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International support for earthquake ravaged Christchurch and Japan

Felicity Anderson and Matthew Gould - 15/04/2011

Local and international efforts have raised funds for Christchurch after the damage to the city in the earthquake on February 22 and for Japan after the earthquake on March 11.

Rotary groups in New Zealand and Japan

Japanese Rotarians sent a large cash donation to Canterbury in the first few days after the February 22 earthquake. Now, despite struggling to cope at home, Rotarians in New Zealand are rallying to return help to the Japanese.

When the devastating earthquake hit Canterbury on February 22, Japanese Rotarians were among the first to respond with a large donation to the Rotary New Zealand Canterbury Earthquake Fund.

Now New Zealand's Rotarians are rallying to reciprocate following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan on March 11.

Margaret Reeve, District Governor for Canterbury and the upper South Island, says New Zealanders and especially those who experienced the horror and heartbreak in

Canterbury feel empathy for people in Japan who have lost or are missing loved ones.

"We are not sure just what we can contribute considering the support people in our local communities need and the massive rebuild we face. But this is time to come together and help people who were the first to rally to assist us," Mrs Reeve says.

International donations from Rotary clubs throughout the world, including Japan, Brazil, South Africa, the United States and United Kingdom, have contributed to more than $260,000 that has poured into the RNZWCS charity's fund at Westpac (

Rotarians in Christchurch are continuing to work alongside other agencies to help hand out supplies, clean up and support people. The money Rotary has raised is being 100% channelled into helping the recovery and rebuild of the region.

Fund raising at Millbrook Resort through Art with Heart

Leading New Zealand and international artists have come together to raise funds for the Red Cross Canterbury Earthquake appeal.

The 'who's who' of the New Zealand art scene donated pieces for an auction called 'Art With Heart' held at Queenstown's exclusive Millbrook Resort on March 25.

Artist and organiser Ed Cruikshank said the response to the auction from the country's art community had been nothing short of "amazing".

"The generosity of spirit shown by artists who gave up pieces that they may have spent months creating, was humbling," he said.

Millbrook Marketing Manager Matthew Gould said interest in the auction from guests and Millbrook Country Club members who had already heard about the event was "absolutely huge".

The auctioneer was David Murray of Bayleys Queenstown. He was born and raised in Christchurch, still has family there and is deeply connected to the Christchurch community.

'Ground Relief (Oct 2010)' by artist Ernie Maluschnig. Piece in stainless steel influenced by the Canterbury earthquake of September 2010 '1821 Canterbury' by artist Ed Cruikshank. A revolving table in black walnut and gun-blued steel.
'Ground Relief (Oct 2010)' by artist Ernie Maluschnig. Piece in stainless steel influenced by the Canterbury earthquake of September 2010

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'1821 Canterbury' by artist Ed Cruikshank. A revolving table in black walnut and gun-blued steel.

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The Art with Heart auction raised close to $75,000 for Christchurch.

A 200-strong audience turned out to Art with Heart to bid as 24 lots of art went under the hammer for the cause. The art donated from some of New Zealand's most prolific and well-loved artists sold for as little as $750 up to $25,000.

The total raised was $74,025 which will go to the Red Cross New Zealand 2011 Earthquake Appeal.

The highest bid of $25,000 was for organiser Ed Cruikshank's braille-inscribed custom-built revolving table in black walnut and gun-blued steel, entitled 1821 Canterbury.

The Braille inscription holds reference to the strength shown by Cantabrians in the aftermath of the earthquake and reads: Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope, love can outlast anything. It stands still when all else has fallen.

The second highest selling piece was Melvin (Pat) Day's Still Life with Figs painting from 1988 which reached $15,000.

"The couple who bought my piece are currently living in Queenstown after their house was damaged in the earthquake so I'm very happy that they bought it and expect it will be very special to them, said Ed Cruikshank.

"I'd also like to give a special thanks to Ernie Maluschnig who helped me build this very special table, Nadene Milne Gallery, Artbay Gallery and Toi o Tahuna Gallery for their generosity, and congratulate all other artists involved."

Other successful auction pieces included Shane Woolridge's It's Not our Fault installation which sold well over its estimated price at $6000. Artist Max Gimblett's Untitled 2002 piece, another standout at the auction, reached $4,600.

Millbrook Marketing Manager Matthew Gould said 'Art with Heart' had generated huge interest and received a great turnout.

"The success of this event is a great testament to New Zealand's artistic community and Queenstown's community at large. We're extremely happy with how the auction came together and discussions are already underway to organise an event for next year," he said.

Artists whose work went to auction included Todd Couper (via Toi o Tahuna), Kelvin Mann, Mark Hill, Annie Boyd, Garrick Tremain, Jane Pestell-Litton, Peter Beadle, Russell McLean, Max Gimblett, Gretchen Albrecht, Dick Frizzell (via Toi o Tahuna), Shane Woolridge, Gilbert and George (via Lee Fletcher), Ernie Maluschnig, Rachael Errington, Jackie Ranken and Mike Langford, Christine Hill, Alan Waters, and Dan Kelly.

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