General Public & Internet ticket sales open (Through and Waipu Museum). on Tues 23 May 2017


Waipu in Tartan 2017 - Winter Festival Jun 30 - 30th July

Waipu Business Association & Promotions Group are organising a range of fun events for the celebrations this year.

>>Click here<< for a schedule of this years events...


Dates have been set for the 2017 Show...

21 & 22 July 2017

Entries have now closed for 2017!!!

We have some exciting new categories for 2017!

View the 2017 Categories >>HERE<<

Please read our Conditions of Entry and Contestant information if you are making a commitment to enter in 2017, they can be down loaded here...

>>Art n Tartan Conditions of Entry & Contestant Information<<

Like our Facebook page >>Here<< to stay up to date with the latest developments, there will be an expression of interest meeting early in 2017 (dates yet to be confirmed).

Meanwhile here is a link to the Scottish Diaspora for your Ideas to start streaming.



The amazing Penny Goodall will again be finding time in her busy schedule to hold mask workshops at the Waipu Primary school for all those budding young artists and designers up to and including year 6.

The workshops will be held for four consecutive Sundays,

beginning May 7th from 9am to 12pm and the fee will be $20 plus the Art'n'Tartan entry free. All helpers and/or materials will be extremely welcome. Please spread the word!

Any questions please contact Penny Ph: 423 0340

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ART N TARTAN - Important Dates - 2017

Thur 2 Feb - Expressions of Interest Meeting - 7.00pm - Waipu Celtic Barn Foyer (2017 Entrants & Volunteers info night)

Fri 28 April - Entries close. We must have received your entry form and payment by this date. 

Mon 1 May - Contestant ticket sales open. 

Tues 23 May - General Public & Internet ticket sales open (Through and Waipu Museum).

Fri 2 Jun - Due Date for artwork descriptions.

Sun 18 June - Prelim-Judging Day

Sun 9 July - Full day rehearsal for all models. 

Sat 15 & Sun 16 July  - Call back rehearsals for models,

Thurs 20 July 5.30 - Full costume and tech rehearsal

Fri 21 July - Opening Night Show - 8.00pm

Sat 22 July - Matinee Show - 2.00pm  Awards Show - 8.00pm. Models must be at the hall 1 hour before show start times!


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

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