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Tongala's Golden Cow hits donation target

Tongala's Golden Cow has raised the $40,000 it needs to stay afloat.

TRENT HORNEMAN April 3, 2014 4:50am

Tongala's Golden Cow's Cath Hughes.


After a six-week nervous wait, milk will again flow from Tongala’s Golden Cow.

After chief executive Cath Hughes shut the doors of the Tongala tourist attraction in February, it has raised $40,000 to allow it to be refurbished and refocused to be more financially viable.

In February, Mrs Hughes said the Golden Cow was verging on insolvency, with income unable to cover its expenses.

Mrs Hughes received a final donation of $5000 to reach the $40,000 target late Monday.

The anonymous donation follows hefty donations from leading Tongala employers such as Fonterra and Greenhams.

Mrs Hughes said the money allowed staff time to re-evaluate the centre’s strengths, such as its tours and its 60 milkshake flavours.

To celebrate the relaunch, the Golden Cow will provide children’s activities and half-price milkshakes on Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

‘‘It is a way for us to thank the community for their help during this time,’’ she said.

‘‘We have closed the doors to the public for this time, but we have had at least one group through each week.

‘‘With school holidays coming up, we are hoping to see a large number of families come out and visit.’’

In September, the Golden Cow will celebrate its 20th birthday, a feat Mrs Hughes had been afraid would not be reached.

She said large parts of the Golden Cow were left unchanged from when it opened in September 1994, with about 15 per cent of its 1000 visitors a month being from the region.

‘‘We will turn 20 in September. We would like to be able to celebrate 20 years,’’ Mrs Hughes said in February.

‘‘At the time we said we would close the doors I was confident we would reach the total. I was probably more hopeful than I was letting on at the time,’’ she said.

‘‘Now that we have reached the goal. I am elated,’’ she said.

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