18 Selwyn District Residents' Guide 2018 H ORORATA HIGHLAND GAMES The Hororata Highland Games was created in 2011 from the community’s desire to take charge of its own future following the devastation suffered during Canterbury earthquakes. Being proactive, a motivated group of individuals developed a theme which resonated with them and filled a unique gap in the event market; the Hororata Highland Games was born and is now a permanent fixture in the Canterbury event calendar. The event attracts over 500 competitors who compete in highland dancing, piping and drumming, tug o’ war, highland spin (fleece to garment challenge), small bore shooting, amateur heavy athletics (men’s and women’s) and the Oceania Heavyweight Championship (professional heavy athletics). Visitors don’t come just to sit on the bleaches, but all ages can have a go themselves in modified or replicas of the competitive events. Have A Go events include the junior warriors, caber or sheath toss, lightweight farmers walk, small bore shooting, archery, kilted mile, haggis hurl and the hororata pie eating competition. Most of these events are free to participate in. The event hosts over 100 stalls offering quality merchandise and produce. In the stalls area there is a children’s fairground, music entertainment, Scottish country dancing and the Taste of Scotland offering a range of Scottish themed food and wine. Visitors discover Scottish heritage and their ancestry in Clan Lane. The Chieftain’s welcoming ceremony is a unique blend of Scottish and Kiwi culture. A Karanga welcomes the chieftain, but the response comes from bag pipes. A kapa haka group adds even more flare and excitement to this spectacle. The massed bands closing ceremony is heart pounding and a fitting end to the day. This is a family friendly event that appeals to all ages and visitors don’t have to be Scottish to enjoy it. Over 11,000 people attend each year. Above all else the Hororata Highland Games is a community event; run by the Hororata Community Trust for the benefit of the community. Over 200 volunteers join Clan Hororata each year to make the event happen. The Hororata Highland Games is a truly inspiring story of what a rural community can achieve with motivation and a shared vision.