Clan Donald Canterbury 30th Anniversary Dinner

To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Clan Donald Canterbury, we held a successful Anniversary Dinner at the Hornby Club on Saturday 22 May.

The 50 guests assembled at 5.30 pm and before dinner at 6.00 pm were entertained by local Scottish singer, Willie McArthur.


Willie McArthur entertained guests prior to the dinner.


Maggie Donald addressing the dinner guests.


At 6.00 pm Ann Smith, President welcomed guests which included North Island Commissioner Tom McDonald and his wife Lynnette, Barrie and Annette Paterson (Clan Donald Auckland) along with several representatives from other clans. An apology was received from our High Commissioner, Andrew Wilkie who was unable to attend due to ill health.


Lynnette and Tom McDonald (Clan Donald Auckland)


Barrie and Annette Paterson (Clan Donald Auckland).


Mary Clark (Clan MacLeod).


Maggie Donald, Secretary/Treasurer spoke about the formation of Clan Donald Canterbury, with reference to the work and dedication of our first two presidents, Ian Donald and Colin MacDonald. This was followed by two songs from Willie McArthur, “Donald Where’s Your Troosers” and “Glencoe”.

The Haggis party was led by piper Ann Smith followed by the bard Gordon McIvor, haggis bearer Elwyn Martin and whisky bearer Alan MacDonald.


Daniel and John Verd.


Before dinner, Willie McArthur led the guests in singing Flower of Scotland and Elwyn Martin gave the Selkirk Grace.

Between dinner courses, Maggie Donald provided an entertaining recollection of various past and present members and the many activities and social events the Clan has held over the years. A photo show of many of these events played on the 3 large screens in the room during the evening. Clear to see was the fun and friendship Clan Canterbury members enjoy.


Marlene McLennan and Dave Glover.


The evening finished with the cutting of the anniversary cake by two of our foundation members, Ann Smith and Maggie Donald. The cake had been baked and decorated by Christine Martin.


Ann Smith and Maggie Donald cut the cake.


Shirley and Rhonda Aitken.


Carolyn Alsop and Margaret Birse.


Clan McPhee Society of New Zealand Clan Gathering Formal Dinner

In conjunction with their AGM held in Dunedin 8-10th May, Clan McPhee held a Clan Gathering Formal Dinner on Saturday night 8th May in the Southern Cross Hotel.

Members from a number of clans attended including 12 Clan Donald representatives. Guest were treated to a wonderful evening which included piping, Highland dancing and an interesting speech provided by Sheila Wall.

Eleven members of Clan Donald Canterbury drove down to Dunedin from Christchurch for the weekend. Besides attending the dinner, they enjoyed visiting several attractions in the city plus attending the Scottish Ceilidh held on the Sunday evening in the Southern Cross Hotel


The formal dinner and ceilidh took place in the gracious function room at the Southern Cross Hotel.


Pictured at the top table (left to right); Yvonne Brew (Clan McPhee), Elwyn and Christine Martin (Clan Donald), Glenda and Glen McPhee (President McPhee Clan Society of NZ), Todd Wall (partly obscured) and Sheila Wall (Clan Gunn), James McPhee (Clan Macfie Commissioner NZ) and Mary McPhee.


Pictured left to right; Roz McKechnie (Clan Donald Otago), Brent Tomlinson and Alan MacDonald (Clan Donald Canterbury)


Guests watching the Highland Dancing.


Pictured left to right; Heather McPhee, Bob Duncan, Ian and Linda MacKenzie, and Judy Cundy.

Mini Golf – Clan Donald Canterbury

On Saturday 6th March, Clan Donald Canterbury members met at Ferrymead Golf to play a round of mini golf. Our intention was to hold an event that could be enjoyed by a range of members including our younger members.

In pleasant conditions we had a fun afternoon and on completion of the golf we enjoyed sitting outside with a drink for a chat and participation in the prize giving. Andrew Muskee took the honours although thanks to our organisers, Ann Smith and Maggie Donald, everyone received a prize (chocolate or Easter Egg!).

Fintan McLoughlin ready to tee off while Maggie Donald has the tough job of keeping score.


Brent Tomlinson, wondering where his golf ball has gone, is watched by Valerie Bright, Elwyn Martin, Andrew Muskee and Raewyn Hinton.


Alan MacDonald pictured with his grandson, Fintan McLoughlin.


It is in there somewhere, Alan!


Pictured (left to right); Brent Tomlinson, Margaret Donald, Sheila Cuthbertson, Fintan McLoughlin, Elwyn Martin, Christine Martin, Raewyn Hinton, Valerie Bright, Andrew Muskee, Ian Bright and (in front); Ann Smith and Alan MacDonald.

The 28th Paeroa Highland Games

The Paeroa Highland Games are the lucky games with the weather. Every year early February has beautifully fine weather, and it was no exception on the 13th of February 2021 for the Highland Games and Tattoo in the Paeroa Domain. The domain has many mature trees, which gave plenty of shade for the large crowd of interested spectators.

The programme for the day included Solo Piping, Solo Drumming and Highland Dancing. There was also a full programme of Field Events including the Tossing the Caber.

During the afternoon there was the Pipe Band Contest with bands from the Auckland and Central Districts.

The Clans Village was kept very busy with many visitors and around 10.30am the Clans paraded for the Clans March around the domain.


The Clan Donald High Commissioner Andrew Wilkie and the North Island Commissioner Tom McDonald getting ready for the Clans March.


The Colour Party – President Jim Murdoch, Andrew Wilkie, Tom McDonald and Lex Allan.


The Clan Donald Colour Party in the centre during the Clans Parade.


Murdock McDonald and Andrew Wilkie relaxing after the Clans Parade.  


Murdock McDonald also catches up with Walter MacDonald.


The evening events started with the Pipe Band Street March through the town to the domain. The Tattoo followed with the start signalled by the firing of the cannon.


The firing of the cannon to start the Tattoo.


Highland Dancers performing the Fling during the Tattoo. 


The Tattoo finished with the Lone Piper, the Ode to Scotland, Massed Bands playing Scotland the Brave and Auld Lang Syne.

Auckland Pre-Christmas Lunch 2020

Once again, the Clan Donald pre-Christmas lunch on Sunday the 13th of December had a beautiful sunny day. This was the 8th year that the lunch has been held at the Northcote Tavern, which is famous for its fantastic menu and Sunday Roast.

There were around 25 Clan Donald Members and their families in the Highlander Bar. This bar has a Scottish décor with tartan carpet and shields of the various clans on the walls, and swords and pictures from Scotland, which gave it a great atmosphere for the lunch.

The Signals Pipe Band were also in attendance and entertained the guests as they played in the garden bar of the tavern.

After such a fantastic lunch, members spent the rest of the afternoon chatting over a few drinks. Once again it was a really great day.


Anne and Barbara Donaldson with Geoff Parry.


From the left. Barbara and Anne Donaldson, Lois McDonald, Mary McIsaac and Murdock McDonald. 


Doug and Janet Williamson and family with Andrew Wilkie.


Lynnette and Tom McDonald.  


The Kinnells.


The Signals Pipe Band playing in the garden bar.

Auckland Scottish Clans Association Annual Dinner

On a beautiful evening on Saturday the 28th of November 2020, the Annual Dinner of the Auckland Scottish Clans Association was held at the Parnell Hotel in Auckland.

Guests for the dinner began arriving at 6.00pm and at 6.30pm the Official Piper Charlotte Rhodes piped the guests to their seats. Once all the guests were seated, Charlotte piped in the Official Party, President Trevor Stewart and his wife Judi plus the Guest Speaker Clan Donald High Commissioner Andrew Wilkie.

Clan Donald Auckland was well represented with around sixteen members at the dinner. The Guest Speaker for the dinner was the Clan Donald High Commissioner Andrew Wilkie and he explained his role as High Commissioner and gave a brief history of Clan Donald.


From the left, Clan Donald Members Douglas Oldfield and his wife, Ella and James Donald, Clan Donald President Jim Murdoch, Murdock McDonald, Ann Marshall and Clan Donald High Commissioner Andrew Wilkie.


The President Trevor Stewart gave the Welcome Address to the guests

Malcolm Campbell then led the guests in singing the unofficial Scottish Anthem “The Flower of Scotland.”

James MacGee gave the Selkirk Grace, which was followed by the first course “The Cock-a-Leekie Soup” with freshly baked dinner rolls.

During the dinner there was the traditional Haggis Ceremony. The Haggis Party was led by the Piper Charlotte Rhodes and the Bard was James MacGee, with volunteers as the two Guards and the Haggis Bearer and Whisky Bearer.


James MacGee giving the “Ode to the Haggis.”


The entrée was the Haggis served with Tatties and Neeps.

The main course was served at the Buffet and was made up with a selection of salads and either Chicken Bonnie Prince Charlie – Grilled chicken breast; Creamed Leeks and smoked Haddock; Grilled Angus beef sirloin or Seared Scottish salmon. All served with Oven baked sweet potatoes with leeks and mushrooms and Feargus roasted potatoes. There was also Honey glazed ham from the Carvery.

The Guest Speaker High Commissioner Andrew Wilkie followed with his address.

The Dessert was a selection of Cloutie dumplings; Crunchy Apple & Rhubarb-Oat crumble or Tipsy Laird – raspberry trifle with sponge cake, plus Tea & Coffee.

There were the usual Toasts to Scotland, All Clans and Absent Friends.


Clan Donald Members Lynnette McDonald and Guy Sanders.


Jon and Dianne Winder from Clan Donald.


Finally, there was the traditional Auld Lang Syne led by Malcolm Campbell.

Followed by the piping out by Charlotte Rhodes of the Official Party of Trevor and Judi Stewart with Andrew and Pat Wilkie.

This brought an exciting flourish to the end of a great evening.

Hororata Highland Games 2020

The 10th annual Hororata Highland Games were held on Saturday 7th November and attracted a crowd of over 8,000 people on a day that was heavily overcast. Fortunately, the forecasted rain held off until after the event.


Bands parading in the main arena.


Ten years ago, the Hororata community came up with an idea to raise funds and spirits after the devastating September 2010 earthquake and as a result the Hororata Highland Games were born. The Hororata Highland Games have developed to become a special event that celebrates Hororata, the greater Canterbury community, traditional Highland activities, and Scottish traditions.

The Games have a rich tapestry of culture surrounding unique and entertaining competitions such as the Kilted Mile. Each year the organisers do a wonderful job of refreshing the programme by introducing some new features. This year it was the inclusion of over 40 of New Zealand’s oldest cars including some with a Scottish heritage, and the Scottish farmyard.


Some of the vintage cars on display.


Two vehicles with a Scottish heritage were a 1905 Argyll and a 1912 Albion


The number of Clans represented at the Games continues to grow with 17 in attendance in St Andrews Square this year.


Clan Donald Canterbury members manning the Clan Donald tent were joined by Tom McDonald and Lynnette McDonald from Auckland and Roz McKechnie from Dunedin. We had a steady stream of visitors and were successful in recruiting 13 new members (including several family groups).


Pictured in front of the Clan Donald tent are Margaret Donald, Brent Tomlinson, Lynnette and Tom McDonald


Clan Donald member, Sheila Cuthbertson gave a spinning demonstration in the Clan area.


The ancient game of Kubb attracted a lot of interest and participation. The objective of the game is to knock over the wooden blocks (kubbs) by throwing a wooden baton.