TV quiz show adapted for Queenstown school fundraiser


Popular ’70s and ’80s TV quiz show It’s in the Bag will be adapted for a hilarious Queenstown fundraiser next month.
Real estate firm Hoamz and hardware store PlaceMakers are putting on ‘It’s in the (school) bag!’ for the Wakatipu High School Foundation on August 30. 

The foundation, formed last October, is establishing a multi-million dollar endowment fund aimed at turning Wakatipu High into one of the country’s top schools. 

The fundraiser, sporting a ‘back to school’ dress code, will be held in PlaceMakers’ drive-through, on Glenda Drive. 

The stage, in the form of a Hiab truck, will be graced by experienced local MCs Brendan Quill, who once taught at the school, and Craig ‘Ferg’ Ferguson. 

They’ll play the role of original It’s in the Bag quizmaster Selwyn Toogood, assisted by local PlaceMakers franchise owner Matt Cleaver as Toogood’s glamorous bag lady, Tineke Bouchier. 

Function-goers will bid for mystery school bag prizes donated by local and national businesses. Questions won’t be hard, Quill says – “like, how long’s a nine-inch nail?” 

Additional entertainment will be provided by Wakatipu High’s kapa haka group and local singer Simon Green. 

Foundation general manager Jane Todd says she’s extremely excited about the event, which she hopes will raise up to $100,000. 

Hoamz general manager Fred Bramwell adds: “Wakatipu High School plays an extremely important part in people’s lives in this district, and we’re pleased to have the opportunity to put our full support behind such a great cause.” 

The $120 ticket price – $1200 for a table of 10 – includes a three-course meal and welcome drinks. The foundation’s so far raised about $700,000, including a $500,000 pledge from the local Peter Wilding Estate.