Further to the change in the Society’s rules agreed at the 2009 Annual General Meeting, the Society has now been registered as a charity.  In order to take advantage of this status, the Society is undertaking a formal campaign to build its financial reserves.  This is particularly to fund further work around its goals of attracting more young players to piobaireachd sooner and improving their performance through high quality tuition.

Key in that fund raising campaign was the launch of a “Friends of Piobaireachd” initiative at the 2010 Annual General Meeting.  The
Friends is a way of recognising people who give sustained financial support for the activities of the Society.  Individuals can become a
Friend by making donations of at least $200 per year.  Donations over a 10 year period (or single contribution of $2,000 or more) will result in
recognition as a Lifetime Friend.

The Society offers Friends free spectator entry to any of its competitions, special updates each year advising the activities undertaken and those planned by the Society and the opportunity for public recognition as a Friend.

This list of Foundation Friends is currently as follows:

John Hanning

Iain Hines

Iain Blakeley

Broadbent family

Bill Sharp

George Mason

Paul Ross

Eade family

Marion Horsburgh

David Horsburgh

Philip Mair

Nigel Foster

Greg Wilson

The Friends warrant the Society’s special gratitude for their commitment to the Society’s objectives and their very tangible support to achieve those.  The Society’s intention is to retain its current Friends and enlarge its Friend base to around 50 over the next 1-2 years.

The Society has published a formal document identifying its goals for the future and providing a range of ways for individuals to contribute
financially to them, including becoming a Friend of Piobaireachd.  A copy of the document, under the heading “The Future of Piobaireachd in
New Zealand” is available from the Secretary on request or can be downloaded from the Society’s internet site at

Minimum donation of $200 per annum or $18 per month. To be made to the same bank account, ref: Your Name and “FOP”.