Daughter and mother Jane and Jenny Guthrie, of Dunedin,
admire Ralph Hotere's Gloria In Excelsis Deo before it was
auctioned at the Otago Community Hospice art auction in
Dunedin last night. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Hopes were high last night that two Ralph Hotere artworks
up for auction would help take the Otago Community Hospice
closer to its $1.6 million funding target for the next
And they did not disappoint.
Hotere's original painting Gloria in Excelsis Deo
(valued at $20,000) and a lithograph (valued at $4500)
reached $17,500 and $4600 respectively at the hospice's
annual art auction, held at the Otago Polytechnic School of
The works were donated by Mike Bird from his private
collection, and were among 10 pieces by artists including
Suzanne Platt, P. Smith, Sheryl McCammon, Jan Ingram, Sue
McLean and Dalene Meiring.
The sale of the works last night, contributed to the
auction's grand total of more than $35,300.
All proceeds would go towards care for the terminally ill.
Hospice chief executive officer Ginny Green was delighted
with the total, saying the fundraiser was more important than
ever, given the increasing number of referrals to the Otago
She said there were now more than 200 patients on the hospice
programme - a record high.
''I've been at the hospice for seven and a-half years, and in
that time we've never had more than 200 patients on the
''We can only attribute this to a greater awareness in the
community - among patients, families and also referrers - of
the value of hospice services.''
The auction was one of several fundraisers during Hospice
Awareness Week (May 12-18).
The Hospice Annual Street Day Appeal will take place today,
with about 200 volunteers taking to the streets around Otago
and at the Otago Farmers Market tomorrow to collect donations
for the hospice.
The hospice is also running a series of Hospice Cuppas and is
encouraging groups (businesses, friends and school groups) to
run their own Hospice Cuppa and give the money they would
have spent at a cafe to the Otago Community Hospice.