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August 2018

Auckland Centre Solo Piping Festival

August 25
Auckland – New Zealand Auckland , New Zealand

Come along and support emerging pipers. Solo piping competition & events at Uxbridge Arts Centre, 35 Uxbridge Rd, Howick. Info: Merv Appleton 09 534 9634 or 027 246 0929.

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Highland Ball 2018

August 25
Waikanae – New Zealand Waikanae, New Zealand

Come along to the Highland Ball in Waikanae for a fun evening of dancing and socialising. Live band all night, a set from the Kapiti Pipes & Drums and a full catered supper provided. BYO drinks. Email [email protected] for enquiries, or check out our Facebook page Kapiti Caledonian Society www.facebook.com/events/126146044719771/?ti=ia

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The Dramatic story of Comrie, a beautiful village in Perthshire

August 28
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

Margaret Kamester, a friend in Canada, has written about this village and the WWII POW camp at nearby Cultybraggan, where a very special man, Herbert Sulzbach, achieved wonders in the de-Nazification of prisoners, and how one of them, Heinrich Steinmeyer, rewarded Comrie with amazing generosity for the humane treatment accorded to the prisoners with the ... Read more

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The Long Take: Robin Robertson

August 28
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

Robin Robertson is one of Britain's most acclaimed poets. His recently released book-length narrative poem, The Long Take, is 'a beautiful, vigorous and achingly melancholy hymn to the common man that is as unexpected as it is daring. Here we have a poet at the peak of his symphonic powers taking a great risk, and ... Read more

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Diary of a Bookseller: Shaun Bythell

August 29
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

Chronicles a year in the life of The Bookshop - the largest second hand bookshop in Scotland. It contains over 100,000 books, spread over a mile of shelving along twisting corridors. Bythell paints, with Black Books-esque humour, a picture of a daily grind punctuated by time-wasting customers, the occasional golden find, and spits aptly as ... Read more

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Ceilidh Club

August 31
Auckland – New Zealand Auckland , New Zealand

St Davids in the Fields Church, 202 Hillsborough Rd. All are welcome to play, dance, or even call ceilidh dances and certainly just to watch. Info: [email protected]

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September 2018

NZ Solo Drumming Championship

September 1
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

The RNZPBA is delighted to announce the inaugural NZ Solo Drumming Championship at The Drama Theatre, Scots College. The competition is an invitation only one independent of pipe band contests or solo piping events. The RNZPBA plan to live stream the event. Info: www.nzpipebands.org.nz

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Heart of The Highlands

September 3
Blenheim, Marlborough New Zealand

Heart of the Highlands will tell the stories and legends that are said to be the origins behind the traditional highland dances of Scotland. The Highland Dance Company of New Zealand brings together New Zealand’s top highland dance talent including past and present NZ champion dancers at ASB Theatre Marlborough, 2 Hutcheson St. Info: www.nzahnd.org.nz

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Creative Writing Workshop with Denise Mina: Plotting

September 3
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

Acclaimed Scottish writer Denise Mina leads an in-depth guide to plotting. Join a limited capacity group to learn the art of a well-baked plot from the writer of the Detective Morrow and Paddy Meehan series and of plays, short stories, and graphic novels. Bring your works in progress or come with a clean slate and ... Read more

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A Life of Crime: Denise Mina

September 4
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

Best-selling Glaswegian crime writer Denise Mina joins Catherine Robertson for a conversation about a writing life immersed in the darker side of life. Following her brilliantly engrossing Alex Morrow and Garnethill series, Mina's latest book is the award-winning The Long Drop, based on the true story of Peter Manuel, a serial killer operating in 1950s ... Read more

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Heart of The Highlands

September 6
Oamaru New Zealand

Be sure to see this spectacular showcase of Celtic legends told in highland dance by the internationally acclaimed Highland Dance Company of New Zealand. Learn the stories behind the classic dances of the highlands of Scotland brought to you by this innovative Company of New Zealand’s top highland dance talent joined by Oamaru’s own local ... Read more

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Scottish Celtic Music Group

September 7
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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With Strings Attached

September 9
Blenheim – New Zealand Blenheim, New Zealand

A mix of Irish, Scottish and American folk music with guitar, fiddle, banjo bodhran and voice at Dodson Street Beer Garden, 1 Dodson St. Info: www.dodsonstreet.co.nz

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Celtic Pipe Band: Worlds Variety Concert

September 9
Nelson – New Zealand Nelson, New Zealand

The Celtic Pipe Band present an afternoon of entertainment with a mixture of traditional and modern music in their very own Worlds Variety Concert at the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts. All proceeds will help CPB get to the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow - August 2019. Tickets: www.ncma.nz

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Scottish Fiddle Club Fiddle Club Night

September 14
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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End of Winter Ceilidh

September 15
Auckland – New Zealand Auckland , New Zealand

Join us for a ceilidh dance to farewell winter and welcome in spring! As usual your favourite family band the Chias will be playing up a storm to get your toes tapping and hands clapping. Everyone welcome, invite your friends and family at Te Atatu Peninsula Community Centre. Info: +64 22 084 8581 or www.facebook.com/aucklandceilidhs

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Shetland Society of Wellington AGM & Anniversary Lunch

September 16
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

At Pipe Band Hall, Newtown, 12.30pm. Info: www.shetlandwellington.org.nz

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Celtic In the Kirk

September 16
Picton New Zealand

A Celtic Variety Concert featuring performances by Shamrock Touch, Highland & Irish Dancers, Ella Kernick-Harvey (vocal), Blenheim & Districts Pipers and Drummers, Angus John Monk (piano), Kurt Simcic & friends (Celtic) at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 38 York St. Info: Phone: 03-573 6466.

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Ceilidh Dance: Family Fun for All

September 16
Christchurch – New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand

A cèilidh is a traditional Scottish or Irish social gathering. In its most basic form, it simply means a social visit. In contemporary usage, it usually involves playing Gaelic folk music and dancing, either at a house party or a larger concert at a social hall or other community gathering place. At Irish Society Hall, ... Read more

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Papakura Pipe Band Whisky Tasting Fundraiser

September 21
Auckland – New Zealand Auckland , New Zealand

Sampling whisky from 6 of Scotland's finest distilleries, come join us for an evening of fun and whisky history, with entertainment by Papakura Pipe Band at Glengarry Wines, 118 Wellesley Street West. Info: www.papakurapipeband.co.nz

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Encounters in a New Zealand Colonial Settlement

September 28
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

“It is curious how keenly allied in character are the Scottish Highlander and the Maori” – Former Director of the VUW Stout Centre Irish/Scottish Studies, Brad Patterson will tell of his research into the intriguing story of this relationship with the Victoria University of Wellington Scottish Interest Group. Info: www.wellyscots.wordpress.com

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Ceilidh Club

September 28
Auckland – New Zealand Auckland , New Zealand

St Davids in the Fields Church, 202 Hillsborough Rd. All are welcome to play, dance, or even call ceilidh dances and certainly just to watch. Info: [email protected]

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October 2018

Scottish Celtic Music Group

October 5
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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Drury Mini Pipe Band Contest

October 6
Auckland – New Zealand Auckland , New Zealand

Papakura Pipe Band excited to announce the mini band contest is back again for 2018, with more craic in store for everyone at Murphy's Law Irish Bar, 200 Great South Rd. Registration and info: www.papakurapipeband.co.nz/minis

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NZ Young Piper of the Year 2018

October 6
Nelson – New Zealand Nelson, New Zealand

This exciting one day event will consist of two core sections: a standard style competition during the day for all ages and graded events including a full list of Novice, D, C, and B Grade Piobaireachd and light music followed by a concert style event in the evening for those entered in the Under 21 ... Read more

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Scottish Fiddle Club Fiddle Club Night

October 12
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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Highland Piping Society of Canterbury Silver Chanter Solo Piping Competitions 2018

October 20 - October 21
Christchurch – New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand

As one of the biggest solo piping competitions in New Zealand and highly rated amongst competitors and spectators alike, the competitions are home to the biggest light music prize in NZ piping, the Silver Chanter March, Strathspey & Reel event at St Andrew's College, Normans Rd. Info: www.pipersclub.co.nz/competitions

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Ceilidh Club

October 26
Auckland – New Zealand Auckland , New Zealand

St Davids in the Fields Church, 202 Hillsborough Rd. All are welcome to play, dance, or even call ceilidh dances and certainly just to watch. Info: [email protected]

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Shetland Knitwear Demonstration

October 28
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

The beauties of Shetland knitwear and the skill of its creators Members of the Shetland Society will come to share and demonstrate how these marvellous pieces are created – traditional and modern designs including the fine lace with the Victoria University of Wellington Scottish Interest Group. Info: www.wellyscots.wordpress.com

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November 2018

Scottish Celtic Music Group

November 2
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 Fiddle Club Night

November 9
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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8th Annual Hororata Highland Games

November 10
Hororata – New Zealand Hororata, New Zealand

A brilliant day of Scottish celebration at New Zealand's largest Scottish event with pipe bands, athletics, Scottish dance, Clan lane and more at Hororata Domain. Info: Cindy Driscoll 021 366 606 or www.hororatahighlandgames.org.nz

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Hornby Tattoo

November 10
Christchurch – New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand

A Celtic Tattoo celebrating Armistice Day at the "Castle" upstairs at the Hornby Club, 17 Carmen Road, Hornby. Info: www.facebook.com/Hornby-Tattoo-2018-1648046535271709/

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Auckland Highland Games & Gathering

November 17
Auckland – New Zealand Auckland , New Zealand

A range of activities from traditional and contemporary Scottish culture at Ellerslie Event Centre, 80 Ascot Ave, Remuera. Info: www.aucklandhighlandgames.wordpress.com

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Ceilidh Club

November 30
Auckland – New Zealand Auckland , New Zealand

St Davids in the Fields Church, 202 Hillsborough Rd. All are welcome to play, dance, or even call ceilidh dances and certainly just to watch. Info: [email protected]

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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 2018

Christchurch Casino Highland Day

December 1
Christchurch – New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand

Annual Highland Day Contest run by the Canterbury Caledonian Society Grade One Pipe Band commences at 11am. To be held in the grounds of the Ilam Homestead. Info: Secretary Kim Robertson [email protected]

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Shetland Society of Wellington Christmas Party

December 2
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

At Pipe Band Hall, Newtown, 12.30pm. Info: www.shetlandwellington.org.nz

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Scottish Celtic Music Group

December 7
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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Jenny Mair Highland Square Day

December 8
Palmerston North – New Zealand Palmerston North , New Zealand

Upwards of 20 highland pipe bands and scores of contestant solo bagpipers, solo drummers and highland dancers will converge on The Square. Info: [email protected]

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Scottish Fiddle Club Fiddle Club Night

December 14
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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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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RSCDS NZ Branch Summer School Nelson 2018/19

December 28, 2018 - January 5, 2019
Nelson – New Zealand Nelson, New Zealand

The RSCDS New Zealand Branch Inc. extends a warm invitation for all Scottish country dancers to attend the Summer School. Info: www.dancescottish.org.nz

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Ceilidh Club

December 28
Auckland – New Zealand Auckland , New Zealand

St Davids in the Fields Church, 202 Hillsborough Rd. All are welcome to play, dance, or even call ceilidh dances and certainly just to watch. Info: [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 2019!

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January 2019

Waipu Highland Games

January 1, 2019
Waipu – New Zealand Waipu, New Zealand

The first Highland Games to take place each year in the world, bagpipes, Scottish dance, Clans, tartan and more. Info: www.waipugames.co.nz

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RNZPBA Summer School

January 6, 2019 - January 11, 2019
Christchurch – New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand

The largest Summer School in the Southern Hemisphere offers Jack Lee and Reid Maxwell from world-famous Simon Fraser University Pipe Band (Canada); fantastic tutors from New Zealand and additional international tutors at St Andrew’s College, Papanui Rd. Info: [email protected] or www.nzpipebands.org.nz/education/summer-school

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Turakina Highland Games

January 26, 2019
Turakina – New Zealand Turakina , New Zealand

Celebrating everything Scottish with Highland & National dancing, the New Zealand Open Solo Piping Championships, pipe bands and traditional Scottish field events. Many Clans are represented and members are happy to help you research your Celtic heritage at Turakina Domain, Cameron Rd. Info: 027 6656 238 or www.turakinahighlandgames.co.nz

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February 2019

Paeroa Highland Games & Tattoo

February 9, 2019
Paeroa – New Zealand Paeroa, New Zealand

A fully-fledged Highland Games, one of only seven such Scottish gatherings in New Zealand, and the only one in New Zealand to hold an evening Tattoo at the Paeroa Domain. Info: www.paeroahighlandgames.co.nz

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