Clan in New Zealand

With the change in Chieftainship, interest grew in forming a Clan Society in New Zealand. A group of supporters in Auckland had discussions and with the assistance of the Clan Davidson Associations in Australia and the UK, the Clan Davidson Society in New Zealand was formed in December 1998 and became an Incorporated Society in 2001.

The Society...
  • Encourages and maintains interest in the Clan worldwide
  • Preserves and promotes the traditions and history of the Clan and things Scottish
  • Fosters a spirit of Clanship
  • Represents the Clan at Highland Games and Scottish gatherings wherever possible

From time to time an Honorary Life Membership is awarded to members who have given special service to Clan Davidson New Zealand. The following people have been recognised in this way.

Honorary Life Membership Award
2006
Merle Hyam, Auckland
Foundation Member and Supporter
2007
Jill Mutch, North Auckland
Secretary/Newsletter Editor 1998-2003
2009
Max Rawnsley, Auckland
President 1998-2008
2011
Milson & Marion Davidson
Foundation Members and Supporters
2013
Maureen MacDonald, Lower Hutt
Secretary/Newsletter 2004-2013
2017
Stuart Davidson
Past President/BoP Clan Contact
2019
Frank Davidson
Foundation Member/Supporter Clan Davidson Australia
2019
Dave Chagnon
Foundation Member/Supporter Clan Davidson North America
2019
Nick Hide
Supporter Clan Davidson UK
2019
Jeff Davidson
Foundation Member/Treasurer

Our members come from many parts of New Zealand and we encourage participation in local activities which enriches involvement with the Society. Our aim is to have clan contacts in the main areas to co-ordinate activities for the local members especially where highland games are held.

Primary Roles
Treasurer
Margaret Davis, Wellington
Secretary
Maureen Rogan (MacDonald), Carterton
Vice President
Jay Venables, Auckland
President
Jeff Davidson, Auckland
Committee
Deborah Clinton-Baker
Masterton
Jill Mutch
Northland
Pam Panckhurst
West Melton
Ex Officio
Clan Chief
Grant Davidson, Auckland
Clan Genealogist
Jay Venables, Auckland and Robyn Davidson, Temuka
Seannachie/Newsletter
Max Rawnsley, Auckland – Editor, Pam Panckhurst , West Melton - Compiler
Clan Contacts
Wellington
Alex Davidson, Upper Hutt
Canterbury
Barbara McIntosh, Ashburton
Northland
Jill Mutch, Waipu
Auckland
Margaret Rawnsley, Auckland
Southland
Vacant
Hawke's Bay
Vacant
Bay of Plenty/Waikato
Vacant