Mauri of the Maunga Kākāpō Gala Dinner & Auction

An evening of conservation and art to bring Kākāpō to Maungatautari

Don Rowlands Centre at Lake Karapiro

About the event

Join us for an extraordinary evening of fine dining, dazzling entertainment and captivating guest speakers. Along with a tantalizing three course meal, the evening will culminate with an exclusive auction of 30 original artworks created by local, national and international artists.

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Date: Thursday 9 June 2022
Time: 6.00pm
Venue: Sir Don Rowlands Centre
601 Maungatautari Road
Karapiro Cambridge
Dress: Cocktail

With a capacity for only 400 tickets this event will sell-out.

Table of 10: $1,600 
Individual tickets: $160
To secure yours, book today.

Why kākāpō

As of December 2021, there are only 201 kākāpō alive today. The kākāpō, a nocturnal, flightless parrot, is critically endangered and one of New Zealand’s taonga treasures.

Beyond the 2022 breeding season there are very few, if any, safe sites with sufficient breeding habitat to expand the kākāpō population. Sanctuary Mountain® Maungatautari offers the only safe mainland habitat to expand the growing kākāpō population.

The plan is to transfer up to ten kākāpō to Sanctuary Mountain® in the final quarter of 2022. Along with Te Papa Atawhai-Department of Conservation’s Kākāpō Recovery Team and mana whenua Ngāti Korokī Kahukura, Sanctuary Mountain® is working closely with Ngāi Tahu to achieve the vision of restoring the mauri of the kākāpō.

For this to happen, Sanctuary Mountain® will have to modify the existing predator-proof fence to prevent kākāpō from climbing out of the sanctuary. Any birds leaving the sanctuary would be highly vulnerable to predation – from dogs, cats, ferrets, or stoats. Your support of the evening will help to achieve this goal.

photo of light by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

Online art catalogue

Our online art catalogue is now available to view at Anybody can bid on our silent auction items or make a donation, even if you’re not attending our event at Lake Karāpiro on Thursday 9 June 2022. The silent auction closes at 10.15pm during the event on 9 June. The live auction items will be sold by an Auctioneer at the event.

All items sold through the Mauri of the Maunga Gala Dinner and Auction will support the Sanctuary's vital conservation work and help bring the highly endangered kākāpō to the mountain.


Thank you to our sponsors

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