Due to the devastating earthquake that hit Christchurch affecting many in Canterbury region, the Royal New Zealand Pipe Band Association have cancelled the New Zealand and South Pacific Pipe Band Championships which were to be held in Timaru during the weekend of 5/6th March 2011.

Reigning New Zealand champions, the Auckland and District Pipe Band with pipe bands from Wellington, Red Hackle, Paraparaumu, Scots College and the Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band joined forces to organise a fundraising concert for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal. The concert was held at the Michael Fowler Centre in the Capital on 5th March. All proceeds were donated to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal fund via the Red Cross.
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