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The following is the report of the Committee of the Masonic Union appointed to consider the founding of a grand lodge in New Zealand. It la as follows: Tour Committee have carefully considered the question of the constitution of a grand lodge for the colony, and believe that if the subordinate lodges and the craft generally approve of the formation of a grand lodge in New Zealand the following principles should be insisted on, and that articles Nos. 1, 2, 6, 9, and TO should be made unalterable by the Grand

Bodge, save with the consent of all this District Grand Lodges;— . That the Grand Lodge should meet once a year, That the place of met ting should be changed yearly,,and be in a diffeieut District Grand Lodge district eacli year. i That tpp Grand Lodge should be,composed of the District Grand .Masters, Deputy District 9rand Masters, and Wardens ex officio, and fifty members appointed by the subordinate lodges, t|ie Grand, Lodge to make regulations as to the mode.of appointment. , .. That the Grand Master should tie appointed for four years. , That the Deputy should be appointed by, the Grand Master, and all the other officers elected by the Grand Lodge at its meeting, and hold office for one year. That the Grand Lodge should have full legislative powers subject to articles !, 2, 6, 9, and 10, and supervise the administration of District Grand Lodges, but should have no other administrative function?.

That the Grand Master should appoint the District Grand Masters, the term of the office being four years. That the District Grand Masters should annually appoint deputies, and the District Grand Lodges should appoint their own officers annually. That the District Grand Lodges receive and administer all funds in the district, and have power to grant dispensations, certificates, and charters.

That the Grand Lodge shall have the power of levying from each district a sum not exceeding L4O per annum for its maintenance.

That the offices of the Grand and the District Grand Lodges should bo the same as those of the District Grand Lodges of the English Constitution in the colony. That no one but a P.M. should be eligible for office in the Grand Lodge nor hold the offices of District Grand Master, Deputy, or Wardens in District Grand Lodges. That there should be five District Grand Lodges in the colony—viz,, Auckland, Wellington, Westland, Canterbury, and Otago—and that new District Grand Lodges should be constituted by the Grand Lodges as tho constitutions may provide.

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MASONIC UNION., Issue 8024, 28 September 1889

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MASONIC UNION. Issue 8024, 28 September 1889

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