Clan Donald Canterbury Cocktail Party

On Saturday 3 June, Clan Donald Canterbury held a cocktail party which was hosted by, Alan MacDonald with the assistance of Brent and Jill Tomlinson.

Drinks were provided by Alan, Brent and Jill and mixed by Phil McLoughlin who did a sterling job as bartender for the evening. Clan members bought a plate for a continuous supper and prizes were awarded for best dressed and a cocktail quiz.


Bartender, Phil McLoughlin preparing for the rush of orders.



Waiting patiently for a cocktail are (left to right) Ann Smith, Maggie Donald and Raewyn Hinton.


Enjoying their cocktails are (left to right) Valerie Bright and Jill Morris.


Pictured (left to right) Jeanette Bennett, Brent and Jill Tomlinson.


Pictured (left to right) are Alan MacDonald and Andrew Muskee.


Pictured (left to right) Jan Thomas, Carolyn Alsop and Maggie Donald.


Bob Peirson and Marg Gerken.


Pictured left to right Helen Ring and Raewyn Hinton


Valerie and Ian Bright

Clan Donald Canterbury 2023 AGM

Clan Donald Canterbury held their 2023 AGM on Sunday 12 February at 4.00 pm. The AGM is always held on a Sunday near the Glencoe Massacre anniversary (13th February). This year we remembered the occasion with piping by Ann Smith and a talk from Clan Donald member Alan MacDonald on his claim to be recognised as Chief of Glencoe. Alan outlined the process required and the extensive research that has been ongoing for many years but now nearing completion.

Waipu Highland Games 2023

The Waipu Highland Games were back on the 1st of January 2023, after a two year break for the pandemic.

Clan Donald Auckland attended with their pavilion. This year the clans pitched their displays either side of a single “Avenue of Clans.’ This is a more friendly way of gathering us together. We were in for an early start – the march into the park was prompt at 9 am.


Colour Party Tom McDonald, Geoff Parry, Jim Murdoch, obscured, after the march into the grounds.



The midday parade of clans with James Donald, Jim Murdoch, Tom McDonald and Geoff Parry representing Clan Donald.


The day was fine with just some cloud, so sun cream was in order. Three new members were signed up. The South Island Commissioner Elwyn Martin with Christine were surprise visitors.



New members Shona and friend with Tom McDonald.



Elwyn Martin and Christine with President Jim Murdoch.



Clan Member Mark Cochrane presented Clan Donald with a copy of his new book “Boudicca – her place in history and the fortunes of her tribe” Mark had researched the material for this thick tome over a period of 10 years. The book endeavours to reveal what actually happened when in 60AD, Boudicca was elected to lead the united British tribes in their war against Roman rule. It also seeks to follow the fate of her tribal people – the Iceni.



Mark Cochrane presents his new book to Tom McDonald, Secretary of Clan Donald Auckland.