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Hot range of items going under hammer

Mon 3 Nov 2014 In: New Zealand Daily News

A five-night stay at a waterfront Vanuatu villa, an oil painting of Carmen and tickets to the ASB Classic are among the wide range of donated items which will go under the hammer at this Sunday’s GABA Charity Auction. The ‘glamour travel lot’ for the annual fundraiser is a romantic five-night stay for two people in a luxury Waterfront Villa at The Havannah in Vanuatu, which includes return flights for two adults to Port Vila flying Air New Zealand. Valued at over $5,900, the adults-only luxury travel package has been generously donated by The Havannah Vanuatu and Air New Zealand. Among the art going under the hammer will be an original oil painting by contemporary Maori artist Te Mete, ‘Carmen Rupe – The Final Portrait’. It was unveiled during the ceremony to mark the hand-over over of Carmen’s taonga to Te Papa. Among the many other items available to the highest bidder will be fashion from Crane Brothers, a long weekend with a ŠKODA Octavia RS, artworks by Christine Spring and Fran Marno, book packs from Alternative Bindings, tickets to the ASB Classic and APO concerts, fine dining at Four Seasons and The Tasting Shed, plus a full contact Rugby Boot Camp with the NZ Falcons. The auction is returning to the afternoon, and is moving to the Hilton on Auckland’s waterfront, with a fitting 'Big Splash' theme. It’s being MC’d by entertainer Mika, who is delighted to be involved. “The GABA Charitable Trust is an important organisation for our community,” he says. “Their charity work has been instrumental in supporting many at-risk lgbtiqq organisations that would find it very difficult to find this support elsewhere.” As the Hilton requires advance notification of final catering numbers, all tickets must be purchased by no later than 8PM this Wednesday 5 November. They selling now at Marcello’s Caffé, The Women’s Bookshop, Eagle Bar and Urge Bar – or email BIG SPLASH! GABA Charity Auction    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Monday, 3rd November 2014 - 3:18pm

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