As bidders' hearts raced, Otago Polytechnic's latest Charity
House sold at auction for $195,000 at the weekend, lifting to
about $550,000 the overall funds raised for Otago charities
through the project.
Brighton residents Peter and Jane Smith ended up spending
$10,000 more than they had intended during the lively
auction, at the polytechnic's L Block at Anzac Ave, Dunedin,
on Saturday afternoon. But they were pleased to have bought
this year's four-bedroom home, complete with an en-suite.
Mr Smith, who is a firefighter at the Dunedin Central fire
station and a member of the Brighton Volunteer Fire Brigade,
said he and his wife had spent "a bit more" than their
intended $185,000 maximum during their first auction.
"It's a good buy and it [the money raised] goes to a good
cause," he said.
Mrs Smith, a theatre nurse at Dunedin Hospital, added "my
heart's racing; I don't know about anyone else", as she
recovered from the excitement of the auction.
They were also pleased to have contributed to a project which
was also "really good for young people", given that carpentry
skills learned in building the house would later help
polytechnic students find work.
The couple plan to move the house on to a property at
Under the polytechnic's Charity House initiative, now in its
sixth year, polytechnic carpentry students build a house for
auction, with the profits donated to more than 30 local
After the auction, polytechnic authorities presented a cheque
for $85,000 to Don Oliver, the chief executive of the
fundraising distributor, United Way.
Polytechnic communications director Mike Waddell said the
project was improving the skills of polytechnic carpentry
students, and giving them strong job satisfaction and a
strong sense of social responsibility, as well as
contributing to charity.
Organisers said bidding had been more competitive for the
latest Charity House, which fetched $10,000 more than last