Art goes under the hammer

Posted by Ivan Tava on 29 June 2013

Te Awhina Marae played host to a highly successful Matariki Degustation Dinner & Art Auction fund raiser on Saturday 29 June, showcasing and auctioning a selection of outstanding works from some of the Nelson region’s most renowned artists, sculptors and carvers, as well as some known nationally. The event raised an estimated $24,000 for the marae, a feat  that could not have been achieved without the help and support of volunteers, sponsors, the artists, the whanau and the community. 

Each of the 29 successive auctions was as exciting as the last with the high point being an exceptional piece by Rangi Kipa. His whale bone patu fundraised $3,800. All the pieces were very generously donated by the artists.

Ann Martin, Tumuaki at Te Awhina Marae, said that as well as being a very successful fund raiser for the marae, the auction was a great way to bring the community together.  “It was great to see everyone having such a good time together, mixing and mingling and generally having a lovely evening.”

Special thanks go to head chef James Tait for his tireless effort.

Art goes under the hammer