Exploring who we are and why we are here
Theosophy Library
Amazing Selection of Books

Auckland Theosophical Centre Library has available to members a unique collection of sacred texts and significant works on philosophy, science, and the world’s religions. Prominence is given to the ancient traditions of the world, with sacred texts and commentaries arranged in the historical, cultural, and geographical context in which they evolved. In this way, the reader can follow the recurrent ideas that have helped people of all cultures find a deeper meaning in life.

Also included is a wealth of material on Western Philosophy, comparative religion and mythology, Theosophy, Mysticism, Alchemy, Masonry and material from various Ancient Wisdom Traditions as well as leading-edge fields of science.

The primary objective of the Library is to provide the resources for each to research into the Ancient Wisdom Traditions and their relevancy for today with particular regard to The Society’s Mission:  To serve humanity by cultivating an ever deepening understanding and realisation of the Ageless Wisdom, spiritual self-transformation, and the Unity of all Life..

The public is welcome to browse and study, and members are available to discuss Theosophy and to assist in particular areas of interest and research.

Where are we: 4 Warborough Ave, Epsom, Auckland

Hours:  Saturday: 10am – 12pm and Monday: 7.00 - 7.30 pm when study class is open (see programme)


Visitors and enquiries are welcome

A regular Newsletter is published and sent to members by post or email which highlights the activities at the Auckland Theosophical Centre and some of the work being undertaken by various members of the branch. Here is a copy of the latest newsletter;

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Click on the image above to view the Newsletter.

The First Members in New Zealand

The birth of Theosophy in New Zealand did not take place in Auckland although this city has always been the centre of the Theosophical Society in this country. Mr Augustine Les Edgar King was the first New Zealand member, having joined when on a visit to London. His Diploma is dated 3rd April 1879 and on his return to New Zealand he became the first member of the Society in the Southern Hemisphere.

Mr Thomas G de Remzy of Dunedin joined in January 1883 and at the end of that year Mr & Mrs James Cox became members in Auckland. Col. Olcott writing of Mr Cox says: “He had such a reputation as a psychometrist principally by way of distinguishing disease that he made a good living by practising the profession, constantly going between Auckland and Sydney to see his patients; Mr E.T. Sturdy whom Col. Olcott referred to as the “Father of Theosophy in New Zealand”, joined the Society in 1885 while living at Woodville in Hawkes Bay. After travelling overseas and meeting Col. Olcott, H.P. Blavatsky and W.Q. Judge he returned to New Zealand and settled in Wellington. Gathering a group of students around him he started the Wellington Lodge which was chartered in 1888. Unfortunately this, the first lodge in New Zealand, ceased to exist when Mr Sturdy returned to England, where he became a student in H.P.B.’s “inner group”.

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Membership of the HPB Branch of the Theosophical Society.

To become a member of the Theosophical Society you must be in sympathy with the Society's objects which are:

  1. To form a nucleus of the Universal Kinship of Humanity, without distinction of race, ethnicity, creed, gender, sexual orientation, caste or colour.
  2. To encourage the study of Comparative Religion, Philosophy and Science.
  3. To investigate unexplained laws of nature and the powers latent in the human being.

Before applying to join we invite you to attend some of our meetings so that you may get to know us. Most of our meetings are open to the public.

Individuals and families may apply for membership of the HPB Branch by filling out the application form and posting it to:

Membership Secretary
HPB Branch of the Theosophical Society
4 Warborough Ave
Epsom 1051

Please download the Application Form

Subscriptions are paid in advance and fall due in September. All applications have to go via the committee for approval before being accepted. We recommend attending meetings for a couple of months before joining.

Costs are as follows:

$60 per year per person
$80 per year for a family (living at the same address) and a form must be filled out and signed by each person
$37.50 per year per person for unwaged

Bank Account Details You can deposit subscriptions directly into our bank account.  Ensure you put your name in the statement details along with "subscription"
H P B Lodge of the NZ Theosophical Society (Inc)
Bank Account: 12 3011 0757379 00


Tim Boyd and Dr. Kavita Beri Interview

What is Theosophy? What are its' core principles? Is it a religion? Can you be a member of the Theosophical Society and still follow a religion, or be an atheist, or a scientist? International President of the Theosophical Society Tim Boyd answers these questions and more in a riveting interview with Dr. Kavita Beri, a renowned physician, scientist and professor.

Who We Are:

The Auckland Theosophical Centre

The Theosophical Society was established in Auckland in 1892 with the object of promoting the exploration of Theosophy in the community. Theosophy is a Greek word which translates to Divine Wisdom. The Theosophical Society today maintains that there has always been knowledge of this Wisdom Tradition, traces of which can be found in all the religions of the world, in the sacred texts left by the Ancients, in the myths and traditions of each country and the discoveries by modern science. As individuals and as an organisation we endeavour to explore these traditions so we may come to know Who we are, Where we are going and Why we are here.

We hold study programmes where we invite all who are interested to join us in our exploration of the Divine Wisdom and through that come to know our Self. We also offer programmes for members should you wish to join the Society. We endeavour to help the community through various types of services including through the Theosophical Order of Service in New Zealand

The Society imposes no dogmatic view on its members. We respect the right of each individual’s point of view on their own journey of understanding and ask that those who participate in our programmes do the same for others present.

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Theosophical Programme

The Auckland Theosophical Centre put together various types of studies where we explore Theosophy. Most events are complimentary, although a small donation to help cover costs is always appreciated. We welcome new people to come to our introductory series starting on Thursday 23 March at 7.30 pm. These evenings are an opportunity to meet with like minded enquirers of the Ancient Wisdom to gain an understanding of what Theosophy and the Theosophical Society is all about. All are welcome!

Public Events

Theosophical Centre
HPB Lodge, Auckland
4 Warborough Avenue, Epsom

Monday Evenings Programme

We continue our Fire of Theosophy Series from 2022 exploring The Key to Theosophy from Monday 27 March.
For any further information, contact Renee on 021 1755 170

MARCH 2023
Date Time Subject
Sunday 05 10.00 am - 4.00 pm THEOSOFEST

Come and join us for a great day out
Full details in the Newsletter
Tuesday 07 7.00 - 9.00 pm International guest speaker
William Meader
The Soul of Humanity Evolves through World Crisis
This event requires pre-registration
txt Renee on 021 1755 170 for details
Saturday 25 10.00 am - 12 noon Saturday Morning Discussion Group
Adyar Day Celebration
Monday 27 7.30pm Fire of Theosophy Series
Studies in Exploring The Key to Theosophy continued

APRIL 2023
Date Time Subject
Monday 03 7.30 pm Fire of Theosophy Series
Studies inExploring The Key to Theosophy continued
07 - 10 April Easter Break
Please note the library will be shut over the Easter Weekend
07 - 11 April National Section Event: School of Theosophy:
with Ravi Ravindra
Journey of Spiritual Search
Must register event: Details in magazine or online at:
Monday 17 7.30 pm Fire of Theosophy Series
Studies in Exploring The Key to Theosophy continued
Thursday 20 7.30 pm Introductory evening to Theosophy
What is the Ancient Wisdom/or Theosophy (1)
Saturday 22 10.00 am - 12 noon Saturday Morning Discussion Group
Reincarnation - Why Can’t We Remember?
Monday 24 ANZAC Day Break
Tuesday 25 ANZAC Day Holiday

MAY 2023
Date Time Subject
Monday 01 7.30 pm Fire of Theosophy Series
Studies in Exploring The Key to Theosophy continued
Thursday 04 7.30 pm Introductory evening to Theosophy
Is there Life after Death? (2)
Monday 08 7.30 pm White Lotus Day Gathering
followed by shared supper
Monday 15 7.30 pm Fire of Theosophy Series
Studies in Exploring The Key to Theosophy continued
Thursday18 7.30 pm Introductory evening to Theosophy
The Human Being (3)
Saturday 20 10.00 am - 12 noon Saturday Morning Discussion Group
Life After Death - What Survives?
Monday 22 7.30 pm Fire of Theosophy Series
Studies in Exploring The Key to Theosophy continued
Monday 29 7.30 pm Fire of Theosophy Series
Studies in Exploring The Key to Theosophy continued

JUNE 2023
Date Time Subject
Thursday 01 7.30 pm Introductory evening to Theosophy
Reincarnation & Karma (4)
3-4-5 June June weekend break
Please note the library will be shut over the long weekend
Monday 12 June Break
Thursday 15 7.30 pm Introductory evening to Theosophy
Reincarnation & Karma continued (5)
Monday 19 7.30 pm Exploring Theosophy
Details to be Advised
Saturday 24 10.00 am - 12 noon Saturday Morning Discussion Group
Our Thinking Principle – What is the Mind?
Monday 26 7.30 pm Exploring Theosophy
Details to be Advised
Thursday 29 7.30 pm Introductory evening to Theosophy
The Power of Thought (6)

Members Events

There is a monthly programme for members of the Theosophical Society, generally on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm.

We welcome members to these events allowing us to get to know each other along with being able to explore Theosophy at a deeper level together.

A light supper follows these meetings. Bring along a plate to share with others.


Occasionally we do host seminars or workshops allowing participants to explore more deeply, in a practical way, some of the processes we discuss in our meetings. For theosophy to be useful in our lives, it is necessary to make it a living experience every single day.Keep an eye on this page for any National events:

National Events

Date Time Subject
5 - 8 August 2022 School of Theosophy with special guest Barry Bowden
Theme: Meditation Explored
Please note this event is now full
3 - 4 September 2022 Immersion Weekend
This is a two day event where we explore the tenets of theosophy together and have an opportunity to mix with others of like mind from around New Zealand

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