News 2014

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4 December

Pipe band gets major makeover
The Whangarei & County Pipe Band as part of a major makeover has a new name. It will now be the Northland Caledonian Pipe Band - NorthCal This name reflects its position as the major competitive pipe band between the Auckland Harbour Bridge and North Cape and is more indicative of the area from which it draws its members.

The band has had an outstanding 12 months, winning every competition it entered and culminating in the Grade Three National Championship in March this year in Tauranga. NorthCal has been promoted to Grade Two, and now has a new modern uniform which made its first public appearance at the Auckland Highland Games on the 22nd of November.

NorthCal has served the community, and represented Whangarei and Northland in competition since 1936. It has a proud history of achievement and has produced many prominent musicians on the world stage.

Whangarei and Northland can be very proud of NorthCal’s achievements.

The band has a supporters’ group ‘Friends of the Band’ which seeks to help support the playing members and hosts social and family events in association with the band’s activities: If you would like to be part of this group of great people contact Graham Foggin 09 9717694.

The band also needs new blood. If you would like to learn to play the bagpipes or drums please contact the Pipe Major, Bain Macgregor 09 4320527 027 4979013

The Band email address is

Adrienne Haberfield, J.P.

Adrienne, Patron and Life Member of the Canterbury West Coast Centre of the Piping and Dancing Association of NZ, will be sadly missed by all of the Members who loved and respected her. Our wonderful memories of Adrienne will last with us.
Cushla Piesse
President CWCC


The new membership forms can be found on the forms page

Otago University scholarship

Otago University have several Scottish piping and drumming scholarships available for any students attending Otago University. Link to the scholarship page:

Obituary Craig Peterson

Craig Peterson, QSM and Life Member of the Piping & Dancing assn. Of NZ (inc), Dominion Council and Honorary Life Member of the NZ Academy of Highland & National Dancing (inc).

Craig was born in Balclutha 1928 and attended school in Wyndham where he was dux at both the primary and secondary schools. he was employed at the Bank of N.Z. Wyndham from 1947, and served in Balclutha, Tapanui and Mosgiel before transferring to Dunedin branch – where he retired after 41 years of service.

Please see here for the full write up


Sara Simmons married the love of her life Simon Bishell on 15 March surrounded by their family and friends.

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 2014.
  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 2013 to 30 June 2014
  4. Are you paying your membership fee between the dates 1 April 2014 to 30 June 2014
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 2014/15 membership year which is due on 1 July 2014 will be $30.


2 March

Change of Judge - Otago Centre Queens Birthday Solo Piping
Due to the unavailability of one of our Queens Birthday Piping judges the list is now:
Dr Brendon Eade, Hamilton
Mr George Mason, Wellington
Mr Brian Switalla, Auckland

27 February

Extremely sad news that we have lost another Life Member. Craig passed away on the 25th February after a long illness. Craig made a huge contribution over the years.

In brief:
Funeral Saturday 1st March 11am, service for Craig’s life will be held in the Mornington Presbyterian Church, Dunedin at 11am.

Messages to 23 Ensor Street, Burnside, Dunedin 9018.

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