Pukaha Mount Bruce is thrilled to announce it has broken all records and hosted its most successful fundraising dinner - ‘LOVE PUKAHA’. Over 250 tickets were sold to the annual event which was established to raise funds for Pukaha’s forest restoration programme. This year’s event raised $18,600 – a record sum since its inception.
Pukaha Mount Bruce is a national wildlife centre set on 942 hectares of protected and restored New Zealand native bush. Pukaha has Conservation Breeding programmes that contribute native wildlife, flora and fauna back into New Zealand’s unique eco-system. With conservation programmes for the Whio, Pateke, Kakariki, Kokako, Shore Plover, and of course the kiwi you can see conservation in action daily as the centre is open to the public 364 days a year. Every day except Christmas day.
This year the LOVE PUKAHA event was held on April 20th at the Copthorne at Solway Park. The evening included a dinner, charity auction, mystery envelopes, raffle prizes and entertainment by local band-Rose Red and the evening’s MC Ruud Kleinpaste- a.k.a- “The Bugman”.
“The Bugman” was also at Pukaha Mount Bruce on Saturday April 21st hosting a kid’s bug hunt. Families joined Ruud in the Pukaha forest to explore and learn all about the many different insects that call Pukaha home. This event was also a sell out.
Pukaha’s general manager Emily Court was thrilled with the community’s response to help raise funds for Pukaha’s restoration programme. “With generous donations of vouchers, prizes, auction items coupled with a fantastic crowd getting in to the bidding on the night we achieved such a wonderful result” she said. “It is great to know that the whole community from Wellington to Tararua and Manawatu is behind us and want to support conservation efforts at Pukaha. Achieving great outcomes for our natural environment is a team effort - we are all in this together”