Mark Winger, a lawyer from Sandringham, Auckland, will become the most senior officer within the 7,000-strong Freemasons New Zealand.
Winger – a senior partner one of Auckland’s oldest general practice law firms, Holmden Horrocks – will be installed as the 79th Grand Master Saturday succeeding John Litton of Waikanae.
Over a thousand Freemasons and their partners from throughout New Zealand and a contingent of 150 Freemasons and their partners from Australia will witness the ceremony at Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre. Freemasons New Zealand will hold its triennial conference in Wellington over the weekend.
Winger spent his early childhood in Kaikohe, Northland and on the death of his father moved to Auckland where he was supported by his aunt and uncle, who was a Freemason.
Winger was a boarder at King’s College, went on to study law at the University of Auckland
and was admitted to the Bar in 1977.
At Holmden Horrocks, Winger specialises in the areas of commercial law, corporate law and trusts. He also advises on legal matters for a number of charitable organisations, including those operated by the Freemasons of New Zealand, and an Auckland-based Masonic fund.
Winger became a Freemason in 1975 and has served in numerous roles within the organisation. He has been a board member of the New Zealand Automobile Association for 30 years.
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