The 2018 auction is shaping up to be the grandest in Cancer Society Ball history.

This year, we're handing the auction reigns over to the experts from Harcourts.

Winning bidders will be sent home with covetable, 'money can't buy' experiences, including
trips around the world, custom fashion, luxury getaways and so much more to be desired. 


Best Dressed Block in Town  

It’s back – the well-known and highly coveted auction item that sees a sea of cufflinks raised around the ballroom.

Prepare for the bidding battle of the blokes, that will see its champion taking home his ticket to the finest suit in town. Sergios Menswear Merivale is the boutique destination for men who want to look their best for every occasion of every season… And you’re not fooling us – we know that’s you.

This year’s elegant ensemble has been put back on the racks for one dashing Ball guest, including…

  • A made-to-measure suit, fashioned using Sergios’ finest selection of imported merino wool fabrics
  • A polished pair of handcrafted English Leather Loake Shoes
  • A shoe care kit to keep you tidy

Non-yransferab;e - valid to 31 december 2018

Generously donated by
Sergios Menswear Merivale

See the world with Singapore Airlines New Business Class

What’s a live auction without our premiere item to finish it off with a bang (and take our fundraising total to new heights)? Singapore Airlines have been recognised globally as the people to fly with, recently named the World’s Best Airline in the Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2018.

They have also recently announced the new A350 aircraft will begin operating from Christchurch on 08 January 2019 - bringing with it new Economy and Business Class, and brand new to the market - Premium Economy Class.

Take home the boarding pass of your dreams – entitling you and your partner to experience world-class service at 30,000 feet with business class flights for two, anywhere across the globe that Singapore Airlines flies to. Your adventure will feature…

  • Gourmet food from world-acclaimed chefs, inspired by many different cultural experiences, as well as a wine list selected by the experts
  • Spacious, comfortable seating that doubles as a fully flat bed and an advanced entertainment multiplex

Whether you’re on your way to wander the relics of Rome, eat your way through Japan, or see Vietnam from the back of a motorcycle, Singapore Airlines’ will indulge your journey there.


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Generously donated by
Singapore Airlines

The Eagle has landed - in Paradise

Tucked away in the sunny Bay of Islands is the world’s most luxurious and breathtaking maritime playground – Eagles Nest. Known around the globe as a wilderness of indulgence, this resort has hosted the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Harrison Ford and the entire US Bachelor Entourage, as well as been heralded by The Wall Street Journal as ‘the Oscar’s of the travel industry’.

Now, it’s your turn to experience a whirl of the good life. For two nights, you and five friends will call the beautiful Sacred Space Villa your home, complete with the following grandeurs…

  • Heated horizon lap pool, jacuzzi, gourmet kitchen
  • A bottle of Louis Roederer Champagne on arrival
  • Gourmet breakfast provisions and fresh fruit platters each morning
  • Serene skies and majestic views of the Bay of Islands 

With culinary resources, superb wine offerings, spa therapists and every luxury under the sun, this experience – worth over $11,500 – is just what your mind, body and soul has been yearning for.

voucher valid between 23/06/2018 until 30/06/2019 blackout dates apply between 1/12/2018 until 31/03/2019
subject to availability and specified vilas
non-transferable and not redeemable for cash

Generously donated by
Eagles Nest

Parent of the Year

The title is yours for the taking. Treat the apples of your eye to the coolest children’s package featuring well over 10 fantastic experiences to get them exploring the outdoors, developing new skills, tapping into their imagination and everything that makes being a kid the absolute best.

The good times include donut making workshops, dance classes, the ultimate sleepover set ups, sports and motivational coaching, tickets to Disney on Ice, fly fishing, book vouchers, police station tours, movie passes, monthly meals out for the whole family, plus many more.

All of this? Valued over $5000. Seeing the faces of children who wake up to all these goodies the night after the Ball? Priceless.

The winning bidder will be able to treat their family to a range of exciting adventures, share them with their friends or gift them to another family who is going through the Cancer Society system.

Flipout | Sweet & Savage
Swarm Dance Studios | NZ Police
Dream Upon A Party | Motivationz Vbase | WORD Festival | Scorpio Books
Friends of Christchurch Art Gallery Adventure Fly Fishing | Christchurch Tram
 Antartic Centre | Alice Cinema
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools
Lonestar & Joes Garage

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Generously donated by
over 16 Canterbury Businesses celebrating the joys of being a kid

Eat Canterbury for a year

If there’s one thing that our city does well, it’s hospitality… And if there’s one things Cantabrians like doing, it’s eating and drinking.

As our city continues to evolve, so too does its map of restaurants, bars and cafés – there’s always something new for your tastebuds to get excited about… So why not make the most of it?

We’re celebrating the deliciousness, diversity and daring nature of our hospitality scene with an epic dining package – food and drinks for up to four at a never-ending line up of our town’s favourites.

We’ve got dinner plans sorted for you and three other friends every fortnight, from degustation dining at Roots Restaurant to wine and food matches at Gatherings and jazzy nights down Stranges Lane.

Last year this whopping auction item went for over $9,000 – so, who’s hungry enough to top that? Eat up, Canterbury. 


Generously donated by 25 restaurants, bars and cafés in Canterbury


Canterbury at Your Doorstep 

Every month, for a whole year – Canterbury’s finest will come knocking at your door, featuring a range of local goods to treat yourself to (trust us, you deserve it after all your generous contribution to the Cancer Society).

Reach into this package 12 times a year and you’ll discover…

  • A cake from the city’s favourite baker, Cakes by Anna
  • Beautiful blooms from The Tannery’s charming florist, Mrs Bottomley’s Flowers
  • $40 to spend on a lush treatment of your choice at The Pamper Bar
  • A dozen macarons from J’aime les Macarons
  • $100 to spend on skin and laser treatments at The Cosmetic Clinic in Christchurch’s CBD
  • The latest issue of NZ House & Garden and NZ Gardener
  • A restorative float session at Cloud 9 Float Club
  • A week of My Food Bag to keep your kitchen stocked
  • Six cold-pressed organic juices from Greenroots Juicery

Go on – make January, September, July and everything in between one to look forward to.

Terms and Conditions for each dining experience may apply.Each donor to please provide any specific Terms and Conditions that need to be listed for their item.

Generously donated by A range of Canterbury's best (and extra generous) businesses


A Mudbrick Fairytale

We’re turning on the charm with this auction item. Head north to the tranquillity of Waiheke Island for a night’s escape for two couples at Mudbrick Luxury Cottages. From the moment you land, you’ll be touching down into luxury treatment, with chauffeur service to and from your heavenly destination courtesy of VIP Shuttle Auckland.

Nestled into the hillside of the island, each couple will enjoy the idyllic retreat of their own Mudbrick cottage with endless options to wine and dine, walk along peaceful winding tracks, bathe in private spas or enjoy the bliss of doing absolutely nothing.

It wouldn’t be a Waiheke getaway without restaurants and wineries dominating the itinerary. Included in your lush accommodation is a trio of culinary experiences, including a premium wine tasting at the Cellar Door, dinner at Mudbrick Restaurant overlooking the sparkling waters Hauraki Gulf and Auckland’s glimmering city lights, and a rustic breakfast the next morning at Archive Bar.

Terms and conditions apply: Must be taken by 30th September 2018


Generously donated by Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant and VIP Shuttle Auckland


An Electrifying Keepsake

Remember the magic of Cancer Society Ball 2018 for years to come and take home the very artwork itself that has electrified this year’s event.

It’s lit up billboards, posters, flyers, The Colombo, your tickets to the Ball and every corner of the ballroom – and now the neon light created by Radikal Neon is looking for somewhere to call home.

Bid your heart out and light up your bedroom, office or business with this bespoke Cancer Society Ball work of art. This beautiful piece will continually evoke the memories of the night you helped change the lives of those living with cancer – plus, it looks awesome too.

Terms and conditions apply: Blue light open to customisation at the bidders' own cost.

Generously donated by
Radikal Neon


The Top of The Tree

Lodge yourself away for a magical Friday night inside New Zealand’s most unique accommodation, a Hapuku Treehouse – nested 10 metres above the ground in the canopy of a native Kanuka grove. Be taken back to your younger days in the backyard, except this time your treehouse comforts include a bottle of wine on arrival, a small minibar, freshly baked cookies and majestic views of Kaikoura’s mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Your time at Hapuku also includes a stunning three-course meal featuring produce from the Lodge’s gardens, local farms and straight from the sea, as well as breakfast the morning after.

The following day, you’ll be back on the road with Black Estate, Cuisine’s Restaurant Winery of the Year, as your next destination. Enjoy a Saturday lunch and drinks at the region’s most remarkable place for food and wine, with breathtaking panoramic views of North Canterbury as your backdrop – then make your way next door to watch the sunset from the privacy of the winery’s B&B. 

Terms and conditions apply: 

Generously donated by Hapuku Lodge and Black Estate

Mods hair to Party

It’s takeover time. Ever imagined what it would be like to have an entire world-class salon to yourself for the night? Mods Hair Merivale are turning their home into a party venue for 12 guests, along with The Pamper Bar, Sister Kong and Curiosity Gin – this is more exciting than the time your parents went away for the weekend and left you in charge.

The ladies will begin with the salon to themselves (you’ll have to wait a little bit, gents) from 3pm with bottomless barista made coffees – or a gin, if you fancy – in hand, manicures from The Pamper Bar and a choice of one of the following hair treatments each…

  • Colour, cut & blow wave
  • Colour & blow wave
  • Ritual cut & blow wave
  • Ritual & blow wave

Enter the guys at 5pm – and it’s time to really kick the party off with DJ Mama Feelgood hitting the decks, Curiosity Gin being poured and the town’s favourite bao and dumpling folk from Sister Kong coming in to set the table and serve a bespoke menu dinner. There’s never been a salon soiree quite like it.


Generously donated by
Mod's Hair Merivale
Sister Kong
ThePamper Bar
Curiosity Gin

A Wild West Coast Hideaway

Hidden amongst the native bush of Franz Josef on the West Coast, a five-star sanctuary awaits.

For two nights, two couples will be invited to unwind at Te Waonui Forest Retreat, surrounded by New Zealand’s pristine nature.

With an ecofriendly focus on creating a healthy, environmentally safe habitat, the natural and earthy ambience of Te Waonui delivers a purely restorative and reinvigorating experience for all who visit.

  • Each couple will be treated to the Relaxation Package, inclusive of…
  • Two nights accommodation in a luxurious Deluxe guest room
  • Full cooked breakfast every morning
  • Five course degustation dinner featuring local cuisine one evening
  • An Express Facial & 30 Minute Relaxation Massage at Amaia Spa

This will be the best deep breath you’ve ever taken.  

 Terms and conditions apply: Te Waonui Forest Retreat closes during the winter period, 1 May – 31 August. Bookings are essential and subject to availability.

Generously donated by Scenic Hotel Group


The Ultimate O.G.B Experience




This year, we're going digital! Thanks to Gala Bid, all of Canterbury can bid on this year's dazzling
and ever expanding, list of silent auctions - whether you are attending the Ball, or not! 


We're on a mission with Harcourts and The Press to bring all of Canterbury together to break last year's fundraising
total and to raise the most we have ever raised for the Cancer Society, so they can continue the
amazing work they do here in the Canterbury community.



To register via text

  1. Text CANCERSOCIETYBALL followed by your FULL NAME
  2. Send it to 3840
  3. i.e. CANCERSOCIETYBALL Jeremy Corbett
  4. Follow the registration link you are sent from GalaBid to login and place bids!

To register via your internet browser

  1. Visit
  2. Click on the ‘REGISTER’ button
  3. Enter your details and click ‘SUBMIT’
  4. You will then receive a text with the link to the auction catalogue and a passcode.
  5. Use the passcode to login or click the link in the text to be automatically logged in on the browser on your smart phone. You are now ready to bid!

No mobile phone or need help?

There will be a volunteer at the Harcourts' Cancer Society Ball with an iPad that can register and place bids for you on the night.  

If you have any queries pre-Ball, please email

If you need any help on the night, see the volunteer at the auction table in the atrium. 

Happy Bidding!



Baroque Pearl Bracelet

Acquire this stunning sterling silver Tahitian baroque pearl bracelet, a beautifully unique piece from Young Jewellers, valued at over $1 000.

Generously donated by
Youngs Jewellers

Spa Package

Relax and unwind at the newest retreat in the heart of Christchurch, Urban Skin and Body. Indulge in over three hours worth of full body pampering, including a 70-minute La Clinica Marine Radiance Facial, a foot soak and exfoliation, a full body massage and your choice of express manicure or pedicure and eyebrow design.

Generously donated by Urban Skin and Body

Lake Tekapo Family Retreat

Grab the kids, pack the car and escape to the South Island’s most charming town, Lake Tekapo, for a weekend of good times with the family. Settle into the beautiful Greenworth Lodge for four nights accommodation, complete with wood-burning fires, and extraordinary views of iconic New Zealand mountain ranges. Top the weekend of with a $200 voucher at the world class Kohan Restaurant, heralded by the country’s top foodies as a must-eat destination.  

Accommodation and voucher terms and conditions apply.

Generously donated by Greenworth Lodge and the Kohan Restaurant

Show You Care with a Monthly Cake and Flower Donation

This is an auction item with a difference. We’re giving you the opportunity to express your support through contributing a year’s worth of kindness to the lives of Cantabrians living with cancer. Once a month, for a whole year, the Cancer Society will deliver a beautiful cake from Cakes by Anna and a gorgeous bouquet from Aromaunga Flowers Ltd The Tannery to someone on their cancer journey. Following each delivery, you’ll receive a small note letting you know who you were able to bring a bit of brightness to that month. 

Generously donated by Cakes by Anna and Aromaunga Flowers Ltd The Tannery

Tween/Teen Confidence & Deportment Modelling Workshop

A two day course for young teenagers to explore their sense of style and develop confidence in their own identity which is a very important factor thru out the duration of this course.  This workshop entails hair and makeup demonstrations from industry professionals, an education on etiquette, motivational life lessons, a guide to skincare/beauty, and the opportunity to produce a catwalk at the end of the course. 

Generously donated by Portfolio Models


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Private Tour With The Director, Jenny Harper

Explore the newly reopened Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu on a Wednesday evening, with ten of your close friends.  Gallery director Jenny Harper will be your personal guide. Start the evening off with drinks in the director’s office, followed by an exclusive back-of-house after hours adventure….

Generously donated by
Christchurch Art Gallery
Te Puna O Waiwhetu

Scenic Helicopter Flight

Explore breathtaking sights from an extraordinary perspective with Tekapo Helicopters. Choose from a range of scenic flights including adventures above the turquoise waters of Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo, snow landings, and unparalleled, spectacular views of the Southern Alps.

Voucher terms and conditions apply.

Generously donated by Tekapo Helicopters

Full-body Pamper Package

Your day of total relaxation at the exquisite Acacia Skin Health & Beauty includes a therapeutic foot soak, a full-body hot stone massage, a refreshing and rejuvenating customised facial, a deluxe manicure, make-up application, and complimentary snacks and refreshments to top it all off. This incredible spa experience will have you walking out feeling like a new person...

Generously donated by Acacia Skin Health & Beauty

Handmade Chris Cairns Bear

Take home former Black Caps cricketer, Chris Cairns, in his soft toy form. Christchurch Bear & Doll Club member, Di Shepherd, has kindly donated one of her handcrafted  novelty bears, to add a bit of sweet New Zealand sporting charm to the household of a winning bidder.

Generously donated by Di Shepherd

Sterling Silver Daffodil Pendants

Hold onto the special memories from tonight's Ball and take home one of these symbolic daffodil pendants. This beautiful sterling silver gem has been handcrafted right here in Christchurch and is the perfect dainty piece for everyday.


Generously donated by the Cancer Society




Private Pilates Classes

Sculpt and tone your body into a state of wellbeing with private classes from the specialist teachers at Scoop Authentic Pilates. Enjoy three workout sessions with a buddy and another three individual sessions, and achieve excellent posture and great technique in no time. 

Generously donated by
Scoop Authentic Pilates

Natural Family Portrait

Christchurch Portrait and Wedding photographer Stephanie loves to capture real stories. Her images are described by clients as happy, connected, vibrant, atmospheric, fresh, fun, alive, intuitive, rich, real, personal, honest, heartfelt, beautiful, natural, loving and “in the moment”. You are bidding for a 1.5 hour Family Portrait Session. 


Generously donated by Handmade Photography

Rose Pruning by Vicki and Richard

Husband and wife couple Vicki and Richard Green are donating their time and gardening talent to the Cancer Society, kindly offering to prune one winning bidder’s roses during the winter season. Wake up next spring and smell your fully bloomed roses, thanks to 4 hours of thorough pruning from this lovely local couple.

Generously donated by Vicki and Richard Green

A Dolls House with a Story

Avid Christchurch Bear & Doll Club member, Di Shepherd, has very generously donated her delightful one-of-a-kind dolls house to the silent auction. Lovingly built for her by her late father, it has given Di much joy over the years completing it with delightfully intricate furniture and décor. This wonderful, timeless item comes complete with all the furniture and dolls including wired lighting, collector’s books & extra furniture kitset packs.

Generously donated by Di Shepherd

Signed Nadia Lim Cookbook

Nadia Lim's first ever cookbook belongs on the shelf of every household. Full of fresh, bright and beautiful recipes, Nadia's cookbook will have you stirring up delicious meals every night of the week. The inscription inside from the 2011 MasterchefNZ winner herself, makes this auction item even more special.

Generously donated by the Cancer Society  



Capture The Moment

Professional photographer, Ann Worthy Stephenson from PhotoWorthy Images, specialises in capturing picture-perfect fantasy, maternity, newborn, and family-tailored photographs. Enjoy a unique photo-shoot session with Ann and hold onto each significant moment, in the form of a carefully printed photo on museum-quality archival matte paper as well as web-size digitals to share online.

Generously donated by
PhotoWorthy Images

A Weekend in Akaroa

Take a break and spend 2 nights' accommodation at a beautiful holiday home located in the middle of Akaroa. Sleeping up to 8 guests, this is the perfect opportunity to get away for the weekend and pass the time with friends in this serene town, surrounded by picturesque bays.


Generously donated by Matthew and Kate Reid

Man Cave Treasures

It’s time to start making room for the following elite collection of memorabilia that no sports mad bloke will ever be able to resist, including signed Sir Richard Hadlee cricket gear, a Crusaders signed rugby ball and 2015 jersey, Olympic souvenirs signed by rowing gold medalists, and many more collectables to be desired. 

Generously donated by CRFU, SkyTV and other supporters of the Cancer Society

Handmade All Blacks Bear

Flick on the sports channel, pull this little guy out and sit him on the couch as your own household All Blacks mascot. This is Di Shepherd's second handcrafted bear on offer for this year's silent auction. Rugby fans, raise your hands!

Generously donated by Di Shepherd