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Playing-Up Dispensations - CHANGE IN RULES

19/01/14.  The rules relating to dispensation for pipers and drummers to play with higher grade bands were changed in the 2014 remit round with the removal of the two grade gap. It is now possible for an eligible officer of a band to play with any higher grade band. The Board wishes to implement this for the 2015 contest so there is an opportunity for bands to make application for dispensation for the Nelson contest. Applications must be received by me by 8 February 2015.
Download application form
Kerry Marshall
RNZPBA Contest Group Leader
piper@clear.net.nz
19 Delhi Road, Hospital Hill, Napier 4110
Ph 06 833 7088 or 021 107 6428

Contest Rules - 2015

Updated Contest Rules are available for download from the Management page, and include changes based on the 2014 Remits. 

The following remits were successful:
No 1: Rule 2.3.4 - Permits
No 2: Rule 6.5.2 - Appointment of National Contest Judges
No 3: Rule 2.3.1 - Permits
No 4: Rule 5.4.4 - The Contest
No 6: Rule 4.13 - Playing on or off
No 8: Rule 5.2.5 -Judging (St March)
No 11: Rule 4.1.3 - Composition and Membership of Bands
No 12: Rule 4.1.7 and 4.1.8 - Composition and Membership of Bands
No 13: Rule 4.1.6 - Composition and Membership of Bands

NZ Pipeband magazine SUBSCRIBERS

NZ Pipeband magazine subscribers - if you've just received a subs renewal notice in the mail, please note the bank account details should read :
03 0855 0204287 00
Don't forget to include your M(xxxx) number as a reference when paying online.

Nelson 2015 Timetable - FINAL

The FINAL timetable (5 Jan 2015) is available for download from the CONTESTS page

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.

Association Directory

RNZPBA, Centre and Band contacts, updated
9 Jan 2015.  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.

NZ Pipeband Magazine

August edition of NZ Pipeband magazine has been posted.

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

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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