Clan MacLeod Societies in New Zealand are Helensville (north of
Auckland), Auckland (including Waikato and the Bay of Plenty), Hawke's
Bay (including the lower North Island), Canterbury, covering the top
half of the South Island, Central Otago, Otago (Dunedin), Central Otago
and the founding society in Southland.
Do you live in New Zealand, and have an interest in, or claim ancestry from a MacLeod or sept of the Clan? Contact Ross de Wynter
or Rona Cooper
who can give you contact details of your nearest Society. The members will be delighted to welcome you!
History of the Clan Society in New Zealand
The first New Zealand President was Malcolm of Napier, who held office
from 1955-1957, and was followed by James C. McLeod of Gore.
The first New Zealand Newsletter was published in 1959, with Alison
MacGibbon as editor. December 1970 saw the publication of the Loyalty Newsletter
for young MacLeods, who formed this group in November of that year,
with Miss M.G. Allman-Marchant as Chairman and Karen McLeod as
Many of the branch societies would have
been formed in 1954/55 to coincide with Dame Flora's first visit to New
Zealand - Canterbury's inaugural meeting was held on 31 August 1954.
In 1959 there were eleven branch societies:
Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawke's Bay, Wairarapa, Wellington, Canterbury, North Otago, Otago and Southland.
have dwindled over the years due to population shifts and the coming
together of some societies as numbers fell in some areas to where we