The crowd at the art auction to raise money for Wakatipu
High School's Branches Camp. Photo by Christina McDonald.
More than $14,000 was raised from an art auction on
Friday evening for the Branches Trust.
The trust is run by parents and subsidises Wakatipu High
School's annual Branches Camp, for year 10 pupils.
Branches Trust secretary Alison Walker said it was
''delighted'' with the auction, which featured work by local
''We're really grateful for all the community support.''
She said artist Peter Beadle's painting of an older shearer's
hut at Branches was a particularly sought-after piece.
''There was a good bidding race going on that one.''
The trust subsidises the camp to ensure it remains an
experience available to all pupils and Ms Walker said, ''We
are really trying to build the fund to support students for
as long as we can.''
This year's camp will be the largest and longest in the
camp's 46-year history.
Branches Camp co-ordinator Ken McIntyre said as about 160
pupils would attend, an extra day of camp would be added to
ensure they would have the chance to try everything.
''So, this year, Branches will be 13 days.''
Year 10 pupils will stay at the Branches High Country
Station, sleeping in tents, living without power, mobile
phones or computers and learning survival skills.