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Major Championships - 2014/15

The Royal New Zealand Pipe Bands' Association is delighted to confirm three major championships for 2014/15:
1. The RNZPBA South Island Championships will be held in conjunction with the Otago/Southland Centre’s Provincial Championships on Sunday 22th February 2015 at the Octagon in Dunedin.

2. The RNZPBA North Island Championships will be held in conjunction with the Central North Island Centre Championships on Saturday 28th February 2015 at the Village Green Lake Front Rotorua.

3. The RNZPBA New Zealand Championships on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 March 2015 at Nelson

Nelson 2015 Contest Entries

Entries for Nelson 2015 have closed.
For bands who have entered, a proof copy of your entry will be sent to you (via email) for final editing and prompt return so that last minute corrections can be made before the contest programme is printed.

ANZAC Tune Writing Competition

The RNZPBA and Pipebands Australia have jointly offered prize money for the winning entry in the ANZAC tune writing competition, and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has enthusiastically offered support in providing exposure for the winning entry.  Click HERE for entry details. Entries close 31 Dec 2014.

Association Directory

RNZPBA, Centre and Band contacts, updated
November 17 2014.  See the MANAGEMENT page.

2015 Mentor Programme

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Mentor Programme for bands.  Download the application form from the Education page.

Nelson 2015 - Entries open

Online entries are now OPEN for the 2015 NZ Pipe Band Championships - Nelson.  NZ bands are required to enter online - off-shore bands please contact the Executive Officer for an entry form.

Please make sure you band membership records are updated and accurate before completing the entry form.

Note: Entrieds CLOSE on November 15 2014

NZ Pipeband Magazine

August edition of NZ Pipeband magazine has been posted.

PLAYING UP dispensation

For bands wishing to apply for dispensation under Rul 4.1.3, please see the Management page to download the dispensation form.

2014 Remits  

Remits that have passed the first round (approval at Centre level) have been distributed.  These will be fully discussed at the RNZPBA Conference in Wellington on Saturday 13th Sept.  Download the remits here, and review the Remit process here

Foundation Youth Band

The RNZPBA Foundation Youth Band is currently in Canada.  Follow their progress and adventures at https://www.facebook.com/#!/fypbnz

2015 NZ Pipeband Champiosnships - Nelson

Newsletter #1 for Nelson 2015 is available on the Contests page

Band Regrading

The re-grading recommendations from the RNZPBA Grading Advisory Panel after the 2014 National Championships held at Tauranga are:


* Whangarei & County Pipe Band – to go up a grade from G3 to G2
* ILT City of Invercargill Highland Pipe Band  #2 -  to go up a grade from G4A to G3
* City of Sails Pipe Band - to go up a grade from G4A to G3
* Auckland Police Pipe Band  - to go down a grade from G3 to G4A


The Bands have until 30th June 2014 to make a submission, either supporting the recommendation or suggesting they not be re-graded, but they are not obliged to make a submission

RNZPBA Management

At the Annual General Meeting of the RNZPBA on Friday 7th March, the following management positions were ratified:

President : Allister Macgregor
Board Members : Iain Blakeley, Penny Wilson
Group Leaders :
Administration and Finance : Murray Venables
Contests : Kerry Marshall
Education : Sherran Hancock
Promotions : Grant Carroll
Publication & Communication : Chris Stevens

See the CONTACTS page for full details

Tauranga 2014

Results are available on the CONTESTS page

New Appointment

The RNZPBA Management Board congratulates and welcomes Karen Wilson to the position of Executive Officer. Karen and her husband are ex-members of the Christchurch Metropolitan Pipe Band and one of their children plays in the St Andrews College Pipe Band.

Please address correspondence to:

Karen Wilson
Executive Officer – RNZPBA
PO Box 13-211
Christchurch
Ph: 03 302 6882
Email: info@nzpipebands.org.nz

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Foundation Judges funding application  

Visit the Pipe Bands Foundation of NZ page for a funding application form, to support Foundation Judges at contests

Non-music Judges Guideline

The Non-Muisc judges guideline is available for download here

RNZPBA Tutorial Series

The tutorial series prepared by Greg Wilson (Principal - College of Piping) has resumed.  The latests and all previous tutorials are available for download here

Band Secretary's Year Planner

The RNZPBA Education Group has prepared this year planner for all band secretaries. If your band has not received your copy, please download from here