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November 2017

Scottish Celtic Music Group

November 3, 2017
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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Auckland Scottish Fiddle Club Fiddle Club Night

November 10, 2017
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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Hororata Highland Games

November 11, 2017
Hororata, New Zealand

One of the Southern Hemispheres biggest Scottish festivals with tons of Scottish family events and entertainment at Hororata Domain. Info: Cindy Driscoll 021 366 606 or www.hororatahighlandgames.org.nz.

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Robert Burns Appreciation

November 18, 2017
Auckland, New Zealand

The poems and songs of the great bard of Scotland, Robert Burns, are performed by members, visitors and guests followed by a light afternoon tea at Scottish Masonic Buildings 59 Grey Street, Onehunga. Info: [email protected]

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Auckland Highland Games

November 18, 2017
Remuera, Auckland , New Zealand

A kaleidoscope of activities are on display - Highland and Country dancing, singing and music, the skirl of the pipes in the Pipe Band and Solo Piping competitions. Free family event at Ellerslie Event Centre, 80 Ascot Ave. Info: www.aucklandhighlandgames.wordpress.com or [email protected]

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Ceilidh Club

November 24, 2017
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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St Andrews Day Celebration

November 26, 2017
Blenheim, Marlborough New Zealand

The Blenheim & Districts Highland Pipe Band will be celebrating St Andrews Day with Pipes and Drums, Highland Dancing, Scottish Country Dancing and haggis ceremony at Seymour Square, 92 High St. Info: Phone: 578 9356 or [email protected]

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Happy St Andrew’s Day

November 30, 2017
Nationwide, New Zealand

Wishing all our readers and friends a happy St Andrew's Day! Celebrate St Andrew’s Day, Scotland’s national day.

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December 2017

Scottish Celtic Music Group

December 1, 2017
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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Children’s Christmas Party & Members’ Afternoon Tea

December 3, 2017
Wellington, New Zealand

Presented by the Shetland Society of Wellington. Info: www.shetlandwellington.org.nz.

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Auckland Scottish Fiddle Club Fiddle Club Night

December 8, 2017
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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38th Jenny Mair Highland Square Day

December 9, 2017
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:  Brent Le Quesne: 027 289 8711 or [email protected]

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Happy Christmas

December 25, 2017
Nationwide, New Zealand

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

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61st RSCDS NZ Branch Summer School

December 28, 2017 - January 5, 2018
Masterton, New Zealand

Scottish country dance classes and events. Info: Elaine Laidlaw: +64-6-377 0322 or [email protected]

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The 61st RSCDS NZ Branch Summer School

December 28, 2017 - January 5, 2018
Masterton New Zealand

The New Zealand Scottish Country Dance Society became a Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society on 1 January 1968.  We will be marking the 50th anniversary at this Summer School with classes & social events. Info: Elaine Laidlaw 06-377 0322 or [email protected]

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Ceilidh Club

December 29, 2017
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, 2017
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 2018!

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January 2018

Waipu Highland Games

January 1, 2018
Waipu, New Zealand

One of New Zealand's top Scottish events with pipe bands, dancers and more. Presented by the Waipu Caledonian Society at Caledonian Park. Info: +64 21 961 238 or www.waipuhighlandgames.co.nz

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The Robert Turner Drumming Championship

January 1, 2018
Waipu – New Zealand Waipu, New Zealand

Held annually at the Waipu Highland Games, is one of New Zealand’s largest solo pipe band drumming contests. The contest features side, tenor, and bass drumming events in all grades, and attracts competitors from across the country. To enter head to http://www.waipugames.co.nz/drums.html or contact event organiser Ryan Marsich on [email protected]

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Scottish Celtic Music Group

January 5, 2018
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

January 12, 2018
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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Scots Wha Hae!

January 13, 2018
Henderson – New Zealand Henderson, New Zealand

The West Auckland Research Centre invites you to join us in celebrating the 259th anniversary of the birth of Scottish poet Robert (Rabbie) Burns, who was born on the 25 January 1759. Enjoy a reading of Robert Burns’ poetry and learn about the Scottish settlement of Auckland’s north west from Carolyn Skelton. Listen to some ... Read more

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141st Waimate Caledonian Games & Sports Event

January 20, 2018
Waimate – New Zealand Waimate, New Zealand

Celebrate Scotland and athletics at Victoria Park, Queen St.. Info: 03 689 7514 or [email protected]

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Burns Night Ceilidh

January 20, 2018
Parnell, Auckland New Zealand

Come along and experience a true Scottish Burns Night at The Paddington Parnell, 117 St. Georges Bay Rd. Info: [email protected]

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Alan Reid in Concert

January 20, 2018
Dunedin – New Zealand Dunedin , New Zealand

Glasgow born Alan Reid has been taking Scottish folk music all over the world since 1975, including with the Battlefield Band at 50 Dundas St. Info: 0800 BUY TIX (289 849).

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Scottish Country Dancing In the Gardens

January 21, 2018
Hamilton – New Zealand Hamilton, New Zealand

Dancers from around the region will meet for a picnic and social dancing on the Round Lawn. Come and 'have a go' with us and enjoy the music. Suitable for children to seniors. No experience or special clothing required at Hamilton Gardens, Cobham Dr. Info: [email protected]

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Happy Burns Night

January 25, 2018
Nationwide – New Zealand Nationwide, New Zealand

A night to celebrate the life and works of Robert Burns. The tradition of the Burns Night Supper was first held in 1801 by the poet's friends, five years after his death. Today events take place around the world with Scottish music, poetry, food, drink and dance.

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Burns Night

January 25, 2018
Dunedin – New Zealand Dunedin , New Zealand

Join Toitū and the Dunedin Burns Club to hear more about the man and his times at 31 Queens Garden. Info: 03 477 5052 or [email protected]

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Ceilidh Club

January 26, 2018
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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154th Turakina Highland Games

January 27, 2018
Turakina – New Zealand Turakina , New Zealand

Celebrate Scotland with pipe bands, Clans, heavy events at New Zealand's longest running Highland Games at Turakina Domain, Cameron Rd. Info: Secretary Heather Calkin 027 6656 238 or www.turakinahighlandgames.co.nz

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February 2018

Scottish Celtic Music Group

February 2, 2018
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 Country Dancing In the Gardens

February 4, 2018
Hamilton – New Zealand Hamilton, New Zealand

Dancers from around the region will meet for a picnic and social dancing on the Round Lawn. Come and 'have a go' with us and enjoy the music. Suitable for children to seniors. No experience or special clothing required at Hamilton Gardens, Cobham Dr. Info: [email protected]

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Scottish Fiddle Club Fiddle Club Night

February 9, 2018
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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Pipes In the Park 2018

February 10, 2018
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

Wellington's very own Highland Games. Pipe Band competition, Highland Dancing, Clans, Castles (of the bouncy kind), face painting and craft markets at Waitangi Park, 107 Cable St. Info: [email protected]

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The 25th Annual Paeroa Highland Games & Tattoo

February 10, 2018
Paeroa – New Zealand Paeroa, New Zealand

A celebration of Scottish culture at the Paeroa Domain, includes an evening Tattoo performance. Info: 021 936 450 or www.paeroahighlandgames.co.nz

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Shetland Society of Wellington Society Picnic

February 11, 2018
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

Meet with the Shetland Society over food and friendship. Info: [email protected]

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Alistair Brown – A Well Travelled Scottish Singer-Accordion

February 11, 2018
Christchurch – New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand

Scottish folk singer and accordion player live at Irish Society Hall, 29 Domain Terrace, Spreydon. Info: www.folkmusic.org.nz

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A Celtic Journey

February 11, 2018
Hamilton – New Zealand Hamilton, New Zealand

Hamilton City Brass will take you on ‘A Celtic Journey’ featuring musical favourites from Ireland, Scotland and Wales at Rhododendron Lawn, Hamilton Gardens. Info: 0800 842 538 or www.hgaf.co.nz

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Boxwood Festival – Celtic Music Workshop

February 15, 2018 - February 20, 2018
Waipu – New Zealand Waipu, New Zealand

In beautiful and historic Waipu for five days of musical discovery, immersion in traditional music and fun. Info: www.boxwood.org

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23rd Octagonal Day

February 17, 2018
Dunedin – New Zealand Dunedin , New Zealand

Pipes and drums at the Octogon. Info: [email protected]

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Ceilidh Club

February 23, 2018
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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March 2018

Scottish Celtic Music Group

March 2, 2018
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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DramFest 2018

March 3, 2018 - March 4, 2018
Christchurch – New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand

Unique, intimate masterclass tastings are hosted by visiting experts who will share with you some of the most exclusive whiskies at Horncastle Arena, 81 Jack Hinton Drive. Info: 03 377 6824 or www.dramfest.co.nz

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Scottish Country Dancing Beginners Classes

March 6, 2018 - March 27, 2018
Hamilton – New Zealand Hamilton, New Zealand

Lochiel Scottish Country Dance Club invites absolute beginners to join us for an evening of dancing and fun. All ages welcome. Come alone or bring the whole family and/or friends. Wear soft soled shoes or bare feet please. Fun, fitness and friendship at St John's Methodist Church, 20 Wellington St. Info: www.lochielscdclub.org.nz

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Scottish Country Dancing

March 7, 2018
Picton New Zealand

Have fun and keep fit at the same time with Scottish Country dancing. Very social, no partner needed, just a pair of soft shoes will do. Not to be confused with highland dancing, Scottish Country dancing is a social activity for all ages at Picton Little Theatre, 9 Dublin St. Info: 217 6442.

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Best of Scottish Comedy

March 8, 2018 - March 10, 2018
Dunedin – New Zealand Dunedin , New Zealand

With the undoubted links between Scotland and Otago, the show returns in 2018. This year brings a new line up but the same desire to bring laughter with a kilt from the frozen north to the deepest south. Sideswipes and observations of the world from a Scottish perspective. Info: 0800 BUY TIX (289 849).

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92nd New Zealand Pipe Bands Championships

March 9, 2018 - March 10, 2018
Rotorua – New Zealand Rotorua, New Zealand

Pipe bands across NZ compete in all grades at Rotorua International Stadium, Devon Street West. Info: 07 579-1689 or [email protected]

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Scottish Fiddle Club Fiddle Club Night

March 9, 2018
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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International Bagpipe Day

March 10, 2018
Nationwide – New Zealand Nationwide, New Zealand

Every March 10th you are invited to go out and play your pipes – anywhere, anyhow to anyone!

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Big Country New Zealand Tour

March 21, 2018 - March 24, 2018
Nationwide – New Zealand Nationwide, New Zealand

Scottish rockers Big Country preforming gigs around New Zealand. Info: www.metropolistouring.com

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Clan Donald Forum

March 22, 2018 - March 25, 2018
Christchurch – New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand

The Australasian Forum for the Clan Donald societies in New Zealand and Australia with a variety of Clan events and functions. Info: www.clandonaldaustralia.com

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68th Hawkes Bay Easter Highland Games

March 30, 2018 - April 1, 2018
Frimley, Hastings New Zealand

Pipe bands, Clans and more at Lindisfarn College, 600 Pakowhai Rd, Frimley, Hastings. Info: [email protected]

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Ceilidh Club

March 30, 2018
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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April 2018

Beginners Scottish Country Dance Social

April 7, 2018
Hamilton – New Zealand Hamilton, New Zealand

Lochiel Scottish Country Dance Club invites absolute beginners to join us for an evening of dancing and fun. All ages welcome. Come alone or bring the whole family and/or friends. Wear soft soled shoes or bare feet please. Fun, fitness and friendship at St John's Methodist Church, 20 Wellington St. Info: www.lochielscdclub.org.nz

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Scottish Fiddle Club Fiddle Club Night

April 13, 2018
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 Dancing Assn of Taranaki Competition

April 14, 2018
Inglewood New Zealand

Highland dancing competition & events at Inglewood High School 129 Rata St. Info: www.scotdancenz.co.nz

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Ceilidh Club

April 27, 2018
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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Larry Dean Live

April 27, 2018 - April 28, 2018
Auckland – New Zealand Auckland , New Zealand

Amused Moose Comedy Award winner (EdFringe) and Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee 2015, Larry Dean (SCO) makes his Auckland debut with his brand new hour of "Hysterical" (Herald Sun) comedy following his world stand-up tour and appearances on The Melbourne Comedy Allstars Gala 2016 & 2017. Info: www.comedyfestival.co.nz

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A very significant milestone! Women’s Suffrage in New Zealand in 1893!

April 28, 2018 - May 26, 2018
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

A prime mover was Kate Sheppard, a Scotswoman, as were others. National Archives’ Stefanie Lash will take us on a tour of the Suffrage Exhibition at the National Library; she led the curatorial team with the Victoria University of Wellington Scottish Interest Group. Info: www.wellyscots.wordpress.com

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May 2018

Celtic Connection

May 3, 2018 - May 11, 2018
Te Awamutu New Zealand

This story is told mostly in song and is that of a young New Zealander doing their OE and following their Celtic Connections. They travel through Wales, Ireland and Scotland meeting many interesting locals along the way at the Woolshed, Mahoe St. Info: www.talos.nz

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Scottish Celtic Music Group

May 4, 2018
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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Celtic Ceilidh

May 5, 2018
Arrowtown New Zealand

This will be one of the great Arrowtown autumn nights. Don’t miss the village’s Scottish party night Channel your inner clan, dig out your tartan, and head to the Athenaeum Hall for a happy night to remember. Info: www.acas.nz

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Scottish Fiddle Club Night

May 11, 2018
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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World Whisky Day

May 19, 2018
Nationwide – New Zealand Nationwide, New Zealand

A day of global whisky celebration, try a dram and celebrate the water of life. Info: www.worldwhiskyday.com

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Viking Ball

May 19, 2018
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

Celebrate Shetland with the Shetland Society of Wellington. Info: www.shetlandwellington.org.nz

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Ceilidh Club

May 25, 2018
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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Pipes & Drams

May 26, 2018
Christchurch – New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand

An evening of whisky tasting presented by Whisky Galore, concert entertainment from the Scottish Society of NZ Pipe Band including special guests, continuous canapes throughout the evening, special fundraising auctions and fantastic fun at the distinctive and unique setting of the “Cardboard” Cathedral. Info: www.pipeband.scottishsocietyofnz.com

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Scots scientists and climate change – a crucial contribution

May 28, 2018
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

Meteorologist James Renwick, a climate scientist at VUW, will give an overview from his 30 years’ research in this science, weaving in some Scots’ key roles in the understanding of it e.g. origin of the ice ages (James Croll), formation of clouds (John Aitken), discovery of carbon dioxide (Joseph Black), and notably William Speirs Bruce ... Read more

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June 2018

Scottish Celtic Music Group

June 1, 2018
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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Waikato-Bay of Plenty Region Queen’s Birthday Weekend School

June 2, 2018 - June 3, 2018
Hamilton – New Zealand Hamilton, New Zealand

Scottish country dance events, ceilidh and more at Diocesan School for Girls, 660 River Rd. Info: www.rscdsnzb.org.nz

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Otago Centre Queens Birthday Weekend Solo Piping and Highland Dancing Competitions

June 2, 2018 - June 3, 2018
Dunedin – New Zealand Dunedin , New Zealand

Piping & Highland dance competitions and events at University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic. Highland Dancing will be at the University of Otago College of Education Auditorium. Solo Piping will be across the road in the Otago Polytechnic G Block. Info: www.piping-dancing.org.nz

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Scottish Fiddle Club Night

June 8, 2018
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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Norðan – Celtic Harp & Nordic Fiddle

June 18, 2018
New Plymouth New Zealand

The Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic inspire the music of the duo Norðan, Tory Island in the Northwest of Ireland, the Hebridean Island of Staffa, the Shetlands, Lofoten in the East, Iceland in the North and right in the middle: the Faroe Islands at 4th Wall Theatre, 11 Baring Tce. Info: 0800 484 925.

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Under 16 Years New Zealand Highland Dancing Championships

June 22, 2018 - June 24, 2018
Invercargill New Zealand

Highland dance competition and events at Centre Stage, Don St. Info: www.piping-dancing.org.nz

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Happy 150th Birthday Charles Rennie Mackintosh

June 28, 2018
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

Retired VUW School of Architecture Associate Professor David Kernohan enjoys extolling the work of this internationally known Scottish Architect and artist who designed the Glasgow School of Art and other buildings and their furnishings; completed the concept of Glasgow’s Willow Tearooms (reputedly the first tearooms in the world), and was part of the group who ... Read more

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Ceilidh Club

June 29, 2018
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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July 2018

Happy Tartan Day

July 1, 2018
Nationwide – New Zealand Nationwide, New Zealand

Celebrate your Scottish heritage and wear some tartan today on the anniversary of the Repeal Proclamation of 1782 annulling the Act of Proscription of 1747, which had made wearing tartan an offense punishable.

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Scottish Celtic Music Group

July 6, 2018
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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18 & Over and Under 18 New Zealand Highland Dancing Championships

July 12, 2018 - July 15, 2018
Ashburton – New Zealand Ashburton, New Zealand

Highland dance competition and events at Ashburton Trust Event Centre,211 Wills St. Info: www.piping-dancing.org.nz

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Scottish Fiddle Club Night

July 13, 2018
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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Whisky Tasting Evening

July 13, 2018
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

Have a dram at the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, 103 Oriental Parade. Info: www.rpnyc.org.nz

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Art ‘n Tartan Wearable Art Awards

July 20, 2018 - July 21, 2018
Waipu – New Zealand Waipu, New Zealand

A wearable art event celebrates heritage, community, and creativity, using tartan as a symbol of connection at Waipu Celtic Barn. Info: www.waipumuseum.com

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Ceilidh Club

July 27, 2018
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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Film: The 39 Steps (based on John Buchan’s book published in 1915)

July 28, 2018
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

“It’s not much of an exaggeration to say that all contemporary escapist entertainment begins with The 39 Steps.” In 1935 Alfred Hitchcock, drawing on characters and situations created by the action novelist he adored, concocted a classic movie-thriller recipe, starring the then-current heartthrob Robert Donat, also a young Peggy Ashcroft. (B&W of course: not a ... Read more

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August 2018

Scottish Celtic Music Group

August 3, 2018
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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The Bay City Rollers featuring Les McKeown

August 4, 2018
Auckland – New Zealand Auckland , New Zealand

One of Scotland's top music exports live at the Powerstation as part of the World Hits Tour 2018. Info: www.metropolistouring.com

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Upper Hutt Highlanders Lower Hutt Day

August 4, 2018
Lower Hutt New Zealand

Highland dance competitions and events at Avalon Public Hall. Info: [email protected]

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Ceilidh With Vic Folk

August 4, 2018
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

Vic Folk is back with high-energy Irish and Scottish tunes for a great evening of dancing! We'll have a caller to explain it all and no experience or partner is required. Join VicFolk and their live band for a night of high-energy dancing to great Celtic tunes at Thistle Hall, 293 Cuba St, Te Aro. ... Read more

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With Strings Attached

August 5, 2018
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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Scottish Fiddle Club Fiddle Club Night

August 10, 2018
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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Auckland Centre Solo Piping Festival

August 25, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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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Canterbury Caledonian Society Ceilidh

October 6, 2018
Christchurch – New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand

Come and enjoy a night of fun and dance. A Bar and supper at  5 Michelle Rd, Wigram. Info: www.canterburycaledonian.org.nz

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Auckland Heritage Festival: Scots In Auckland’s North

October 11, 2018
Whangaparaoa, Auckland New Zealand

Migration, Enterprise and Scottish Culture: Scots in Auckland’s North. Hear about and enjoy fascinating stories of the Scots who have made Auckland’s north their home over the last 150 years. In this presentation, research librarian Carolyn Skelton will tell stories of Scots in the Auckland’s north, drawing on oral histories and other historical material at ... Read more

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Scottish Fiddle Club Fiddle Club Night

October 12, 2018
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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New Scottish Country Dancers’ Celebration 2018

October 13, 2018
Lower Hutt New Zealand

RSCDS Wellington Region Scottish Country Dance event and introduction at Knox – St Columba Church Hall. Info: www.dancescottish.org.nz/wellington/events.htm

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Whisky Galore!

October 13, 2018
Auckland – New Zealand Auckland , New Zealand

Lunch and movie at Ryders Cinema 177 Riversdale Road Avondale. Lunch roast cooked in a wood-burning stove. The movie is “Whisky Galore”. The 2016 remake of the 1949 film on the saving of the Scottish Island Todday from a drought of whisky. Info: Geoff Parry 09 418 3678 or [email protected]

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Scottish Country Dancing

October 16, 2018
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

Scottish dancing is social and energetic – exercise for body and mind, done to toe-tapping music! Have fun and meet new people, while getting fit at Wellington Girls College , Pipitea St, Thordon. Info: 04 385 8919.

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Highland Piping Society of Canterbury Silver Chanter Solo Piping Competitions 2018

October 20, 2018 - October 21, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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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Upper Hutt Highland Gathering

November 3, 2018
Upper Hutt – New Zealand Upper Hutt, New Zealand

Scottish Highland Gathering in the Park - bring your family for a fun-filled day of music, dance and activities. Including Highland Dancing, bagpipes, Scottish Swordfighting, Archery, Highland Cows, Clan tents and more at Harcourt Park, Akatarawa Rd. Info: www.eventfinda.co.nz/2018/upper-hutt-highland-gathering/upper-hutt

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Scottish Fiddle Club Fiddle Club Night

November 9, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Cinema

November 24, 2018 - November 25, 2018
Nationwide – New Zealand Nationwide, New Zealand

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will hit the big screen in Australia for the first time. Audiences will enjoy a 90 minute programme of 2018’s show, ‘The Sky’s the Limit’. The world renowned Tattoo is full of pageantry, military precision, innovation, storyline, music and more and one of the top live experiences in the world. ... Read more

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Scottish Week

November 24, 2018 - November 30, 2018
Auckland – New Zealand Auckland , New Zealand

The Scottish Clans Association is promoting an exhibit of Scottish Culture, Literature, Magazines, Tartans, Sporrans, Weapons and Jewellery in the Remuera Library, Auckland, in the week leading up to St Andrew's Day 30th November. We will start with a Pipeband and Dancers, followed by stories for children and adults, with discussions of the Declaration of ... Read more

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Kirkin o’ Tartan

November 25, 2018
Christchurch – New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand

Join the Canterbury Scottish Heritage Council in the St Andrews Chapel, St Andrews College, 347 Papanui Road, . Join the Scottish Heritage Council in this annual event which will, for the first time, be held in the rebuilt college chapel. Info: www.scottishsocietyofnz.com/canterbury-scottish-heritage-council.html

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Ceilidh Club

November 30, 2018
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, 2018
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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St Andrew’s Day Celebration

November 30, 2018
Dunedin – New Zealand Dunedin , New Zealand

Dougall 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 Toitū OSM – Galleries. Info: 03 477 5052 or [email protected]

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December 2018

Christchurch Casino Highland Day

December 1, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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
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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Scottish Celtic Music Group

January 4
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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RNZPBA Summer School

January 6 - January 11
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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National Shortbread Day

January 6
Nationwide – New Zealand Nationwide, New Zealand

Celebrate the classic Scottish treat today! Shortbread is so named because of its crumbly texture which is caused by its high-fat content, provided by the butter.   “Shortening” is its related word that refers to any fat that may be added to produce a “short” (crumbly) texture.

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Scottish Fiddle Club Fiddle Club Night

January 11
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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Robbie Rocks Dunedin 2019 Concert

January 20
Dunedin – New Zealand Dunedin , New Zealand

Robbie Burns may be the greatest songwriter in history. He was certainly the outstanding ‘rock star’ of 18th-century Scotland and love for his poems and songs has spread around the world ever since. Join at the upper Octagon to hear the Robbie Rocks Dunedin finalists rocking out their interpretation of some Burns’ classics. The winners ... Read more

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Burns Supper

January 24
Auckland – New Zealand Auckland , New Zealand

This is a truly Scottish celebration of the life and poetry of Robbie Burns with Scottish food specials including Haggis, Neeps and Tatties, as well as specials on Scotch Whisky, Tennents Lager and Irn Bru at Malt Public House, 442 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn. Info: 360 9537 or www.facebook.com/events/191234865154600

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Happy Burns Night

January 25
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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Ceilidh Club

January 25
Auckland – New Zealand Auckland , New Zealand

Celebrate Robert Burns at 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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Turakina Highland Games

January 26
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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Ashburton’s Festival of Pipe Band Music

January 27
Ashburton – New Zealand Ashburton, New Zealand

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

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February 2019

Scottish Celtic Music Group

February 1
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 Country Dancing Beginners’ Class

February 4
Lower Hutt New Zealand

Scottish Country Dancing is a lively and energetic form of dance in a fun, friendly environment. The dances are made up of traditional steps and easy to learn patterns that will be introduced to you by an experienced teacher. No dance experience required at Holy Trinity Church, 4 Gordon St, 10 week course. Info: www.lowerhuttscd.org.nz

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Scottish Fiddle Club Fiddle Club Night

February 8
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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Paeroa Highland Games & Tattoo

February 9
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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Pipes In The Park 2019

February 9
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

Wellington's very own Highland Games. Pipe Band competition, Highland 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 at Waitangi Park, 107 Cable St. Info: www.facebook.com/pipesintheparkWGTN

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Octagonal Day

February 16
Dunedin – New Zealand Dunedin , New Zealand

Piping event held in the Octagon Dunedin. Info: Maureen Hurrell [email protected]

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Otago/Southland Pipe Band Contest

February 17
Dunedin – New Zealand Dunedin , New Zealand

This Contest includes a  Street March on George Street and then to Alhambra Rugby Grounds, also known as the North Ground. Info: Maureen Hurrell [email protected]

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Ceilidh Club

February 22
Auckland – New Zealand Auckland , New Zealand

At 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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Wellington-Hawke’s Bay Pipe Band Contest

February 23
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

Annual Centre Pipe Band Contest for Wellington-Hawke's Bay is to be held at the Scots College Grounds. Info: Sandra Harry: [email protected]

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March 2019

Scottish Celtic Music Group

March 1
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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Papakura Pipe Band’s Mini Pipe Band Contest

March 2
Auckland – New Zealand Auckland , New Zealand

Battling it out on stage will be New Zealand's top pipe bands showcasing their talent in a relaxed backyard bar environment at Murphy's Law, 200 Great South Rd. Info: www.papakurapipeband.co.nz

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Shetland Society of Wellington Picnic

March 3
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

Shetland Society of Wellington social event. Info: www.shetlandwellington.org.nz

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Scottish Fiddle Club Fiddle Club Night

March 8
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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Canterbury Centre Pipe Band Contest

March 9
Christchurch – New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand

Canty Centre Contest held at Innovation Park, Templeton with both music events and Street March. Juvenile event and display. Info:  Kim Robertson - [email protected] or 027 222 7330.

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Auckland Centre Pipe Band Contest

March 9
Auckland – New Zealand Auckland , New Zealand

Piping and drumming competitions at Drury Rugby Field. Info: [email protected]

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International Bagpipe Day

March 10
Nationwide – New Zealand Nationwide, New Zealand

This is a day initiated by The Bagpipe Society to celebrate the world’s many bagpipes and piping traditions. Every March 10th you are invited to go out and play your pipes – anywhere, anyhow to anyone!

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Canterbury Centre Pipe Band Contest – Dean’s Bush

March 10
Christchurch – New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand

Canty Centre Contest held at Riccarton House/Dean's Bush with piping and drumming events. Info: Kim Robertson - [email protected] or 027 222 7330.

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Central North Island Pipe Band Contest

March 16
Rotorua – New Zealand Rotorua, New Zealand

Centre pipe band contest on the Village Green, Rotorua. Info: Paul Fuller 0274377383 or [email protected]

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New Zealand Pipe Band Championships

March 29 - March 30
Dunedin – New Zealand Dunedin , New Zealand

Best of pipe bands come to Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South, with full competitions and events at  the Otago University Oval, Logan Park Dr. Info: Maureen Hurrell 03-478-0676 or [email protected]

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Ceilidh Club

March 29
Auckland – New Zealand Auckland , New Zealand

At 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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April 2019

Scottish Celtic Music Group

April 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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Dressed to Kilt

April 5
New York – USA New York, NY USA

A Scottish night of charity, fashion and fun at The Church of the Holy Apostles, 296 Ninth Ave. Info: www.dressedtokilt.com

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Scottish Clans -Scottish Settlers Bus Tour 2019

April 6
Northland New Zealand

Come and explore our Scottish history in Northland with the  Scottish Clans Association. Going to Waipu Museum, Normanite performance, Fiddlers, Paihia, Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Stephenson Lighthouse at Cape Brett, Music & crafts, and dinner with friends. Info: 021 739 643 or www.scottishclans.co.nz

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Scottish Fiddle Club Fiddle Club Night

April 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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Whisky Tasting

April 13
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

Hosted by Wellington Gaelic Club at Wellington Pipe Band Hall, corner of Hanson and Stokes, Newtown. Info: www.wellingtongaelicclub.org.nz

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Danny Bhoy-Age of Fools Tour

April 23 - April 29
Nationwide – New Zealand Nationwide, New Zealand

Scottish comedian Danny Bhoy returns to New Zealand with a brand new show in 2019. Don’t miss this chance to see this internationally-renowned and critically-acclaimed comic, who sells out tours all over the world with his unique brand of observational storytelling at various cities. Info: www.abpresents.com.au

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Ceilidh Club

April 26
Auckland – New Zealand Auckland , New Zealand

At 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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May 2019

Scottish Celtic Music Group

May 3
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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The Proclaimers Live

May 3 - May 12
Nationwide – New Zealand Nationwide, New Zealand

Scotland’s finest Celtic soul brothers Craig and Charlie Reid have reached a rarefied status: after three decades they are as innovative as ever and with every album and show played, The Proclaimers continue to garner new fans. Info: www.the.proclaimers.co.uk/the-gigs

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Ngaio – Annual Dance

May 4
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

Scottish Country Dance event at Ngaio Town Hall, Ottawa Road, Ngaio. Info: www.wellingtonscd.org.nz

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Annual General Meeting & Dinner – Clan Donald New Zealand

May 4
Mosgiel – New Zealand Mosgiel , New Zealand

All Clan Donald members are welcome to attend at Mosgiel RSA, 6 Church St. Info: www.clandonald.nz

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Scottish Country Dancing

May 7
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

Scottish dancing is social and energetic – exercise for body and mind, done to toe-tapping music! Have fun and meet new people, while getting fit at Wellington High School, 249 Taranaki St. Info: 04 385 8919.

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Scottish Fiddle Club Night

May 10
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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22nd Clan Donald Anniversary Dinner

May 11
Auckland – New Zealand Auckland , New Zealand

Held at the Quality Hotel, Gladstone Road, Parnell, Auckland. A four-course dinner plus Guest Speaker and entertainment by the Balmoral Dancers. Info:  09 418 3678 or www.clandonald.nz/events

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Shetland Viking Dance

May 18
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

Presented by the Shetland Society of Wellington. Info: www.shetlandwellington.org.nz

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World Whisky Day

May 18
Nationwide – New Zealand Nationwide, New Zealand

A day of global whisky celebration. World Whisky Day invites everyone to try a dram and celebrate the water of life. Info: www.worldwhiskyday.com

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Celtic Inn Targe – Colin Craig Claidheamh Mòr

May 18
Palmerston North – New Zealand Palmerston North , New Zealand

The Celtic Inn Targe and Colin Craig Claidheamh Mòr (“Claymore”) competitions are set to again showcase local and national solo bagpiping talent at the highest level at The Celtic Inn, Regent Arcade, 73-77 Broadway Ave. Info: [email protected]

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World Whisky Day 2019

May 18
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

Journey through the wondrous world of whisky and experience the varying flavours of American, Canadian, Scottish, Irish and Japanese whiskies - accompanied by food pairings inspired by their countries of origin at The Hudson On Chews, 56 Victoria St. Info: www.thehudson.co.nz

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Ceilidh Club

May 31
Auckland – New Zealand Auckland , New Zealand

At 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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June 2019

Otago Centre Queen’s Birthday Competition

June 1 - June 2
Dunedin – New Zealand Dunedin , New Zealand

Highland dance competitions and events at Kings and Queens Performing Arts Centre. Info: www.piping-dancing.org.nz

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Scottish Fiddle Club Night

June 7
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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Scottish Celtic Music Group

June 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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Canterbury West Coast Highland Dance Competition

June 7 - June 8
Christchurch – New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand

Highland dance competitions and events at Middleton Grange Performing Arts Centre. Info: www.piping-dancing.org.nz

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Ceilidh

June 8
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

Hosted by the Wellington Gaelic Club (Communn Gaidhealach Wellington) at Pipe Band Hall cnr of Stoke and Hanson Streets. Info: www.wellingtongaelicclub.org.nz

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Auckland Region Ball

June 29
Auckland – New Zealand Auckland , New Zealand

Scottish country dance event and ball. Info: www.aucklandscd.org.nz

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July 2019

Tartan Day

July 1
Nationwide – New Zealand Nationwide, New Zealand

An international event that celebrates the lifting of the English ban that prevented the wearing of tartan from 1746 to 1782. Wear some tartan today with pride today!

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Scottish Celtic Music Group

July 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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Tauranga Performing Arts Highland Dance Competition

July 6
Tauranga New Zealand

Highland dance competitions and events at Graham Young Youth Theatre, Tauranga Boys College, 664 Cameron Road. Info: Mrs Helene Karton 07 544 2024 or [email protected]

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Tartan Day Lunch

July 7
Christchurch – New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand

Presented by the Canterbury Scottish Heritage Council. Celebrate Tartan Day. Info: [email protected]

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Scottish Fiddle Club Night

July 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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New Zealand Highland Dancing Championships

July 13 - July 14
New Plymouth New Zealand

Highland dance competitions and events at The Devon Hotel, 390 Devon Street East. Info: www.scotdancenz.co.nz

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Waipu Museum Art’nTartan

July 19 - July 20
Waipu – New Zealand Waipu, New Zealand

Wearable Art is for everyone. Celebrate the migration of the Scottish settlers to Waipu, and revel in the vibrant multi-cultural Waipu of today. The designers' creations will be front and centre, as Art'nTartan continues to develop its reputation as a very creative wearable arts event at Waipu Celtic Barn, 47 The Centre. Info: 0800 BUY ... Read more

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Robert Burns’ Winter Dinner

July 20
Palmerston North – New Zealand Palmerston North , New Zealand

An evening of fine tradition that is Robert Burns' Winter Dinner hosted by the Manawatu Scottish Society. Enjoy the fantastic three-course traditional meal, superlative entertainment, lively speakers and unique warmth of atmosphere at Manawatu Scottish Hall, 52 Princess St. Info: Neil Doherty or Brent Le Quesne on 06 354 2370 or 027 289 8711 respectively.

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Gaelic Ball 2019

July 27
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

Scottish music, food and dance hosted by Wellington Gaelic Club (Communn Gaidhealach Wellington). Info: www.wellingtongaelicclub.org.nz

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Bagpipe Appreciation Day

July 27
Nationwide – New Zealand Nationwide, New Zealand

Show your love of the pies by playing your pipes today or listen to favourite band. Be sure to listen to some bagpipe music today!

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August 2019

Scottish Celtic Music Group

August 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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Ceilidh – Scottish Evening

August 3
Auckland – New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand

Featuring Papakura Pipe Band, Pukekohe & Districts RSA Pipe Band and The Barnstormers.Come along for a night of Scottish dancing, pipe bands, Highland dancing, whisky toss and the famous haggis at Karaka War Memorial Hall, Cnr Linwood and Blackbridge Roads, Karaka. Info: Buy Tickets – 0211645297 or www.papakurapipeband.co.nz

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Mosgiel Piping & Dancing Society Competition

August 3
Dunedin – New Zealand Dunedin , New Zealand

Featuring:6 x Otago Championships. Merit Awards & Trophies for selected events. Special prizes for selected events. Info: www.facebook.com/Mosgiel-Piping-Dancing-Society

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Canty Caledonian Highland Dancing Party Day

August 3
Christchurch – New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand

Hosted by Canterbury Caledonian Society Highland Dancing. Theme - Ribbons, Bows and Ties at 5 Michelle Rd, Wigram. Info: [email protected]

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Scottish Fiddle Club Night

August 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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Ceilidh – Put On Your Dancing Shoes and Bring Your Friends

August 11
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 Christchurch Folk Music ... Read more

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Capital City and Johnsonville Shared Annual Dance

August 24
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

Scottish Country Dance event at Ngaio Town Hall, Ottawa Road, Ngaio. Info: www.wellingtonscd.org.nz

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September 2019

Great Scots – Agnes Blackie

September 1
Dunedin – New Zealand Dunedin , New Zealand

Dr Ali Clarke examines the life of Agnes Blackie (1897-1975), one of the first generation of women academics at the University of Otago, lecturing in physics for over 40 years. Her passion for physics and her skill at teaching made her a favourite with students. She provided particular support to women in a male-dominated field, ... Read more

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Scottish Celtic Music Group

September 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

September 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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New Zealand Solo Drumming Championships

September 14
Christchurch – New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand

The competition will take place at Rangi Ruru Girls' School in the Merivale Lane Theatre in their wonderful Performing Arts Building on the same day as the 2019 RNZPBA Conference. Info: www.nzpipebands.org.nz

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Wellington Gaelic Club Ceilidh

September 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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Outlander Ceilidh

September 21
Oamaru New Zealand

Kick up you heels, with the music from Boru in this Scottish Social dance. A rustic Scottish supper shall be served during the evening. Come dressed as your favourite Outlander character be it Claire, Jamie Dougal or Murtagh at Scottish Hall, 10 Tyne Street. Prizes for the best dressed. Info: [email protected] or phone 021 515 ... Read more

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VUW Wellington Scottish Interest Group

September 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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October 2019

Scottish Celtic Music Group

October 4
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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NZ Young Piper of the Year

October 5
Nelson – New Zealand Nelson, New Zealand

This exciting one day event consists 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 MSR ... Read more

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Scottish Fiddle Club Night

October 11
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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Mini Pipe Band Contest

October 12
Auckland – New Zealand Auckland , New Zealand

New Zealand's top mini pipe bands will battle it out at Murphys Law Irish Bar. Info: www.papakurapipeband.co.nz

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Wellington Gaelic Club Ceilidh

October 12
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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New Dancers’ Celebration

October 12
Poriru New Zealand

All dancers in the Wellington Region are invited to join the New Dancers’ Celebration to be held at the Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua. Info: Tawa Scottish Country Dance Club 04 478 3077 or [email protected]

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Scottish Country Dancing

October 15
Wellington – New Zealand Wellington , New Zealand

Scottish dancing is social and energetic – exercise for body and mind, done to toe-tapping music! Have fun and meet new people, while getting fit at Wellington High School, 249 Taranaki St. Info: 04 385 8919.

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Shooglenifty New Zealand Tour

October 17 - October 27
Nationwide – New Zealand Nationwide, New Zealand

Scottish folk fusion stars Shooglenifty will be performing tunes and songs old and new when they head back New Zealand in October. Shooglenifty stir up a fiery and infectious blend of Celtic traditional music and dance grooves known as ‘hypno-folkadelic ambient trad’. Famed for their out-of-the-box performances, fling your frustrations out the door and skip ... Read more

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Billy Connolly – The Sex Life of Bandages

October 18 - October 20
Nationwide – New Zealand Nationwide, New Zealand

Hailed as the UK’s most influential comedian of all time, legendary Scot Billy Connolly is coming to cinemas with this brilliant show from his final stand-up tour. Featuring blistering observations of everyday absurdities and a deeply personal interview, The Sex Life of Bandages is a big screen tribute to an iconic funny man who is ... Read more

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Silver Chanter Solo Piping Championships

October 26 - October 27
Christchurch – New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand

Solo piping competitions and events at St Andrews College, Normans Rd. Info: www.piping-dancing.org.nz

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VUW Wellington Scottish Interest Group

October 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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November 2019

Scottish Celtic Music Group

November 1
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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Auckland Biannual Ceilidh

November 2
Auckland – New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand

Featuring the talented live band The Chias, be prepared for a wild night full of fun and laughter with ceilidh dancing for all, no matter your age, stage or dancing ability! All dances are called (taught) at 595 Te Atatu Rd. Info: www.facebook.com/events/1376532139161529

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Carterton Annual Dance

November 2
Carterton New Zealand

Scottish country dancing at Carterton Events Centre. Info: www.lowerhuttscd.org.nz

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Ceilidh

November 2
Feilding – New Zealand Feilding , New Zealand

The cheerful melodies of Scottish music will make you want to dance, so get ready for a night to remember! While traditionally 'ceilidh' was a term used for any kind of social gathering with informal entertainment like music, storytelling and dance, these days the main element of a ceilidh is usually dancing. Although similar to ... Read more

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Scottish Fiddle Club Night

November 8
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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The Hororata Highland Games

November 9
Hororata – New Zealand Hororata, New Zealand

The event attracts over 300 competitors who compete in Highland Dancing, Piping and Drumming, Tug O’ War and the Oceania Heavyweight Championship (professional Scottish heavy athletics). 100s of stalls from Clans to crafts with thousands of visitors, a great Scottish day out. Info: Cindy Driscoll 021 366 606 or www.hororatahighlandgames.org.nz

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Wellington Gaelic Club Ceilidh

November 9
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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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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