7 Reasons for the Love Pūkaha Dinner

by Helen Cordery

May 1, 2019

Pūkaha relies on visitor numbers, generous sponsorship and large-scale events such as the annual Love Pūkaha fundraising dinner to achieve its forest restoration goals. 

This is one of the biggest nights on our social calendar and this year we have made it bigger than ever! Here are our top 7 reasons for the Love Pūkaha dinner (and why you’ll love it).

Here’s the lowdown of what the Love Pūkaha Dinner night entails, with seven reasons for why we (and you will) love it…


Mix and mingle

While some of our guests book full tables, others buy single tickets and meet people at the event.

This year we aim to highlight the neat networking opportunity such an event offers by allocating the first hour of the night to mingling in the “forest”.

Here you can browse the auction items, buy Mystery Envelopes, enjoy a selfie against our magical backdrops and meet new people. Don’t forget to use the hashtag, #Pūkahanz

Afterwards settle into our “glow worm cave” to listen to our special guest, the Honourable Eugenie Sage, New Zealand’s very own Minister for Conservation!


Amazing prizes

Our live auction features an incredible getaway for two to White Island (overnighting in Whakatane), a 2017 signed ruby jersey, a 7 night luxury escape to Queenstown, a helicopter ride into the heart of the Tararua Ranges for a one-of-a-kind experience with the Department of Conservation and more!

Meanwhile over at our SIlent Auction table, you can bid on a Marketing package, a social media package by Nectarine, a business consulting Workshop by Lester Wolfreys Consulting and many more.

We are also offering the sponsorshop of a school of your choice to visit Pūkaha.


Delicious food and wine

The Copthorne always puts on a good spread and this year is no exception.

Get ready for a delicious sit-down meal with unlimited wine and beer.


Great music

We are very happy to welcome local band, Fingers Crossed, to our stage who will take up their instruments at 9:30 pm until midnight.

Last year the Pūkaha team were the first to hit the dancefloor and we hope to repeat the moves again this year!


Update: We are pleased to announce that the 2019 Love Pūkaha dinner raised $17,500! None of our work would be possible without the help of all of you, our corporate sponsors, business members, considerate public and the generous prize donors to this year’s Dinner. Now you can see why we get so excited!

Here’s a little shout out to them:

Live Auction

Angelique Hicks
Pitau Whakairo
Department of Conservation
Helping Hand

Silent Auction

Ata Rangi

Backblocks Environmental

DR Borman Ltd

Department of Conservation

House of Travel

Lester Hall

Lester Wolfreys

Lucalia Photography

Manawatu Knitting Mills

Mark Dimmick

Mount Bruce Lodge


Tara Swan


Union Square + Martinborough Hotel

Mystery Envelopes

Alluminus Beauty Therapy 



Back in Action

Balter Bar

Bed Bath & Beyond

Bijou Estate

Brasserie 74

Buckhorn Restaurant

Bullick Blackmore

Carterton Hair Dresser

Clareville Bakery

Don Luciano

Eketahuna Country Meats

Electric Blue Electronics

Gelarto (Greytown)

Grand Illusions


Hedleys Books

Hunting and Fishing Wairarapa


L’Affare Coffee

La Fleure Floriste

Loco Coffee and Books


Michael Hill

Nirvana Interiors

PGG Wrightson

Paper Plus

Paua World

Pinehaven Orchards

Pro Active massage


Schoc Chocolate

Schubert Wines Limited

Shine Hair Stylists Greytown

Showcase Jewellers

Spark Masterton



Take Note

Tara Swan

The French Baker

The Grocer

The Hubb

The LAB (beauty salon)

The Offering Greytown

The Sanctuary

The Screening Room

The Village Grinder (Kuripuni Café)

Tonic Hairdressers Kuripuni

Trade Aid

Tripoli Bar and Restaurant

Trust House Recreation Centre

Tumbleweed Tees


Wairarapa Garden Tour

Wild Grey Fox Store

Wild Oats