The Kilmarnock Edition

Christchurch - New Zealand Christchurch

Julian Anderson, Murray Compton, Dayle Hadlee, Ross Blanks, Erin Callanan sing Scottish and Irish songs at Nut Point Centre, 222 Langdales Rd. Info: 03 342 1033 or www.nutpoint.org

Highland Games Heavy Events Training Day

Hororata - New Zealand Hororata

Train in the unique Scottish Heavy Athletics; which require a mix of strength, athleticism and sheer willpower. Including: Caber Toss, Hammer Throw, Stone Putt, weight for distance and Sheaf Toss. Receive expert coaching from 18 times New Zealand Highland Heavy Events Champion, Pat Hellier and Olympic Games athlete (Javelin 1992). All levels of ability are ... Read more

Wellington Gaelic Club Ceilidh

Wellington - New Zealand Wellington

A ceilidh is held in the City of Wellington Pipe Band Hall, corner Stoke and Hanson Street Newtown, from 8.00pm - 12.00am. We are a very family oriented organisation and we encourage participation by all ages and encourage the opportunity for you to wear some tartan. Info: www.wellingtongaelicclub.org.nz

Drury Mini Pipe Band Contest

Auckland - New Zealand Auckland

Showcasing NZ's top mini pipe bands. They'll battle it out across all grades at Murphy's Law Irish Bar. Info: www.papakurapipeband.co.nz/minis/

Art n Tartan 2022

Waipu - New Zealand Waipu

Held annually in Waipu’s Celtic Barn, this extravaganza of light and sound shows off some fantastic entries of wearable art from far and wide and show cases the concept of how much tartan can be seen to symbolise not just the idea of Scottishness but so much more. Info: www.waipumuseum.com/art-n-tartan

Scottish Country Dancing

Wellington - New Zealand Wellington

Looking for exercise that's fun? Try Scottish dancing! It's social and energetic – exercise for body and mind, done to toe-tapping music at Wellington High School. Info: www.cecwellington.ac.nz

Silver Chanter Solo Piping Competitions 2022

Christchurch - New Zealand Christchurch

One of New Zealand's premier solo piping contests, presented by the Highland Piping Society of Canterbury, at St Andrew's College, Normans Rd. Info: www.pipersclub.co.nz

Hororata Highland Games

Hororata - New Zealand Hororata

The Hororata Highland Games is a Scottish Festival with a Kiwi twist! Held annually, this event has something for the whole family with pipe bands, kids events, stalls, Clans and more at Hororata Domain. Info: www.hororatahighlandgames.org.nz

Carterton Annual Dance

Carterton

Scottish country dancing in the Wellington region at Carterton School Hall, Holloway St. Info: www.wellingtonscd.org.nz

Wellington Gaelic Club Ceilidh

Wellington - New Zealand Wellington

A ceilidh is held in the City of Wellington Pipe Band Hall, corner Stoke and Hanson Street Newtown, from 8.00pm - 12.00am. We are a very family-oriented organisation and we encourage participation by all ages and encourage the opportunity for you to wear some tartan. Info: www.wellingtongaelicclub.org.nz

Auckland Highland Games

Auckland - New Zealand Auckland

Cancelled for this year and back November 18, 2023. Info: www.facebook.com/aucklandhighlandgames

Nelson Symphony Orchestra presents: Celtic Connections

Nelson - New Zealand Nelson

Amalia Hall is the violin soloist in the centrepiece of this exciting concert of the sounds of Scotland; Celtic Connections. Amalia will perform the well-known concerto by Max Bruch. Other works are by Mendelssohn, Maxwell Davies and McCunn. The concert will be conducted by guest conductor Marc Taddei who is the Music Director of Orchestra ... Read more

Happy St Andrew’s Day

Nationwide

Saint Andrew’s Day is Scotland’s official national day. Celebrate St Andrew’s Day (or in Scottish Gaelic ‘Là Naomh Anndrais’), Scotland’s patron saint!

Wellington Gaelic Club Ceilidh

Wellington - New Zealand Wellington

A ceilidh is held in the City of Wellington Pipe Band Hall, corner Stoke and Hanson Street Newtown, from 8.00pm - 12.00am. We are a very family-oriented organisation and we encourage participation by all ages and encourage the opportunity for you to wear some tartan. Info: www.wellingtongaelicclub.org.nz

Jenny Mair Highland Square Day

Palmerston North - New Zealand Palmerston North

The day begins at 8.30am with bagpipe and drum solos ranging from novice to A grade and attracts some of New Zealand's best musicians. Info: www.manawatuscottishsociety.com

RSCDS Auckland Summer School

Auckland - New Zealand Auckland

Summer School is a fantastic opportunity to improve your Scottish country dancing, attend amazing evening events and meet dancers from across NZ. All ability levels welcome. Celebrate the New Year in traditional Scottish Country Dancing style. Info: www.dancescottish.org.nz

Happy Hogmanay

Nationwide

The Scottish Banner wishes all our readers, advertisers and friends a very Happy Hogmanay and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2023!

Waipu Highland Games

Waipu - New Zealand Waipu

One of the longest-running Scottish gatherings in the Southern Hemisphere, offering fierce competition, spectacular entertainment and a full day of family-friendly fun. Info: www.waipuhighlandgames.co.nz

Royal New Zealand Pipe Bands’ Association Summer School

Christchurch - New Zealand Christchurch

The RNZPBA Summer School is the perfect opportunity to learn from world class tutors, alongside your mates and showcases some of the best talent New Zealand has to offer. With international and domestic tutors across all disciplines, this is the best way to kick start your piping or drumming year held at St Andrew’s College. ... Read more

Happy Burns Night

Nationwide

Celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Scottish poet Robert Burns. The tradition of the Burns Night Supper was first held in 1801 by the poet’s friends, five years after his death.

Turakina Highland Games

Turakina - New Zealand Turakina

A festival celebrating all things Scottish with activities and entertainment for all ages. There will be Highland & National dancing, pipe bands, solo piping and drumming competitions and traditional Scottish Field Events, a range of local market stalls with crafts, food and refreshments. Info: www.turakinahighlandgames.co.nz

DramFest 2023

Christchurch - New Zealand Christchurch

New Zealand's largest Whisky Festival at Te Pae Christchurch Convention & Exhibition Centre. Info: www.dramfest.co.nz

Pipes in the Park

Wellington - New Zealand Wellington

A celebration of Scotland and Wellington's very own Highland Games at Waitangi Park. Info: www.facebook.com/pipesintheparkWGTN

New Zealand & South Pacific Pipe Band Championships

Christchurch - New Zealand Christchurch

Pipe band competitions which includes South Pacific Championship status, following a recently signed agreement between the Royal New Zealand Pipe Bands’ Association and Pipe Bands Australia at Hagley Park. Info: www.rnzpba.com

Te Anau Tartan Festival

Te Anau - New Zealand Te Anau

A fantastic family festival in Te Anau, Fiordland celebrating the south's Scottish roots. Includes Piping & Dancing, & Highland Games for the whole family. The Te Anau Tartan Festival is held over Easter weekend at Real Journeys Fiordland Community Event Centre and adjacent Memorial Park. Info: www.teanautartanfestival.co.nz

Hawkes Bay Easter Highland Games

Hastings - New Zealand Hastings

Includes Highland & National Dancing and Solo Piping Competition. Info: www.facebook.com/HBEasterHighlandGames