Kaikoura Charity Polo Match

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There are still plenty of ‘Paddock’ tickets available.

Buy yours now for only $8.00 ($10.00 on the day)

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Saturday 22nd November 2014

To be held at ‘The Silage Paddock’ Fernleigh Farm, 460 Inland Rd,  Kaikoura.

Come along for a fun, action packed afternoon at the polo.

Polo is one of the oldest sports in the world, sometimes described as  ‘Rugby on horse’s’, no wonder it is one of the fastest growing spectator sports in NZ.

Come and be a part of it!

We are so lucky to have New Zealand’s well loved entertainers the “Topp Twins” as our MC’s for the day. It will be a hoot!
Tables are available to purchased for this fantastic day out, in the main marquee or stockyard area, ideal for a corporate outing or just grab a group of friends.
Or bring the family along to the paddock area for a day of entertainment.
As well as the polo you can sit back and enjoy the Fashion Parade, Auction, BBQ dinner then grab your dancing shoes for the “Funky Hot Mamas”.

Event Schedule

1:15 pm                 Gates open
2.30 -3.30 pm  ‘Curtain raiser’ polo match
3.40 pm     Kaikoura Fashion Show
4.10 pm   Christchurch V’s Blenheim polo match
At half time grab your glass & head out to stomp the divots. Keep an eye out for the lucky whisky lid to win a $100 voucher from Whisky Galore!
5.30 pm   Player Presentation

Best dressed Lady & Gentleman will receive$100 vouchers from Thomas’s of Blenheim

Auction (bring your cheque books, we have some fantastic items up for grabs)
6.30 pm   BBQ buffet dinner for main Marquee (ticket holders only)
7.30 – 11:00 pm  Dancing to the Funky Hot Mamas (ticket holders only)

Ticket Options

Children are very welcome but Parents/caregivers are to supervise children at all times as there are no fences/barriers to the polo pitch and there is a stream behind the tree row beside ‘the paddock area’.

Main Marquee

Tickets will be $95 per person. Tables of either six or eight are available.
You will receive a complimentary drink on arrival, as you are situated mid field you will have prime seats for viewing the polo matches, fashion parade and auction.  In the evening a buffet dinner of locally grown spit roast lamb & barbequed venison medallions served with a selection of fresh salads & bread followed by Poppies Homemade ice cream.  Then dance the night away to the Funky Hot Mamas.

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Stock Yard Area

A Picnic table in this area will be $330 which will seat six people.
A complimentary drink on arrival.  Also situated mid field next to the main marquee, a great spot to view the polo, fashion parade and auction.   A  Highland steak sandwich for dinner and access to the main marquee from 7:30 for the Funky Hot Mamas.

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The Paddock Area

Everyone is welcome on the day for $10 per person at the gate, children 13 yrs & under free.
Or purchase your tickets online or from Beach House Cafe 39 Beach Rd Kaikoura for $8 prior to the event. The auction will be the final event of the day for the paddock area.  Our parking officials will assist with the traffic leaving the polo at this time.  Those requiring a shuttle back to town please go back out the gate to ‘the taxi stand’ which will be signposted near the car park area.

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Please bring cash on the day.

Come and enjoy the day’s events and please support the BBQs, hot chips, coffee, high tea tent & homemade ice cream.

NO alcohol is to be brought into the polo but can be purchased from the bars.


From S.H.1 Kaikoura, turn up Inland Rd and  drive 4.6 km, turn left into driveway (will be sign posted) drive approx 1 km up the quarry road, where parking officials  will direct you to your park. Ticket holders in the main marquee and stockyard area please continue on to your pitch side park.


Strictly NO dogs on the day please.

Any queries please email Bin Kennedy

A huge thank you to the players, our wonderful sponsors; Paul & Myra Smith and all the people who are so generously giving their time, including Linda & Jools Topp.

‘An Introduction to Polo’ Sunday 23rd November 10:00 am to 12:00pm

Anyone interested in coming back and giving it a try are welcome. The players from the previous day are very kindly offering a short lesson and use of their ponies for you to have a go.
Anyone interested must have some riding ability, be wearing heeled boots (with a smooth sole) and have a fitting helmet.
Children are very welcome. It would be a great opportunity for those who are particularly keen, as it could possibly lead them into interschool polo, which is a very popular and fast growing sport amongst the schools.

Food & Beverages will be available to purchase.


Purchase your Kaikoura Polo Classic Tickets

  • Main Marquee Tickets

    A confirmation letter enclosing your Kaikoura Polo Classic wristbands will be sent out 14 days prior to the event.
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  • Stockyard Marquee Tickets

    A confirmation letter enclosing your Kaikoura Polo Classic wristbands will be sent out 14 days prior to the event.
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  • The Paddock Area

    These tickets will NOT be posted out.
    Tickets in this area if purchased online will be held under your booking name at ‘Beach House Cafe’ 39 Beach Rd Kaikoura for pick up prior to the event.
  • Children 13 years and under are free
    Price: $ 8.00 Quantity:
  • Kaikoura Shuttles Service

    We recommend using the Kaikoura Shuttles Service which will be picking up passengers between 1:00 – 2:00pm, outside the i-site building in Kaikoura, taking you out to the Polo. Then from 9:00pm onwards on the hour it will be running a service to drop you back to your house/motel in Kaikoura.
    Shuttle ticket prices are per person, ensure you enter the correct number of people in Quantity field.
  • Return Ticket Per Person
    Price: $ 15.00 Quantity:
  • One Way Ticket Per Person
    Price: $ 7.50 Quantity:
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Thanks to our Sponsors and Supporters.


Kaikoura Boardriders Club

The Kaikoura Boardriders ran a raffle during the Whale Watch Kaikoura Surf Classic on Queen’s Birthday weekend. Local, Olivia Hislop won the custom made surf board made by Surg and painted by Guto Silva. The raffle raised $1,000. Thank you to Brent Proctor and the Boardriders Club.Boardriders

Gala & Auction Day

Nearly $20,000 was raised on Sunday 1 June with Children had face painting, lucky dips, dig for treasure and a bouncy castle. Celebretry cake raffle sold out in the first hour.

Thank you to the organisers Ellen Smith, Liz Beasley, Marlene Ingram, and Thora Lawson and all the other people who helped to pick up items for the stalls and auction. Thank you also to auctioneers Winston Gray and Leo Harnett and the members of the Seaward Lions helped with setting up and running the market stalls and St John’s.

We are sure many of you now have items at home that would be suitable for next year!
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Mauri (life-force) Farewell Friday 23 May 14

Brett Cowan led a large group around the Kaikoura Hospital site as the sun rose shortly after 7am to complete the blessing. Those who were up early listened to speakers, David Meates CEO of Canterbury DHB, Mayor Winston Gray, Kaikoura MP Colin King and Mark Hopwood CEO of Arrow International and Te Runanga o Kaikoura kaiwhakahaere Sir Mark Solomon.

The first soil was turned by kaumatua Romi Taylor, Winston Gray, David Meates and Sir Mark Solomon. A cake was cut by Dr Lloyd Johnston and Mary Gordon, wife of the late Dr Geoff Gordon.

The construction company Arrow announced that they will arrive on 3 June.




Ambrose Golf Tournament

The weather couldn’t have been better for this ambrose golf tournament that put 115 golfers and non golfers together for a fun day. $5,100 was raised from fees, sausage sizzle, raffles and auction including a rugby jersey signed by Dan Carter.

A big thank you to organiser Alan Heffer, auctioneer Liam Harnett, the Westpac team who provided the refreshments, hospital staff for the raffles, and the many helpers from the Golf club.

Golf Tournament

Kaikoura Auto Centre WoF fundraiser

For every WoF Kaikoura Auto Centre donated $10 being $5 from the customer and $5 from the business. For every cash invoice over $100, they donated a further $5 during April. Then a gold coin donation barbeque was held every Thursday from 12 to 2pm. $1,000 was raised. Thank you to Dean and the team. Auto Centre WoF

Giant Pumpkin Competition – Mitre 10

The team at Kaikoura Mitre 10 held a giant pumpkin competition on Anzac Day.

Zealandia Nursery who donated the plants and businesses donated prizes including a $1,000 Mitre 10 voucher for first prize.

The heaviest in the children’s section was won by Dylan Phair with his 63kg pumpkin. Young Tom Adams was the winner of the best decorated pumpkin with his pirate scene. Deb Bailey’s 98.9kg pumpkin won the adult section. Overall 2,771kg of pumpkins were brought in to be weighed.

The fundraising committee supported the staff at Mitre and held a cake stall.  Overall $4,098.10 was raised.  A big thank you to the team at Kaikoura Mitre 10 and the fundraising committee.

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Deb Bailey and Chris Lawson with their 98.9kg winning pumpkin

Deb Bailey and Chris Lawson with their 98.9kg winning pumpkin

Hike for a Hospital

I am currently on the trail, thru-hiking the Continental Divide Trail (CDT). I am hiking to raise money for the Kaikoura Health Facility Charitable Trust, which has the objective of raising funds to build badly needed new hospital facilities in Kaikoura, New Zealand.


In 2012 the Canterbury District Health Board announced that it would provide $10 million out of the $13.4 million needed to build a new hospital. The Kaikoura Health Facility Charitable Trust was set up to raise the $3.4 million shortfall – a large amount of money considering that it will largely have to be raised by a community of less that 4000 residents. I believe this is an important cause and I am trying to do my part for my community.

The CDT runs 3,100 miles (5,000 km) from Mexico to Canada and passes through the states of New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. The trail passes many different ecosystems and contrasting environments including desert, forest, mountains and snow. Different environments will pose different hazards and during my journey I will have to cope with; dehydration, isolation, injury and dangerous wildlife. About 70% of the trail is completed with the final 30% including sections of wilderness route finding and road walking. In 2012 an estimated 50-60 people hiked the CDT.

Hike for a Hospital website >>