Clan Donald Canterbury: Mini Golf April 2024

Each year when we complete our events and activities planning for the year, we endeavour to include some activities which will appeal to younger people – our future potential members. This year we scheduled a round of mini golf at Jurassic Adventure for Saturday 27 April 2024.

It was a beautiful, sunny autumn day and a number of members along with 5 younger ones enjoyed a fun afternoon playing a round of golf.


Fintan McLoughlin ready to tee off.



Ian Bright talks with one of the locals.



Fintan McLoughlin and Alan MacDonald



Pictured from left to right, Louis, Thom and Jason Fogarty, Helen Ring, Raewyn Hinton, Andrew Muskee, Carter Bright, Ann Smith, Elise Bright, Maggie Donald, Fintan McLoughlin, Alan MacDonald and Ian Bright



After the mini golf, we gathered at the neighbouring café for afternoon tea.




151st Waipu Highland Games 1 January 2024

New Year’s Eve was very wet and most Clans did not put up their pavilions until on the day which dawned bright and sunny and remained so all day. However the ground in Clan Avenue remained wet and boggy.

The day started with the Clan march reviewed by Dale Bailey of Clan Cameron. The Clan Donald colour party consisted of Geoff Parry banner bearer, Steve MacDonald, Jim Murdoch Auckland President and Tom McDonald, North Island Commissioner.

Clan Donald Banner bearer for the day, Geoff Parry


Clan Donald colour party – Geoff Parry, Steve MacDonald, Jim Murdoch (President, Clan Donald Auckland), Tom McDonald (North Island Commissioner)


Others helping in the pavilion during the day were Murdock McDonald, Marnie MacDonald and Lynnette McDonald. Among the visitors we were pleased to welcome and offer hospitality to Doug McGechan who has been a previous President of Clan Donald Hawkes Bay.


Violaine and Steve MacDonald, members from Kaitaia


Jim, Violaine, Steve, and Geoff


Violaine and Steve MacDonald, Jim Murdoch, Tom McDonald, Marni Macdonald and Geoff Parry


A number of people were asking questions about Clan Donald but no one actually signed up.


A Clanranald supporter with Tom McDonald


We felt the numbers attending the games were down from other years but all were in good cheer.

The next Waipu Games has been changed to New Year’s Eve.