Hawke’s Bay Easter Highland Games: Entry Details

HB Easter Highland Games Piping PB and NZC 2015

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Wellington Pipers Club – Piobaireachd at LOCHANBRAE: This Sunday

Our first event for 2015 is an invitation to the home of club member Ross Edwards in Otaki for a BYO BBQ and few tunes on Sunday 18 January 2015.

This is a fantastic setting to come and enjoy some fellowship, have a picnic and hear a few tunes and those that attended last year had a fantastic day.

Details are as below:

Wellington Pipers Club – Piobaireachd at LOCHANBRAE

Listen and or play Piobaireachd in a non-competitive park like setting. Families are most welcome, kids enjoyed the indoor pool last year.

Expect a wonderful sunny relaxed afternoon with some great tunes heard across all levels and wonderful companionship.

We will start things off with a BYO pick nick / BBQ – we will have a burner running as I have actually filled the gas bottle this year !
Please arrive around 12:30, so we can eat then proceed into some tunes. 12:30 pm Sunday 18th Jan 2015.

Malcolm MacRae is visiting from Australia and this could be a great opportunity to receive feedback from him too.

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Murray Henderson/Greg Wilson Piobaireachd Seminar: 6-9 April 2015


Donald Bain, teacher of both Murray Henderson and Greg Wilson

This is the best chance you will have in Australasia to improve your knowledge and skills of the Big Music with two of the best exponents and teachers. Don’t miss it! 

On a personal note, I’ve been to two of these seminars before and they are brilliant. Excellent for beginners, experts and enthusiasts. Phil Mair

Makoura Lodge, Apiti 6th to 9th April 2015

This seminar is suitable for piobaireachd enthusiasts at all levels to extend their depth of knowledge and appreciation of this great music. It follows on from the Hastings Highland Games 4th and 5th April 2015.

The programme will include tuition, workshops, performance and social events. The seminar is being held at the idyllic Makoura Lodge in Apiti renowned for its great food, hospitality and scenery.

You will learn new tunes and improve your technique, interpretation and presentation.

To impart this knowledge we are arranging to have two of the world’s leading authorities, who are also two of Donald Bain’s pupils . . .

The cost will be no more than NZ$400* which includes accommodation and  wonderful meals!

*We are currently working on funding applications to reduce this but even at $400 this represents exceptional value for money. (As a comparison the RNZPBA summer school costs $810 for tuition accommodation and meals).

Please supply the following information and pay your $50 deposit by 30th November to reserve your place. Balance will be due no later than 6th April.

POST: Donald Bain Piobaireachd Seminar – April 2015, PO Box 5421, Wellington

EMAIL: piobaireachdnz@gmail.com

DIRECT CREDIT: Comunn na Piobaireachd (NZ) Ltd, National Bank,


Be sure to include your surname and the word seminar in the reference. For further queries phone: Marion 027 4271186 or Iain h (04) 977 5072


Postal address:



Please enrol me for the 2015 Piobaireachd seminar at Apiti. I have enclosed a cheque for $50/paid $50 by direct credit.

(please cross out one of the above).

If possible I would like to share a room with: ________________________

I have special dietary requirements as follows:______________________

I am able to assist with transport as follows: _______________________

Do your best to get a group of your friends together to share travel Costs but wellington based attendees may be able to assist with Transport as follows: (please indicate what you may require).

I need a ride from Wellington to Hastings on Friday the 3rd of April yes/no.

I need a ride from Hastings to Apiti on Monday 6th April yes/no.

I need a ride from Apiti to wellington on Thursday 9th April yes/no

Suggestions for inclusion in the seminar or other comment:

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NZ Police Pipe Band & Wellington Red Hackle: Concert & Ceilidh 4 October 2014


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Manawatu Scottish & Scots College Concert: Sunday 28 Setptember


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NZ National Youth Pipe Band Give a Little Donation Site

The following is a link to the Give a Little donation site set up for the Foundation National Youth Pipe Band, if you would like to make a donation.

Give a Little


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Highland Piping Society of Canterbury AGM & Invitation Competition: 7.30pm 21 June

Camelot Room – Chateau on the Park 189 Deans Ave, Riccarton, Christchurch. Entry – $10.00. At the conclusion of the HPSC 2014 AGM, we have invited the following local emerging pipers to compete in this year’s 2014 Invitation event:

  • Harrison Allen
  • Josh Smith
  • James Wansink
  • Reuben McDonnell

Each competitor is asked to play a March, Strathspey and Reel, and then perform a 4 minute medley of their own choice of tunes. This program is a mix of the structure of an MSR and the freedom of an own choice medley to express their talent and importantly impress the judges.

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Murray Henderson & Greg Wilson to Conduct Seminar in NZ 2015

Piobaireachd Seminar 2011Comunn na Piobaireachd NZ is delighted to announce that following the Hastings Highland Games at Easter next year there will be a seminar conducted by Murray Henderson and Greg Wilson. It will be held at Makoura Lodge from the 6th to 9th of April 2015. This will be a wonderful opportunity for piobaireachd enthusiasts at all levels to learn new tunes, hone their skills, and be inspired by two of the worlds best exponents of of this art. Further details to follow.

Having been to these seminars before (see the above photograph of a previous seminar at Makoura Lodge) I can vouch for the benefits of a concentrated period of Piobaireachd learning from experts. Just as importantly; it was fun.

To help the organisers please indicate your tentative interest by filling out the following form:


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Stuart Easton Wins Celtic Inn Targe for Piobaireachd & Greg Wilson Wins Colin Craig Claidhmor

Stuart Easton & Greg Wilson

Click here for the full results.


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Draw for the Targe and Claidhmor: 24 May 2014: Celtic Inn Palmerston North

Targe (Piobaireachd)

9.10 – Stewart McKenzie
9.30 – Greg Wilson
9.50 – Richard Cox
10.10 – Marion Horsburgh
10.30 – Stuart Easton
10.50 – Iain Robertson
11.10 – Liam Kernaghan
11.30 – Willie Rowe
11.50 – Jamie Hawke


1.30 – Marian Horsburgh
1.45 – Jamie Hawke
2.00 – Stewart McKenzie
2.15 – Liam Kernaghan
2.30 – Greg Wilson
2.45 – Willie Rowe
3.00 – Stuart Easton
3.15 – Richard Cox
3.30 – Iain Robertson

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