Update on New Zealand Highland Dancing Championships 2017 - Adjudicator change

Posted 26/03/2017

Due yo unforeseen circumstances, Mrs. Gaye Reid is no longer available to adjudicate at the 2017 NZC gathering.

CWCC, however, is pleased to announce that Mrs. Shelley Easton has now been appointed as an adjudicator for these championships.

New Zealand Highland Dancing Championships 2017

Posted 30/01/2017

The 2017 NZ Championships committee can confirm the following:

Venue: Aurora Centre for Performing Arts (Burnside High School)

Dates: Wednesday 12th - Saturday 15th July 2017.  Junior events will be 12th all day and morning of 13th.  Senior events start afternoon of 13th.

Beckie Rout honoured by Otago Centre

Posted 18/12/2016

At a recent meeting Otago Centre formally farewelled Beckie Rout who stepped down from the committee at the last AGM. However, Beckie was nominated and accepted as the Centre's new patron so she can't get away that easily. Otago Centre members will learn more about Beckie's years serving on the committee in the latest ScotchPotch. Photos below are of Beckie and Otago Centre President Jane Wilson.

New Zealand Under 16 Championships 2018

Posted 18/12/2016

Important information concerning the 2018 under 16 NZ championships. Southland Centre will now be hosting these competitions from 22-24 June 2018. This later date than previously planned is to accommodate dancers attending a Tattoo in Virginia in April 2018.

Waipu Highland Games

Posted 30/11/2016

Waipu Highland Games reminds competitors in the Highland Dancing that entries close today (30/11/2016).  However, late entries will be accepted for another week.

Schedule and entry form on the Upcoming Events page.

Hororata Highland Games

Posted 08/10/2016

Hororata Highland Games reminds competitors that entries close on Monday 17th October.  Late entries will be taken with a $10 late fee. 

Entry to Solo Piping
Entry to Highland Dancing

Last Chance for Photos

Posted 05/10/2016

The last day to order photos from the Under 16 and 18 Years and Over Championships held recently in Palmerston North is October 20th. 

View photos and order.

Solo Piping Results from Queens Birthday Weekend

Posted 18/09/2016

Otago Centre June Solo Piping results can now be viewed on the results page

Centre AGM Notices

Posted 26th July 2016

1. Auckland Centre Piping and Dancing Association AGM:
        31st August 2016
        Onehunga Communith House - 83 Selwyn Street, Onehunga, Auckland

Due to not advertising the Centre AGM more than 7 days prior, Wellington Centre AGM has been                 postponed to the 28th August commencing at 9.30am. Venue now confirmed as Horowhenua Scottish Hall, Bartholomew Road, Levin.

Lorna's Ceilidh

Posted 26th July 2016

Saturday 13th August 2016, 7pm - 11pm.

The Ceilidh is being held by Auckland National Dancing Teachers & Judges Assn (Inc) as a
night to celebrate the memory and 10th anniversary of Lorna Coombes. All funds raised are
used for prizes and scholarships at the Lorna Coombes Memorial Competition.

Waipu 2017

Posted 20th July 2016

Contrary to early advertising Waipu Games will be held on the 1st of January 2017. 

2016 New Zealand Champions 

Posted 20th July 2016

The 2016 New Zealand Champions in all three senior age groups have now been confirmed after the completion of Queens Birthday competitions in Dunedin and Palmerston North competitions over the 15th - 18th July.

18 Years and Over Top Ten:
1. Sarah Gluyas (Champion of Champion's 2016)
2. Chantelle Shatford (Runner Up Champion of Champions 2016)
3. Lewis Gibson
4. Serena Sangster
5. Jessica Findlay
6. Angus Henry
7. Isabelle Merwood
8. Harriet Lintern
9. Emma Cropper
10. Leighton Terry

Under 18 Top Ten:
1. Imogen Grayson (Champion of Champion's Under 18 2016)
2. Isabel Clarke (Runner Up Champion of Champions Under 18 2016)
3. Ashleigh Vaughan
4. Rina MacDonald
5. Brooke Smith
6. Lexi Fleming
7= Annabel Watts & Hannah Roche
9. Britney Moore
10. Elyssa McDonnell

Under 16 Top Ten:
1. Imogen Grayson (Champion of Champion's Under 16 2016)
2. Brooke Smith (Runner Up Champion of Champions Under 16 2016)
3. Britney Moore
4. Elyssa McDonnell
5= Zoe Blackmore & Brooke Kingsbury
7. Bella Rose
8. Charlotte Sloper
9. Sammi Van den Broek
10. Lucy Moore

Sports Masseuse

Posted 11th July 2016

Help keep those aches and pains at bay during a hard weekend of dancing. Melanie is a sports masseuse who will be taking appointments from Saturday to Monday (inclusive) at the Under 16 and 18 Years and Over New Zealand Championships in Palmerston North. Melanie will be charging $1 per minute.

Melanie is currently both a personal trainer and sports masseuse with experience working at the FIFA Under 20 Men's World Cup in 2015.

Reminder: Membership Renewals Due 

Posted 2nd July 2016

Membership renewals for the 2016 - 2017 year are now due.  All returning and new members can register using the online form or by downloading a print form.  Both formats are located on the membership procedure page

Any enquires to:

Palmerston North New Zealand Championships

Posted 2nd July 2016

Draws for the 18 Years and Over & Under 16 New Zealand Championships now available for viewing.

Palmerston North Highland Reel Figures

Posted 19th June 2016

The adjudicators have selected the following:
Under 16 Years NZ Championship Highland Reel - Progressive Cutting Step
18 Years and Over NZ Championship Highland Reel - 18 & Over Progressive Cutting Step
Under 18 Years North Island Championship Highland Reel - Progressive Cutting Step


Posted 30th March 2016

New photos from the Te Anau Tartan Festival and MacKenzie Easter Show now available for viewing.

Make sure you have your entries for the New Zealand Championships away to the respective competition secretaries by the 1st of April 2016:

Under 18 Years Highland Dancing and Under 21 Solo Piping:

Queen's Birthday Weekend, Dunedin.  Solo Piping Schedule and Highland Dancing Schedule

Under 16 Years and 18 Years and Over Highland Dancing:

Palmerston North.  Highland Dancing Schedule

Tuatapere Celebrates 60th Anniversary Competitions

Posted 24th November 2015

Congratulations to the Tuatapere Highland Dancing Society for their recent 60th anniversary celebrations. 

Tuatapere 60th Anniversary Competition

PACANZ Winners

Posted 19th October 2015

Congratulations to Sarah Gluyas, 2015 PACANZ Young Performer of the Year.  Also congratulations to Angus Hendry and Lewis Gibson who placed 2nd and 3rd respectively.  The Potential Award was won by Grace Owen. Sarah Gluyas also won the Audience Choice award. Adjudicator was Annetta Cowie.


Important Information for Dancing Adjudicators

Posted 14th October 2015

The 2016 PDANZ Judges List is currently in its final stages of preparation.  If you have applied for inclusion on the list, please ensure you have completed the following:
  • A PDANZ membership form identifying what level you wish to adjudicate at (Probationary, General, NZ) and whether you meet the requirements for that level:
  • Are financial with the PDANZ
  • Are financial with the NZAHND
  • Upskilled with the NZAHND within the last 3 years
Probationary judges must also ensure they have completed the Judges Accreditation process as well.

To check both the NZAHND upskilling requirements and Judges Accreditation process please contact and visit:

Dance Pipers... Hororata needs you!

Posted 12th October 2015
The Hororata Highland Games are looking for Dancing Pipers for the games - 7th November 2015. Does anyone know of pipers who may be interested? They can be from out of town. Travel expenses can be covered. If you know of some who may be interested please email:

PACANZ Young Performer of the Year

Posted 6th July 2015

See for more details


Error in programme 

Posted 2nd July 2015
There has been a mistake made in the programme for the New Zealand Championships.
  • Event 4 on Page 34 should have A Swanson listed as the judge and 
  • Event 14 on Page 36 should have A Cowie listed as the judge.

Reminder: New Jig shoe regulations effective 1 July 2015

Posted 26th June 2015

Wording in the by-laws (new content in bold)
Irish Jig Shoes:

Shoes: Low-heeled black shoes, preferably of the brogue type with hard leather soles. A single firmly affixed heel and toe plate are the only attachments permitted on the leather soles. Surfaces other than leather are not permitted. Adjudicators may request to inspect competitors Jig shoes to ensure that they comply with this Bylaw. Buckles must be worn.

Jig shoe exemplar 1 Jig shoe exemplar 2

New Zealand Championships 2015: Order of Events

Posted: 16th June 2015

The order of events at the 2015 PDANZ New Zealand Highland Dancing Championships, including junior events, can now be viewed: Order of Events Friday 10th - Sunday 12th July.

New Zealand Championships 2015

Posted: 04th June 2015

Draws for Under 16, Under 18, and 18 years and over events, at the 2015 PDANZ New Zealand Highland Dancing Championships, are now available for viewing and downloading: Draws for 2015 New Zealand Championships (PDF)
Adjudicator choices for strathspey figures, Highland Reel New Zealand Championship events.

  • The adjudicator for the New Zealand Highland Reel 18 years and over has requested:
        18 and Over Senior Progressive Cutting Step
  • The adjudicator for the New Zealand Highland Reel Under 18 years has requested:
        Progressive Cutting Step
  • The adjudicator for the New Zealand Highland Reel Under 16 years has requested: 
        Progressive Cutting Step

2015/16 Memberships Now Open

Posted: 18th May 2015

The 2015/16 membership forms are now available both online and in printable format from the Membership Procedure page.
Dancers: Please ensure that you allow sufficient time for your membership to be processed prior to the NZ Dancing Championships being held in Ashburton from 9th July 2015. Any membership renewals received after 30 June 2015 may not reach you in sufficient time.

Caledonian Highland Dance Classes

Posted: 12th April 2015

Highland Dancing Classes in our new hall at 5 Michelle Rd, Wigram

Commencing 18th April through to 15th August

Saturday morning classes held from 9.45am to  12.00pm  “Fun to Learn”

Please click here for more details

Membership Fee Reduction for all First Time Junior Members

If you meet the following criteria your membership fee has been reduced to $15 for the period 1 April to 30 June 2015.
  1. Is this the first time you have been a member of PDANZ
  2. Are you a junior member (ie under 18 years of age)
  3. Are you joining PDANZ for the competition season running from 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015
  4. Are you paying your membership fee between the dates 1 April 2015 to 30 June 2015
If you meet all of these criteria then our normal membership fee for a junior of $30 has been reduced to $15.

Please note that your membership fee for the 2015/16 membership year which is due on 1 July 2015 will be $30.