Comunn Na Piobaireachd acknowledges the supportive assistance from the Lang Trust, notably for recent senior Judge education initiative at the Highland Games Hastings Piobaireachd Championship events and for summer school Piobaireachd tutor costs.
The Ian and Margaret Lang Piping Trust – Background
Ian Lang grew up near Waipu, with both parents being descendants of the Nova Scotians who settled in the area in the 1850’s, having originally left Scotland about 1817. Ian played the bagpipes in Pipe Bands in various places around New Zealand, ending with Wanganui in the 1960’s and Palmerston North in the early 1970’s, and also competed at Highland Games in various places, such as Hastings and Turakina as well as Waipu.
His concern was that as the proportion of Nova Scotians around Waipu decreased, there could be a detrimental effect on the standard of the Piping Competitions at the Highland Games at Waipu on New Years’ Day. The Piping Trust was set up to assist the local Caledonian Society with maintaining the prize money for the Piping competitions at a level which would continue to attract bagpipers from around New Zealand. In addition, the Trust could be used to assist with the extra expenses associated with bringing world-class judges out from Scotland, which would also help to ensure that a high standard of piping would continue in Waipu. A second stated purpose of the Trust is for the “education in and the advancement of the art of highland bagpipe music within New Zealand”. The Trustees consist of representatives from the Waipu Caledonian Society, the Waipu Centennial Trust, Comunn na Piobaireachd, as well as one from Ian’s family.
Initially the Piping Trust was named in honour of his late wife Margaret, who also being of Scottish heritage had been a Highland dancer as a girl, and she carried on with Scottish Country Dancing as an adult, which was where they had met. After Ian’s death in 2009, the Trust was renamed in honour of Ian as well.