News 2014

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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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