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




Dates have been set for the 2017 Show...

21 & 22 July 2017

Entry Forms Available >>HERE<<

We have some exciting new categories for 2017!

View the 2017 Categories >>HERE<<

Please read our Conditions of Entry and Contestant information before 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.



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

If so the Waipu Museum is holding an...

Expressions of interest meeting - 2nd Feb 2017 - 7pm

at the Waipu Celtic Barn

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

Come along and 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.



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 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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Contact: Waipu Museum
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Waipu 0510
New Zealand