A first for this year’s Highland Games

by Kent Caddick

The Hororata Highland Games is to have its first female Chieftain.

Selwyn MP Amy Adams has been named as the Chieftain for the November games, which is in its seventh year.

“Having attended every Hororata Highland Games since the event began, I am delighted and honoured to have been asked to perform the role of Chieftain this year,” Ms Adams said.

“I am looking forward to the Games and am sure this year’s event will be as fantastic as always.”

Ms Adams’ duties will include brandishing the Chieftain’s sword at the welcoming ceremony and the presentation of trophies to the successful competition winners at the closing ceremony following the Grand March past of all the pipe bands.

“When selecting a Chieftain we look for people who have served our community or have Scottish connections,” Hororata Community Trust chair Richard Lang said.

“Ms. Adams has always supported the work of the Trust and has been to every Games. She has taken a vested interest in our community and we are thrilled that she accepted our invitation to fill the role of Chieftain in 2017.”

He said in Scottish tradition, there is always a Chieftain who is the Master of Ceremonies and a key figure in the day’s activities.

Past Chieftains include Simon Dallow (2011), Gerry Brownlee (2012), Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae (2013) and Sir Bob Parker (2014).

The 2015 event had its first international Chieftain, Alex Bruce, director of Adelphi Distillery in Scotland and in 2016 bagpipe rock star Kyle Warren travelled from Australia to fill the role.

“The Hororata Highland Games is a vibrant mix of an international sporting event surround by a fun-filled festival,” Mr Lang said.

“This is a community event which has grown from strength to strength each year. It takes a huge volunteer effort to stage and needs high-level support from people like Ms. Adams.” 

The Hororata Highland Games will be held on the November 11 at the Hororata Domain, from 9am to 5pm.

For more information and discounted early bird tickets visit hororatahighlandgames.org.nz.