Updated: Jan 6

The annual Sunshine and a Plate will not be going ahead next year, however another event is in the pipeline!

Sunshine and a Plate food festival is Hospice Eastern Bay of Plenty’s key annual fundraising event. Unfortunately, due to the effects and uncertainty from the COVID-19 pandemic, Hospice Eastern Bay of Plenty will not be holding Sunshine and a Plate in 2021.

While initial planning had started for the sixth annual Sunshine and a Plate fundraising event it was later decided that factors beyond control would make this not possible. Hospice Eastern Bay of Plenty is partially funded by the Bay of Plenty District Health Board, however each year approximately $500,000 needs to be fundraised so that Hospice can continue to provide free palliative care services to everyone in need throughout the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

“...with Sunshine and a Plate not going ahead next year, we still need to raise the funds needed to help our community to be able to live well when their life is limited, so we are planning a number of smaller events throughout the year to make up for the loss of income caused by cancelling our key fundraising event due to the affects COVID-19.”

- Stacey Maxwell, Communications and Fundraising Manager for Hospice Eastern Bay of Plenty


Hospice Eastern Bay of Plenty is pleased to announce that they are running a one-day fundraising event in February 2021 which includes a luncheon and a dinner with celebrity speakers and the limited edition Air Chatham’s scenic flights in the DC3 around the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

Chief Executive, Peter Bassett says “Take Flight with Hospice, is an exciting new one-day fundraising event which is a chance for us to continue working towards raising the funds needed to make up for the loss income from not going ahead with Sunshine and a Plate 2021”.

When: Saturday 20th February 2021 Where: Aerohire, Whakatane Airport, 222 Aerodrome Road, Thornton

Lunch 11.30am – 2.00pm Drink on arrival Delicious lunch Silent Auction Celebrity speaker – Allyson Gofton 'Food in a minute'

Live music – The Relatives Price: $126

Dinner 5.30pm – 11.00pm Drink and nibbles on arrival Delicious 3 course plated dinner Wine on tables, beer on offer and a cash bar

Celebrity speaker – Eric Murray 'two-time Olympian' Live auction Live music – The Relatives Price: $157

Air Chatham’s Scenic flights - DC3

x3 scenic flights 10.30am - 2.30pm - 4.30pm

Includes a light snack and glass of bubbles

Price: $146 per flight

Tickets are on sale at I-site on The Strand, Whakatane or https://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2021/feb/take-flight

For more information on each event click here ---> https://www.hospiceebop.org.nz/take-flight-with-hospice-event