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Coveted New Zealand cook Allyson Gofton heads to Wairoa for Starship Fundraiser

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Organisers of this month's annual Waihua Christmas Fete are delighted to announce the guest appearance of a coveted New Zealand cook.

Allyson Gofton will be attending the November 26 fete, held once again in the picturesque grounds of the historic Waihua Homestead south of Wairoa. Gofton will be hosting demonstrations throughout the day in the homestead kitchen, with bookings available for four different time slots.





Gofton has been cooking for New Zealanders for nearly 30 years and was the popular face of televisions “Food in a Minute”. She has gone on to write several cookbooks and travels regularly throughout the country hosting charity demonstrations and public speaking engagements.

Fete organiser Rose Haynes said organisers were thrilled to be hosting a cook of Gofton’s calibre at the 2017 event. She is well known for her clear, straightforward recipes, and she would undoubtedly appeal to a wide range of fete-goers.

“This year there will once again be an extensive variety of stallholders offering a superb array of artisan and boutique clothing, homewares, gifts, foods and beverages,” said Ms Haynes.

“Having someone as high profile as Allyson join us, who is also so personable and down to earth, is a natural fit for the fete. We have no doubt that the edition of cooking demonstrations will be incredibly popular and the food produced will be delicious.”

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Demonstrations will be held at 11am, 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm, with pre-booking essential for the 20 spaces available at each time slot. The cost is $10 per person and bookings can be made by emailing

The Waihua Christmas Fete will run from 10am to 3pm, with a gate entry cost of $10 per person. Children under 12 are free. All proceeds of the event will go to Starship Children’s Hospital.

31 October 2018

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