Report by Ruth Cooper
Hector MacAulay, from Crieff in Perthshire Scotland, was elected as Chief of the International Clan MacAulay Association in August 2010 for a five year period.
He and the executive committee have appointed several new Clan Commissioners around the world, including myself, Ruth Cooper as NZ Commissioner for a 5 year period.
Hector and Kate his wife, recently visited Christchurch. Their visit coincided with the 4th Canterbury Scottish Cultural Festival held at Riccarton Bush 10th Feb 9.30am to 4.30 pm.
It was a wonderful venue with several areas and large trees for shelter from the hot sun.
Solo piping, Solo drumming, Highland Dancing,Scottish Country dancing and Pipe bands filled the morning until the Grand Parade of Scottish Clans were piped in at 12.30 by the City of Christchurch Pipe Band.
Elwyn Martin, South Island Commissioner for Clan Donald New Zealand was Chief of the day and welcomed Hector as the special guest. The St Albans Choir sang a stirring Song of the Riccarton Bush Cairn which was composed especially for the Cultural Festival 4 years ago. The Cairn is in memory of the Scots who first came to Christchurch.
A member of the Robbie Burns Club addressed the haggis and Hector presented the prize to the best dressed Highland dancer Marina Shimizu, a member of the Caledonian Society Highland dancing group.
Scottish food was on sale and it was a real family affair with people of all ages attending.
The Canterbury Scottish Heritage Council, Members from Clan Fraser, Clan Donald, Clan Grant Clan McDuff, Orkney and Shetland Is, Clan Ross, Clan MacAulay, Lodge Cargill Kilwinning and Scottish Society were all present to answer questions in front of the tent displays.
In the afternoon, St Andrews Pipe Band and others entertained the many groups who were relaxing and enjoying the wonderful atmosphere of the occasion.
On the Saturday evening, MacAulay family members and representatives from the Scottish Heritage Council enjoyed a buffet dinner in the garden of Ruth and Bruce Coopers home.
By Sunday evening Hector and Kate were with us at Lake Tekapo and enjoyed the Hooker track next day at Mt Cook. The Mackenzie country turned on magnificent weather.
We were indeed privileged to host our Chief and his wife Kate.
Clan MacAulay Association Commissioner for New Zealand