ENTER NOW!- Art n Tartan 2018

Failte a Chairdean! Greetings Friends!

We invite you to be a part of the 2018, Waipu Museum, 'Art n Tartan' Wearable Art Awards!

Our wearable art event celebrates heritage, community, and creativity, using tartan as a symbol of connection – the bright thread in the greater plaid.  A sell-out show every year, this event is huge fun for everyone who participates.  So let your fancy take flight and be part of making the magic!

The show opens with a presentation of all entries, weaving music, light and artwork into a dramatised performance of wearable art and entertainment.  The second half is a traditional Catwalk Section with commentary and projected images, between them providing detailed information about each artwork.


Download an Entry form >>HERE<<

Download Contestant info and Terms and Conditions >>HERE<<

Like the Art n Tartan Facebook page >>HERE<< to stay up to date with the latest developments!


Tickets - Art n Tartan 2018

Public Tickets will go on sale from Monday 30th April 2018.

From Eventfinda  >>HERE<<



WAIPU Cycle and Walkway Trust Raffle Tickets!

Available at the Waipu Museum!

$2.00 Each

Fundraising for Stage 2...

1st Prize - 2018 Raffle - SmartMotion E-City electric bike  worth $2,799. 

 Its low step over and upright seating make it a favourite for effortless cruising. The powerful rear motor will easily take you uphill and the high capacity battery ensures you get back home.  It also boasts a built in LED lighting system, frame lock and USB charging front and rear.

2nd Prize Raleigh Gravity 20 inch child's bike valued at $219 ,

3rd prize - beach-worthy gift basket of goodies worth $200, donated by the Waipu Pharmacy

More info here...  






Sat 13 January 4pm-10pm, Waipu Golf Club - $95.00pp

Waipu is set to rock 2018 by kicking off the year with an incredible new music event - showcasing the beautiful surrounds of the Waipu Golf Club with stunning views over Bream Bay.

Featuring none other than the unmissable Dave Dobbyn, NZ’s favourite songwriter is joined by the welcomed return of kiwi rockers stellar*, along with Tim & Ra and the psychedelic stylings of Brendon Thomas and the Vibes (3rd place winners for X Factor NZ 2016).

With a wide range of wines on offer from Villa Maria, craft beers and local favourite McLeods beer, topped off with fabulous food for sale, from tapas to seafood, salads, ribs and more, you won't be left wanting for anything!*

So bring along a picnic blanket and settle in for an evening of incredible music and a great summer vibe in a stunning slice of heaven on the Waipu Green.
*Strictly no BYO food or drinks. Wheelchair area and access is easy on the grounds off the driveway.

$12.00 Shuttle Bus service available to and from... Dargaville, Mangawahai, Waipu, Marsden Point, Whangarei,

more details and bookings here...




The Waipu Boutique Sunday Market is held on the 2nd Sunday of every month inside the Coronation Hall in the centre of Waipu. There are over 50 stalls with everything from organic home grown veggies and delicious dutch baking to Heirloom wooden toys



The Waipu Street Market is a vibrant, exciting market held on the Sunday of holiday weekends with a large eclectic selection of wonderful stalls. Come and join in the fun atmosphere and grab a bargain!

T: 027 397 8933 E:


Saturday 3rd February, 7.00 pm $10.00 Entry

WAIPU RAZZA , Nova Scotia Dr, Waipu

Come along and warm up for the car show the following day!

Great band to get the party rolling. Tickets available at the Razza and some set aside for door sales.

These nights sell out fast so get in early!

25% of proceeds will go to Northland rescue helicopter


More info on facebook - here...


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Sun 4th Feb, 10am-2pm,, Caledonian Park,

$5.00 Entry (Kids Free under 10yrs)

Plans are going well for our show on Waitangi Sunday ... we’re lining up good food, good music, stalls, prizes and amazing cars and bikes!

Remember ladies there are best dressed awards so wear your fabulous frocks. ? Doesn’t mean you fellas can’t dress in theme also ??

Don’t forget to bring your deck chairs to set yourself up in a nice shady spot for the day...

Our Elvis has left the country ?? but we have a fabulous Rock n Roll/Country Rock band lined up for a great night at the Waipu Razza the night before on Sat 3rd.. just $10 ea ... more about tickets shortly.

Remember all proceeds are back to Waipu Lions ... majorly supporting our local college and 25% will be donated to Northland Rescue Helicopter ??... your support is greatly appreciated .. share the news around..

See u all at the show!

More info on facebook - here...


Enquiries to Ron Cave PH: 021 992445

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Thursday 15 February - Celtic Barn Waipu - 7.00pm

Would you like to be part of this prestigious event
being held in the Waipu Celtic Barn in July?

If so, the Waipu Museum is holding an

15th FEBRUARY @ 7.00pm

Entrants, helpers, models,
dressing room staff, stage extras,

Come along, enjoy some nibbles, a drink and a chat.
Meet the new Artistic Director, hear all about the
format for this year and another great prize pool.





BOXWOOD FESTIVAL - Celtic Music Workshop

Thursday 15 February 2018 – Tuesday 20 February 2018

Waipu Coronation Hall, 47 The Centre, Waipu

Join us in beautiful & historic Waipu, New Zealand for five days of musical discovery and fun with James Kelly (Irish fiddle), Chris Norman (flutes, small pipes), and Rennie Pearson (DADGAD guitar, flutes, whistle & chef).

Boxwood New Zealand is a magical experience with very limited enrollment and small class sizes, so please register early. Our venue for classes, CraigDhu, is located a few miles from Waipu on a majestic headland overlooking Bream Bay; huge thanks to the Craig Family.

We'll be coordinating rides from the Auckland Airport, and there are lots of lodging optons in the village of Waipu. Students attend classes daily (Friday-Tuesday.) and are encouraged to spend time with each teacher during the course of the week with the aim of discovering connections between oral traditions, expanding musical vocabulary, learning new techniques, broadening their sense of the instrument, and enabling them to find their own musical voice.

The evenings will be filled with social gatherings that include excellent meals, concerts, social dancing, informal gatherings and sessions of music-making with students and teachers alike. While the week in Waipu will obviously emphasize the fiddle, flutes, whistles & pipes. students and players of all instruments at all levels – novice and experienced are welcome. Non-players too!

2018 Performers and Guest Artists:
- Chris Norman - traditional flutes, small pipes, director
- James Kelly - Irish fiddle
- Rennie Pearson - guitar, flutes, whistle & chef

A schedule will be available as the event draws closer; classes and activities will include:
- Irish fiddle - (all bowed strings welcome including viola, cello, etc)
- Flute - simple system and modern flutes; Scottish, Irish, Quebecois & Cape Breton tunes
- Whistle - in D
- Scottish small pipes - ancient and unusual tunes are explored
- Guitar - Dadgad style fingerpicking and backup
- Songs & ballads - from the Celtic and North American traditions
- Historical Irish recordings - with James Kelly
- Improv in Trad - with Chris Norman
- Sessions
- Yoga & Stretching
- Seaside walks

Keep Checking eventfinda for more details...


Boxwood Festival - Celtic Music Workshop


Sun 18 Feb, Waipu River

Get your club, family, business or school together and get building your raft, then race to win! Great food, good coffee and icecream will be on site, as well as plenty of fun activities for the whole family.


  • $1,000 first prize open race

  • $500 first prize junior race

  • $200 first prize paddleboard race

Races start at midday, with raft scutineering from 10:30am.

Enter your raft team of 4 or your individual paddleboard by buying your ticket from the website below.

Entry fees

Open $100
Junior $50
Paddleboard $20

A great family fun filled day will be had by all, with plenty of entertainment in between the races... come and cheer the crews on! 

Register here....



SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2018, 9am-2pm FREE ENTRY!

Waipu Easter Carnival has now grown into a annual Waipu tradition and creates much needed funds for Waipu Primary School. It is a community affair and everyone contributes to this awesome event.

There are lots of stalls providing delicious homemade cakes and sweets along with the traditional sausage sizzles and a huge variety of hot food available throughout the day.

Games, entertainers and rides will keep the whole family amused for hours.

Come along and have a fun day out!

The fun starts at 9am in the Waipu Caledonian Park and finishes at 2pm. Free entry and entertainment throughout the day. Games and rides operate on a $1 ticket system.


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Sunday 1 April 2018, 2:30pm – 5:00pm, $25.00pp

Hosts Debi & Dave Brown on their beautiful Waipu property overlooking Bream Bay, welcome Baritone Ridge Ponini back to join Sophie Sparrow of Whangarei with friends and members of Opera North for a picnic afternoon of song and music. Waipu songbird Emma Couper and singing teachers Maura & Peter Flower from Maungaturoto are showcasing some of their top young students, including the marvellous Sam Birchall from Ruakaka, and Molly Curnow from Mangawhai.

General picnic seating tickets are $25 Go to or buy tickets at Waipu Hammer Hardware. School-age children free.

Tahamoana, 566 Cove Road, Waipu on Sunday 1st April Gates open 1.30 performances run from 2.30-5.00pm. For more information contact or 094320267 cell #021324707
Mr Zippy will be there to serve coffee and ice cream.
All profits go towards furthering the musical journey of our performers through study scholarships.

Tickets from Eventfinda here....


Classics at the Cove



ART N TARTAN - 2017 Award Winners...

This Years SUPREME WINNER goes to Aimee Tomes for

Costume Name:     Highland Coo

 Contestant name:  Aimee Tomes


Top in Their Category....



Costume Name:      Korowai the Blending

Contestant name:   Kerry Gelmi & Greg Allan


Costume Name      Fold & Be Bold

 Contestant name   Tracy Davies


Costume Name:     Touched by Two Cultures

Contestant name:  Mallonae Garton


Costume Name:     Jestural Illusions

 Contestant name:  Annie Newall


Costume Name:     Tartan Space Oddity

Contestant name:  Richard Wilson



Costume Name:      Natures Guardian

Contestant name:   Leanne Kemp


This year we have a CATEGORY RUNNER-UP.  This award is for a costume demonstrating overall excellence – one that really challenged the judges in selecting a winner from one of the categories.


And this goes to…..


Costume Name:     Burning Desire

 Contestant name:  Alarnya Ashby



(Highly Commended)  Emily the Elephant - Kate Brownlee


(3rd)  Flora - Charlie Winslow


(2nd)  The Green Lipped River Eel - Claire Boakes


(1st)  The Menacing Piper - Ethan Carroll






Costume Name:     Celtic Landfall Aotearoa

 Contestant name:  Pamela Illingworth & Heather Woodcock


Costume Name:      Frozen in Time

 Contestant names:   Megan Coombes, Summer Babe-Vercoe & Hannah Hawkins


Costume Name:     Highland Coo

Contestant name:  Aimee Tomes


Costume Name:     Building New Beginnings    

Contestant names:  Collaboration Girls, Kaye Lindsay, Kathy Worthy & Jacqui Grierson


Costume Name:      Ms Mary MacPleater

 Contestant name:  Vivienne Shepherd

Top Model

Model name:    Tori Nathan

Modelling - Costume Name:  Deco Expresso

For – Contestant name:  Jan Haradlsson & Anne-Maree Shaw




Costume Name:  Celtic Landfall Aotearoa

Designers:           Pamela Illingworth & Heather Woodcock

Like the Art n Tartan Facebook page >>Here<< to stay up to date with the latest developments!



UNESCO - Memory of the World Register

What do the Magna Carta, Beethoven’s Symphony No 9, Anne Frank’s Diary, Treaty of Waitangi and the Waipu Museum Scottish Migration collection have in common? They are each inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World register!

On 8th November 2016 at a ceremony at Nga Taonga Sound and Vision in Wellington, representatives from the Waipu Museum including 2 descendants, received the UNESCO Memory of the World Certificate of Inscription for the Waipu Scottish migration collection. 


Dame Fiona Kidman read a moving tribute to the descendants of the Waipu settlers who developed the House of Memories, collecting and preserving this unique archive of a significant migration history, which interprets an aspect of the Scottish diaspora story. 

Dame Fiona’s tribute is available to read via this link below...

>>UNESCO-Fiona Kidman Tribute<<

The Waipu Museum was also congratulated for being the first organisation external to a national agency to receive an Inscription, quite an accolade for a community museum.

Access to the Waipu Museum’s nomination and Inscription on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register is available at


Tribute to Honor McAulay

By Patsy Montgomery – on behalf of The Waipu Museum

The passing of a person such as Honor would represent a huge loss in any community.

Honor extended an enormous amount of pastoral care to many many people in Waipu.

We are lucky that early in the 1990s she also decided to contribute a large amount of her abundant energy to the Waipu Museum.  At that stage Betty Powell had been running operations at the museum since the early 80s focusing largely on the maintenance of history and genealogy and correspondence with Waipu’s descendants.

When Honor came on board the museum acquired a volunteer who brought great practical skills and natural organisational ability to both the day to day the running of the museum and to taking care of the collection. During those years she developed her understanding of the genealogy database and expanded her knowledge of the collection. Honor brought to the museum her own knowledge of many of the families and the stories associated with them and so her loss represents a significant one to both the museum and anyone needing information about Waipu’s history.

Towards the end of the 90s as the Museum Board and the Waipu 150 committee prepared to mark the 150th anniversary of the settlement with celebrations and an enlargement of the Museum, both Betty and other volunteers including Honor began their adaptation to the idea that the little stone building that had existed since 1953 would soon be changing to a larger extended version and the familiar but enchanting ‘spider factory’ which I am told  was a term created by Honor’s own family was facing some big changes.

Betty, Honor and the little team weathered the redevelopment of the museum with considerable  grace though their daily working lives there must have been hugely disrupted until in January 2003 the new extended museum was opened as part of the 2003 celebrations.

In the run up to this as well as serving on the Museum Board,  Honor was part of a little crew who helped to digitise the collection and enter everything in it on to a computer database called the Vernon system. This made Waipu Museum one of the earliest small regional museums to do this. It was a painstaking job that spanned two or three years. During this time the Museum was managed by Rick Stolwerk but after his resignation I was appointed to the job in 2005 (following a huge amount of arm twisting from Lachie McLean).

In the aftermath of  the Grand Pageant performance it had become obvious that none of us had truly understood the emotive power of Waipu’s great story, so Lachie and I persuaded the Board that even though the Museum had been extended providing more space and a better environment for the collection,  things needed to go a bit further – we needed  to tell the story with the power and emotional depth it deserved. So yet another development was imposed on the working team at the museum presenting them with another huge piece of adaptation and disruption.

It wasn’t comfortable for them and it meant a whole lot more work but they adjusted with exceptional grace  -  Honor set about organising her team to photograph the bulk of the collection so we could have visual images along with descriptions  in the Vernon system. She and the team of Chris and Mike Jones, Hector Ewen and Carly Charles worked tirelessly almost seven days per week for several months to achieve this.

Developing the new exhibition posed the need for big adjustments to any person who had been previously involved and who had obviously given time and effort to keep the museum afloat.

Honor made those adjustments and came to accept the changes and continued to apply her dedication to caring for the artefacts and managing aspects of the entire collection along with  the cleaning and care of the displays. With an acute eye for detail she spotted anything out of place or in need of a clean. The most delicious baking would frequently arrive for our morning tea. No job was beneath her – wherever there was a need Honor would act upon it! At the same time she maintained her role of caring for the collection and was a much loved member of the team.  

Most significant was her on- going support of Betty Powell whose health continued to decline after 2008. Honor gave her unstinting support to Betty and as Betty’s health continued to decline I believe that it was Honor’s help that enabled her to stay in her own home and come to the museum every day almost to the time of her death.

I observed that Honor gave a similar level of support to many people in this community.

Long before I ever knew her in her capacity as the collection manager at the museum, and many years ago when I first came to Waipu I was touched by her warmth and friendly acceptance when I met her in the street. She made me feel cared for. Her impact on many people in this way must have been extensive.

She was a brave, caring, non-judgemental and devout person with a charming and cheeky sense of humour and a deep regard for her fellows. She will be so missed by all those who have known her through the museum and beyond in the wider community.

Her readiness to put the needs of others first will remain an example to us all.

Our heartfelt sympathy and love to all her family and friends.



A Great big THANK YOU to all those involved with Art n Tartan this year. Congratulations to the




For more images of the show, and a list of the Winners, please check out our facebook page... >>Click Here<<






ART N TARTAN 2015 Winners and Highlights <<Click Here >>



If y ou 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 Fiona Mohr

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

Tel: + 64 9 432 0746

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Contact: Waipu Museum
36 The Centre
Waipu 0510
New Zealand