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Celebrate Trans-Tasman Cameraderie In Style

Celebrate Trans-Tasman Cameraderie In Style At The Spirit Of Mateship Gala Dinner

Celebrate the unique camaraderie between Australia and New Zealand and enjoy the very best in Australian cuisine and entertainment at the Spirit of Mateship Gala Dinner, to be held as part of G’Day NZ Australia Week 2008 on Wednesday 30 April 2008 at the Logan Campbell Centre, ASB Showgrounds, Auckland.

The black-tie event, with John Campbell and Carol Hirschfeld as MCs, will feature fantastic entertainment including: former Little River Band lead singer Glen Shorrock; Australian singer Christine Anu (known for hits such as ‘My Island Home’); rising New Zealand star Elizabeth Marvelly; and the seven piece Aboriginal performance group Descendance.

Savour fine Australian flavours with a sumptuous five-course dinner designed by renowned Australian chef Vic Cherikoff and complemented perfectly by premium wines from Penfolds, Australia’s leading winemaker. The menu will include exotic dishes such as: sugarcane prawns marinated with Rainforest lime splash; Wildfire infused (Bluegum smoked) salmon; and white chocolate and Wattleseed mousse with Kakadu plum jelly, quandong and apricot confit.

The evening will culminate in the presentation of the third annual Spirit of Mateship Award which is presented to Kiwi and Australian individuals whose actions are an outstanding example of our countries’ historic friendship, and continued support of the other.

Previous recipients of this prestigious award include the Australian and New Zealand firefighters who risked their lives to help contain wild fires in the mountains north-east of the Australian State of Victoria (2007 Award); and Aussie Mark Smith and Kiwi Steve Freeman who survived after being adrift in the South China Sea for 11 days in December 2005 (2006 Award).

The Spirit of Mateship Gala Dinner will be held from 7pm – 12:30am on Wednesday 30 April 2008 at the Logan Campbell Centre, ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane, Auckland. Table sales are limited. To purchase corporate tables or individual tickets for this event, please contact

The Spirit of Mateship Gala Dinner is presented by Tourism Australia, Australian Trade Commission, Qantas and Penfolds.

G’Day NZ Australia Week 2008

Proudly presented by Tourism Australia G’Day NZ Australia Week is a week long celebration of the unique ‘spirit of mateship’ shared between Australia and New Zealand. Through featured events, G’Day NZ Australia Week is successfully able to showcase trans-Tasman relationships; Australian food and wine; sport; culture; lifestyle and tourism.

In its third year, G’Day NZ Australia Week will include four events from 24 April – 2 May 2008, including Very Gold Coast Corporate Golf Challenge, OZTalk Travel Expo, Spirit of Mateship Gala Dinner and The Rosemount Great Australian Lunch. For further details on the event or to attend, please visit


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