The Weekend Sun Competition


Dan Carter’s announcement as special guest for this year’s Tauranga Gala Dinner seems to have struck a chord – or kicked a winning drop goal. The top-tiered VIP Tables to the September 25 event have all sold out once again, and availability of the next tiers of tables is diminishing by the day.


Organisers of the annual event, now into its eighth year, say the demand is amazing considering the effects of the pandemic.


“A lot of our guests are local businesses buying tables to host staff and clients. We understand that this year for some of those businesses, they have to cut costs like this. So the fact we’ve sold out of VIP Tables and the other tiers are going as well, that’s incredible testament to the strength of many Bay businesses and the outstanding support of this local event,” says Events Innovated director, Heath Ingham.


With many other large events cancelled due to implications from the pandemic, The Tauranga Gala Dinner is left standing as one of the only black-tie wine and dine events for groups and businesses to attend post-lockdown in the Bay of Plenty.


Events Innovated point out that the event isn’t just for businesses, and that they have many groups of friends attend for a night out with stars like Dan Carter where they can dress to the nines and celebrate together. A number of tweaks this year, including new menus, added entertainment and extra production touches, means the event will offer a complete evening to enjoy together.


Each year a local charity is able to raise funds at the event via a charity auction. This year’s recipient will be The Graeme Dingle Foundation, a well-known charity which works to grow youth efficacy, offers value-based programs in schools and provides mentorship programs in high schools.


The Tauranga Gala Dinner takes place on Friday, September 25, at Trustpower Arena. For bookings and information visit:



The Weekend Sun has one double pass to the Tauranga Gala Dinner for one lucky reader.


Competition Results

Congratulations to our winner, Alex Heeney!