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about the gala


The Cooks Beach Summer Gala, raises funds for Whenuakite School and is held at the Central Reserve, Cooks Beach on 4th January (every year) from 9am to 2pm. 

getting there:

Head to the centre of Cooks Beach – all signposted - or catch the  Whitianga Ferry from Whitianga to Ferry Landing, then:


Applications from Stall Holders are welcome - please apply early to avoid missing out.

gala highlights:

  • The Richardsons Real Estate ‘Daisy Dung Drop’ – guess where Daisy (the cow) will do her dung, and you will win $1000 – sponsored by Richardson’s Real Estate Cooks Beach and Hahei (Tickets $5)

  • Over 100 stalls

  • The Jar Throw - some amazing prizes are up for grabs!

  • Spin the Wheel - try your luck on our newest game with some incredible prizes

  • Whenuakite School Sustainable Goods and produce stall

  • Music & Face painting

  • Rides and entertainment

  • Food: Whenuakite School infamous Burgers and Mussel Fritters as well as nachos, hot dogs and sausages

  • EFTPOS facility will be available for cash on the day, at the Fire Brigade


All proceeds to Whenuakite School will be targeted towards literacy and numeracy resources, building or classroom upgrades, teacher aides, new playground equipment, visiting shows, camps, trips and IT development.

If you’d like to make a donation to Whenuakite Fundraising

Our bank account for any donations is: Whenuakite Fundraising 03-1578-0015991-000. If you would like a receipt please contact us with your details.