Games Time

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Turakina Caledonian Society

145th. Annual Highland Games

New Zealands Oldest Highland Games

Saturday 31st of January 2009

At Turakina Domain,Cameron Road

{hey Celtic Connexions will have a stall here}


Press release.

This years ceilidh at the Highland Games will be a special event.

The piping recitalist will be eminent Christchurch Piper and Gold Medallist Richard Hawke and then Traditional musicians Ben the Hoose.

Richard Hawke is one of 6 New Zealand Pipers to have won the Highland Society of London Gold Medal. Richard won his at Oban 2007.

Today Richard is the full time Pipe Band Director and piping  tutor of St Andrews College Pipe Band in Christchurch , where over 100 students learn piping or drumming.

Last years Recitalist Jamie Hawke is Richards eldest son.

We are also fortunate to have Richards wife Julie to judge the P& D Highland Dancing.

In 2007 Richard took St. Andrews College Number 1 Band to compete at the Worlds Pipe Band Championship in Glasgow and also competed with Distinction on the Solo Piping Boards in Scotland .

Ben the Hoose is a duo featuring fiddler Kenny Ritch from Orkney and guitarist and songwriter Bob McNeill from Glasgow . They met in New Zealand .

Their music is spirited interpretation of the dance music of Scotland , uniquely rhythmic and energetic their debut album "The Little Cascade" won Best Folk Album of 2006 at the New Zealand Music Awards.

 For further information & photos web page

This year sees the introduction of an emerging Drummer class for learner side drummers along with reintroduction of the Tug of War event.

Come and enjoy a wonderful day of Scottish Music, Dance, Sports and fun

Pipe Bands registered for this year are ;

Grade 4,  Scots College, Paraparaumu & District Pipe Band, Red Heckle Pipe Band, Marton & Districts Pipe Band, Rangitikei Scots

Grade 3; Manawutu  Scottish Pipe Band no 2, Pipes & Drums of Horowhenua, City of Wellington Pipe Band, City of Hastings Pie Band, Taranaki Competing Pipe Band

 Youth , Napier Boys High School, Palmerston N Boys High School, Scots College

  Grade 1; Manawatu Scottish  Pipe Band no 1

Clan Societies registered to attend; Host Clan - MacMillan, Clan Cameron, Clan Davidson, Clan McArthur, Clan Wallace, Clan Macleod, Clan McPhee, Clan McNeil, House of Gordon ,Clan Keith

Programme; Commencing 8-30am. Morning; Highland, National & SOB Dancing, Solo Piping & Veteran's Recital, Solo Drumming, Primary School Children's Field Events, Massed Highland Fling, Lunch Time:Hill Race, Laments, Children's Games, Clan March, Afternoon; Pipe Band Contest, Youth Pipe Band Contest, Field Events, Free Fun, Dancing, Tug of War, Massed Bands, Evening; Haggis Ceremony, Prize Giving , Guest piper , BBQ, Ceilidh,  Clan Tents, Stalls, Food & Drink, Licensed Booth, Free Parking

 For further information please ring Roz Grant  06 3273861 -

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