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
Giving Thanks Sunday 3pm 3 June at Waipu Cemetery
Join us for a celebration of those who are buried there
The Village of Waipu is proud of its heritage – and part of this heritage is one of the most beautiful graveyards in New Zealand. Set beside the river on Cove Road it faces the river, farmland, sea and offshore Islands. The Reverend Norman McLeod and many of his followers are buried here, the place they formed a gaelic speaking community over 150 years ago. It is also the resting place of more recent Waipu people, and it is cared for by the Waipu Cemetery Board.
Rosemary Neave, organiser of this annual event reflects “My partner is buried here – this place is part of the story of Waipu – its a chance to stop and remember and give thanks. Matariki is a great time to do this – a chance to gather and reflect on those who have gone before us.” The gathering begins with a karanga and of course the Pipes. The first part of the service we reflect on those who have been buried there recently. Then there is time to wander among the graves. The gathering finishes in the older part of the cemetery where we remember those who built this settlement in Waipu over 150 years ago.
During the free part of the gathering some of Rosemary’s friends will be unveiling Ngaire’s memorial.
This year the event will be once again held on the June long weekend at 3pm on Sunday 3 June. All are welcome – bring some flowers and greenery to put on the graves. Gather at the Hamon Road Gates to await the call of the pipes and the Karanga.
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 …
Poetry Evening at Y-not Restaurant 22 July 7-9pm
Coffee and Cake $15
Waipu is once again participating in the annual National Poetry Day – Come along for a good evenings entertainment – bring your own poems, or your favourites, or just come and listen.
Prizes will be announced for the annual Bream Bay News Poetry Competition – (entries due in by 9 July)
There are also 3 prizes to give away on the night for
- The best performance poem
- The best original poem
- The best young poet
It is with some regret that I have had to cancel the annual event we have been having in the Waipu Cemetery each June long weekend, hopefully it can be revived again next year, as it is something I have very much enjoyed being part of…
Small towns New Zealand each have their own character – giant Lemon and Paeroa bottles in Paeroa or carrots in Ohakune. In the small Northland town of Waipu south of Whangarei, its Tartan – in fact all things Scottish.
July 1st is International Tartan Day – celebrating the day in 1782 when the ban by the English on the wearing of Tartan was lifted, and what had been traditional highland dress became the proud emblem of nationalism in Scotland.
From July 1st for over two weeks, Waipu will be awash with tartan and invites everyone who loves the energy of Scotland to join in the fun. There is something for everyone from the Artntartan Wearable Arts, to Pets in tartan and mid winter swims. The Rugby Men in Kilts will be playing once again and Classic Hits Breakfast Show will broadcast live from 6am on 1 July. Full Tartan Week Programme for 2011 Read more
Our very own local Waipu identity and masters cyclist Fiona Southorn has been selected to represent New Zealand in Canada but only has just under 5 weeks to raise the $7,500 needed for the trip and because of the late notification to all riders there is no time to apply for funding.
How can you help?
Local personal trainer and fitness instructor Sharon Carroll of Smartfitness is heading the team of fundraising, and has had a great response so far – but there is room for more.
Saturday 31st July “a whole lot a fun”
Photos taken by Jamie McGregor and Ceridwyn Parr
- Golden Oldies Netball and Rugby Men in Kilts Challenge
- Pets in Tartan Parade behind the Waipu Highland Pipe Band
- MasterCard All Blacks Roadshow Read more
Tartan Day parade in Waipu – and John Finlayson, Steve Jones and Mr Plod performing.