Events

Events in Waipu and Bream Bay

parade-drumsBream Bay is made up of a number of active communities, there is always something happening

Ruakaka Charity Race Day

Ruakaka Charity Race Day

11 July Ruakaka Races is having a Charity Race day with the Surf Lifesaving Northern Region and the Waipu Cycle and Walkway group as beneficiaries.  Join in the fun Tartan at the Races 2013From Bream Bay NewsMore…

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Celtic Music this Saturday 16th May in Waipu

Celtic Music this Saturday 16th May in Waipu

Accordionist Extraordinare Sandy Brechin will be back in Waipu this Saturday 16th May for a concert of Celtic/folk music with Singer Songwriter Bob McNeill. Saturday 16 May Coronation Hall at 7.30p.m. The entry price is $15.00 on the door. If you want to see a top Scottish act, this is the one! We are very […]

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Waipu Cycleway Picnic a great success

Waipu Cycleway Picnic a great success

Tonight the crowds enjoyed the music and the sausages, the sand castles, the ride/walk up the beach (marshmallow reward if you made it) and the wonderful entertainment along the way.  Thanks to those who organised it, here are some photos:

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Foot Stomping Celtic Fiddle Music

Foot Stomping Celtic Fiddle Music

OTHER ROADS Back in Waipu – Not to be missed 7 FEBRUARY 2015, 4.00PM, CORONATION HALL, WAIPU When Other Roads first performed around the North Island in 2014, it was as complete unknowns – this time it will be different! One of the UK’s finest contemporary folk trios will be making a happy return to […]

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Twilight Fun Fest

Twilight Fun Fest

3rd January 2015 from 3.30pm to 8pm Bream Bay College, Peter Snell Road, Ruakaka Entry is by gold coin donation Great selection of market stalls several bouncy castles (one of them is 40m long!) mini hot rods Several side shows mini ferris wheel water tumblers mini golf – paintball – giant slingshot smash a car […]

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Mangawhai Walking Weekend on Track for March 2015

Mangawhai Walking Weekend on Track for March 2015

The weeks have been busy for the new Mangawhai Walking Weekend organisers. Thanks to the brilliant vision and tenacity of originator Jean Goldschmidt back in 1999, the weekend continues to grow with new walks, new ideas and new volunteers. What was established by a team on ‘one’ and a few enthusiastic friends has become an […]

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Waipu RSA – Armistice Day 11 November

Waipu RSA – Armistice Day 11 November

All are welcome to join these commemorations – here is the timetable Tuesday 11 November 2014  10.50 am       Assemble in front of Waipu War Memorial (If wet weather, ceremony to be held in the Presbyterian Church) 11.00 am       Presbyterian Church bells will ring for 2 minutes 11.03 am       Welcome – Waipu RSA President Geoff Grey […]

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Trio – a Performance not to be Missed

Trio – a Performance not to be Missed

The Boxwood Music Discovery Week 5-10 October in Waipu will culminate in a stunning concert of  drawing on Irish and Scottish roots and connections to 18th Century art music. David Greenberg (Cape Breton fiddle & baroque violin) and Chris Norman (flutes, small pipes) will join Shelley Phillips in The Trio. Friday 10 October 7.30 Waipu […]

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Tides out Fun Run and Walk 2014

Tides out Fun Run and Walk 2014

9am 2 November Ruakaka Beach 10km and 5 Km walk options Entry forms out now – available at www.breambayfunrun.com That leaves 8 weeks to train! Prices have dropped – $15 for adults and $5 for school age children. Bream Bay College musicians live in the park on the back of a Lawsons Truck afterwards. Fund […]

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Boxwood Music Discovery

Boxwood Music Discovery

October 5-10, 2014 Waipu, New Zealand Join us in beautiful & historic Waipu, New Zealand for five days of musical discovery and fun with David Greenberg (Cape Breton fiddle & baroque violin) and Chris Norman (flutes, small pipes); both artists who seek a broad context and canvas for their work and infuse their view of […]

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Spring Flower Show and Garden Visits

Spring Flower Show and Garden Visits

Once again the Marsden Bay Garden Club is organising a seasonal garden festival with displays and garden visits. Ruakaka Memorial Hall, Cnr SH1 and Sanford Road Friday 3 October 12-4pm Saturday 4 October 9-2.30 $2pp entry, children free Raffles, refreshments, plants and produce stalls Garden Visits Saturday 10-4pm Schedule and tickets $5 at the Hall […]

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Waipu Gathers to Support Hanne

Waipu Gathers to Support Hanne

Hanne Hofmann is the partner of Achmed Abmann – the energy behind Circool Circus. She is also the mother of Tui and Nina.  A great family making a huge contribution to the Waipu Community.  Hanne was just 56 when she had a severe stroke 20 months ago. Two ways you can help… Give  A Little […]

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Flaming Feathers – another Murder Mystery Night

Flaming Feathers – another Murder Mystery Night

Murder, Mystery and Mahem have come to town Rustlers have stolen all the cattle and horses in Waipu, murdering decent folk, and they keep coming back. Dairy farms are covered in chickens, and the milk factory is now a processing plant. It all seems to be linked to a new preacher in town – The […]

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Tartan Week Programme is out!

Tartan Week Programme is out!

Tartan Week 2014 is ready to go A new logo, lots of familiar favourite events, and a few newer ones too.  Of course ArtnTartan is our lead event, but there is more Men in Kilts Rugby and Tarts in Tartan Netball kick of this year on 20 June A Ceildh with Twisty Willow on 21 […]

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Waipu in Tartan – it is that time of the year again

Waipu in Tartan – it is that time of the year again

The programme for this year’s winter festival Waipu in Tartan is almost complete, time to start adding things to your wish list, and if you are out of Waipu, booking some accommodation … Waipu in Tartan 2014 Programme Of course at the top of the billing is our fantastic ArtnTartan Wearable Arts 27-28 June, but […]

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Mid Winter Ceilidh with Twisty Willow

Mid Winter Ceilidh with Twisty Willow

Waipu  Commonwealth Ceilidh 6.30 21 June Waipu Coronation Hall $5/adult, Accompanied children $2/child Put this date in your Diary NOW A community ceilidh with the music and dance calling of Twisty Willow Celtic Band starting at 6.30pm (to be family friendly). You don’t need to know the dances or have danced before. Twisty Willow will […]

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Celebrating 75 years of Secondary Education in Bream Bay

Celebrating 75 years of Secondary Education in Bream Bay

Did you attend Waipu DHS, both primary and secondary, from when it opened in 1939 (75 years ago) until it morphed into Bream Bay College on the present site in 1974 (40 years ago). Students from 1974 onwards as well as Teachers/BOT/PTA/Support Staff & Friends of the College. Come along at Queens Birthday Weekend and […]

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Waipu Variety Blast

Waipu Variety Blast

Joint Venture Variety Blast When? 5 April Coronation Hall Where? Tickets from Waipu Real Estate Simon – “There will be circus, Highland dancing, acrobatics, music, singing – from pop to blues to opera – and comedy. Neil – “It will surprise people when they see local identities on stage who have never been on stage […]

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‘A Go @ Art’ in Waipu

‘A Go @ Art’ in Waipu

Multimedia artist ‘Suza’ Free introductory art class Waipu Presbyterian Church Hall Tuesday 18 March from 1 – 3 pm This event is for those who always wanted to ‘have a go’ at art-making or those who just want to meet her . With her long-term experience in teaching art and her recent success in forming […]

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Chicks@the Chicks Ladies Fishing Competition 2014

Chicks@the Chicks Ladies Fishing Competition 2014

It is on again! Marsden Cove Fishing Club‘s Ladies Fishing Competition. 10-12 April 2014 $60/ticket (includes dinner!) Be in to Win a $3,000 travel voucher Chics @ The Chicks is a premium event for woman regardless of their expertise — seasoned anglers, novices, and girls who have never fished. The girls can fish as a […]

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Have a Go @ Art with Suza

Have a Go @ Art with Suza

Suza Lawrence, well known art teacher and inspirationalist, has recently moved into Langs Beach, and is keen to share her passion for art, offering a free introductory session and starting weekly art classes soon in Mangawhai. Suza German by birth, grew up in  Turkey and lived in both Italy and Germany. She settled in N. […]

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Mangawhai Walking Weekend 2014

Mangawhai Walking Weekend 2014

28th – 30th March  Mangawhai Walking Weekend 2014 Walks for our fifteenth year of the event, are filling fast with one walk already full so we are adding a second departure time. Read the programme on line and we advise you to make your choice soon. Begin your walking festival with the Troubadour Trail on […]

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ArtnTartan 2014 – calling all artists….

ArtnTartan 2014 – calling all artists….

A call out to all talented artists, designers, mask makers, fabric artists, creatives everywhere! The ever popular Waipu Museum ArtNTartan is on again this year for its 5th consecutive showing. The prize  money has increased with a pool of over $6,500 dollars which makes it a very attractive proposition for those wanting to strut their […]

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Highland Games 2014

Highland Games 2014

It has been hard to get information about the programme for the Games, but a small flyer has come around with the following information: The 143rd Highland Games are once again being held at the Caledonian Park in Waipu on Wednesday 1 January.  The event begins at 9am with the March of the Clans at […]

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Waipu Christmas 2013

Waipu Christmas 2013

It is December already and Christmas is on its way, planning is well underway for the Waipu Christmas Parade and the local Waipu churches Carol singing, 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 […]

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Waipu Surf Club Day

Waipu Surf Club Day

January 4th at Waipu Cove for this annual event 7.45 begins with Pub to Club Walk  $15 assemble outside Waipu Pub at 7.30 7.45 Langs to Waipu Cove Swim $15 asemble by the swings at 7.30am 8.15am Pub to Club fun run $15 assemble outside Waipu Pub at 7.30 There there is sand castle competitions, […]

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Tartan in the Park

Tartan in the Park

Waipu Highland Games – 1 January 2014   The Games begin at 9am and there are events throughout the day – from athletics for the family, to piping and dancing competitions.  You can explore the Avenue of Clans, or grab a bit to eat.  $15/person  $35/family pay at the Gate Tartan in the Park  begins […]

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Waipu Christmas Carols

Waipu Christmas Carols

Enthusiastic Singers needed for Waipu Carol Service Is this you? Service:  Sunday 22nd December at 8.p.m. Practices: Tuesday 10th, Tuesday 17th and Thursday 19th December, all in the Waipu Presbyterian Church at 7.30. Final Practice on 22 December at 6pm Lachie McLean will once again be conducting this, after a break last year because of […]

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Summer Country Rock Music Fest at Marsden Cove

Summer Country Rock Music Fest at Marsden Cove

10 January 2014 Gates open at 10.30am Featuring at least 10 Acts over 10 hours in 1 day! Welcome to the “Summer Country Music Fest” debuting its first year, where, we will host the best and brightest names in Australasia’s Country Music. Our line up includes the amazing True Legends featuring Gray Bartlett, Jodi Vaughan and […]

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Christmas Pamper Day – Waipu Pharmacy

Christmas Pamper Day – Waipu Pharmacy

Friday 22 November 10-2pm Come along for a day of Pre-Christmas cheer. Bring a friend – enjoy the pampering, check out the giftware giveaways and prizes bubbles and tasty nibbles QVS manicures Natio skincare consultations Sugar baby self-tanning demonstrations Paraffin wax hand treatments Pacifica Hand massages Free Gift wrapping Every Purchase goes into the draw […]

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Nova Scotia tall ship to visit Waipu

Nova Scotia tall ship to visit Waipu

More than 160 years after Reverend Norman McLeod and a group of 140 followers set sail from Nova Scotia in search of a new life that would ultimately result in the founding of Waipu, another Nova Scotia sailing ship – one remarkably like McLeod’s vessel, the Margaret – is bound for New Zealand and Waipu. […]

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Bream Bay Cancer Support Group – Fundraising Breakfast

Bream Bay Cancer Support Group – Fundraising Breakfast

12 October 9am SeaChange Beach Cafe, Ruakaka 79 Bream Bay Drive $15 ($includes $5 donation) 11am walk down the beach COME IN GREEN RSP Txt or Call Olga 021 1502438

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The Clansman Movie Nights are Back

The Clansman Movie Nights are Back

I went to the last one which was Dean Spanley  – a great movie, and food was also excellent, as usual themed to the movie – in Dean Spanley’s case it was Hungarian. The monthly movies will be on the calendar on the Bream Bay website, or ask Claire to add you to the email […]

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Tides out Fun Run and Walk 2013

Tides out Fun Run and Walk 2013

Now run by the Bream Bay College PTA, this event has become a highlight in the annual calendar. Sunday 10 November 2013 Look out for entry forms at Bream Bay Retail Outlets. All entries received buy Monday 4 November go into the draw for a pair of running shoes from Smith’s Sports Shoes Contacts: Susan […]

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Guided Walk for Conservation Week

Guided Walk for Conservation Week

Meet at the carpark by the Surf Club and Ruakaka Motel, walk along Bream Bay Drive to the Ruakaka Wildlife Refuge. Then a walk through the Refuge to the Motor Camp, then alongside the Ruakaka River to the Estuary, then back along the beach. You will learn about the birds, mangroves, vegetation and projects the Trust are working on in the […]

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Who to Vote for in Bream Bay and for Mayor?

Who to Vote for in Bream Bay and for Mayor?

Need some help deciding?  There are twelve Mayoral Candidates to choose from, there are four people standing for two seats on Council  in the Bream Bay ward, and then there is the Northland Regional Council, District Health Board….. Meet the Candidates meetings in Bream Bay Ruakaka Monday 23th  September 7.30 in the Ruakaka Recreation Centre […]

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Waipu Mud Run 2013 – a great start!

Waipu Mud Run 2013 – a great start!

Sue Matthews had been to a mud run in Rotorua and thought – why not here in Waipu!  She gathered a great group around her to plan it and the rest is history.  Fantastic organisation. 70 people turned up in various tartan outfits ready to run 4 kms (or double it for even more pain) […]

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Rugby Men in Kilts and Tarts in Tartan netball 2013

Rugby Men in Kilts and Tarts in Tartan netball 2013

It must have been the warmest night we have ever had for this event – it was very mild, with no need for blankets to keep warm, though the occasional whiskey helped!  It is a fun night – and if you have not been, put it in your diary for next year!First Event: Tarts in […]

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Waipu Beard Shave off…

Waipu Beard Shave off…

You may have noticed a few more beards than usual around Waipu as those performing in the Waipu Pageant valiantly stopped shaving to get into the part. 20 January 12 noon is the Great Waipu Pageant Beard Shave Off  at the Waipu Fire Station Funds to Project Promise – come and bid for the rights […]

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Waipu Caledonian Games 2013

Waipu Caledonian Games 2013

I did not make it to the Games this year, but heard good reports as usual. Here is Bream Bay News report “We haven’t added it all up yet but we think the numbers were about the same as last year” said Don Ewen, Chairman of the Waipu Caledonian Society regarding the 142nd Waipu Highland […]

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Waipu Pageant – doing the numbers

Waipu Pageant – doing the numbers

From the latest Bream Bay News – read it on line Settlers from Nova Scotia travel up the Waipu River and step ashore near the place where the Waipu Grand Pageant, a reinactiment of their story was staged last weekend. This photograph of the scene of their arrival was taken at the second performance of […]

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Waipu Christmas

Waipu Christmas

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 […]

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Get Tarted up at New Year

Get Tarted up at New Year

Tartan in the Park will be once again a feature of the Waipu Highland Games Tartan in the Park will be held once again at the Waipu Highland Games on 1st January 2013. Put on your creative cap and make an outfit which showcases tartan. The idea of the competition is to demonstrate that tartan […]

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Waipu Pageant Tickets

Get your Waipu Pageant Tickets now – HERE This is going to be an amazing once in a lifetime (or every 10 years or so!) event – so do not miss out, get your friends and relatives tickets for Christmas!!!

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Waipu and Ruakaka Christmas Parade

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 […]

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Waipu Pageant – cast of hundreds needed

Your chance to get involved: The auditions have been held for the principal roles this week. Women Singers for the Waulking Songs – will also participate in the crowd scenes.  Auditions Monday 1 October 7.30 at Museum Crowd scenes – rehearsals begin Wednesday 3 October 7.30 in Coronation Hall.  They will be weekly – Just […]

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BBQ to welcome back the Godwits

BBQ to welcome back the Godwits

When will our Godwits return to Ruakaka? Every Spring these shore birds take an epic journey, flying non-stop from Alaska to New Zealand. Like Olympic Champions, they cover 11,500 km without a feed. Come help welcome our visitors back home to Ruakaka in September. Free BBQ. Kids Activities. Information on shore-birds and dune protection. Give-aways […]

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Tartan Week 2012 – the second weekend

What an amazing winter weekend we have just had – stunning clear blue skies Pets in Tartan  – Tartnrock – Mid winter swim – Rugby Men in Kilts Rugby and Tarts in Tartan Netball

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Tartan Week off to a flying start in Waipu

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. [nggallery id=77] […]

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Grand Pageant – more news from Waipu Museum

Failte a Chairdean Greetings friends of Waipu Museum We would like to let you all know about The Grand Pageant of Waipu You may be interested in attending this spectacular event on 11 and 12 January 2013 Venue – Waipu Village Glebe  Mark this on your calendar as a highlight of the summer holidays Tickets […]

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Tartan Week all set to go….

Tartan Week celebrations in Waipu 30 June – 14 July Events are mostly focused during the weekends, but we hope to expand that in years to come.  Full timetable here Highlights include: Saturday 3o June  6-10am  Snow and Breakfast at the Kasbah with Classic Hits Radio 10am – Waipu Pipe Band Parades with all tartan […]

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Waipu Hall/Celtic Barn gets financial support

Whangarei District Council has voted to allocate $600,000 towards Waipu Hall refurbishment/Celtic Barn  project in year 2 of Long Term Plan to be adopted in June. This is great news for Waipu – we need another venue and one that can take more people, and we need to bring the Hall up to standard so […]

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Waipu Cemetery Celebration – join us

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 […]

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Tartan Week 2012

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. Waipu may be just a small town of about 500 folk, but nearly double that […]

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Anzac Day in Waipu 2012

This year I was sad to miss Anzac Day in Waipu – but I caught another local parade in Russell.  Sue Welford was there in Waipu this year and took these great photos.

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Alpaca Open Day in Waipu

Sun 6 May, 10:00am–4:00pm 71 Arcadian Lane, Waipu, Bream Bay A wonderful opportunity to bring the whole family along to see these amazing unique and gentle animals. You can walk in the paddock amongst them and if you stand or sit really still they will come up and check you out. We will have some […]

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Waipu Boutique Sunday Market – new owners

The new owners of the Waipu Boutique Sunday Market are local  business women and stallholders, Ginny Hall-Cowley, from Tree Valley Farm Produce and Pav Stacey, from Kandiah Alpacas and Farm Stay, and their respective husbands Brian and Mark.  They are taking over from Bill and Jo May who are off on an extended holiday, but […]

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Playing with Horses….

Northland Natural Horsemanship Games On Easter Sunday April 8th 2012 at Barge Showgrounds, Whangarei the Northland Natural Horsemanship Games (NHG) will run for its second year. Following last year’s amazing success where over a 1,000 spectators watched 35 contestants play and ride naturally with their horses, contestants, stall holders and spectators asked for it to […]

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Pedal Power – a Fun Bike Event in Waipu

9am Sunday 15 April People are invited to ride bikes, unicycles and trikes, skate, scoot, drive mobility scooters, push pushchairs or just plain walk up and back along South Rd. to show their support for the proposed Waipu to Waipu Cove cycle and walking trail.

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Waipu Grand Pageant – its on again…

The Grand Pageant of Waipu – Jan 11th & 12th – 2013 Put these dates in your diary, its 9 years since the last Pageant and the Waipu Museum is keen to make this a 10 yearly event.  Last time commemorated 150 years since the first Nova Scotian settlers arrived in Waipu, next year it […]

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Waipu Easter Carnival

Waipu Easter Carnival Easter Saturday April 7 2012 Waipu Caledonian Park from 9am – 2pm

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Home is Waipu

Home is a story about the Scottish immigrants coming to Waipu.  It premiered in Wellington at the Fringe Festival in 2010 and has toured twice since then – how it is our turn to see it right here in the heart of Waipu.

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Beach and Boat Fishing Competition

It begins on 23 February 2012 – the annual arrival in Bream Bay of four wheel drive vehicles towing big boats.

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Fraser gets a suprise on his 80th

Fraser Sim has done it hundreds of times – donned his kilt and piped in a special guest, or piped out a loved one at a funeral. Yesterday he thought he was piping in Trevor Vaile to receive a medal a the Waipu Firestation, but in fact it was a ruse, he piped himself in […]

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Classics at the Cove 2012

Dave Brown is once again hosting this event on his Waipu Cove property on 21 January.  Bring a picnic and enjoy a lazy summer afternoon. Set in Dave’s park like grounds overlooking the sea, Classics at the Cove will appeal to easy listening music fans, but don’t be fooled by the word ‘classic’.  It covers […]

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2012 Waipu Highland Games

It was touch and go with the weather – many volunteers worked through the rain to set the Caledonian Park up. But by the time 2 January rolled around – fine weather greeted us for another great Highland Games.  There was a great atmosphere – I met some one guy proudly wearing his new kilt, […]

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2011 Waipu Christmas Parade

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 […]

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Waipu Christmas Carols 2011

Once again Lachie Mclean, local singers and musicians will be practising for the annual carol service.  All are welcome to join the choir – its one way of guaranteeing a seat. Practices: 7.30 8 December, 13th and 15th December  and 6pm 18th December at Waipu Presbyterian Church Carol Service: 8pm 18 December come early to […]

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Highland Games on 2 January 2012

Just a reminder that the Waipu Highland Games in 2012 will be on the 2 January 2012 not the 1 January as is usually the case.  As Noel Robinson reminded me: In keeping with Waipu traditions the Games are never held on 1 January when it falls on a Sunday. It is widely belived that […]

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Waipu gets behind the RWC

It might have been a nail biting final – but we got there, the All Blacks won! What a relief… On Saturday the shops in the main street who donned a teams colours and decorated their shops were judged by Huw Turner and Sue Matthews. The winner got a $100 Pizza Barn Voucher – it […]

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Refinery visitors raise $18,000 for cancer unit

More than 4,500 people attended Refining NZ’s 50th anniversary open day at its Marsden Point refinery near Whangarei on Sunday 9 October, raising $18,000 for the Project Promise drive to fund a dedicated oncology facility at Whangarei Hospital.

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Art n Tartan 2011 – DVD out

Were you one of those who missed out on tickets to ArtnTartan 2011 Wearable Arts, or maybe you just want another look at this fabulous show. The DVD of the Art’n’Tartan Show, made by Peter Grant. I am told it is really good. Copies are available from the Waipu Museum – $20 each.

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RWC supporters lunch in Waipu

The Waipu Museum and the Waipu Rugby Club put on a fabulous welcome yesterday to Rugby World Cup supporters, especially the Canadian supporters, but there were some supporters of Tonga there too, and quite a few locals to welcome and entertain them and it was a great feed – very classy and very New Zealand. […]

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Waipu and Rugby World Cup – join the fun!

1. Check out the main street in Waipu during the World Cup. Shops have chosen a team to follow and will be dressing the shops to match – should be fun. They will be speaking french and wearing Berets in the Hammer Hardware, the bakery are backing the USA, the Four Square are anxious they […]

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Spring Dance Party

Friends of Radio Waves of Waipu  105.6FM are hosting a radio dance party to welcome Spring Fancy Dress Rock Star Spring Dance Party 8pm 3rd Sept, Waipu Coronation Hall Tickets $20 available at Hammer Hardware, loads of Dj’s, finger food and a courtesy van. More info: Peter Grant Photography  pg@pgpix.com 021 686820   09 432 1710

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Fundraising Trivia Night For Fiona Southorn

You had better get in quick for this years Trivia Night for Fiona Southorn, who has again inspired us all by being selected to represent New Zealand at this years World Road Cycling Champs held in Denmark in September. For those of you who don’t know Fiona, just have a quick look on you tube! […]

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Bream Bay Fitness Getway

Two Times Shaz xx Local Waipu based personal Trainer Sharon of Smartfitness is teaming up with Sharon of FitandHappy from Auckland to offer this Bream Bay Fitness Getaway Ditch inches and escape for a weekend of Fun Fitness and Friends Friday 26 August – Sunday 28 August This weekend will challenge your mind and body […]

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Behind the Artntartan Wearable Arts awards…

Sue Welford always has her camera with her, and has taken some fabulous shots of behind the scenes at the Waipu Museum ArtnTartan Wearable Arts Awards See all her photos on Facebook here

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The Great Living Legends Muck-In – Northland

On Sunday 18th September 9.30a,m – 1.30, Living Legends, a community conservation project, will be celebrating Rugby World Cup 2011 with a fun and conservation orientated event! Come along to the Uretiti Camp Ground off SH1 and take part in planting thousands of trees, while at the same time having fun and celebrate Rugby World […]

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Art’ n Tartan – and the winners are>>>

Those who were behind the second Waipu Museum Art n Tartan Wearable Arts Awards are to be commended for their efforts – another absolutely stunning event full of creativity, zest and zing.  A fabulous show – Links to photos at bottom of this post. Look out in Waipu Shops for the Art n Tartan Exhibition […]

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Pets in Tartan in Waipu

A winters day in Northland, the sun shone and the rain held off, and the pets and owners were rugged up in tartan. They fell in behind the Waipu Highland Pipe Band and paraded down the street. A chicken, a tortoise, a miniature horse and dogs of all shapes and sizes – one was bigger […]

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Plant 2000 Trees at Uretiti

9am  30 July at Uretiti Campground Entrance Sausage sizzle and morning tea provided! The Bream Bay Coastal Care Trust invites you to come along with spades and help plant the first 2000 trees as part of the Living Legends native tree planting. The Trust was concerned that it would be difficult to keep 5000 trees […]

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2011 Poetry in Waipu

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 […]

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Tartan Week off to a great start in Waipu

First of July and International Tartan Day – Waipu had a perfect Northland clear blue winters day.  Classic Hits kicked off the day at 6am with their breakfast show at Ynot cafe and a load of snow.  Yes there were some people there at 6am, but not me!  I waited to a leisurely 8.30.  Classic […]

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Art n Tartan (almost) sold out!

There are fifty – seven entrants in this year’s Art’ n Tartan Wearable Art Awards, which will be held on Saturday 16 as a grand finale to this year’s Tartan Week in Waipu celebrations. A full dress rehearsal for the show has already been held, but if you thought you wanted a ticket, you may […]

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Bream Bay Fun Run

The Bream Bay Tides Out Fun Run has graduated to college… Tides Out Bream Bay Fun Run 6 November 2011 9.30-12pm It started out in 2002 as a fundraiser for Bream Bay Kindergarten, which ran the event for five years. After a year in abeyance, it was taken up by the Waipu Primary PTA. Many […]

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Tartan at the Races

Ruakaka Race Track from 11.30 Saturday 2 July Whangarei Race Club is getting into the spirit of Tartan Week and hosting  Tartan at the Races on Saturday 2 July.  All are welcome, but especially if you are wearing some tartan! There will be spot prizes for those who wear ‘the tartan’ and the ‘Tartan Police’ […]

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Sweet Sunday Ukulele Jam

Its the long weekend, its winter – a great chance for a cruisy Sunday afternoon of music At  Y-NOT Restaurant in Waipu  Sunday JUNE 5 FROM 2PM Bring your ukulele and songs to play plus printed music for sing or play alongs. Groups, Individuals, adults and children welcome Book in with proprietors Stormie and Mark […]

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Alpaca Farm Open day in Waipu

Another great opportunity for a family day out with a unique opportunity to see alpacas up close. Hand feed these unique animals and find out all about them. Mark and Pav are having this open day to give us a chance to visit these delightful creatures in their home turf. When: Sunday I may, 10am […]

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Chicks at the Chicks

Marsden Cove Fishing Club is holding its annual ladies fishing competition namely Chic’s @ The Chicks over the weekend of 9/10 April 2011  and will be based at Marsden Cove Marquee, One Tree Point. The costs of the tickets are $35 includes a meal on the Sunday.

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Break-Away holiday program – Join the Circus!

Ruakaka Recreational Centre 24 – 27 January 2011 from 10am -3pm. Local community circus mand Achmed Abman is organising this government subsidised event.  It is free and you can come for one day or more but you must fill in evaluation forms.  We will do all sort of circus games and tricks to learn as […]

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Art n Tartan – one year was not definately not enough!

The word is out: this is your chance – anyone keen to try their hand at wearable art with a “Tartan Twist” Art n Tartan is on again. The first year was spectacular, and not to be outdone, Waipu Museum is pleased to announce that entry forms are now available for the second Art n […]

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Alpaca Farm Open Day in Waipu

A great opportunity for a family day out with a unique opportunity to see alpacas up close. Hand feed these unique animals and find out all about them.  Mark and Pav are having this open day to give us a chance to visit these delightful creatures in their home turf. When: Sunday 16th January, 10am […]

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Waipu Highland Games 2011

A fantastic summer day for this year’s games in the Caledonian Park.  Thousands turned up to enjoy the day out.  I spent a happy day watching the Fiddling Competition and the Tartan in the Park, only sneaking out to watch the massed pipe bands and highland fling and buy a scottish pie. This year there […]

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Waipu Christmas Parade 2011

Christmas Eve in Northland, there is no better place to be than Waipu, for the annual Christmas Parade. This year was no exception, and even a shower of rain did not dampen the spirits.  Lots of people had dressed for the occasion and  Gloria Mills, Janine McGregor and Braden one the $50 onl0oker prize (does […]

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Classics at the Cove – Summer Concert

Tara Lodge in Mangawhai has been having some excellent summer concerts (this years info) and last year at the Kaipara Music Festival at Tara Lodge, I ran into Waipu local Dave Brown. We talked about how great it would be to have a venue like that in Waipu.  “My place would work well” he said, […]

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New Years in Waipu – a few things to watch out for

While most of us will gather on 1 January for the Waipu Highland Games, there are a few special things to watch out for. Ceilidh on New Years Eve at Artform – with world class fiddler Catherine Fraser  $10pp  STOP PRESS – this was to be at the Hall, now at Artform Ceilidh on New […]

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Family Summer Picnic – 12 January

12 January 2010 5pm-7pm Enjoy a summer evening in Waihoihoi Park Bring a Picnic tea and enjoy an evening of music, dancing, and fun for all the family Duck races BBQ Sausages and Chips Pipe Band Scottish Country Dancing Games of Skill Fundraiser for the Waipu Hall Committee More information from Jean Roberts 09 432 […]

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Christmas and New Year festivities in Waipu and Bream Bay

There is lots to do in Waipu and Bream Bay over the Christmas/New Year period, here is some dates to help you keep track: Waipu Community Carols 8pm Sunday 19 December – come early for a seat, or bring a chair and sit outside.  Better still – join the choir to guarantee a lot of […]

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Circus Jam for Christmas in Waipu

Circool Circus invites you and your parents to participate at this unique inter active workshop/learn program. Lots of circus props to get your hands on experience like the “German Wheel” or the “Walking Globe”, Unicycles, clubs, balls and games. Instructors/teachers and students from local circus groups will assist you. Under the motto : all ages […]

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Christmas in Waipu – get prepared!

Yes I know its still  November, and I don’t like all the shops already advertising Christmas specials already.  However you will need time to get your Parade Float organised and the Christmas Carol practices begin in a few weeks. Here is all you need to know to join the fun.

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Markets in Waipu and Bream Bay

Markets are hot at present, people like to buy local, a lot of people like to make some extra money by having a stall, and they are great community events – you get to catch up with friends. Latest news about our local markets In Waipu we have the monthly Saturday market, the newer Sunday […]

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Tide’s Out – Bream Bay Fun Run and Walk – 5km/10km

Sunday 14 November 9am Get your walking and running shoes out – its that time of year again for the Bream Bay Run Run and walk.  Lots of fun for the family, spot prizes, sausage sizzle, live music raffles and more.

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Girls Night out in Waipu

Whether you are a cougar or a pussycat, put on your glad rags and join the fun.  BYO – they will have juice, water, coffee, tea and a light supper. Kathy Worthy writes: Local radio station Radiowaves, have to raise money for relicensing and changing all of our advertising due to our new frequency. This […]

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Winter news from the Waipu Caledonian Society

email Wayne to get the Caledonian email list directly – here is a summary of the latest email 2011 Games Host Clan – Clan MacLean chief to visit Waipu – Volunteers for Games – International Highland Games – Tartan Week

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Photos from Tartan Week 2010

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

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More Tartan Week Videos on You Tube

Tartan Day parade in Waipu – and John Finlayson, Steve Jones and Mr Plod performing.

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Waipu | Kilts and Rugby, and the Kiwi Way

Summary taken from Plan My Play – NZ events webszite Julie – Editor – Friday, July 09, 2010 Read whole article here – thanks Julie for coming up! Rocking up to the Waipu Rugby Club, hearing the ‘Chicken Dance’ blasting from the loudspeakers, perhaps I can be forgiven when I raise an eyebrow or two. […]

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Rugby in Kilts this Friday

NZ’S Very first Rugby Game Played in Kilts The Waipu Tartans are taking on the Whangarei Old Boys 7.30 Friday 9 July at Waipu’s Caledonian Park. The Waipu Tartans are wheeling out their stars from the past and their motto is: The older we get the better we were!! Not to be outdone the curtain […]

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See the All Blacks as you’ve never seen them before… in Waipu

The All Blacks probably weren’t expecting the Caber Toss to be a part of their training schedule this year, but that’s exactly what some of the current All Black squad will be competing in when they take on the local residents of Waipu at the MasterCard All Blacks Roadshow on Sunday 11 July.

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High Jinks and Sword Dances at Waipu Tartan Day

The stars of the beginning of Waipu Tartan week in 2010 has to be local identities Steve Jones and John Finlayson who emerged covered in  not much more than body paint from Kay Dixon’s old Austin van. The paint did start to run a bit as the scotch mist descended, but that did not dampen […]

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Tartan Week In Waipu off to a great start

A little scotch mist falling did not dampen the spirits of those who turned out to celebrate International Tartan Day in Waipu this year. The Waipu Highland Pipe Band led the march down the main street of Waipu and the entire primary school was there behind them – many in tartan, most with masks made […]

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All Blacks MasterCard Roadshow comes Waipu

The All Blacks probably weren’t expecting wood sawing, gumboot throwing or waiter racing to be part of their build up to the 2010 international test season, but that’s exactly what they’ll be competing in over the next two months as they travel the country for the MasterCard All Blacks Roadshow, coming to Waipu on 11 […]

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HOMESPUN TARTAN CEILIDH in Waipu

On Monday 5th July we will open up our regular Monday evening Country Dancing night as a HOMESPUN TARTAN CEILIDH 7.00 – 10.00 p.m. Waipu Coronation Hall A mix of music and dance, offers of “items” welcome  $5.00 per person with a small plate for the supper table $2.00 for accompanied children Enquiries to Steve […]

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Sing-a-long with the Flaming Ukeleles

Why not sing up a storm with the Flaming Ukuleles of Waipu at Stormie and Mark’s Y-Not Restaurant? Free entry, platter of appetizers $20 or meals served as normal. Bring along your ukulele and voice! June 24,   July 22,  August 26     from 7-9pm Waipu Hotel, South Rd, Waipu [slideshow id=44]

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Tarts in Tartan – Waipu 2011 Calendar

For the past four years  Waipu has had its own calendar.  Local enthusiasts Sue Welford and Maggie Wistrand conceived the idea and put all the hard work in, but get lots of enthusiasm from the community and while they have had some reluctant models, no one has said no. This years focus is Tarts in […]

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What’s coming up in Tartan Week 1 – 11 July

The sign at the entrance to Waipu says  Ceud Mile Failte – a hundred thousand welcomes,  and this year Waipu is once again welcoming visitors to celebrate Tartan Week in Waipu. Tartan Week is one of the ways in which this small village honours its celtic origins. This year there will be a series of […]

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Celebrate the end of the Drought!

At moments like these you need more than a Mintie! The drought has been tough – but you have survived – it time to celebrate life! You are invited  to a free drought busting dinner on the 25th June 6:30pm at the Ruakaka Recreation Center -Takutai Pl -Ruakaka

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Tartan Week – grab a full Scottish Brunch at the Clansman Motel

Claire and Peter are the new owners of the Clansman Motel in Waipu.  Before buying the Motel, they ran the restaurant and made their mark there offering another dining option in Waipu, and having some great themed nights. They are also getting in behind Tartan Week celebrations and offering a full Scottish brunch Full Scottish […]

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Evensong and More in the Waipu Anglican Church

Just when the Anglicans thought they had it all together, June & July are going to be quite different from the usual! Winter Evensong at St Peters, Waipu On June 13th 2pm in the afternoon, preparations will get under way at St Peter’s, Waipu for the 2nd Annual Traditional Choral Evensong. Anyone is welcome to […]

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Winter@Waipu kicks off on the June Long Weekend

Winter@waipu kicks off again on the June long weekend, as this small Northland village with a unique scottish story makes the most of winter season of June, July and August. View all the Winter@waipu events here There are regular markets, poetry readings, Classic Hits Breakfast Show at Waipu Cove, master Pizza chef, matariki celebrations, festival […]

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Tartan Week programme is up

Last night a small group met in the Waipu Museum to finalise the programme for 2010 Tartan week. We have a logo – here it is: Thanks Simon We have a website: www.tartan-week.co.nz We have a programme: see it here It promises to be a fabulous week with parades, ArtnTartan, a midwinter ball, shaking of […]

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Monday Night Ceilidh

Fiddler Gregor Borland and Accordion player Sandy Brechin will be performing at a Ceilidh Organised by the Waipu Scottish Country Dancing Club. Monday 31 May 7-10pm $5 entry + supper plate

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Waipu Sunday Market changes its dates

From this month ~ MAY ~ the WAIPU SUNDAY MARKET AND CAFÉ will be held on the LAST SUNDAY EACH MONTH unless notified otherwise. Subsequently here will be no Markets on 16th May or 13th June as previously planned. Market Organiser Rosie Prickett says * Our intention is to continue to support stall holders with […]

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Lighting up Northland

Fireshows to Light up Northland this Matariki Northland Community Circus Network are hosting some fabulous fireshows in Northland this winter to celebrate Matariki.  They will be held in Waipu (of course), Dargaville, Kaikohe and Whangarei. The Waipu Show will be part of the Winter@Waipu festival 6pm-7pm 26 June 2010 Waipu Caledonian Park Donation/koha The Show […]

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The 53rd Victim – performed in Whangarei by Bogwood

On the morning of July 7th 2005, Pip Hall was in London. She wandered into Tavistock Square shortly after that double-decker bus had been destroyed by suicide bombers. Also there at the same time was a young New Zealand woman claiming to be a doctor as she assisted the wounded and the dying. Hall, the […]

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Easter in Waipu and Bream Bay 2010

A few Events happening in Bream Bay this  Easter The first Waipu Easter Carnival will be kicking off on Easter Saturday 9.30-2pm Organised by the Waipu Primary PTA  it is guaranteed to be a fantastic, colourful, community event that will offer a fun and entertaining day out for all. All proceeds will go to the […]

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Waipu’s first Ride-on Mower Race

Story and Photos by Sandra K. Bogart  040210© Waipu farmers Nigel Bradley and Steve McClure were chewing the cud one day over our dry summer when they might have been mowing – if there had been any grass. Missing the fun of their ride-on mowers, they cut up a plan to gather other locals together […]

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Waipu Pipe Band on You Tube

The band paraded on Auckland Anniversary weekend as part of the Saturday street market:

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New Easter Carnival at Waipu

Waipu Primary PTA are organising the first Easter Carnival and it is guaranteed to be a fantastic, colourful, community event that will offer a fun and entertaining day out for all. All proceeds will go to the primary school as it will raise valuable funds to purchase resources while bringing together our community, parents, pupils, […]

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Waipu Surf Club reports on a summer of flat water, sharks, boating and fun

Well what a magnificent summer, although we had no surf until mid January we still had some record crowds on the beach. Flat water, sharks, boating activity, swimming, sun filled days etc provided for a relaxing, fun filled holiday period where we again hosted our annual events.

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Tara Lodge hosts the Kaipara Music Festival

9 January was brilliant weather, so Liz and I headed to Mangawhai for the Kaipara Music Festival at Tara Lodge. What a fabulous venue – picnic rugs spread out, all ages, Lochiel wines on sale – it iss based on a winning formula – a musical feast of performers to entertain, while you relax with […]

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Waipu Christmas Parade 2009

What a great village Waipu is!! 30 community groups and local businesses work the week before Christmas – our busiest time of the year to create floats for the Annual Christmas Parade on Christmas Eve.  Its all about a good time, but the treasurers of various groups have their eye on the potential $500 first […]

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Waipu Highland Games – lots of images, lots of fun

Waipu is my home, but most years at New Years I am away camping.  For the first for many years, we came home to check out the 2009 Waipu Highland Games.  It was brilliant weather, and about 6,000 turned up to enjoy the day.  Here some photos of the day:  The Parade of the Clans, […]

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Waipu Christmas Carols 2009

The Sunday before Christmas Waipu was once again the venue for what must be the most enthusiastic carol service in New Zealand.  Lauchie McLean has conducted the choir and band for many years and people come from Dargaville, Whangarei, Rodney – 80 in the choir and a band to match.¬ Joan Kennaway and others said […]

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Waipu Highland Games – the heavyweights

2009 Waipu Highland Games These photos have been posted on flicker – its a great collection of photos of the heavyweight competition by Kris¬† – Irkstyle on Flicker. Click here to see the photos Here is a report of the Competition and the results from the Caledonian Newsletter: 2010 Waipu Games: New Zealand Highland Games […]

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New Year at Marsden Canals

Marsden Cove Marina and Canals and Hopper developments present: FREE NEW YEAR’S EVE Jazz & Blues Festival – CONCERT ON THE CANAL Thursday, 31 December 2009 5:00 p.m. – Friday, 1 January 2010 12:00 a.m. There will be music and a great fireworks display.

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Waipu Music Hall Photos

The Waipu Music Hall was a sold out success that had the local community engaged in an all out effort to put on a great night out.  Here are some of the photos by Peter Grant.  CLICK ON THE PHOTOS TO SEE A LARGER VERSION. Full size photos also available from Sandra Bogart

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Mangawhai Market and Bennetts Chocolate

Mangawhai Farmers Market Mangawhai is a 25 minute drive along the coast from Waipu where I live – last Saturday we decided to head off to the Mangawhai Farmers Market.

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Waipu Cove Surf Carnival – 3 January 2010

The Programme for the annual Waipu Cove Surf Club Carnival held on the first Sunday in January is out Рand what a great programme it is Рsomething for everyone, not to be missed.  There will be lots of prizes, sausage sizzles and heaps of fun. Emai for Info

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Waipu Caledonian Games – Clan Maclean elected to Host 2010

The Clan Maclean Association of New Zealand is thrilled to have been chosen as the Host Clan for the 139th Highland Games of the Waipu Caledonian Society on New Year’s Day 2010.

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Christmas Parade – time to get working on a float!

Waipu is proud to have its Christmas parade on Christmas Eve – it is the beginning of the summer holidays, and many holiday makers begin their summer break by joining the crowds in Waipu.

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Waipu’s (in)famous Music Hall

The famously acclaimed music hall under the chairmanship of Mr James Edge begins tomorrow night. The 5 performances have sold out, so only those lucky enough to have tickets will be enthralled by the 50 local stars who will dazzle and astound you with surprisingly unforgettable acts. Large cast and full orchestra under the firm […]

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Movember Whisky and Whiskers Night raises just under $1000.00

Four whiskeys were tasted and to confirm what everyone knows in Waipu, the winner was to no one’s surprise the grand master on whisky himself – Fraser Simm. The following were then shaved – Greg, Trevor, Bert, Terry, Dave, with Dick Scotland raising the most money with the determined steely help of Racheal from Pernod […]

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Tartan in the Park in Waipu

Tartan in the Park¬© is a competition for “Fun & Fashionable Tartanwear” We invite you to enter! We aim to show the public that Tartan is a contemporary fabric that can be worn in a multitude of styles in the 21st century! Set your imagination free & enter your design. Design¬† -¬† Show¬† – ¬† […]

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Waipu does Movember 09

Movember kicks off its fourth annual campaign in New Zealand, rallying men to grow moustaches for the month of November to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer and depression. In New Zealand, funds raised by Movember will benefit the Cancer Society and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, these organisations are dedicated to […]

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Whiskey Tasting in Waipu

Michael Fraser Milne from Whisky Galore in Christchurch will conduct the tasting, an in-depth, regional look at this most complex and wonderful nectar. Michael is a importer and distributor of fine whiskies and a “Keeper of the Quaich” and conducts whisky tastings throughout NZ. 7.30pm 14 October 2009 Waipu Coronation Hall Organised by Waipu Off […]

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World Famous in Waipu – who is it?

Sue Welford and Maggie Wistrand have been hard at it preparing the 2010 Waipu Calendar. It is entitled World Famous in Waipu – who will be on it??? Come along to the launch at 7.30pm at the Waipu RSA on 17 October to find out. Meals available from 6pm everyone welcome.

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Ruakaka Spring Flower Show and Garden Visits

The Marsden Bay Garden Club is once again organising a local community event, this time it is the Spring Flower Show & Garden Visits.¬† There will also be plant, produce & craft stalls, patchwork quilt display and a superb cafe. At Ruakaka Memorial Hall Cnr Sandford Road & SH1, Ruakaka Friday 30th October 1-30pm – […]

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Highland Games featured on Air New Zealand billboards

Air New Zealand has this poster advertising the Waipu Highland Games on its billboards in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. “Through to the end of August we’re showcasing some lesser known and varied New Zealand events that kiwis can get out and see,” said Lara Harrison a media liaison for the airline. More

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Tartan Week Parade in Waipu

Tartan Week in 2009 was great – and I think it can only get bigger and better and more fun.¬† My dream is to get everyone in the town wearing tartan for the whole week, and others coming to visit and wear their tartan and enjoy what we have to offer.¬† Here are the photos […]

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Another Great Weekend in Waipu

Photo Competition – Sunday Market – Platters and Plays

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Waipu Sunday Market 19 July

The next WAIPU SUNDAY MARKET & “JANE’S CAFE” will be held on SUNDAY 19TH JULY – 10am to 2pm. The Waipu Sunday Market is thrilled to announce that more new and fabulous products will be added to the already impressive array of Fruit, Vegetables, Gourmet Foods, Boutique Wine and Local Arts and Crafts. Tell your […]

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Take a moment to … Catch your breath

Sunday 12 July @ 9.30am – 12.00pm An invitation to stop for a morning and remember what it feels like to breathe fully and truly relax. Trudy Ryan invites you to come and experience correct breathing, learn breathing techniques to change your mind state, practice relaxation methods to release tension in a beautiful environment that […]

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Classic Hits in Waipu for Tartan Week

Tartan Day in Waipu was helped along by Will and Jax from Classic Hits Northland who got into the spirit of tartan, winter@waipu broadcasting their Breakfast Show live from Food 45. Locals dropped in for coffee and breakfast, and there were lots of great interviews and free giveaways.

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Evensong in Waipu

The Waipu Anglican Church and Lauchie McLean got into the spirit of Winter@waipu and organised a traditional Evensong service on Sunday evening 28th June. A choir of about 20 gathered from surrounding districts and met to practise at 2.30pm on the afternoon before the service.

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Tartan Week in Waipu is hotting up

Tartan Week in Waipu has begun with tartan scarves and kilts dusted off ‚Äì the band paraded in the street, tartan scarves abound, a special exhibition has opened in the Waipu Museum, kilts were worn to Church in the annual Kirkin o the Tartan in Waipu Presbyterian Church, and some kilts were even worn in […]

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Mid-Winter Swim at Waipu Cove

The surf was rough and the tide full at Waipu Cove on Sunday 28 June when the Waipu Surf Club hosted the annual Winter@waipu midwinter swim. About 20 brave souls donned costumes of every variety and about the same number came to watch and laugh. A couple of dogs joined in the fun as we […]

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Tartan Week begins 27th June

The Caledonian Society and Clan MacLean are sponsoring some events the first weekend of Tartan week – a Robbie Burns Dinner, Geneology afternoon, Kirking o the Tartan … Dust off the tartan and come and join the festivities

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All New – WAIPU SUNDAY MARKET

A great deal of planning, hard work and fun is going into the establishment of Waipu‚Äôs first Sunday Market scheduled for 14th June in Waipu‚Äôs Coronation Hall. Organizers Rosie Prickett and Jane Warrington have clearly defined rolls; Rosie is Market planner and in charge of the lay out, publicity and site bookings, while Jane is […]

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Circool Circus to launch the 2009 Winter@waipu Festival

For the fifth year, the June Long weekend will see the start of Winter@Waipu celebrations – with circus, markets and a Matariki celebration at the Waipu Cemetery Bream Bay has its own Circus – and on the afternoon of Sat 30 May they will be celebrating their second birthday – you are invited to come […]

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Big Tartan Day Celebrations for Small Northland Town

Big Tartan Day Celebrations for Small Northland Town

Waipu, 1.5 hours north of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, is famous for its proud Scots heritage and the Annual Highland Games held at New Year. When local entrepreneur Rosemary Neave suggested a Winter festival five years ago, Winter@waipu was born. Neave was keen to connect Waipu with other national and international celebrations, so she hit […]

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Waipu’s Scottish Heritage

Waipu is a Northland Town with a strong Scottish heritage Waipu Museum The best small museum in New Zealand – Discover Waipu’s rich heritage and Scottish/Nova Scotian origins. Waipu Heritage Trail Established in 2002, this trail will take you back to the early Scottish settlement of Waipu, visiting landmarks and buildings marked by distinctive limestone […]

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Winter@waipu 2009 Ready to Roll…

Winter@waipu 2009 Ready to Roll…

Bream Bay in Northland is a well known summer playground, and for the 5th year it is once again hosting the Winter@waipu festival in 2009.You may have noticed Circool Circus around the area – at Christmas Parades and community events. Circool Circus are launching the festival on Saturday 30 May with an afternoon celebrating 2 […]

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