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November 2019

Marua Scottish Dance

November 16
Whangarei New Zealand

An evening of Haggis, bagpipes, whiskey tasting and music by special guests Kurfew at Marua Community Hall 752 Marua Rd. Info: [email protected]

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The Auckland Highland Games & Gathering

November 23
Auckland – New Zealand Auckland , New Zealand

The region's largest celebration of Scottish heritage with pipe bands, Clans, entertainment and more at the Ellerslie Event Centre. Info: www.ahg.org.nz

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VUW Wellington Scottish Interest Group

November 28
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

A friendly group for all interested in all facets of Scottish life – history, culture, etc at the Victoria University of Wellington Law School, Old Government Buildings, Lambton Quay. Info: www.wellyscots.wordpress.com

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St Andrews Day

November 29
Dunedin – New Zealand Dunedin , New Zealand

Dugald Robert Mackay will be onsite to mark St Andrews Day complete with bagpipes to bring life to Dunedin’s Scottish heritage as he pipes his way through the galleries at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Garden. Info: www.toituosm.com

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Happy St Andrew’s Day

November 30
Nationwide – New Zealand Nationwide, New Zealand

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!

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December 2019

Shetland Society of Wellington Christmas Party

December 1
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

Christmas Party and Members’ Afternoon Tea. Info: www.shetlandwellington.org.nz

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Scottish Celtic Music Group

December 6
Auckland – New Zealand Auckland , New Zealand

Monthly on the first Friday at St Luke's Church, 130 Remuera Rd. All instruments welcome to read through favourite Scottish tunes and dance sets. Info: John Hawthorn: [email protected]

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Scottish Fiddle Club Night

December 13
Auckland – New Zealand Auckland , New Zealand

7:30 PM - 11:00 PM at St Luke's Church, 130 Remuera Rd. Info: www.freewebs.com/aucklandscottishfiddleclub

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Christmas Celebration with a Celtic Spirit

December 14
Christchurch – New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand

Celebrate the holiday's with a Celtic spirit at Nut Point Centre, 703 Old West Coast Road /222 Langdales Rd. Info: 03 342 1033.

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40th Jenny Mair Highland Square Day

December 14
Palmerston North – New Zealand Palmerston North , New Zealand

Upwards of 20 Highland Pipe Bands and scores of contestant solo bagpipers and solo drummers will converge on The Square, with an extra special element this year in celebrating this milestone. Info:  Brent Le Quesne on 027 289 8711 or [email protected]

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Wellington Gaelic Club Ceilidh

December 14
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

Come dance with the Wellington Gaelic Club at Wellington City Pipe Band hall on the corner of Hanson and Stokes Street, Newtown. Info: www.wellingtongaelicclub.org.nz

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Happy Christmas

December 25
Nationwide – New Zealand Nationwide, New Zealand

Wishing all our readers and friends a very Happy Christmas and festive season!

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2019-20 RSCDS New Zealand Branch Summer School

December 28, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Cambridge New Zealand

Scottish country dance classes and events at St Peters School. Info: https://ss2019.waibopscd.org.nz

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VUW Wellington Scottish Interest Group

December 28
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

A friendly group for all interested in all facets of Scottish life – history, culture, etc at the Victoria University of Wellington Law School, Old Government Buildings, Lambton Quay. Info: www.wellyscots.wordpress.com

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Northcote Invitational

December 30
Northcote New Zealand

Come along and listen to some of New Zealand’s top solo pipers in their build up for the Waipu Highland Games. No entry charge. Events: Double MSR and Open Medley with a prize for the overall winner (based on medley preference)at Northcote Tavern. Info: Auckland & District Pipe Band: [email protected]

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Happy Hogmanay

December 31
Nationwide – New Zealand Nationwide, New Zealand

The Scottish Banner wishes all our readers and friends a very Happy Hogmanay and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2020!

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January 2020

Waipu Highland Games

January 1, 2020
Waipu – New Zealand Waipu, New Zealand

The first Highland Games in the world each year with pipe bands, Scottish dance, heavy events, Clan tents and more at Caledonian Park, Main Road. Info: www.waipugames.co.nz

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Scottish Celtic Music Group

January 3, 2020
Auckland – New Zealand Auckland , New Zealand

Monthly on the first Friday at St Luke's Church, 130 Remuera Rd. All instruments welcome to read through favourite Scottish tunes and dance sets. Info: John Hawthorn: [email protected]

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Scottish Fiddle Club Night

January 10, 2020
Auckland – New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand

7:30 PM - 11:00 PM at St Luke's Church, 130 Remuera Rd. Info: www.freewebs.com/aucklandscottishfiddleclub

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Turakina Highland Games

January 25, 2020
Turakina – New Zealand Turakina , New Zealand

The event is a family friendly day at Turakina Domain, including Pipe Bands, solo piping & drumming, Highland and National Dancing, traditional field events, children's events, Clan & market stalls and an evening ceilidh. Free on site parking and camp sites available @ $5. Entry $10 per person, children under 15 free. Info: [email protected] or ... Read more

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Happy Burns Night

January 25, 2020
Nationwide – New Zealand Nationwide, New Zealand

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.

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Ashburton’s Festival of Pipe Band Music

January 26, 2020
Ashburton – New Zealand Ashburton, New Zealand

Ashburton's annual Pipe band music festival beginning with Street March at 12:30pm, followed by Medleys & Sets in the Domain. Info: Peter MacLean: petermacle[email protected]

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February 2020

Paeroa Highland Games and Tattoo

February 8, 2020
Paeroa – New Zealand Paeroa, New Zealand

The 27th Annual Paeroa Highland Games & Tattoo will be held on Saturday 8th February 2020 at the Paeroa Domain. What started out as a small Pipe Bands Competition has grown over the years, and today is a fully-fledged Highland Games, one of only seven such Scottish gatherings in New Zealand, and the only one ... Read more

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Pipes In The Park 2020

February 15, 2020
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

Wellington's very own Highland Games. Pipe Band competition, Highland dancing, Scottish Country Dancing, Irish Dancing, Clans, Castles (of the bouncy kind) and Craft Markets. Bring your picnic blanket or deck chair, sit back and enjoy some great entertainment from some of the best Pipe Bands in the country. A fun family day out at Waitangi ... Read more

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Canterbury Centre Pipe Band Contest

February 29, 2020
Christchurch – New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand

Street March and piping events in Templeton. Info: [email protected]

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Central North Island Piping Contest

February 29, 2020
Rotorua – New Zealand Rotorua, New Zealand

City of Rotorua is hosting the CNI Contest on the Village Green, includes a pipe band Street March. Info: Paul Fuller [email protected]

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March 2020

DramFest

March 7, 2020 - March 8, 2020
Christchurch – New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand

New Zealand's largest whisky tasting and education festival and an iconic event in the drinks industry calendar at Christchurch Town Hall. Info: or 03 377 6824 or www.dramfest.co.nz |

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International Bagpipe Day

March 10, 2020
Nationwide – New Zealand Nationwide, New Zealand

Every March 10th you are invited to go out and play your pipes – anywhere, anyhow to anyone. Or you can simply listen to the pipes and enjoy the sound of Scotland!

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Pipe On In NZ Pipe Band Championships 2020 Invercargill

March 13, 2020
Invercargill New Zealand

A day of celebration as some of the worlds best bands gather for two days at the New Zealand Pipe Band Championships 2020. Pipe, drum, eat and drink in true southern style along side bands from NZ, Australia and the USA compete for the NZ title at Queens Park. Info: www.facebook.com/events/329868521068407/

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April 2020

New Zealand Military Tattoo

April 4, 2020
Palmerston North – New Zealand Palmerston North , New Zealand

New Zealand’s biggest military spectacular is coming to Palmerston North City. Experience an inspiring musical extravaganza bringing together more than 600 performers from around New Zealand who will showcase military and cultural heritage. Info: 0800 46 2020 or www.nztattoo.nz

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May 2020

Motueka Scottish Dancing Club Ceilidh

May 2, 2020
Motueka New Zealand

Motueka Scottish Dancing Club are holding a Ceilidh. A Ceilidh is a social event with Scottish or Irish folk music and singing, traditional dancing, and storytelling, so expect live music, lots of dancing and entertainment and of course good food at Lower Moutere Hall, Moutere Highway. Info: www.eventfinda.co.nz/2020/ceilidh/motueka

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