News from the OMCT






The 2021 Community Grants.

In February 2021 Applications opened for community organisations to apply for financial assistance to purchase items to help them operate. 74 Applications were received by 31 March, and in early June four presentation functions were held to present the funds to the successful applicants. These were in Oamaru, Tapanui, Alexandra and Dunedin.

Other sponsorships such as the Youth Development participants were also recognised.
As well in Dunedin the University of Otago Freemasons Scholarships and Fellowships were acknowledged, as was the continuing sponsorship of the Chair of Paediatrics at the Dunedin medical School.

Speaking at the Dunedin Presentation, the Grand Master of Freemasons New Zealand, Graham Wrigley, congratulated the Trust on its contributions in Otago, and spoke of the continued support by Freemasons for both medical research and local community projects, such as seen at the presentation functions.

He also highlighted the fact that Freemasons NZ has confirmed an exciting sponsorship of this year’s Special Olympics New Zealand National Summer Games that will be held in Hamilton in December. (Since postponed)



Community Grants   (All of Otago)  45 organisations      
Youth Development Programme  (Elwing) 9 Participants.
The Port Chalmers Marine Lodge Bursary                      
Dunedin School of Art   (Fred Staub Open Art) ”               
Boock Estate Grants to the elderly   (to date)                 
Lake Ohau Village Restoration                                              

2021 TOTAL










June 2021

Grant Presenters : Munro Doran, Christine Garey, Graham Wrigley (Grand Master), Grant Watson and Prof. Ben Wheeler


June 2021

Christine Garey (Dunedin's Deputy Mayor) with grant recipient Chloe Hawkins from Bellyful, Dunedin



June 2021

Jim Watt (Deputy Grand Master) with Freemasons Scholarships recipients, Megan Taylor and Gemma Ballantyne


Masonic University Scholarships

May 2019

Conrad Goodhew, Shannon Tumataroa, Anna Charles-Jones and Dayle Keown celebrate their Masonic scholarships

Each year some of the country's top students are awarded Masonic University Scholarships.

For further information click here.



The Freemasons Oncology Fellowship


John Dennison (OMCT with the Oncology Fellowship Committee : Les Bresnell (Secretary), John Steele (Chairman) and Alistair Cowan (Tresurer) with Fellowship recipient Dr Melanie Grant.

For further information click here.






OMCT Donates to Foodbanks

The tireless voluntary workers at the Dunedin Salvation Army's Foodbank are grateful for any and all assistance they can get during the Covid-19 pandemic so a $6000 donation from the OMCT was a welcome surprise.

For further information click here.



Rt.W.Bro John Dennison JGW


It is with immeasurable sadness that the Trustees of the OMCT and the many members of Masonic Lodges in the region, learned of the unexpected passing of Rt.W.Bro. John Dennison JGW on Tuesday, 14 April 2020, following a short illness.  W.Bro. John Wren-Potter shares with us a personal overview of the life of this extraordinarily gifted, exceptionally generous and humble gentleman: husband to Ann, father to Sarah, and truly outstanding Freemason.


For further information click here.

OMCT Grants 2019

For details of the 2019 Grants Awards Ceremony click here.



Freemasons Scholaships Recipients

June 2019

Recipients from the University of Otago. Prof Glenn Summerhayes (Committee), Jarad Monk, Hetal Shukla, Georgina Cook, Brin Ryder and John Dennison (OMCT Chairman)


View a video of the 2018 Freemasons Scholaships Presentation 40th Anniversary


The 2016 Grants Awards

For photos of the 2016 OMCT Grant Awards click here.

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