Fundraising art auction exceeds expectations

The Fundraiser Art Auction held in Auckland last night to help

raise money towards the Court Appeal of imprisoned Tame Iti and

Rangi Kemara has raised close to $80,000.

One of the organisers of the event and Iti's eldest son Wairere

says "This is a fantastic result for something that was pulled

together in only 4 weeks."

The highest bid went to a work by Shane Cotton for $10,400 which

was bought by actor and art enthusiast Manu Bennett.

Art and Objects auctioneer James Parkinson commented on the bidding

"There was a great energy in the room and the bidding reflected how

people felt about the cause."

Early this morning Tame Iti released a statement from the prison by

phone "I am humbled and honoured by everyones generosity. If there

is one positive thing to come out of my situation it is that it has

unified people, and for that I am very happy."

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