WelCom October 2022
Organisers of a charity auction celebrating the country’s finest photojournalism say the event, on 24 September, exceeded expectations.
The Photojournalism New Zealand Charity Auction put more than 100 photographs up for sale, with proceeds intended for the Taranaki Hospice.
The auction was the brainchild of NZ Herald illustrations editor Rob Tucker, who has terminal cancer.
Interest had been building in the auction with major corporates and representatives of the Kiingitanga making approaches to bid on many iconic moments captured in the history of Aotearoa New Zealand.
The auction raised about $200,000 with the biggest seller being a 2006 photo of surfers Wharehoka and TK Wano, which sold for more than $10,000.
Tucker said the event’s runaway success showed that the cause resonated with people and underlined the importance of palliative care.
‘And most families if they look back in their history, had something to do care with palliative care in hospices around New Zealand and they want to say thank you in some way. This is the perfect way for them to say thank you,’ he said.
Tucker said the amount raised was about four times what he expected.