Current & Recent Events Calendar

View our current and recent calendar events below. To submit an event to the website please click here.

Auckland Mini Band Contest

Free spectator entry. Mini Pipe Band events include: Open MSR Open Medley G3/4 Musical Selection.  For entry forms please email

Auckland Highland Games

A range of activities from traditional and contemporary Scottish culture including: Pipe Band Competition, Highland Dancing & Scottish Country Dancing Displays, Heavy Weight competitions, Public Events, Roman & Norse Historic Battles, Fencing, Ancient Weapons, Pipe Band & Solo Piping competitions, Celtic Music Groups, Tossing the Caber, Sheaf & Haggis competitions, Traditional Scottish food (Haggis, Mutton pies) Scottish Stalls, Children’s activities, Wood Turning and Carving, Scottish Clan Societies & the Famous ‘Ode to the Haggis’, Highland Cattle, Highland Terriers, Shetland Ponies & Clydesdales.

40th Jenny Mair Highland Square Day

The Jenny Mair Highland Square Day is set again to showcase a raft of talent from across the country and overseas. Saturday 14 December 2019 marks the 40th Square Day! Upwards of 20 highland pipe bands and scores of contestant solo bagpipers and solo drummers will converge on The Square, with the celebration of this milestone being an extra special element this year. Throughout its history, Square Day has enjoyed a steadfast reputation as an extremely well-run and enjoyable event. A magnificent day out for all ages, there is no admission fee. You are warmly invited to wander through our lovely Square to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the polished performances. There will also be a number of stalls to peruse at your leisure. The solo piping and drumming events commence at 8.30am, then the first of the competing bands step out at 11.00am to perform in front of our internationally-recognised judges. 5.45pm brings the spectacular massed bands performances prior to the prizegiving. Jenny Mair Square Day Convenor

Northcote Invitational

Northcote Invitational Solo Piping Competition Sunday 30 December 2019 2:00pm – 4:30pm 37 Queen Street, Northcote. Come along and listen to some of New Zealand’s top solo pipers in their build up for the Waipu Highland Games. No entry charge. Events: Double MSR and Open Medley with a prize for the overall winner (based on medley preference). Judge: Stuart Easton The Bar will be open and food available through the Northcote Tavern Kitchen. With thanks to friends and members of the Auckland & District Pipe Band who sponsored this event. Enquiries:

Turakina Highland Games

Also featuring the NZ Open Solo Piping Championships. The event is a family friendly day including Pipe Bands, solo piping & drumming, Highland and National Dancing, traditional field events, children's events, Clan & market stalls and an evening ceilidh. Free on site parking and camp sites available @ $5. Entry $10 per person, children under 15 free. Contact Heather Calkin (secretary)

Ashburton's Festival of Pipe Band Music

Ashburton's annual music festival beginning with Street March at 12:30pm, followed by Medleys & Sets in the Domain. Contact Peter MacLean:

Paeroa Highland Games and Tattoo The 27th Annual Paeroa Highland Games & Tattoo will be held on Saturday 8th February 2020 at the Paeroa Domain. What started out as a small Pipe Bands Competition has grown over the years, and today is a fully-fledged Highland Games, one of only seven such Scottish gatherings in New Zealand, and the only one in New Zealand to hold an Evening Tattoo.


Street March George Street and then to Alhambra Rugby Grounds, also known as the North Ground. Contact: Maureen Hurrell Secretary Otago Centre 34 Beaconsfield Road Portobello, Dunedin 9014 email:

Pipes in the Park

Pipes In The Park contest is to be held at Waitangi Park, Wellington on Saturday 15 February 2020. Contact details are

Octagonal Day

Octagonal Day - Saturday 16th February 2020 being held in the Octagon Dunedin.

CNI Contest

City of Rotorua is hosting the CNI Contest on the Village Green, an awesome venue and Street March on the road close to venue. Contact Paul Fuller (Contest Supervisor)

Canterbury Centre Contest

Centre contest is held again here in Templeton. Street March and Music events. Schedule out in January. Contact Kim Robertson for any further information.

WHBPB Centre Contest

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Centre Contest

The second of our contests is usually held at Dean's Bush following the Saturday contest in Templeton but the venue is to be confirmed. We may change the format on the Sunday. Details to follow in October. Contact Kim Robertson for details.

2020 NZ Pipe Band Championships

The dates for the 2020 RNZPBA National Championships in Invercargill are now confirmed as Friday 13th and Saturday 14th March.
Details of the contest will follow in due course