VUW Wellington Scottish Interest Group-The round ball’s international place in NZ history – “Boots and Bombs” (1960s-70s)

Wellington - New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

Author Craig Stephen will share the exciting research for his book – games in the Vietnam warzone, a disastrous world tour, visiting famous footballers – English and Scots, Asian heat. Amateurs v. virtual professionals at the Victoria University of Wellington Law School, Old Government Buildings, Lambton Quay. Info: https://wellyscots.wordpress.com

Wellington Gaelic Club Ceilidh

Wellington - New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

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: http://wellington-gaelic-club-communn-gaidhealach-wellington.weebly.com

Pipe Works – The Sounds Of The Hamilton Caledonian Pipe Band

Hamilton - New Zealand Hamilton, New Zealand

The Hamilton Caledonian Pipe Band, reigning champions of Grade 4A at the 2024 New Zealand Pipe Band Nationals, extends a warm invitation to join themfor an afternoon/evening of enchanting melodies at their annual concert, 'Pipeworks'.  2pm or 7pm at Southwell Performing Arts Centre. Info: www.eventfinda.co.nz/2024/pipe-works-the-sounds-of-the-hamilton-caledonian-pipe-band/hamilton

Thistles: Scottish Genealogy Special Interest Group

Whangaparaoa, Auckland , New Zealand

Calling all Scots: the HBC Genealogy Branch of NZ Society of Genealogists introduces: Thistles. This Scottish, special interest, genealogy group will meet at Whangaparaoa Library, 9 Main St, Whangaparaoa to listen to speakers and discuss Scottish history topics. Come along and give it laldy! Info: Garry Phillips 021-902-715 or [email protected].

Winter Whisky Festival

Nelson - New Zealand Nelson, New Zealand

The festival includes a series of whisky tastings, plus events such as food and whisky pairings and informal daily lunchtime talks from industry insiders. The festival closes with a ceilidh and cocktail party, complete with bagpipes and traditional Scottish Highland dancing. Info: www.eventfinda.co.nz/tours-festivals/2024/winter-whisky-festival

Tawa Annual Dance

Wellington - New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

Scottish country dancing in Wellington at Ngaio Town Hall, Ottawa Rd, Ngaio. Info: www.wellingtonscd.org.nz

VUW Wellington Scottish Interest Group-Scottish butcher Sam Wilson’s supplies fitted the bill for the USA

Wellington - New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

It is said “An army marches on its stomach” (Frederick the Great/Bonaparte?). The barrels of meat for the 1812 War Army were stamped US. i.e. government property. This led to the nickname of “Uncle Sam” and the appearance of cartoons – still used in WWII! Lindy Morrell (USA citizen) will share the story of this ‘legend’ at 197 ... Read more

RSPBA Oceania Solo Drumming Championship

Christchurch - New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand

The RSPBA Oceania Solo Drumming Championship will be held on the same day as the Otautahi Solo Drumming Championship, hosted by the Canterbury Drummers Club at St Andrew’s College. This is one of the eight events worldwide that makes up the RSPBA Adult Solo Snare Drumming Champion of Champions award. Info: www.rnzpba.com

International Tartan Day

Nationwide - New Zealand Nationwide, New Zealand

International Tartan Day is held on July 1st. The day marks the anniversary of the repeal of the 1747 Act of Proscription that banned the wearing of tartan. Wear some tartan today to celebrate your heritage!

Wellington Gaelic Club Ceilidh

Wellington - New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

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: http://wellington-gaelic-club-communn-gaidhealach-wellington.weebly.com

Upper Hutt Annual Dance

Upper Hutt - New Zealand Upper Hutt, New Zealand

Scottish country dancing at Wesley Centre, Benzie Ave. Info: www.wellingtonscd.org.nz

VUW Wellington Scottish Interest Group-The Shackleton “Survival” Story

Wellington - New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

Journalist Nicholas Boyack has long been fascinated by Harry McNish. Buried in Karori, Shackleton’s ship Endurance’s carpenter and shipwright, he constantly worked to improve the men’s conditions; outfitted the lifeboat James Caird for the 1,3000 kms Southern Ocean voyage to South Georgia,  at the Victoria University of Wellington Law School, Old Government Buildings, Lambton Quay. ... Read more

Wellington Gaelic Club Ceilidh

Wellington - New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

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: http://wellington-gaelic-club-communn-gaidhealach-wellington.weebly.com

Thistles: Scottish Genealogy Special Interest Group

Whangaparaoa, Auckland , New Zealand

Calling all Scots: the HBC Genealogy Branch of NZ Society of Genealogists introduces: Thistles. This Scottish, special interest, genealogy group will meet at Whangaparaoa Library, 9 Main St, Whangaparaoa to listen to speakers and discuss Scottish history topics. Come along and give it laldy! Info: Garry Phillips 021-902-715 or [email protected].

VUW Wellington Scottish Interest Group-Scotsman Thomas Lipton’s America’s Cup ‘Cup of Tea’

Wellington - New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

Lipton made a fortune by creating a market for reasonably priced tea and then spent a lot of it on innovative ideas for the “Cup” – was admired for being a ‘good loser’. Andrew Patterson and his mates will spin us the yarn at the Victoria University of Wellington Law School, Old Government Buildings, Lambton Quay. Info: https://wellyscots.wordpress.com

Wellington Gaelic Club Ceilidh

Wellington - New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

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: http://wellington-gaelic-club-communn-gaidhealach-wellington.weebly.com

VUW Wellington Scottish Interest Group-Ayr schoolmaster John Bonar’s Commonplace book (1649-72)

Wellington - New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

John and his son amassed an amazing collection of miscellaneous material – from literary quotes to lists of house chattels, all copied into this book (over 1,600 pages) – probably started as a schoolmaster’s compendium (recently digitized). We shall view it and other Scottish treasures held in the Alexander Turnbull Library. Info: https://wellyscots.wordpress.com

Thistles: Scottish Genealogy Special Interest Group

Whangaparaoa, Auckland , New Zealand

Calling all Scots: the HBC Genealogy Branch of NZ Society of Genealogists introduces: Thistles. This Scottish, special interest, genealogy group will meet at Whangaparaoa Library, 9 Main St, Whangaparaoa to listen to speakers and discuss Scottish history topics. Come along and give it laldy! Info: Garry Phillips 021-902-715 or [email protected].

Wellington Gaelic Club Ceilidh

Wellington - New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

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: http://wellington-gaelic-club-communn-gaidhealach-wellington.weebly.com

VUW Wellington Scottish Interest Group-Ship’s Boy from Rothesay to well-known Wellington Master Mariner

Wellington - New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

MemberLindsay Campbell‘s great grandfather James Campbell (born 1825 – family from Kilfinan, Argyll) served his apprenticeship in British waters; came to New Zealand in 1855 – had had time in India (cholera) and the Australian gold fields. Few internal roads in the country so coastal shipping was vital; James and two brothers very involved. This ... Read more

Hororata Highland Games

Hororata - New Zealand Hororata, New Zealand

A Scottish Festival with a Kiwi twist! Pipe bands, Scottish dancers, stalls, Clans, heavy events and more at the Hororata Domain. A great family day out with lots of chances to take part and have a go in Scottish events. 45 minutes inland of Christchurch. Info: www.hororata.org.nz/highland-games

Wellington Gaelic Club Ceilidh

Wellington - New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

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: http://wellington-gaelic-club-communn-gaidhealach-wellington.weebly.com

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!

Thistles: Scottish Genealogy Special Interest Group

Whangaparaoa, Auckland , New Zealand

Calling all Scots: the HBC Genealogy Branch of NZ Society of Genealogists introduces: Thistles. This Scottish, special interest, genealogy group will meet at Whangaparaoa Library, 9 Main St, Whangaparaoa to listen to speakers and discuss Scottish history topics. Come along and give it laldy! Info: Garry Phillips 021-902-715 or [email protected].

Wellington Gaelic Club Ceilidh

Wellington - New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

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: http://wellington-gaelic-club-communn-gaidhealach-wellington.weebly.com

RSCDS NZ Branch Wellington Summer School 2024/25

Wellington - New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

Join RSCDS NZ at Scots College, Strathmore, Wellington for a packed programme of Scottish country dance classes, socials and formals. Info: www.nzsummerschool2024.nz

Waipu Highland Games

Waipu - New Zealand Waipu, New Zealand

New date for 2024. With pipe bands, solos, Highland dance, athletics, Clans and more at Caledonian Park. Info: www.waipuhighlandgames.co.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 2025!

DramFest

Christchurch - New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand

Exhibitors representing distilleries, producers and independent bottlers from Scotland, Japan, Ireland and around the whisky world. Info: www.dramfest.co.nz

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