Practical work with patients this year has confirmed to me that this is a career I want to pursue.




Scarlett Stott from Christchurch

I am studying a double degree (BA/BSc) at Canterbury university, which I started earlier in 2017. I am majoring in Chemistry and Music with a minor in Te Reo Maori. My degree is five years and on completion I intend to train to be a secondary school teacher where I hope to teach Chemistry.




Renee Robinson from Wellington

I discovered my passion for computer science in high school and have continued to love it ever since. This made it an easy decision to major in computer science for my university degree that I will be studying at Victoria University in my home town. My goal is to use this degree and knowledge to lead me to becoming a programmer.


Want this to be you in 2019?

Applications for the 2019 study year open in July 2018. Keep an eye out in Fraternally Yours or click here.

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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 a very enjoyable Festive Season.  The musical entertainment by Ian Mac saw some members, including Sister Shona and Brother Duncan Mangels, both PDGM’s, get up and dance much to the delight of others watching on.
While there were four eligible 50 Year certificate recipients, only two were in attendance, Brother Cyril Smith PG, left, and Brother Kevin Mullany, who are shown cutting the Christmas Cake.  Brother’s Murray Wright and Ian Drew were unable to attend.


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50year Jewel Presentation – Bro Herb Ward

Herb joined Loyal Moerewa Lodge, Kerikeri  Branch Lodge in Auckland District on the 2nd March 1967. He attended there until moving to Hokianga Lodge from 1969 until 1980 when moving to Jubilee Lodge in Paeroa, Thames  from 1980 until it closed.
He was NG there 3 times and a Trustee before moving to Feilding and joined Loyal Manchester Lodge in 1998. He is a Past District Grand Master of the Wanganui District and has been an active member attending both Manchester and Wanganui Lodges’ meetings and social functions.


Winter Holiday Home Promotion!

You know Manchester Unity’s holiday homes are fantastic value.

Great locations. Beautiful country spots. Warm and comfortable. For Members and their families. And so affordable.

Well, we have been sprucing up the holiday homes. We have released a fabulous refurbished unit in Taupo, installed scorching new heat pumps in Ohope and placed cosy insulation in Hanmer Springs.

We want you to enjoy these upgraded units! You will need to get in quick to grab the 50% Winter Promotion for weekly bookings made for June, July and August 2018.

Bookings for these periods open from 7 December 2017 and are subject to availability. Bookings can be made on our website or over the phone on  0800 422 732.

Book now!

Terms and Conditions:

  • Only valid for Taupo, Ohope & Hanmer Springs
  • Only valid for Weekly Bookings
  • Only valid for bookings in June, July & August

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Photos with Mother Christmas – Wellington Kids Christmas Party

On the 3rd December, Mother Christmas stopped in to say hello at the Wellington Children’s Christmas party.
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Armed with a big bag filled with presents, Mother Christmas was very popular at the Christmas Party with lots of laughter and photos to be had.

Wellington Kids Christmas Party

Sunday the 3rd December 2017 saw approx. 100 members, children and family members attend the Wellington Children’s Christmas Party.

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The afternoon began with some Christmas art and craft activities and then we were treated to a magic show by Zappo the magician. Zappo held us spell bound during his show which ended with him teaching the children (and adults) how to make a balloon hat.

We then had a Christmas sing along led by Brother Cliff on his piano accordion while we waited for Mother Christmas to arrive.

Mother Christmas arrived and the children all received there Christmas presents and a bag of sweets then we all enjoyed afternoon tea and an ice cream.

Elections Results from Movable Conference 2017

At Movable Conference 2017 in Christchurch, delegates voted for the candidates for the roles of Director. Delegates voted David Haak as a new Director to the Board. The new Board members therefore are:

Michael Ambrose (Chair)
Bro Graham Allanson
Bro John Lowe
Bro Blair Robinson

David Haak

David has nearly 40 years’ insurance experience and has held a variety of executive and governance positions. David brings a wealth of knowledge regarding Insurance, Investment and Financial Services in New Zealand.

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Bro Paul Hopewell was presented with his special safety hat at Banks Peninsula’s Christmas Function

Would you trust your Lodge Fraternal Secretary with your Health and Safety dressed like this? 

Bro Paul Hopewell was presented with his special safety hat at Banks Peninsula’s Christmas Function held at the Akaroa Bowling Club.  Twenty six members enjoyed a wonderful meal with great food and a hilarious and informative talk by Thomas and Rita of Clown Doctors.  Bro Paul is flanked here by Clown Doctor Thomas and Past Grand Master Bro Paul Haglund.

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Have your say on the reason why someone would become a Member of Manchester Unity

And be in to win $300 JB Hi-Fi Gift Cards!

Complete a short survey. Only three questions! Comments are optional. This survey is now closed.

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Vodafone has recently announced the closure of their email servers with a number of Manchester Unity Members emails addresses being affected.

If you are/were a Vodafone customers, please make sure your details are all up to date with Manchester Unity.  You can send us your new email address on.

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Wellington Lodge Members busy weekend

This weekend the Wellington lodges enjoyed an evening at the Carter Observatory  and a tour of Golders Cottage, followed by lunch at Lime Light café.     
On Friday night 13 members and family braved the weather and enjoyed a fantastic show in the Planetarium and a fascinating  look around the exhibits.
Sunday morning saw 11 members enjoy a fascinating tour of Golder cottage in Upper Hutt  and we then enjoyed a lovley lunch at Lime Light Café

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Busy months for Nelson Lodge

Members of Nelson Lodge have been very busy with social activities over the past few months. Firstly was the Visit to Nelson Lodge by the New Zealand Grand Master Bro John Simpson on Sunday 17th September. Members toured the World of Wearable Art and Classic Car Museum. Afterwards moving to the Lodge Rooms where the GM Bro Simpson presented 50 Year Certificates. After which he addressed the attending members. The NG Sis Rosalie Winter presented a cheque on behalf of Nelson Lodge for the Grand Masters’ Charity. The Afternoon finished with Afternoon Tea and a social time.

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Loyal Riccarton Lodge 131st Anniversary Dinner

At the recent Loyal Riccarton Lodge 131st Anniversary Dinner, Sister Margaret Bell, Noble Grand, made the presentation of the Purple Degree to Immediate Past Noble Grand Brother Trevor Murray who acknowledged that while it had been a challenge for him to take up this role he was delighted to have had the experience and to now have his own collar.

He especially thanked Brother Malcolm Yorke PDGM who had been his Right Support for his support and to others in the Lodge who had given him guidance. His achievement was acknowledged with acclamation.

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