Bands march in the Grand Parade of massed bands at the Waipū Highland Games in 2012. Caledonian Society gatherings and Highland Games around the country played an important part in the development of New Zealand's pipe bands. Waipū in Northland was a settlement of Highlanders established in 1854. The Waipu Highland Pipe Band was formed around 1901. Earlier development of Waipū pipe bands may have been restricted by the fact that some of the staunch Presbyterian followers of Norman McLeod, the settlement's founder, disapproved of all types of music.
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