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The Canterbury Caledonian Society

Based in the Garden city of Christchurch, New Zealand.

With a membership of over 500, we are a well supported and active member of the Scottish community in New Zealand, and support all things Scottish, be they a member of our Society or otherwise. Please read and enjoy these pages, and PEASE send an e-mail message with your thoughts and contributions

Readers will be interested to know that the NEW headquarters for the Society is under development, and due for completion late March 2015.  Photographs of the development can be see at www.facebook.com/CanterburyCaledonian


Message from the President March 2011  pdf Society Report

Canterbury Caledonian Society School of Piping and Drumming

2008 saw the inception of the Society's School of Piping and Drumming. Whilst teaching and instruction of the pipes and drums has been available at the Society for many years, the growing demand for new players through all the grades has seen it's formalisation a necessity. A strong commitment to tuition progrmas is seen as essential to our continued success.

The school currently teaches approximately 20 students across pipes and drums, whilst the majority of these students are in the Society's Juvenile band, we are now seeing members step up to the grade four and three competition level. Also we have new learners at the ready to start lessons for the first time after the School's short break after Nationals.

If you would like any information regarding tuition please contact either Moira Nogat or myself through the society.


 Barry Rendell


Grade 1 Pipe Band

Established in 1902, the Pipe Band has been active in social and competition arenas continually since that time. A total of six overseas tours have been undertaken in the past few years, including five to Australia (the most recent being the 2001 Australian Championships), and two to North America and Canada. The band has performed with distinction in Grade One NZ and Centre Championships for many years, and commands a high level of respect wherever it appears. The Band is the current Grade 1 New Zealand Champion, and regularly competes at the World Pipe Band Championships in Scotland. Through our public profile and promotion, we are always proud to hold high the name of the Canterbury Caledonian Society.

Grade 2 Pipe Band

Formerly known as the Canterbury Caledonian Royal Stewart Pipe Band, the band was, in 2013, promoted to Grade 2.  With an exceptionally strong tutorial programme, the band is often considered a stepping stone to the Society's Grade 1 band for those with the interest and capacity to advance.

Although not strong in numbers, the band is a very competetive unit in Grade 2 competition and hopes recent successes will enourage membership.



Grade 4 Pipe Band

The Canterbury Caledonian Grade 4 Pipe Band is based on a strong teaching philosophy, with recent members of the Grade 2 playing a prominant role. The band has attached to it, a young development band, which regularly competes in Juvenile events.   Strong in numbers, the band has enjoyed great success in recent contests.

The Canterbury Caledonian Grade 2 and Grade 4 Pipe Bands would like to acknowledge the help the following organisations provide in funding our activities.

 St Kilda Retail Pty Ltd (Au), Bendigo Valley Sports and Charity Foundation, The Southern Trust, Rotary New Zealand and Air Rescue Services Trust. 


Highland Dance Section

Highland Dancing was one of the original cultural promotions of the Society, and today, the Society is a dominant associate of the New Zealand dancing fraternity. The significant input of tutors and instructors has produced several New Zealand Champions of many years, and is a well respected member of the Piping and Dancing Association of NZ. With regular winter classes and numerous competitions, membership is popular amongst the young, with the benefits of self discipline and physical effort being reaped in later life. We invite anyone interested in the art of Celtic dance to join our classes, and experience the challenge!

Classes commence Saturday 2nd April 2011 in the Brake Street Lodge Hall, Upper Riccarton.
As always we look forward to welcoming both our past and new members to the art of Highland Dancing. Girls and Boys from the age of 4 years will enjoy beginning to learn with a great deal of fun involved.


Country Dancers

The Country Dance section is thriving. A great way to keep fit, and enjoy good company.
Dancing is held each Monday evening from 7:30-9:15pm in the Caledonian Hall.
Contact Kath Burn 327-5345, Robin Phillips 332-5316, Noeline Flood 332-4468

The Caledonian Collection

The Caledonian Society holds many articles of historical interest donated or acquired over the past 100 years. These documents, books and other items form the basis of The Caledonian Collection. The Directors of the Society are establishing a permanent display area for this collection of Scottish and Caledonian Society items and invite further contributions of historic value for the display
(C)2006 Canterbury Caledonian Society