Canterbury Caledonian Pipe Band

Established in 1880, the Canterbury Caledonian Society is one of the strongest Scottish Cultural Societies in New Zealand

Located in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, the Canterbury Caledonian Society has a strong membership base, and includes sections for Highland & National Dancing, Scottish Country Dancing, Collections & Archives, Pipe Bands (four) and a College of Piping & Drumming.

The 2011 Canterbury Earthquakes destroyed our premises in Kilmore Street in central Christchurch. The old premises were built in 1923 and served the Society well. As recently as mid-2015, we opened our new, modern facility in the western Christchurch suburb of Wigram, since when the Society’s groups have enjoyed their new home and the bond of membership which makes the Society, has been strengthened.

Under the directorship of Pipe Major Richard Hawke MNZM and Drum Sergeant James Laughlin, the band has regularly competed in Scotland at the World Pipe Band Championships, held in Glasgow during August, and is currently rated in the top 10 in the world.

​After the NZ Pipe Band Championships in Nelson, March 2017, Richard and James stood down from their leaderships roles, and announced their successors to be Pipe Major Jamie Hawke, and Drum Seargent Brayden Drummond.