Current Events

Quiz Night – Canterbury
Friday 16th June 2017
7pm at 47 Kintyre Drive, Bromfield. Please bring a plate for supper and your drink.

Tartan Day Lunch (Scottish Heritage Council) – Canterbury
Sunday 2nd July 2017
12pm at the Carvery, Papanui Club, 310 Sawyers Arms Road. $20 per person. RSVP to margaretdonald@xtra.co.nz by the 26th of June.

Branch Meeting – Canterbury
Sunday 6th August 2017
12.30pm – 3pm at the St Albans Community Centre. Pizza lunch at 12.30pm. Meeting starts at 1.30pm. 

Race Night – Canterbury
Saturday 9th September 2017
Join us for “The Kumara Races” – Clan Donald style. 6pm at Ann and Peter Smith’s, 109 Blankney Street, Hornby. Please bring a plate (finger food meal), drink and plenty of money!

Halloween Night – Canterbury
Saturday 28th October 2017
7pm at Cath and Bob Lyall’s, 2 Rata Street, Riccarton. Get your Halloween costume on, bring a plate for supper plus your drink, and be ready for a fun night.

Kirkin’ O’ Tartan (Scottish Heritage Council) – Canterbury
Sunday 29th October 2017
Time and venue to be advised.

Branch Meeting – Canterbury
Sunday 5th November 2017
12.30pm – 3pm at the St Albans Community Centre. Fish and chip lunch at 12.30pm. Meeting starts at 1.30pm.

Hororata Highland Games – Canterbury
Saturday 11th November 2017
Hororata Domain. Traditional Scottish Highland Games with a Kiwi twist. Clan Donald Canterbury will be in attendance.

Weekend away to Oamaru – Canterbury
November 16-19th 2017 (Show Weekend)
This promises to be a marvelous weekend trip to this interesting North Otago town. For those who have yet to book and wish to join us, you need to book promptly RSVP to margaretdonald@xtra.co.nz

Ann Smith’s Birthday Celebration – Canterbury
Saturday 2nd December 2017
At Ann and Peter Smith’s, 109 Blankney Street Hornby. Time and details to be advised.

Christmas Lunch – Canterbury
Sunday 10th December 2017
At St Albans-Merivale Bowling Club, 5 Donald Place, St Albans. A game of bowls at 11am for those who wish to play, followed by lunch around 12.30pm. Further details to be advised.

UP-COMING EVENTS

There are a number of events being organised. These include Film Evenings, Ceilidhs, Dinners, Lunches and Whisky Tastings, etc. More details will be published when dates have been finalised.

Newsletter  Deadline

The Editor welcomes your input to the Newsletter, be it an article, a letter or photographs. Communications should be made to the Editor by emailing carlmbradley@hotmail.com.

The next issue of the Newsletter will be published 30 June 2017.
Deadline for submissions for the next issue: 19 June 2017.

Past Events

2017 CLAN DONALD & FRIENDS GALA DINNER
Saturday 20th May 2017 6.30pm to Midnight
West Plaza Hotel
110-116 Wakefield Street
Wellington

20th Anniversary Dinner – Auckland
Saturday 6th May 2017
All Clan Donald Members and friends were invited to the 20th Anniversary Dinner for Clan Donald Auckland, which was held in the Rutherford Room at the Alexandra Raceway, Auckland.

This is a great milestone for Clan Donald Auckland, which was incorporated in 1997.

The Dinner started as usual at 6pm for 6.30pm.There was a fantastic four course banquet dinner. The entertainment included the traditional Haggis Ceremony and our old friends the Balmoral Dancers, and a special appearance of the Auckland Grammar School Pipe Band, which has close links through our Clan Piper Anton Hodson and Harold McIsaac.

The Guest Speaker for the evening was our first President Murdock McDonald , who gave a speech on the Foundation of Clan Donald Auckland.

24th Paeroa Highland Games & Tattoo
Saturday 11th February 2017

The Games and the Avenue of Clans start in the morning. The Clan Donald Pavilion will be on site to provide hospitality and information on the various MacDonald Clans. All members and friends are welcome to have a chat and refreshments. There will be a Clans March to the town centre and back in the morning. The Pipe Band Contest starts at midday followed by a Street March. The Tattoo is in the evening beginning at 6.30pm and concluding around 9.30pm. A special attraction in the evening, are the guest entertainers The Saltire Scottish Duo, straight from Scotland.

153rd Turakina Highland Games  –  Turakina Domain
Saturday 28th January 2017

The Turakina Highland Games was established in 1864 and is the longest running Highland Games in New Zealand. Clan Donald Wellington will be there to welcome all Clan Donald members and friends for a chat and refreshments. The Games has solo piping and drumming, plus Highland Dancing in the morning and a Pipe Band Contest in the afternoon. There will also be field events for both a children and adults. In the  evening a bar-b-que and a ceilidh  featuring the ceilidh band Bowmore.

Waipu Highland Games  – Caledonian Grounds
Sunday 1st January 2017
The Waipu Highland Games are breaking with tradition by holding the Highland Games on a Sunday. In the past the Games have never been held on a Sunday.

Last year the 145th Waipu Highland Games were washed out. Continuous heavy rain caused the games to be cancelled except for the Highland Dancing, which was held in the local school, and the Solo Piping events, which were held in the Waipu Church Hall.

Hopefully the 146th Waipu Highland Games will have kinder weather. Clan Donald has been reappointed as the host clan. It is expected that Alan MacDonald, the New Zealand High Commissioner, and the North Island Commissioner Tom McDonald as well as the South Island Commissioner Elwyn Martin will be present. Clan Donald will also lead the Clans in the Clans March from the Waipu Monument into the Caledonian Grounds. The Pavilion will be sited at the top of the Avenue of Clans and will be ready to receive members and friends for a chat and a little hospitality. Clan Donald memorabilia will also be on sale, and anyone wanting to know anything about the MacDonald Clans, Macdonald of Macdonald, Macdonald of Sleat, Macdonald of Clanranold and MacDonell of Glengarry, just has to ask any of the Committee Members. There will also be a Haggis Ceremony at 11.30am at the Pavilion, and there will be an opportunity to have a taste.

Christmas Lunch – Canterbury
Sunday 11th December 2016
At the Fendalton Park Croquet Club. Entrance off Makora Street. A game of croquet at 11am for those who wish to play, followed by lunch at around 12.30pm. Lunch $25. Croquet $10. Cash only. BYO.

Pre-Christmas Luncheon – Auckland
Sunday 11th December 2016
The luncheon will be at the Highlander Bar in the Northcote Tavern. All Clan Donald members and friends are invited to be there from 11.30am onwards. This is the 4th year for our luncheon at the Northcote Tavern and we anticipate it will be another great success. The Northcote is well known for its great menu and in particular their Sunday Roast.

The Mad Hatters Party – Canterbury
Saturday 3rd December 2016
The Mad Hatters Party promises some great entertainment. BBQ cooked by our Clan Chefs. 5.30pm at Alan MacDonald’s home, 8A Church Lane, Merivale.

Branch Meeting – Canterbury
Sunday 20th November 2016
1pm – 3.30pm at St Albans Community Centre. “Pot Luck” lunch at 1pm. Meeting starts at 2pm.

Hororata Highland Games – Canterbury
Saturday 5th November 2016
Hororata Domain. Traditional Scottish Highland Games with a Kiwi twist. Clan Donald Canterbury will be in attendance.

Luncheon & Film – Auckland
Saturday 15th October 2016
All Clan Donald members are invited to a luncheon and film at Ryders Cinema, 177 Riversdale Road, Avondale, Auckland, on Saturday the 15th of October. The luncheon is at midday followed by the film. The film is “Sunshine on Leith” set in Edinburgh, and is an adaptation of the stage musical. Tickets are $29 per person. Payment by cheque to P.O. Box 96234, Balmoral, Auckland 1342, or direct to ASB bank no. 12-3030-0531551-00. Please book before the 8th of October to Bruce McGechan. Phone 09 420 7602. Email mcgechan@xtra.co.nz

Branch Meeting – Canterbury
Sunday 7th August 2016
1pm – 3.30pm at the St Albans Community Centre. Pizza lunch at 1pm. Meeting starts at 2pm.

Quiz Show – Canterbury
Saturday 23rd July 2016
It’s in the Bag with our very own Selwyn Toogood and Teneke Boucher. Some interesting prizes. 7pm at Ann and Peter Smith’s home, 109 Blankney Street, Hornby. Please bring your drink and a plate for supper.

Scottish Dinner – Hawke’s Bay
Friday 8th July 2016

Clan Donald Hawke’s Bay invites all members and friends to come along and enjoy an evening of fine dining, interesting company and entertainment, all with a Scottish flavour. The venue is the Havelock North Community Centre, Te Mata Road, Havelock North. The evening starts with socialising from 6pm and the meal starts at 6.30pm. Bar facilities. No BYO. Cost $38 per person. Payment by cash or cheque made out to Clan Donald Hawke’s Bay and posted to The Treasurer, PO Box 8446, Havelock North, 4157. Bookings must be received by Monday 4th July. For any further information contact the President David McDonald. Email david@mcdonaldbrummer.co.nz



Clan Donald New Zealand
Clan Donald New Zealand 6th Annual General Meeting and Gala Dinner
Saturday 21st May 2016  |  RSVP by 30th November 2015

All Clan Donald members throughout New Zealand are invited to the 6th AGM to be held at 1.00pm to 3.30pm in the Earl of Essex Bar in the Heartland Hotel Cotswold 88 – 96 Papanui Road, Christchurch. The Dinner will also be held in the Earl of Essex Bar at 6.30pm. Cost for the Dinner is $60 each an excludes alcohol and beverages.

Attendance needs to be confirmed and payment made by the 30th of November 2015 to
Patricia McKechnie
82 Parata Street, Waikanae 5036, Kapiti Coast
Phone (04) 293 4290
Email: jpmckechnie@xtra.co.nz

Hotel bookings to be made direct to the Heartland Hotel Cotswold, Manager Anthony Moore on (03) 355 0744 by the 30th of August 2015 to obtain special rates.

Branch Meeting – Canterbury
Sunday 8th May 2016
1pm – 3.30pm at the St Albans Community Centre. Fish and chip lunch at 1pm. Meeting starts at 2pm.

18th Annual Dinner – Auckland
Saturday 7th May 2016

Great news for all our Clan Donald Members and friends. We have worked hard to keep the price down for the 18th Annual Dinner at the Quality Hotel Parnell in Auckland. The price will stay the same as last year at $65 per person. So make sure you mark the date in your diary. The start time is 6.30pm for 7.00pm.

It was a great evening last year with exceptional service and fantastic food by the hotel, and they have promised to look after our guests on Saturday the 7th.

We received so many favourable comments about the food, especially having dishes for people with special dietary requirements, that we have decided to have the same menu as last year. And just to whet your appetite here is the menu. The Dinner is a Buffet meal and includes Beef Bourguignon, honey glazed ham from the carvery, and Cajun chicken, plus a selection of vegetables. There is also a range of salads and vegetable dishes including a curried sweet potato and orange salad, seashell pasta salad and a pumpkin ravioli. There are also three desserts to choose from. Apple and blueberry crumble with vanilla custard and Chantilly cream, Pavlova with fresh fruit and whipped cream and iced chocolate log with raspberry coulis. A licensed bar is also available. No BYO.

The entertainment will include the Haggis Ceremony and performances by our old friends the Balmoral Dancers.

The highlight of the evening will be an address by Fraser Sim from the Waipu Caledonian Society. He will cover the Waipu Highland Games and the new Celtic Barn. Clan Donald Auckland has been associated with the Waipu Highland Games for over 20 years and was also a contributor to the funding of the Celtic Barn.

The cost for this fantastic dinner is $65 per person. Bookings close Friday the 22nd of April. Please pay by cheque to Clan Donald Auckland & Districts Society Inc. P O Box 96234, Balmoral, Auckland 1342. For any further information contact the President Bruce McGechan. Email mcgechan@xtra.co.nz

Easter Afternoon Tea – Canterbury
Sunday 10th April 2016
An Easter Bunny hunt with a difference. 2pm at Christine and Elwyn Martin’s home. Please bring a plate for afternoon tea.

23rd Paeroa Highland Games & Tattoo
Saturday 13th February 2016

The Games and the Avenue of Clans starts in the morning. The Clan Donald Pavilion will be on site to provide hospitality and information on the various MacDonald Clans. All members and friends are welcome to have a chat and a little hospitality. There will be a Clans March to the town centre and back in the morning. The Pipe Band contest starts at midday followed by a Street March. The Tattoo is in the evening beginning at 6.30pm and concluding around 9.30pm.

152nd Turakina Highland Games – Turakina Domain
Saturday 30th January 2016

The Turakina Highland Games are the longest running Highland Games in New Zealand. Clan Donald Wellington will be there to welcome all Clan Donald members and friends for a chat and refreshments. The Games has solo piping and drumming, plus Highland Dancing in the morning and a Pipe Band Contest in the afternoons well as the usual field events.

Waipu Highland Games – Caledonian Grounds
Friday 1st January 2016

Clan Donald has been appointed the “Host Clan” for the 145th Waipu Highland Games. Alan MacDonald, the New Zealand High Commissioner will be present as well as Tom McDonald, the North Island Commissioner and Elwyn Martin the South Island Commissioner. A special guest for the day will be Allan MacDonald of Vallay, the Chieftain of the Clan Macdonald of Sleat. Clan Donald will also lead the Clans on the Clans March from the Waipu Monument into the Caledonian Grounds, and the President Bruce McGechan will take the salute on the dias. The Pavilion will be sited at the top of the Avenue of Clans and will be ready to receive members and friends for a chat and a little hospitality. Clan Donald memorabilia will also be on sale, and anyone wanting to know anything about the MacDonald Clans, Macdonald of Macdonald, Macdonald of Sleat, Macdonald of Clanranald and MacDonell of Glengarry, just has to ask any of the Committee Members. There will also be a Haggis Ceremony at 11.30am at the Pavilion, and there will be an opportunity to have a taste.

Pre-Christmas Lunch – Auckland
Sunday 13th December 2015
The lunch will be held at the Northcote Tavern, 37 Queen Street, Northcote. The bar opens at 11am and we will be there from 11.30am.

Christmas Party – Canterbury
Sunday 6th December 2015
At the St Albans-Merivale Bowling Club, 5 Donald Place, (off St Albans Street). 11.30am bowls and socializing with lunch at 1.00pm.

Branch Meeting – Canterbury
Sunday 22nd November 2015
12.30 – 3.30pm at St Albans Community Centre. “Pot Luck” lunch at 12.30pm. Meeting starts at 1.30pm.

Kirkin’ O’ Tartan – Canterbury
Sunday 18th October 2015
In St Andrews at Rangi Ruru in Merivale Lane. Assemble at 1.45pm. Please bring a plate for afternoon tea.

Island Night – Canterbury
Saturday 10th October 2015
Venue and time to be advised

Weekend Away – Canterbury
Friday 18th – Sunday 20th September 2015
Trip to Geraldine. Detail to be advised.

Scottish Clans Association Dinner – Auckland
Saturday 12th September 2015
Venue is the Rutherford Room at Alexandra Park.  The guest of honour is Davidson of Davidson.  For tickets contact Murdock McDonald.

Clan Cameron Annual Dinner – Auckland
Saturday 22nd August
At Quality Hotel, Parnell to celebrate the departure of the barque Blenheim for New Zealand 175 years ago.  $57.50 per person (youngsters half price).  Mulled wine served on arrival.  Guest speaker is Marc Ulyatt, author of ‘The Kaiwarra Camerons”.  Bookings to Neil Cameron kncam@xtra.co.nz

Branch Meeting – Canterbury
Sunday 16th August 2015
12.30 – 3.00pm at St Albans Community Centre. Pizza lunch at 12.30pm. Meeting starts at 1.30pm.

Tartan Day in Frankton – Hamilton
Tartan Day Celebration Tattoo – Auckland
Sunday 5th July 2015
1.30 pm start.  At North Shore Events Centre, with entrances at Silverfield and Angus Place, Glenfield.  A fantastic, exciting celebration of Scottish culture.  Marching Teams, Scottish Country Dancers, WW1 Display, Drum Corps, Massed Pipe Bands, Highland Dancers.  Free entry.

Tartan Day Lunch – Canterbury
Sunday 5th July 2015
The Elmwood (formerly Robbies) Wairakei Road. Time to be advised.

Saturday 4th July 2015
11.00 am Street Parade.  Come celebrate the repeal of the Tartan Act.  Haggis ceremony in the street.  Highland Dancers.  Lunch at the Caledonian Hall, 86 High Street.  Afternoon Ceilidh/Concert.

Kirking of the Tartan – Auckland
Sunday 28th June 2015
9.30 am muster, for 10.00 am at St Andrews, 1 Symonds Street, Auckland.

Clan Donald New Zealand
5th Annual General Meeting and Dinner
Saturday 23rd May 2015 | RSVP by 31st March 2015
All Clan Donald members throughout New Zealand are invited to the 5th AGM to be at held at 1.30pm in the Dorset Suite at the West Plaza Hotel 110-116 Wakefield Street, Wellington. The Dinner will also be in the Dorset Suite at 6.30pm. Cost for the Dinner is $49.50 each and excludes alcohol and beverages.

Attendance needs to be confirmed and payment made by the 31st of March 2015 to
Patricia McKechnie
82 Parata Street, Waikanae 5036, Kapiti Coast
Phone (04) 293 4290
Email: jpmckechnie@xtra.co.nz

17th Annual Dinner – Auckland
Branch Meeting – Canterbury
Sunday 17th May 2015
12.30 – 3.00pm at St Albans Community Centre. Fish and chip lunch at 12.30pm. Meeting starts at 1.30pm.

Saturday 9th May 2015
All Clan Donald Members and friends are invited to the 17th Annual Dinner at the Quality Hotel Parnell in Auckland. The start time is 6.30pm for 7.00pm

The evenings entertainment includes a Haggis Ceremony and performances by our old friends the Balmoral Dancers. This dance group has given us great entertainment over the years, having attended every dinner since 1998.

The Dinner is a Buffet meal and the menu has a fantastic range of dishes, including Beef Bourguignon, honey glazed ham from the carvery, and Cajun chicken, plus a great selection of vegetables. There is also a range of salads and vegetable dishes including a curried sweet potato and orange salad, seashell pasta salad and a pumpkin ravioli. So our vegetarians are looked after as well. There are also three desserts to choose from. Apple and blueberry crumble with vanilla custard and Chantilly cream, Pavlova with fresh fruit and whipped cream and iced chocolate log with raspberry coulis. A licensed bar is also available. No BYO.

The highlight of the evening will be an address by our Guest Speaker Heather Laird, an expert Fiddler and authority on Scottish Celtic Music.

The cost for this fantastic dinner is $65 per person. Bookings close Friday the 24th of April 2015. Please pay by cheque to Auckland & Districts Society Inc. P O Box 96234, Balmoral, Auckland 1342. For any further information contact the President Bruce McGechan. Email mcgechan@xtra.co.nz

Canterbury Scottish Heritage Council Ceilidh Dance – Canterbury
Saturday 18th April 2015
7.00pm. Venue to be advised

Tour of Riccarton House – Canterbury
Sunday 12th April 2015
2.00pm at Riccarton House 16 Kahu Road, Riccarton. Time to be confirmed. Tour lasts 90 minutes. Followed by afternoon tea at Cath and Bob Lyall’s home at 2 Rata Street.

Mini Golf – Canterbury
Sunday 29th March 2015

Starting at 1.30pm at McDuffs at Riccarton Park Golf Complex, Steadman Road, (off Yaldhurst Road). Afternoon tea to follow at Christine and Elwyn’s home, at 47 Kintyre Drive Broomfield. Please bring a plate.

22nd Paeroa Highland Games & Tattoo – Paeroa Domain
Saturday 14th February 2015
The Games and the Avenue of Clans starts in the morning. Clan Donald will be in attendance with the pavilion, to provide hospitality and information on the various MacDonald Clans. Solo piping and Highland Dancing competitions in the morning. March of the Clans in the morning. Pipe Band Contest in the afternoon followed by a Street March.The Tattoo is in the evening beginning at 6.30pm and concluding around 9.30pm.

Waipu Highland Games – Caledonian Grounds
Thursday 1st January 2015

Clan Donald will be present with the Pavilion in the Avenue of Clans. The Pavilion will be operating for hospitality, genealogy support, recruitment of new members and sales of Clan Donald memorabilia. All of our members are welcome for a little hospitality and a chat. And the games will give us an opportunity to renew old friendships and make new ones. Information will be readily available for anyone wishing to know anything about the MacDonald Clans. MacDonald of MacDonald; MacDonald of Sleat; MacDonald of Clanranald and MacDonell of Glengarry. There will also be a Haggis Ceremony at 11.30am at the Pavilion, and there will be an opportunity to have a taste.

Christmas Party – Canterbury
Sunday 14th December 2014
At St Albans-Merrivale Bowling Club, 5 Donald Street (off St Albans Street). 11.30am bowls and socialising with lunch at 1.00pm.

Pre-Christmas Lunch – Auckland
Sunday 14th December 2014
All Clan Donald members are invited to a casual lunch in the Highlander Bar at the Northcote Tavern, 37 Queen Street, Northcote. The bar opens at 11am and we will be there from 11.30am. There is a great menu which includes their famous Sunday Roast. There is plenty of room for everyone as there is an extra area outside. All members to wear tartan, kilts etc. We look forward to seeing you there.

Branch Meeting – Canterbury
Sunday 23rd November 2014
At St Albans Community Centre. 12.30 to 3.30pm. Meeting commences at 1.30pm preceded by a pot luck lunch.

Auckland Highland Games – Three Kings Domain – Auckland
Saturday 22nd November 2014

Clan Donald will be present with the pavilion, to provide hospitality, information and to recruit new members. We wish to welcome all of our members for a little hospitality and a chat. And the games will give us an opportunity to renew old friendships and make new ones. Clan Donald memorabilia will also be available for sale. Information will be readily available for anyone wishing to know anything about the MacDonald Clans. MacDonald of MacDonald; MacDonald of Sleat; MacDonald of Clanranald and MacDonell of Glengarry.These games are the only ones in our area with free entry, and are the first games of the season.

Hororata Highland Games – Canterbury
Saturday 8th November 2014
Hororata Domain www.hororatahighlandgames.org.nz

Kirkin’ O’ Tartan – Canterbury
Sunday 19th October 2014
At St Andrews in Merrivale Lane in Rangi Ruru. Assemble at 1.45pm. Bring a plate for afternoon tea.

Social Evening – Canterbury
Saturday 27th September 2014
Starts at 7pm at Brent and Jill Tomlinson’s, 6 John Campbell Drive, Linden Grove, Hillmorton, Christchurch. BYO and a plate for supper.

Annual Dinner – Auckland
Saturday 30th August 2014
All Clans folk are cordially invited to the Clan Donald Annual Dinner at the Quality Hotel Parnell, 20 Gladstone Road, Parnell, Auckland. Gathering commencing at 6.00pm for 6.30pm start. Gentlemen in Tartan Regalia or Dinner Suit. Ladies in Cocktail Dress. The menu includes a first course of Scottish Broth with Baps; second course Haggis with Tatties & Neeps; main course Roast Hogget with Roast Potato, Baked Glazed Carrots, Green Beans and Cauliflower in White Sauce; dessert of Apple Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream. Finishing with Tea and Coffee. No BYO. Cash bar available. The Clan Pipers will be in attendance and there will be entertainment by the Balmoral Highland Dancers. Price $50 per person. Bookings are essential. Order from the Treasurer, Clan Donald Auckland & Districts Inc. P.O. Box 65- 021, Mairangi Bay, Auckland 0754.

Branch Meeting – Canterbury
Sunday 24th August 2014
At St Albans Community Centre. 12.30 to 3.30pm. Meeting commences at 1.30pm preceded by a pizza lunch.(byo)

Movie Night  –  Canterbury
Tuesday 22nd July 2014
At the Hoyts Cinema, Westfield Mall.

Tartan Day Luncheon – Canterbury
Sunday 6th July 2014
12.00pm at Robbies Elmwood

International Ceilidh Dance – Canterbury
Saturday 21st June 2014
7.30pm at Villa Maria College

Scottish Social Evening – Hawke’s Bay
Monday 9th June 2014
Clan Donald Hawke’s Bay invites all people interested in Scottish culture to a social evening to hear local Scottish personality, singer musician Charlie McLean talk about his chidhood growing up in the Outer Hebrides. Charlie will also entertain with Scottish music and song. The venue is the Common Room, which is a boutique bar at 227 Heretaunga Street East in Hastings from 7pm till 9pm. Entry is free and food and drinks are available at your own expense from the Common Room bar. Come along and spend a couple of hours relaxing among convivial company, having a couple of quiet drinks, hearing about a fascinating part of Scottish history, and listening to some traditional Scottish music.

Games Evening  –  Canterbury
Saturday 7th June 2014
At 7pm at 12 Sentinel Place, Halswell, Christchurch.

Queen’s Birthday Weekend – Auckland
Saturday 31st May, Sunday 1st June & Monday 2nd June 2014
From 10am till 4pm each day on Queens Wharf on the Auckland waterfront. This weekend will see Queens Wharf transformed into the UK of the south. There will be a huge section with a Scottish theme and traditional Scottish music, pipe bands and Scottish Clans. Clan Donald will be in attendance. We look forward to seeing you there.

Weekend Trip to Dunedin  –  Canterbury
Friday 16th May 2014
To coincide with the Clan Donald New Zealand Annual General Meeting. Car pool to Dunedin on Friday the 16th. AGM on Saturday the 17th at 1.30pm. In the evening there will be a formal dinner at the Victoria Hotel. On Sunday the 18th there will be a Church Service at the Knox Church.

Branch Meeting  –  Canterbury
Sunday 11th May 2014
At the St Albans Community Centre. Meeting commences at 1.30pm preceded by fish and chip lunch at 12.30.

Ceilidh Dance  –  Canterbury
Saturday 5th April 2014
Will be held at Whincops Road, Halswell. Details to be advised.

Outing to Northbrook Colonial Museum, Rangiora  –  Canterbury
Sunday 23rd March 2014
Meet at the Museum at 2.30pm for a visit followed by BBQ at Mark and David’s house at 8 Cedar Place, Rangiora.

Annual General Meeting – Auckland
Saturday 1st March 2014

To be held in the St Andrew’s Church Hall, 1 Symonds Street, Auckland. We will start with a pot luck lunch at 11.30 am. The Annual General Meeting will commence at at 1 pm and a committee meeting at the conclusion of the AGM.

21st Paeroa Highland Games & Tattoo – Paeroa Domain
Saturday 8th February 2014

The Games and the Avenue of Clans starts in the morning. Clan Donald will be in attendance with the pavilion, to provide hospitality and information on the various MacDonald Clans. Solo piping and Highland Dancing competitions in the morning. March of the Clans in the morning. Pipe Band Contest in the afternoon followed by a Street March. The Tattoo is in the evening, beginning before sunset and concluding about 10pm.

150th Turakina Highland Games – Turakina Domain
Saturday 25th January 2014

Turakina is the oldest Highland Games in New Zealand, and as it is the 150th Games, both Clan Donald Auckland and Clan Donald Wellington will be there in the Pavilion to welcome all Clan Donald members and friends for a chat and refreshments. The Games has solo piping and Highland Dancing in the morning and a Pipe Band Contest in the afternoon, as well as the usual field events.

Waipu Highland Games – Caledonian Grounds
Wednesday 1st January 2014
Members of the committee will be at the Caledonian Grounds from around 2pm on Tuesday the 31st of December to erect the pavilion in the Avenue of Clans.

The pavilion will be operating for hospitality, genealogy support, recruitment of new members and sales of Clan Donald memorabilia. All of our members are welcome for a chat and hospitality and we look forward to meeting our many friends. There will be a Haggis Ceremony at 11.30am at the pavilion and there will be an opportunity to have a taste.

Christmas Dinner – Canterbury
15th December 2013
6.00pm at Robbies, Elmwood.

Victoria Square Day – Canterbury
Saturday 7th December 2013
Okover Lawn at Ilam University.

Ceilidh Dance – Canterbury
Saturday 30th November 2013
At Ray and Nancy Drury’s, Whincops Road, Halswell.

Branch Meeting – Canterbury
Sunday 24th November 2013
At the St Alban Community Centre. Pot luck lunch at 12.30 pm followed by meeting at 1.30 pm.

Auckland Highland games – Three Kings Domain – Auckland
Saturday 23rd November 2013
Clan Donald will be present with the pavilion, to provide hospitality, information and to recruit new members. We wish to welcome all of our members for a little hospitality and a chat. And the games will give us an opportunity to renew old friendships and make new ones. Information will be readily available for anyone wishing to know anything about the MacDonald Clans. MacDonald of MacDonald; MacDonald of Sleat; MacDonald of Clanranald and MacDonell of Glengarry. These games are the only ones in our area with free entry, and are the first games of the season.

Hororata Highland Games – Canterbury
Saturday 9th November 2013, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
Would be great to see as many Clan Donald members as possible, at the Highland Games, in their tartan, particularly at the Opening Ceremony at 12.30 pm and the Closing Ceremony at 2.45 pm.

Country and Western Party – Canterbury
Monday 28th October 2013
3.30pm at 109 Blankey Street. To coincide with a visit from Harold McIsaac, New Zealand High Commissioner and Mary McIsaac. BYO plus either a hot or cold dish. Dress according to the theme, Country and Western.

Kirkin O’ The TartanCanterbury
Sunday 20th October 2013
1.45pm. St Andrew’s at Rangi Ruru.

Weekend to Hanmer Springs – Canterbury
13th & 14th September 2013.
Staying at the Hot Springs Motor Lodge. Bookings essential.

Branch MeetingCanterbury
Sunday, 18th August 2013
12.30pm Lunch at Bailies, Cnr Edgeware Rd and Colombo St followed by our branch meeting at 2.00pm at the St Albans Community Centre, Edgeware.

Air Force Museum Visit – Canterbury
Sunday, 11th August 2013.
Meet between 1.00 and 1.30pm at museum entrance. Afternoon tea to follow at 109 Blankney Street 3.00pm.

Crofters Luncheon – Auckland
Saturday 13th July 2013
All Clans folk are cordially invited to a luncheon gathering commencing at 1 pm at the St John’s Church Hall, 6 Chandler Avenue, Royal Oak. The menu includes an entrée of “Cock-o-Leekie Soup” followed by a main course of “Roast Vegetable Bake” and “Shepherd’s Pie”  and finishing with coffee & tea. Cost per person $30. Price includes fruit juice and a complimentary glass of wine. No BYO. Bookings are essential as there is limited seating. Please post your cheques by the 1st of July to The Treasurer, Clan Donald Auckland & Districts Assn Inc. P O Box 65-021, Mairangi Bay, Auckland 0754.

Whisky Tasting – Canterbury
Friday 12th July 2013.
7.30 pm. Whisky tasting followed by supper at 8A Church Lane, Merivale.

Tartan Day Luncheon – Canterbury
(Canterbury Scottish Society)
Sunday 7th July 2013
12.00pm. Robbies Elmwood

Tartan Day Commemoration Service – Auckland
Sunday 30th June 2013
The Auckland Scottish Clans Association invites all Clan Donald members to a Tartan Day Commemoration Service to be held at the St Andrews First Presbyterian Church, Lower Symonds Street, Auckland. Service commences at 10am. Morning tea will be served in the Church Hall after the service.

Ten Pin Bowling – Canterbury
16th June 2013.
2.00pm. Annual match with Clan Gunn at Garden City Bowl, Iversen Terrace followed by afternoon tea at St Albans Community Centre, 1047 Colombo Street, Edgeware.

Branch Meeting – Canterbury
19th May 2013
Commencing 12.30pm. St Albans Community Centre, 1047 Colombo Street, Edgeware. Fish and chip lunch followed by our branch meeting.

Clan Donald New Zealand – AGM – Hawke’s Bay
Saturday 4th May 2013
The Annual General Meeting of the Associated Clan Donald Societies of New Zealand was held at the Havelock North Community Centre on Saturday the 4th of May 2013. The programme started with morning tea at 9.30am followed by the meeting. At the conclusion of the meeting members had free time to explore Havelock North. At 6.00pm members met at the Havelock North Community Centre for drinks and socializing followed by a Buffet Dinner at 7.00pm. The menu for the Dinner included Cock-a Leekie Soup; followed by either Scotch Fillet with a delicious Whisky Sauce or Chicken Bonnie Prince Charlie with a Drambuie Sauce and garnished with Sliced Apple. Vegetables included New Potatoes and Fresh seasonal Vegetables with a Creamy Cheese Sauce, and carrots and peas. For Dessert there will be a delicious Cranachan with Apple, Berry and Shortbread, or Fruit Salad. There was a Haggis Ceremony during the evening, and the Haggis was served to the guests with the usual Tatties & Neeps.

Hat and Limerick Party – Canterbury
6th April 2013
7.30 pm. At Elwyn and Christine Martin’s, 47 Kintyre Drive, Broomfield, Christchurch. BYO plus plate for supper. Wear a hat and make up a limerick.

Wine Tasting – Canterbury
10th March 2013
11.00 am. Waipara Winery visit followed by lunch at Sandy Cooper’s home.

AGM and Branch Meeting – Canterbury
Sunday 17th February 2013
The meeting will commence at 3.30 pm at the St Albans Centre, Edgeware, followed by a BBQ at 8A Church Lane, Merivale.

Paeroa Highland Games – Paeroa Domain
Saturday 9th February 2013
The Games and the Avenue of Clans starts in the morning. Clan Donald will be in attendance with the pavilion, to provide hospitality and information on the various MacDonald Clans. Solo Piping and Highland Dancing competitions. March of the Clans in the morning. Pipe Band Contest in the afternoon followed by a Street March. The Tattoo is in the evening, beginning before sunset and concluding about 10pm. Delegates from the Clan Donald ANZAC Conference will be in attendace.

ANZAC Conference 2013 – Auckland
Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th of February 2013
The conference will be held at the Spencer on Byron Hotel, Takapuna, Auckland. A Cocktail Party from 5.30pm till 7.00pm on Thursday the 7th. Conference on Friday the 8th, from 9.30am till 4.30pm. Dinner plus entertainment from 7.00pm. Choice of two outings for Saturday the 9th. Either a wine tour of Waiheke Island or the 20th Paeroa Highland Games. A range of other activities will be available to partners and other family members who do not wish to attend the conference, wine tour or the Paeroa Games. On Sunday the 10th  there will be a champagne breakfast to wind up. For further details contact Alison Williams. Email Alison@mcisaac.co.nz

Hogmanay – Auckland
Monday 31st December 2012
Clan Donald in partnership with the Clansman Motel in Waipu, are again holding a Hogmanay to see in the New Year. This should be a great night starting at 6.30pm through to midnight. On arrival guests will be greeted with a complimentary glass of champagne. And as midnight strikes all guests will receive a glass of champagne to toast in the New Year. The price for the evening, which includes a full multi-course menu, is $45 per person. For bookings contact Alison, phone 09 414 4530. Email Alison@mcisaac.co.nz . As seating is limited please book promptly.

Christmas Function – Canterbury
Sunday 16th December 2012
!2 noon. Lunch at the Chateau on the Park followed by afternoon tea at Cath and Bob Lyall’s home at 6 Kahua Road.

Happy Hour – Hawke’s Bay
Thursday 13th December 2012
The next Happy Hour will be at Icons (Happy Tav) Havelock North on Thursday 13th December 2012. Come along for a drink, and if you wish, Stay for dinner. Family and friends all welcome.

Branch Meeting – Canterbury
Sunday 25th November 2012
At St Margaret’s Hall, Farrington Ave. 12.30pm. Pot luck lunch followed by Branch Meeting at 1.30pm.

Auckland Highland Games
Saturday 24th November 2012
Clan Donald will be present with the Pavilion, to provide hospitality, information and to recruit new members. Venue is the Three Kings Domain. These games are the only ones in our area with free entry and are the first games of the season.

Scottish Clans Dinner – Hawke’s Bay
Friday 16th November 2012
Come along and enjoy an evening of fine dining, interesting company and entertainment, all with a Scottish flavour. The venue is the Havelock North Club, 4 Campbell Street, Havelock North. The menu includes Haggis Tatties & Neeps, Main course, Scotch Fillet with mashed potatoes and a whisky sauce or Fish Pie, fresh smoked fish with shrimp topped with potato and oven baked. The dessert is either Cranachan, raspberries with whisky & honey, topped with whipped cream & caramel oats or Apple Betty served with vanilla ice cream. Also tea and coffee. The cost is $37 per person. BYO wine only plus full bar facilities. Bookings available from Havelock North Club, or David McDonald phone 06 876 5261 bus. 06 877 7730 home. Last day for bookings 13th November 2012.

Hororata Highland Games – Canterbury
Saturday 10th November 2012
Clan Donald will be present to provide hospitality, information and recruit new members. The venue is the Hororata Domain.

Kirkin O’ The Tartan
Sunday 14th October 2012
At St Andrews Chapel at Rangi Ruru, Merivale Lane.

Ten Pin Bowling – Canterbury
Sunday 30th September 2012
1.00 pm at Garden City Bowls, Iverson Terrace followed by afternoon tea at Margaret Donald’s, 2/117a Studholme Street.

Branch Meeting – Canterbury
Sunday 12th August 2012
St Margaret’s Hall, Farrington Ave. 12.30 pm lunch at Harewood Tavern, Bishopdale followed by Branch Meeting at 2.00 pm.

Pint & Pie Night – Canterbury
Saturday 28th July 2012
At Ian and Valerie Bright’s, 421 Trents Road, Prebbleton.

Kirking of the Tartan – Hawke’s Bay
Sunday 15th July 2012
At St Columba’s Presbyterian Church, Napier Road, Havelock North, at 10am. A traditional service celebrating our Scottish origins and acknowledging the tartan as a symbol of Scottish values and history. Please wear something tartan. Tartan regalia. Highland dress. Anything tartan is particularly appropriate.

Scottish DVD Night – Canterbury
Saturday 30th June 2012
At Ann and Peter Smith’s, 109 Blankney Street, Hornby.

Clan Donald New Zealand Annual General Meeting – Canterbury
Saturday 26th May 2012 in Christchurch
The AGM is at 2.00 pm in the Rangi Ruru School. Dinner at 6.00 pm at the Cotswold Hotel.

Patron’s Premier Dinner – Auckland
Saturday 12 May 2012
All Clans folk are cordially invited to Clan Donald’s Annual Dinner to farewell our Patron Allan MacDonald of Vallay and to welcome our incoming Patron Harold McIsaac. The Dinner will be held at Pillinis Restaurant in the Milford Mall on the North Shore. Gathering commencing at 6.00pm for 6.30pm start. Gentlemen in Tartan Regalia or Formal Attire. Ladies in Formal or Cocktail Attire. The menu will include Scotch Broth with Toasted Scottish Bap. Haggis with Neeps and Tatties, Oven Roasted Whole Sirloin with Roasted Potatoes, Honey Glazed Carrots, Caramelised Onions and Beef Jus, followed by Homemade Bread and Butter Pudding with Ginger Bread Ice Cream. The Clan Pipers will be in attendance. Price $65 per person. Price includes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival. Fruit Juice, White and Red Wine on tables – Cash bar for further requirements – No BYO. Bookings are essential. Order from the Treasurer, Clan Donald Auckland & Districts Inc. P.O. Box 65-021 Mairangi Bay, Auckland 0754

Branch Meeting – Canterbury
Sunday 6th May 2012
At St Margaret’s Hall, Farrington Ave. 12.30 pm. Fish and chip lunch followed by Branch Meeting at 1.30 pm.

Paeroa Highland Games & Tattoo, Paeroa Domain
Saturday 11th February 2012
The Games and Avenue of Clans started in the morning and Clan Donald attended with the pavilion. March of the Clans in the morning. Pipe Band Contest in the afternoon followed by a Street March. The Tattoo was in the evening, beginning before sunset and concluding about 10 pm.

Burns Night – Hawke’s Bay
Saturday 28th January 2012
Clan Donald members attended this annual event organized by the Hastings and District Scots Society. The venue was the St Andrews Presbyterian Church Hall, Market Street, Hastings. 5.15pm for dinner with Ingleside and old time dancing followed at 8pm. This event has been held regularly for the last 80 years or so. David McDonald, Clan Donald President, was the Master of Ceremonies, a duty he has carried out for many years. It is attended by members of Scots Societies and Caledonian Societies from around Hawke’s Bay, as well as local people. Cost included included dinner, Scottish entertainment, haggis ceremony and dancing.

Waipu Highland Games, Caledonian Grounds
Monday 2nd January 2012
The Clan Donald pavilion operated for hospitality, genealogy support, recruitment of new members and sales of Clan Donald memorabilia. There was a Haggis Ceremony at 11.30 am at the pavilion and an opportunity to have a taste. Clan Donald sponsored the “Scottish Fiddling Competition” again.

Christmas Function – Canterbury
Saturday 17th December 2011
Christmas dinner party will be held at the Cashmere Club.

Christmas/St Andrews Day Dinner – Hawke’s Bay
Wednesday 30th November 2011
A special Christmas/St Andrews Day dinner will be held at the Havelock North Club, Campbell Street, Havelock North. Starting at 6.30 pm with drinks and socialising followed by the Dinner at 7 pm. The menu has a choice of Angus Scotch Fillet with mashed potatoes and a whisky sauce, or Wild Venison with a blackberry & port sauce on mashed potatoes, or a Fish Pie of smoked fish with prawns and topped with potato & oven baked. This will be followed by a choice of two desserts. Cranachan, raspberries with whisky & honey topped with whipped cream & caramel oats, or Apple Betty, served with vanilla ice cream. There will also be a Haggis Ceremony. The highlight of the evening will be some Highland Dances performed by Lara Hornby accompanied by our Clan Piper Maurice Chisnall. Lara is a very talented young dancer who is going to Scotland next year to compete on the Scottish Highland Dance circuit. Clan Donald New Zealand has awarded her a sponsorship and the cheque will be presented to her on the night. This promises to be a vey enjoyable evening. Cost $35 per person. Contact David McDonald phone 06 877 7730 (Home); 06 876 5261 (Work); email david@mcdonaldbrummer.co.nz

Branch Meeting – Canterbury
Sunday 27th November 2011

Lions Book Fair, Hawke’s Bay Showgrounds – Hastings
Saturday 19th November 2011
Clan Donald will be present with a pavilion, to provide hospitality, information and to recruit new members. The venue is the Hawke’s Bay Showgrounds on Kennilworth Road, Hastings.

Auckland Highland Games
Saturday 19th November 2011
Clan Donald will be present with the Pavilion, to provide hospitality, information and to recruit new members. Venue is the Three Kings Domain. These games are the only ones in our area with free entry, and are the first games of the season.

Piping & Highland Dancing Evening – Hawke’s Bay
Saturday 5th November 2011
This event is at the Havelock North Club, 4 Campbell Street, Havelock North and is being organised by the Sticks & Drones Pipe Band from Napier. Starting at 8 pm. Cost $20 a person and includes supper. Tickets must be purchased by Tuesday the 1st of November and can be obtained from the Havelock North Club or any member of the Sticks & Drones Pipe Band. No door sales. If in doubt get in touch with the Clan Donald President, David McDonald. Phone 06 877 7730 (Home); 06 876 5261 (Work); email david@mcdonaldbrummer.co.nz

Hororata Highland Games – Canterbury
Saturday 5th November 2011
A complete range of Highland Games events including solo piping; highland dancing; pipe band competition; heavy athletics, caber tossing, hammer throw, tossing the sheaf and tug’o’war. There will also be running events; woodchopping and stalls selling local produce and crafts. The final event for the games is a Ceilidh starting at 6.30 pm in the Hororata Domain Gliding Hanger. A pre-games event for pipers will be held at the Glentunnel Hall at 7 pm on Friday the 4th of November. On Sunday the 6th November  there will be a piping and drumming workshop at the Hororata Hall starting at midday. Tickets for the games, $15 per adult, $4 per child, $40 per family, are available from all Selwyn District Libraries or online at www.ticketdirect.co.nz
Gate sales $20 per adult, $5 per child and $50 per family. All profits will be reinvested in the local community to help rebuild post quake.

Trip to Dunedin, Show Weekend – Canterbury
11th to 13th November 2011
This year’s Clan trip is to Dunedin for a weekend of fun and a chance to catch up with our Otago cousins. Depart Friday 11th and return to Christchurch Sunday 13th November.

Ghillies Gathering (Luncheon) – Auckland
Saturday 29th October 2011
The Ghillies Gathering will be held in the Refectory at the Scottish Masonic Centre, Grey Street, Onehunga. Sarting at 1pm. Guests to dress as Scottish Ghillies or in hunting gear. The menu will include Forfar Bridies (a delicious Scottish savoury dish), baked potato with creamed butter and chives, steamed carrots tossed with baby spinnich and caraway seed. Followed by bread & butter pudding with whisky custard. A non-alcohol punch and a complimentary glass of wine or cider. No BYO. $35 per person, limited to 60 guests. Bookings are essential. Order from the Treasurer, Alison Williams. P.O. Box 65021, Mairangi Bay, Auckland 0754. Download the event invitation here.

Fund Raising Dinner – Hawke’s Bay
Friday 7th October 2011
At the Thai Hutt, 502 Karamu Road, Hastings. Commencing at 7pm. $35 per head. Book with David McDonald, ph 06 876 5261 or
Email david@mcdonaldbrummer.co.nz

Kirking of the Tartan – Canterbury
Sunday 2nd October 2011
There will not be a Scottish Heritage Week this year because of the earthquake, but the Heritage Council will hold a Kirking of the Tartan at St Andrew’s Church at Rangi Ruru, which is undamaged. A new venue will need to be located for the afternoon tea.

Scottish Clans Association 6th Annual Dinner – Auckland
Saturday 10th September 2011. Time 6pm for 6.30pm.
At the Rutherford Room, Alexandra Park Raceway, Epsom.
A formal Banquet Dinner, consisting of a Five Course Plated Dinner served to Guests at their tables. Guest Speaker: Mr Leslie Jones G.C.R. – K.C.S.M. Guest Vocalist: Miss Angelique MacDonald. Soprano from Wellington.
Cost: $60 per person. Tables of 8 may be reserved. No BYO. Cash bar available.
For reservations contact Murdock McDonald. 52 Cargill Street, Papakura 2110. Phone 09 298 4802.

Kirking of the Tartan – Hawke’s Bay
Sunday 18th September 2011
At St Columba’s Presbyterian Church, Havelock North.

Branch Meeting – Canterbury
Sunday 4th September 2011. Branch meeting to be held at the Cashmere Club. Midday lunch with meeting to follow at 1.30pm.

20th Anniversary Dinner – Canterbury
Saturday 16 July 2011
Formal dinner to be held at the Hornby Club to celebrate our 20th Anniversary.

Kirking of the Tartan – Auckland
Sunday 26th June 2011
9.30 am at the St Andrews First Presbyterian Church.

Tartan Day – Auckland
Saturday 25th June 2011
11.45 am at the Greyfriars Church Hall, Mt Eden.

Themed Dinner – Canterbury
Saturday 11th June 2011
Themed dinner “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” to be held at Helen Ring’s home at 12 Sentinal Place. Wear your “Down on the Farm” clothes or come as your “Favourite Farm Animal”.

Crofter’s Ceilidh – Hawke’s Bay
Saturday 11th June 2011
Ceilidh at the Havelock North Club.

Laird’s Dinner – Auckland
Saturday 14th May 2011
The Laird’s Dinner will be held in the Refectory at the Scottish Masonic Centre, Grey Street, Onehunga. Starting with pre-dinner drinks at 6pm. Gentlemen in Scottish Kilt with bow tie or Dinner Suit. Ladies in Cocktail dress. The menu will include Smoked Salmon and Barron of Beef with a range of fresh vegetables followed by deep dish Apple Pie with Cream. Guests will also sample New Zealand fine wines and Scotch Whisky   The Clan Pipers will also be in attendance. Price $65 per person. Bookings are essential. Order from the Treasurer, Alison Williams, P.O. Box 65021, Mairangi Bay, Auckland 0754.

Branch Meeting – Canterbury
Sunday 15th May 2011
Branch meeting to be held at Avebury House, 9 Evelyn Couzins Avenue. Midday fish and chip lunch with meeting to follow at 1.30pm.

Hawke’s Bay Highland Games
Easter Saturday & Sunday 23-24 April 2011
Clan Donald will be present to provide hospitality, information and to recruit new members. The venue is Lindisfarne College, Pakowhai Road, Hastings (near Stortford Lodge).

Tour of Broadfields Gardens – Canterbury
Sunday 27th March 2011
Meet at Valerie and Ian Bright’s home. Then by car to the Broadfields Gardens for a tour followed by a BBQ back at Valerie and Ian’s. Cost for Gardens Tour $10 per person.

Annual General Meeting – Auckland
Saturday 5th March 2011
To be held in the St Andrew’s Church Hall, 1 Symonds Street, Auckland. We will start with a pot luck lunch at 12 noon. The Annual General Meeting will commence at 12.45 pm and finish at 1.45 pm. There will be 15 minute break for a cup of tea. All are welcome to stay on, but at 2.00 pm a committee meeting will begin and run until about 2.45 pm. The hall is to be cleared by 3.00 pm.

Annual General Meeting – Canterbury
Sunday 13th February 2011
To be held at Cath and Bob Lyall’s home at 6 Kahu Road commencing 11.15 am followed by a picnic lunch at Deans Bush in conjunction with the Scottish Festival being held that day.

Paeroa Highland Games & Tattoo, Paeroa Domain
Saturday 12th February 2011
The Games and Avenue of Clans starts in the morning. Clan Donald will attend with the pavilion. March of the Clans in the morning. Pipe Band Contest in the afternoon followed by a Street March. The Tattoo is in the evening, beginning before sunset and concluding about 10 pm.

Waipu Highland Games, Caledonian Grounds
Saturday 1st January 2011
Members of the committee will be at the Caledonian Grounds from about 2 pm the previous day to erect the pavilion in the Avenue of Clans.

The pavilion will be operating for hospitality, genealogy support, recruitment of new members and sales of Clan Donald memorabilia. There will be a Haggis Ceremony at 11.30 am at the pavilion and there will be an opportunity to have a taste. Clan Donald is sponsoring the Fiddling Competition and we anticipate that some of the contestants will entertain outside the pavilion during the day.

Among the distinguished guests is Dr Angus MacDonald, visiting for six months from Scotland, where he is a member of the Clan Donald Lands Trust. He is also one of the top pipers in Scotland. Dr Angus will be judging Piobaireachd at Waipu.

Hogmanay, Clansman Waipu
Friday 31 December 2010
We are having a Hogmanay at our usual venue, the Clansman Motel. A fun filled evening is promised. The evening starting at 7.30 pm will extend till midnight. The evenings entertainment will include a Ceilidh band, The Real McCoy, and Catherine Fraser a renowned Fiddler. Plus competitions, spot prizes and a superb dinner and Haggis Ceremony. Bookings essential. Cost $42.50 per person. Send to Clan Donald, P.O.Box 65021, Mairangi Bay, Auckland 0754.

Crofters Luncheon, St John’s Anglican Hall Royal Oak
13 November 2010

This is a first for our calendar.  The theme of the luncheon fits with the subsistence lifestyle of the crofters.  The meal will start at 1 pm with fare including vegetable bake, shepherds pie, baps and apple pie with whipped cream.  There will be a glass of cider to go with your meal.
We will count this a success when we have got 75 booked for the event, and the price $25 per person should not break the bank!  With a fortnight to go there were more than 60 places booked so check with Alison Williams during business hours at (09) 414 4530 in case the full house sign goes up in early November.

Lions Book Fair, Hawke’s Bay Showgrounds – Hastings
20-21 November 2010

A contingent is traveling from Auckland to Hastings to set up the Clan Donald pavilion at the Lions Book Fair.  The opening hours are 8 am – 4 pm Saturday and 9.30 – 1 pm Sunday at the Hawkes Bay Showgrounds on Kennilworth Road, Hastings.

The aim is to put Clan Donald in the public eye at an event which attracts thousands of the local population.

Auckland Highland Games, Three Kings Domain
27 November 2010

Clan Donald will be present with the pavilion, to provide hospitality, information and to recruit new members. The venue is Three Kings Domain.  These games are the only ones in our area with free entry, and are the first games of the season.

Hawke’s Bay Dinner, Havelock North Club
30 November 2010

There will be a meal with a Scottish theme for Hawke’s Bay members and prospects on Tuesday 30th November at Havelock North Club.  Further detail is available from the Clan Donald Hawke’s Bay Secretary Jill MacDonald at phone (06) 8787935 or email houseofmacdonald@xtra.co.nz  It is most likely that Auckland will be represented at this gathering.