Every ten years the town of Waipu, settled by the Nova Scotian migration led by the Reverend Norman McLeod in 1853, holds a Grand Pageant. It takes place beside the river, commemorating the settlement of the town. It runs over several nights, and allows some extra days for bad weather. It is a huge and spectacular show, and thousands of people come from around the world to see it. The narration is performed by a grandparent figure. In 2013, I will be the narrator and I am very honoured by this invitation.
I went to high school for two years in Waipu, and later wrote my novel The Book of Secrets, inspired by the migration story.