Pets on parade at Pakiri School

Baby animals and bucket raffles will be two of the highlights at Pakiri School’s annual Pet Day on Saturday, September 21. The traditional spring fundraiser will also feature a wide range of food, including Manaki sustainable whitebait fritters and the school’s ever-popular hangi lunch.

The day starts at 10am with a parade of pets and baby animals led by their student handlers, with ribbons and certificates for the winners. Calves are allowed again this year, following a gap last year due to cattle disease M. bovis, although restrictions will be in place.

There will be stalls selling a range of items made by the school students, including organic natural insect repellent, lip balm and beeswax food eco-wraps, plus a cake stall and a sausage sizzle.

Fifty buckets packed with a range of prizes and vouchers will be raffled off, with each $5 ticket entered in all 50 draws. There will also be quick-fire raffles and an online silent auction, items for which can be viewed and bid for at  from Friday, September 13.

This will be the first Pet Day since the school’s roll more than doubled, following the relocation of Mahurangi Montessori Primary School from Matakana to Pakiri at the beginning of Term 3, so organisers are hoping for a boost in numbers and funds.

Money raised from the event will go towards expanding digital technology at the school and beautifying the outdoor play areas.

Anyone wanting a hangi lunch is encouraged to pre-order their meal, since in previous years, they have always sold out before the day. They cost $8 and need to be ordered by Thursday, September 19.

For more information and to pre-order hangi, phone 021 072 4015 or email