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Good show for gala


- Words/Photos Julia Wade

Mangawhai Beach School (MBS) successfully orchestrated its annual Agricultural and Gala Day over Labour Weekend, the event drawing more than 2000 people to the grounds despite a cold, blustery wind.

Taking six months to prepare and involving over 100 volunteers, the gala is MBS’s largest fundraiser for the year.

Budding young farmers paraded lambs and calves, a range of student musical talent from solo singers to five piece rock bands and dance groups entertained, and proceeds from iconic stalls including the coconut shy, plate smashing, bucket raffles and white elephant helped to raise $34,000 for the school.

MBS would like to thank all the local business for their support; Westmoreland Homes, Orang-Otang, Cavern Homes, Barfoot & Thompson, Strong Chartered Accountants, Maths Whizz, Smith Construction and Fit 365.

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The youngest contestants in the lamb trials wait in anticipation for their turn to impress the judges.


Gala crowd were entertained by various student talents from old school ‘Rock around the clock’ by Year four girls to contemporary ‘Uptown funk’ by the schools dance troupe.


Fun and games were not just for the kids; local Bobby Farmer takes a swipe at a rat with his bat… not as easy as it looks.


Beautiful works of art including masks, sculptures, clocks, string designs, paintings and papermache fish showcased the creative and imaginative talent of the students.


Goats, chicks, pigs, rabbits and roosters were all available for hugs and pats at the petting zoo, a favourite attraction for all ages.

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MBS Kapa Haka wowed the audience with an energised display of song and dance.


Kate Mathewson and Stephanie Gibson from Mangawhai’s Plastic Free movement were on hand to promote the environmental cause and hand out free t-shirt bags.


St John’s favourite ambulance put some km’s on the odometer, running non-stop all day. A team was also on hand for emergency aid as well as to connect with the community.


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