Mai Mai high tea to help city seniors

Age Concern manager Janette Turner (left) and South Alive director Sue McNeill look forward to the Mai Mai High Tea being held at South Alive's The Pod in South Invercargill on the opening day of duck season.

EVERYONE is welcome to the Mai Mai High Tea being held at South Alive’s The Pod community rooms on May 1.

Limited to 60 tickets, and organised by The Pantry Events Team, the high tea was also a fundraiser to help some seniors in South Invercargill with their electricity bills.

South Alive director Sue McNeill said the events team had regularly organised fundraisers including Pink Ribbon breakfasts and Blue September.

“Every year, we like to do a fundraiser, and this year, it is a high tea with funds going to some of our seniors.”

Ms McNeill said South Alive was aware some seniors in the community had difficulties paying for electricity during winter and decided to put on a fun, social event to help raise some money towards helping them.

“The team really enjoy putting on these things.”

Being held on the opening of duck-shooting season, the South Alive community rooms, behind The Pantry, would be decorated with a duck theme.

The high tea would give people the chance to get-together, meet new friends, or catch up with old ones, as well as help raise funds for a worthwhile cause, Ms McNeill said.

“I would encourage people to come along, either on their own or in a group… as well as enjoying a lovely high tea, it will also be an opportunity to meet new people.”

Even though it was a high tea, it didn’t mean it was just for women.

“The men are welcome as well. Not everybody will be sitting in a wet mai mai. This will give people something else to do on the first day of the duck season,” she said.

Tickets included sandwiches, a spinach puff, scones, muffins, apricot balls, macarons, chocolate brownies and barista coffee or tea.

All proceeds from the high tea will be given to Age Concern for distribution.

Age Concern manager Janette Turner was appreciative of the support.

“Some of our older people have a lot of financial hardship through winter, and tend not to do things, just to save money, such as eating or turning on the heater.

“Any emergency support is always appreciated, but especially during winter time.”

  • Mai Mai High Tea, The Pod behind The Pantry, South Invercargill, Saturday, May 1, 2.30pm for 3pm. Tickets, $28pp from The Pantry, 133 Grace St, at or phone 03 214 5200.