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Mauri of The Maunga Gala Dinner and Art Auction

Ticket Information

  • Early Bird Individual Seat: $210.00 each
  • Early Bird Table of 10: $2,000.00 each
  • General Sale Individual Seat: $220.00 each
  • General Sale Table of 10: $2,100.00 each
  • Additional fees may apply


  • Wed 5 Jun 2024, 6:00pm–11:00pm


Adults Only

Join us for a decadent evening of food, conservation and art!

Set at a stunning location, by the edge of lake Karāpiro, with beautiful Maungatautari as our backdrop, we invite you to join us for an evening of exquisite cuisine, stimulating entertainment and stories about trailblazing kākāpō and the many other unique species that live in the protected forest and wetland habitats of Maungatautari, told first-hand by our guest speakers. Not only will your sesnses be awakened by our carefully crafted three-course meal, but your eyes will feast on the incredible pieces of art that will be available for purchase during our exclusive live auction. All in support of the largest fenced sanctuary of Aotearoa, the sanctuary where 2,500 North Island brown kiwi call home and the safe haven that is trialing the relocation of kākāpō on the mainland.

Where: Sir Don Rowlands Centre, Mighty River Domain, Lake Karapiro, Cambridge
When: Wednesday 5th June, 2024, 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Dress: Cocktail


Early Bird (available until April 10th): Individual ticket $210, Table of 10 $2000
General sale: Individual ticket $220. Table of 10 $2100

What is included in your ticket:

A delicious 3-course meal from BiteLAB
An evening hosted by world-class comedian Te Radar
A night of storytelling by those who are involved in the work taking place on the maunga
An opportunity to bid on stunning artworks from local and world-renowned artists

Our story so far…
Mid 2022, Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari hosted an inaugural Gala Dinner to assist in funding a modification to the Xcluder pest-proof fence, to be barrier to the climbing abilities of flightless kākāpō. Completion of this enabled the arrival of kākāpō to Maungatautari in July 2023 in partnership with Ngāi Tahu and the Department of Conservation Kākāpō Recovery team. This marked the first time kākāpō had lived on mainland New Zealand in close to 40 years.

The next chapter…
Every day we are learning from them! To keep highly intelligent and curious kākāpō safe inside the sanctuary takes a dedicated team, exceptional monitoring, innovative thinking, exploration of new technologies and strong partnerships. This year's gala is focusing on funding some of the bigger challenges we have, such as boundary vegetation trimming, daily monitoring and being forever vigilant of the integrity of the fence. The work has only just begun!

You can make an impact!
Your ticket purchase and art auction proceeds will go towards the ongoing conservation mahi on the maunga.

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