Even though entries for the contest are already rolling in, the Art'n'tartan team has decided to extend the deadline for entry forms to be submitted. The crucial date is now 8th May so contestants have another week to finalise their descriptions. Don't forget though, preliminary judging is not until June 19th. This extension of the deadline will enable Director, Alister Williams, to have his final numbers for the show.

Entry Form 2016 << Download Here>>


Have you ever wished you could do something creative, but didn’t know where to begin?

The Waipu Art and Tartan Wearable Arts Awards offer you the opportunity to “get making” with the chance to win one of twelve $1,000 category prizes, the Supreme Award of $3,000, a Janome sewing machine, or a BOC portable welder.

You could join together with family and friends for the “buzz” of getting together for a few creative “working bees” and create a bond around a special memory. Some great entries have been made this way – a wonderful bicycle by the Collaboration Girls and a giant fish created by two couples who joined forces. On the other hand if you don’t enjoy compromising you may choose to go solo – either way, you are in for a fun challenge and you’ll be amazed by the professionalism of your creation. Don’t be concerned about finding tartan for your entry. Tartan does not have to be rendered in fabric – it can be created in any way you choose to dream up – welded, woven or painted – “the sky’s the limit”, so get your head in the clouds and start dreaming and making!

Your entry form should be submitted by 29th April 2016, but you don’t need to have completed your entry by then, you only need to have made a decision about the category you’re entering and be able to provide a general description of your proposal. The entry should be completed by 19th June, when it will be professionally photographed at our preliminary judging day where our 3 experienced judges get their first opportunity to see the entries, prior to the final judging when they view them on stage at the show.

Your entry will be part of a themed dramatic presentation followed by a typical cat walk presentation in which your art work and the ideas you wish to convey with it will be presented to the audience.

This year, the director of the show is exploring the overall idea of play and playfulness as a source of creativity, so what better way to play than create a piece of wearable art, either alone or with family and friends. If you are an aspiring artist, success in the Art ‘n Tartan Wearable art show will make a meaningful addition to your CV. So start dreaming – let your fancy take flight and get making.

Be in to win from our $16,000 prize pool made available through Annie Everson Dawn and her team of generous Art ‘n Tartan sponsors whose contributions enable us to support our artists and make this amazing community event possible. We also acknowledge the support of the Whangarei District Council.

Entry Form 2016 << Download Here>>



Wheely Wheely Spinning out on Tartan - Collaboration Girls

Mythical Fish - E&I McCabe and C&S Skelton


The Art'n'Tartan team is pleased to announce that the wonderfully creative Penny Goodall will be holding MASK WORKSHOPS again this year for the youngsters.

There will be three workshops at the Waipu Primary School...

Sunday 10 April – 2.00pm - 3.00pm – Inspiration only

Sunday 17 April – 10.30am - 3.00pm – Making and getting started. Entry forms to be filled in.

Sunday 8 May – 10.30am - 3.00pm – Continue creating. Descriptions to be written for Art ‘n Tartan.

Artist and teacher Pat Hadlee will also be on hand again to help and pass on some of her awesome ideas.

Bookings are necessary so please phone Penny on 09 432 0340.



The 2016 Show will be held 22 and 23 July 2016

Tickets will be available to the general public from Mon 20 June

Either from the Waipu Museum, or online through Eventfinder >>CLICK HERE<<

  • Opening Night: $45.00 
  • Matinee - Adult: $45.00 
  • Matinee - Child (up to 18yrs): $20.00 
  • Awards Night: $55.00
ART N TARTAN 2015 Winners and Highlights <<Click Here >>  


If you are entering Art n Tartan and would like to ad some Waipu Tartan to your creation - Send us and email to order from our Cotton 'Bolt' of the Waipu Tartan - we are offering a discount per meter to contestants. It will be $20.00 per meter as appose to $30.00 per meter which will remain the price for the general public. (The pure wool Waipu Tartan bolt remains at 90.00 per meter - no discount on this, sorry). So if you would like to order from the Cotton bolt, email us at and we can cut some for you - and have it ready to pick up here at the Waipu Museum.




We are collecting information on descendants, who served in WW1 for the 100 year anniversary.

If you have a connection with any of the men on our list who served in WW1 and have any interesting info/photos or stories of their life, we would love to hear from you. Click on the list to the right.

Please contact Patsy Montgomery

WW1 Story Boards on Facebook >> Click Here

<< WW1 Name List Click Here >>  

Some of our Stories are up in Waipu at the moment, there will be more to come so keep your eyes peeled! More images on our Facebook Page...

WW1 Story Boards on Facebook >> Click Here



We have compiled a document of some of the community events organised by the Museum and our dedicated volunteer team over the last few years,

The document (click on the blue image to the right) outlines some events of significance that we hope, have helped to maintain a long history in our community of pride and identity.

Events like these are all consuming and are mostly run on a shoe string. This being said we all strive to bring to them, our most professional level of execution.

Without the help of our volunteers and supporters, Our unique story, maintenance of descendant's genealogy and events held on behalf of our community would not be possible.

A special thank you has to go out to all those volunteers and supporters that have stood by us over the years. - THANK YOU


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  • We maintain one of the largest genealogical databases of any New Zealand community and present the powerful story of a famous migration whose underlying themes of co-operation, survival, and love of community have relevance for all people.
  • We care for a collection of artefacts that is treasured by descendents and highly regarded within the Museum sector.
  • We organize numerous community arts events which attract people from far and wide.

We regret to inform everyone that there will be no DVD produced of the 2013 Grand Pageant.

The sound was not recorded properly at the performance. Our apologies to all involved.

We have sent out emails and phone calls to all those who had put their names down for a DVD.

Sorry if we have missed anyone out!


WAIPU IN TARTAN - 27 June - 26 July 2015

Since 2005 and the beginnings of Winter@Waipu, Tartan Day has been celebrated in Waipu on 1 July.

It has grown to replace winter@waipu as the town’s main winter focus, and now lasts for a few weeks.

Since 2013 has been renamed Waipu in Tartan

For this small scottish town, its the time to dust off the kilt, the scarves, the pipes – the town is awash with tartan – there is free shortbread in many shops for those sporting a bit of tartan, and often the Butcher offers a taste of Haggis. There is pipers, and parties, and busking and lots of fun – come and join us.

The Events have been organised by the Waipu Business and promotions Group. Check out The Waipu in Tartan Facebook page or for any updates



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