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New Zealand Pipe Band Championships 2024

March 15th - March 16th

• Canterbury Caledonian Society HPB celebrate their win in 2019. Photo: Susanna Buckton

Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland to play host for the 2024 New Zealand Championships

Entries are open for the 2024 New Zealand Pipe Band Championships in New Zealand’s largest city, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.

“The 2024 ‘Nationals’ provides bands from across New Zealand, Australia, and from around the world the perfect opportunity to enjoy first-rate pipe band music in our biggest city,” Royal New Zealand Pipe Bands Association President Iain Blakeley says.

“The 2023 offering in Ōtautahi Christchurch exceeded all of our expectations, and we are hopeful that the 2024 event will build on that. Over 48 bands competed for the top prize across all the grades, in what was the best standard heard in New Zealand for some time.

“Auckland was due to host the 2022 Championships but, due to the pandemic, was cancelled. Auckland is the perfect location for many reasons – not only Auckland’s fantastic venues and array of hospitality options, but as New Zealand’s major domestic and international hub for travel, it makes attending the Championships much more attractive for many bands.”For those unable to attend the event in person, we are pleased to say our world-class live stream will be available once again thanks to our partnership with 5Stream and Brassbanned.

“This is the perfect opportunity for bands around the globe to come to New Zealand and experience the very best we have to offer.”

The contest will be held over two days on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th March, 2024, and bands can start registering their interest from today here.

The New Zealand Pipe Band champions for 2023 are: 

  • Grade 1 Champions – Canterbury Caledonian Society PB
  • Grade 2 Champions – Hawthorn Pipe Band (Melbourne)
  • Grade 3 Champions – City of Tauranga Pipe Band
  • Grade 4A Champions – Scotch College Pipes and Drums (Melbourne)
  • Grade 4B Champions – South Canterbury Highland Pipe Band
  • Juvenile Champions – St Andrew’s College Pipe Band (A)

Full results and music summary sheets from 2023 can be found here.

The 2023 contest was held in the North Hagley Park Special Events area, which is just three blocks from the centre of the city, and adjacent to the Botanic Gardens, Canterbury Museum, The Arts Centre and Christchurch Art Gallery. Access to the area is via the Armagh Street bridge, corner of Armagh Street and Rolleston Ave.

The New Zealand Pipe Band champions for 2022 were: 

  • Grade 1 – Canterbury Caledonian Society HPB 
  • Grade 2 – St. Andrew’s College PB 
  • Grade 3 – Canterbury Caledonian Society Grade 3 
  • Grade 4A – ILT City of Invercargill HPB 
  • Grade 4B – The Scottish Society of New Zealand #2 PB 
  • Juvenile – ILT City of Invercargill HPB 




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