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Winners of the Waipu Christmas Parade best Float:
- Waipu Primary School – first prize of $500
- Bream bay Scouts – runner up prize of $100
- C&S Club – runner up prize of $100
- Bream bay Ballet – runner up prize of $100
- Waipu Museum — runner up prize of $100
- Radio waves – runner up prize of $100
It is December already and Christmas is on its way and planning is underway in Waipu for the Waipu Christmas Parade and the Waipu Carols by Candlelight, Midnight Service and Christmas Day services, all of which have become part of what Christmas is all about in this small Northland town.
Waipu Christmas Parade 7pm Christmas Eve 24 December
Where else in NZ is there a Christmas parade on Christmas Eve? All the locals and their families gather for this community event, and visitors join in too to celebrate what for many of us is the beginning of the summer holidays.
Planning a Float? It’s free and open to all local businesses and community groups. There are serious prizes to be won thanks to support from the Whangarei District Council – First prize $500 and 5 runner up prizes of $100
Entry forms at Waipu Real Estate office in The Centre , ph. Judy Guy on 4324000
The event is organized by the Waipu Business and Promotions Group who feel there should be more food and drink available for the crowd than is available in the shops, so if you want to run a sausage sizzle or other stall, contact Susan 09 4321029
Christmas Services in Bream Bay
Carols by Candlelight: Monday 24 December @ 8.30pm (after the Christmas Parade) at the Waipu Presbyterian Church, The Centre, Waipu.
All are welcome to the ‘Carols by Candlelight’ at the Waipu Presbyterian Church. The Carols will start after the Christmas Parade at 8.30pm. Come along and sing all your favourite carols, Enquiries to Cally James 09 4321536.
Supper will be held in the Church Hall from 7.30pm, after the Christmas Parade
Anglican Church Midnight Service
Christmas Day Services
As there will be no Christmas Day services at the Waipu Churches, please join the combined services at the Ruakaka Presbyterian Church 9.30am, Camellia Avenue, Ruakaka or at the St Paul’s Anglican Church 9.30am, Tamingi Street, Ruakaka.
Waipu Christmas Parade is on again – Christmas Eve 7pm in Waipu
- Time to get your floats organised and entered – remember $500 prize for best float, 5 x $100 prizes Entry forms at Waipu Real Estate
- Time to get your outfit organised – $50 cash for best dressed onlooker at the Parade.
- Neil Troost will once again MC
- Zippy and Radio Waves will provide some entertainment and coffee and icecream in the Caledonian Park afterwards.
Ruakaka Christmas Parade 22 December 10.30 am
Gathering at the Ruakaka Tavern Carpark – For Entries and enquiries Keith Harris 09 433 0259 Keithjill@xtra.co.nz Bert Aarts 09 432 7228
We have worked our way around the wind and rain of winter and spring – and its starting to feel like summer might be on its way. What better way to celebrate that hang out in Waipu and Bream Bay for the October long weekend.
Waipu Street Market – always vibrant and interesting and the pipers parade down the main street about 11am
Sunday 21 October 9am-2pm at Marsden Cove Marina
A special opening and spring fair to celebrate the new season of monthly markets there
Pets in Tartan – Tartnrock – Mid winter swim
- Rugby Men in Kilts Rugby and Tarts in Tartan Netball Read more
The snow and Classic Hits arrived at the Kasbah at 6am this morning
The kids were there building snow angels and snow men.
The oldies took photos and were enjoying coffee and eggs for breakfast.
I had a moroccan Crepe – really interesting to watch Aissam make them, and to eat – fabulous.
|At 10am the Waipu Pipe band marched down the mainstreet with people (and a few dogs) dressed in tartan.The Waipu Business and Promotions Groupput up a $50 prize for the best dressed in Tartan. It was won by Jenny Jeffries and Helen Morrison up from Te Atatu especially for the weekend.They were off to the Tartan at the Races to try their luck there too.
Unfortunately the Street Theatre had to be cancelled because of a bereavement.
|Tartan Flags on display:Businesses in Waipu had supported the Waipu Business and Promotions Group to purchase Tartan Flags for the main street which looked grand.Times Past Antiques had all their tartan on display
The Waipu Off Licence looked amazing – the shop and those that worked there – as always decked out in tartan.
After a tasting of Haggis at the Waipu Butcher I bought some to take home – yumm – great on toast!
A great start to these two weeks of celebrations – check out the timetable for what is on next!
Best dressed today and a $50 prize
Events are mostly focused during the weekends, but we hope to expand that in years to come. Full timetable here
- Saturday 3o June 6-10am Snow and Breakfast at the Kasbah with Classic Hits Radio
10am – Waipu Pipe Band Parades with all tartan wearers invited to join in – $50 for best dressed
Enjoy our own street theatre adaptation of “Shaking of the Trousers”
11.30 Tartan at the Races in Ruakaka
6.30pm “A Braw Scots Night” at the Clansman Restaurant
Haggis Tasting at Waipu Butcher
- Sunday 1 July 10am Kirkin o’ the Tartan at Presbyterian Church
12 – historic tour of the Waipu Cemetery
- Monday 2 July and Monday 9 July 7pm Scottish Country Dancing at Coronation Hall
- Friday 6 July 3-6pm Tartan Circus workshops and show, Coronation Hall
5.30 Tarts in Tartan Netball Caledonian Park
7.30 Men in Kilts Rugby Challenge Caledonian Park
- Saturday 7 July 9-1pm Waipu Hall Market Coronation Hall
11am Pets in Tartan parade with Waipu Highland Pipe band
7pm Tart’nRock Dance Party
Haggis Tasting at Waipu Butcher
- Sunday 8 July 9-1pm Sunday Boutique Market Coronation Hall
2pm Mid Winter Swim, Waipu Cove Surf Club
- Friday 13 July - Tartan Week Community Golf Tournament Waipu Golf Club
- 13-14 July Artntartan Wearable Arts Coronation Hall
Tartan Week is growing and it is fun – we need a new co-ordinator if it is to continue...
- Developing a programme each year (many events are ongoing and have their own momentum)
- Working with the Waipu Business and Promotions Group (the umbrella organisation) and Waipu Museum
- Co-ordinating this information and getting it into the website, and notices to press and organising a flyer
Rosemary is very happy to train and support someone is this role. Contact her
email@example.com or 09 4321234 027 289 0383
Draft Programme for Tartan Week is out Read it here
- The programme is not finalised, so feel free to add more suggestions
- start planning your tartan outfits – off to the op shops NOW
- Join in the parade in your tartan outfit on 30 June and you could win a $50 prize – 3 prizes for the most ‘Correct’, most outlandish, most creative
- Have you sorted out a tartan outfit for your pet?
PLAN YOUR OUTFITS NOW
THE PETS …
Another fabulous Waipu Christmas Parade – organised by the Waipu Business and Promotions Group with support of the Whangarei District Council and countless locals. The summer seems to begin for me on Christmas eve as people flock to Waipu for the parade. The parade was a great success even if summer took a few more weeks to arrive! Scroll down for some pictures from Rosemary and Sue Welford
The runners up (who won $100 each) were: Circool Circus, Waipu Playcentre, Waipu Primary, Radio Waves and Bream Bay Scouts, cubs and Keas.
Thanks to everyone who makes this event happen
and contributes to it being
such a great community event