Palmerston North Highland Reel Figures

Posted 19th June 2016

The adjudicators have selected the following:
Under 16 Years NZ Championship Highland Reel - Progressive Cutting Step
18 Years and Over NZ Championship Highland Reel - 18 & Over Progressive Cutting Step
Under 18 Years North Island Championship Highland Reel - Progressive Cutting Step


Posted 30th March 2016

New photos from the Te Anau Tartan Festival and MacKenzie Easter Show now available for viewing.

Make sure you have your entries for the New Zealand Championships away to the respective competition secretaries by the 1st of April 2016:

Under 18 Years Highland Dancing and Under 21 Solo Piping:

Queen's Birthday Weekend, Dunedin.  Solo Piping Schedule and Highland Dancing Schedule

Under 16 Years and 18 Years and Over Highland Dancing:

Palmerston North.  Highland Dancing Schedule

Tuatapere Celebrates 60th Anniversary Competitions

Posted 24th November 2015

Congratulations to the Tuatapere Highland Dancing Society for their recent 60th anniversary celebrations. 

Tuatapere 60th Anniversary Competition

PACANZ Winners

Posted 19th October 2015

Congratulations to Sarah Gluyas, 2015 PACANZ Young Performer of the Year.  Also congratulations to Angus Hendry and Lewis Gibson who placed 2nd and 3rd respectively.  The Potential Award was won by Grace Owen. Sarah Gluyas also won the Audience Choice award. Adjudicator was Annetta Cowie.


Important Information for Dancing Adjudicators

Posted 14th October 2015

The 2016 PDANZ Judges List is currently in its final stages of preparation.  If you have applied for inclusion on the list, please ensure you have completed the following:
  • A PDANZ membership form identifying what level you wish to adjudicate at (Probationary, General, NZ) and whether you meet the requirements for that level:
  • Are financial with the PDANZ
  • Are financial with the NZAHND
  • Upskilled with the NZAHND within the last 3 years
Probationary judges must also ensure they have completed the Judges Accreditation process as well.

To check both the NZAHND upskilling requirements and Judges Accreditation process please contact and visit:

Dance Pipers... Hororata needs you!

Posted 12th October 2015
The Hororata Highland Games are looking for Dancing Pipers for the games - 7th November 2015. Does anyone know of pipers who may be interested? They can be from out of town. Travel expenses can be covered. If you know of some who may be interested please email:

PACANZ Young Performer of the Year

Posted 6th July 2015

See for more details


Error in programme 

Posted 2nd July 2015
There has been a mistake made in the programme for the New Zealand Championships.
  • Event 4 on Page 34 should have A Swanson listed as the judge and 
  • Event 14 on Page 36 should have A Cowie listed as the judge.

Reminder: New Jig shoe regulations effective 1 July 2015

Posted 26th June 2015

Wording in the by-laws (new content in bold)
Irish Jig Shoes:

Shoes: Low-heeled black shoes, preferably of the brogue type with hard leather soles. A single firmly affixed heel and toe plate are the only attachments permitted on the leather soles. Surfaces other than leather are not permitted. Adjudicators may request to inspect competitors Jig shoes to ensure that they comply with this Bylaw. Buckles must be worn.

Jig shoe exemplar 1 Jig shoe exemplar 2

New Zealand Championships 2015: Order of Events

Posted: 16th June 2015

The order of events at the 2015 PDANZ New Zealand Highland Dancing Championships, including junior events, can now be viewed: Order of Events Friday 10th - Sunday 12th July.

New Zealand Championships 2015

Posted: 04th June 2015

Draws for Under 16, Under 18, and 18 years and over events, at the 2015 PDANZ New Zealand Highland Dancing Championships, are now available for viewing and downloading: Draws for 2015 New Zealand Championships (PDF)
Adjudicator choices for strathspey figures, Highland Reel New Zealand Championship events.

  • The adjudicator for the New Zealand Highland Reel 18 years and over has requested:
        18 and Over Senior Progressive Cutting Step
  • The adjudicator for the New Zealand Highland Reel Under 18 years has requested:
        Progressive Cutting Step
  • The adjudicator for the New Zealand Highland Reel Under 16 years has requested: 
        Progressive Cutting Step

2015/16 Memberships Now Open

Posted: 18th May 2015

The 2015/16 membership forms are now available both online and in printable format from the Membership Procedure page.
Dancers: Please ensure that you allow sufficient time for your membership to be processed prior to the NZ Dancing Championships being held in Ashburton from 9th July 2015. Any membership renewals received after 30 June 2015 may not reach you in sufficient time.

Caledonian Highland Dance Classes

Posted: 12th April 2015

Highland Dancing Classes in our new hall at 5 Michelle Rd, Wigram

Commencing 18th April through to 15th August

Saturday morning classes held from 9.45am to  12.00pm  “Fun to Learn”

Please click here for more details

Membership Fee Reduction for all First Time Junior Members

If you meet the following criteria your membership fee has been reduced to $15 for the period 1 April to 30 June 2015.
  1. Is this the first time you have been a member of PDANZ
  2. Are you a junior member (ie under 18 years of age)
  3. Are you joining PDANZ for the competition season running from 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015
  4. Are you paying your membership fee between the dates 1 April 2015 to 30 June 2015
If you meet all of these criteria then our normal membership fee for a junior of $30 has been reduced to $15.

Please note that your membership fee for the 2015/16 membership year which is due on 1 July 2015 will be $30.

Posted 24th November 2015