The Nukutere College Gala theme was Kai Maeva Nui (food festival), with each year level in high spirits as they took charge of a different category of food.
“The kids and the parents did everything themselves,” Parent Teacher Association’s (PTA) staff representative Tatari Mitchell said of the food stalls.
Year 10 and 11 sold plates of umu food, year 9 students were charge of BBQ food, year 8 had a stall for curried chicken and steak and mushroom hot pots, while year 7 took take care of drinks and dessert.
Festival goers stocked up on plates of chicken and pork, and relaxed in the sun with fresh nu.
A star attraction was the monster raffle, with 10 impressive baskets of food to be won worth $1000 each. The baskets were donated by the Catholic parishes, and were bursting with fruit, meat and packet foods such as biscuits, milo, milk, Weet-Bix and canned spaghetti.
Various prizes were given away throughout the day using a ‘spinning wheel’ – where people purchased battons with numbers on them and won the prize if the wheel landed on their number when spun. The cost of the battons depended on the value of the prize – with the list of prizes including Telecom top-up cards, a wireless mouse and a barbeque table.
Students kept the crowd entertained with dance performances, and also manned a car-wash and vacuum service.
The day of fun included activities such as face painting, a sponge-throw, ring-toss and a bouncy castle.
Students from neighbouring primary school St Joseph’s attended the gala – which next year will raise money for their school.
As well as the Catholic parishes, sponsors of the event included the Bank of the Cook Islands (BCI), Cook Islands Trading Corporation (CITC), Computer Man, Fisher’s Pearls, The Goldmine, ANZ Bank, Westpac Bank, Prime Foods, Polynesian Rentals, Kafo’s Shop, T&M Heather, Triad Pacific Petroleum, Telecom, Vonnia’s Catholic Women’s League and Timberland.