What is Freemasonry?

If you were to ask any of the 10,000 Freemasons in New Zealand to explain what Freemasonry is, you would probably get 10,000 different answers.

For many, Freemasonry is a hobby which has as its main appeal the friendship and camaraderie of a lodge; the result of shared beliefs and experiences.

For others, the opportunity to participate in various charitable activities and to give something back to the community is the attraction.

Some wish to explore the philosophical basis of Freemasonry and expand their knowledge.

Each Freemason has his own reasons for joining but whatever the reasons, there are three fundamental principles to which all Freemasons subscribe. Those principles are:

Brotherly Love

A Freemason will show tolerance and respect for others and behave with kindness and understanding to all.


Freemasons are expected to practise charity and to care for all in the community, especially those less fortunate than themselves, so far as they are able.


Freemasons strive for integrity – to live their lives by ethical and moral principles.

These principles are just as valid today as they were over 300 years ago when Freemasonry started.