Thanks to the pro's at Harcourts, 12 extremely generous auction donors, and a room full of willing bidders -
the 2016 Live Auction at the Harcourts' Cancer Society Ball was the most succcessful live auction in Cancer Society Ball history! 

In total, the live auction raised over $88 000 for the Cancer Society Canterbury West-Coast Division.

To all of those that donated and bidded for the cause - thank you!  



Mark McGoldrick  /  Harcourts Holmwood

Roger Dawson   /  Harcourts Grenadier

Ben Deans  /  Harcourts Gold


The 2016 Live Auction Items were.... 

The Only Suit You’ll Ever Need…  

Time to swap out your dusty old drabs for something a little more polished?

Look sharp at every special occasion with the perfect ensemble from Sergios Menswear’s Merivale store.

One lucky gentleman will step into Sergios, and walk out with a new, unique outfit including… 

  • A custom, made-to-measure suit
  • A classic pair of handcrafted English leather Loake shoes
  • A shirt and tie of choice from Sergios’ broad range of exclusive, international styles


Generously donated by
Sergios Menswear Merivale

Fly To Anywhere In The World*
with Singapore Airlines

See the world with the highly awarded and hugely celebrated airline, and one of the Ball’s longest running supporters, Singapore Airlines.

  • Delight in all the exclusive benefits and luxuries of return Business Class airfares for two anywhere in the world Singapore Airlines flies.
  • Be treated to a delicious selection of gourmet food and wine from world-acclaimed chefs and expert wine consultants.
  • Relax and take it easy before you reach your destination with Singapore Airlines’ spacious, comfortable seat, doubling as a fully flat bed, and fantastic entertainment multiplex. 

Paris, Barcelona, Sri Lanka or the Maldives… What part of the world will you see next? Singapore Airlines can take you from Christchurch direct to Singapore and on to over 60 destinations.




Generously donated by
Singapore Airlines

Luxury Escape To Otahuna Lodge… 

Just beyond the outskirts of Christchurch in the village of Tai Tapu, Otahuna Lodge is a beguiling Victorian mansion set in 30 acres of restored Victorian gardens. Discover the rich history and culinary secrets that have made Otahuna a timeless destination.

  • Two-couples will be treated to one of Canterbury’s finest accommodation experiences…
  • Upon arrival, settle in to your luxury suite and explore the homestead and beautiful surroundings
  • Indulge in pre-dinner drinks and canapés followed by a 5-course dinner with matched wines.
  • Re-treat upstairs to your private luxury suite for the evening
  • Finish off the experience with breakfast the next morning before departing home.


Generously donated by
Otahuna Lodge

Learn To Cook With Giulio
Spend a Sunday with Giulio Sturla, owner and head chef of the award-winning Lyttelton establishment, Roots Restaurant. 
Learn all about Giulio’s honest food philosophy in this hands-on experience, by spending the day with him picking up fresh, local produce at the Opawa Farmers Market and foraging the land for organic goods. After all of your hunting and gathering, Giulio will join you in your own kitchen at home to guide you through preparing a special lunch for your loved ones, using your day’s worth of wholesome findings. 
Following this private culinary tutorial, it’s then time to see how the food connoisseur does it himself. Make a reservation at New Zealand’s Restaurant of the Year 2015 where you’ll savour each delicious bite of food like you’ve never experienced it before. You’ll be treated to a world-class, eight-course dinner for you and three guests, with matched wines.

day spent with giulio must take place on a sunday morning, to then prepare a lunch meal. all produce to be purchased by the auction winner (with guidance from giulio) Exact date tbc between giulio and the auction winner. roots restaurant dining VOUCHER will be PRESENTED to the winner, specific voucher terms and conditions apply.

Generously donated by
Giulio Sturla & Roots Restaurant

Vbase Corporate Suite Experience

He’s performed for royalty, sold an impressive 40 million CDs and DVDs across the globe, and now you have an exclusive opportunity to see the world’s most successful and most charming violinist, Andre Rieu, at Horncastle Arena on October 29, thanks to Vbase.

Be enchanted by the King of the Waltz, and invite 11 other guests into your own luxurious corporate suite to enjoy a selection of delightful canapés, sip on Mumm Champagne, and cherish every beautiful note as Andre and his impressive ensemble, the Johann Strauss Orchestra, deliver a world-class performance.

Generously donated by

A year of Bacon, and a bonus brekkie with Leigh Hart!

From small beginnings in New Brighton, to now being New Zealand’s most sought after producer for those classic Kiwi meals… Whether you’re after bacon to accompany your morning fry up, sausages to throw on the barbie when the mates are around, or salami for a gourmet platter, Hellers is a staple for every fridge in the country.

As part of the Harcourts Cancer Society Ball 2016, NZ’s favourite butcher is beefing up the auction list with a year’s supply of Hellers Bacon. And the tomato sauce on top? Leigh Hart will come to the auction winner’s workplace to cook up a morning feed to fuel them and their colleagues with delicious Hellers 100% NZ meat.  

So… who will be taking home the bacon?

year of bacon is 1 x pack per week. breakfast date will be tba between hellers & auction WINNER. breakfast INCLUDES meat for 50 pax (ADDITIONAL OF THE 'YEAR OF BACON' PRODUCT. 

Generously donated by Hellers


An Editor For A Day

Have you ever dreamed about editing the news? This may be just the breaking story you’ve been waiting for… 

The power of the mighty pen is in your hands with this money-can’t-buy experience to help edit the South Island's most-read newspaper, The Press, and reach over 182, 000 members of your community. 

As an editor for a day you will work alongside The Press editor-in-chief, Joanna Norris. You will start the day off at morning meetings with a team of editors, reporters and photographers. Participate in the commissioning of stories, hear the news before the rest of the region, discuss the stories and opinion pieces, help choose letters to the editor, and participate as the team selects and places stories and photographs by The Press journalists.

Join The Press team as an editor for a day.

Terms and conditions apply: All content selected is subject to approval by the editor-in-chief and must meet publication standards.

Generously donated by
The Press

A piece of New Zealand
sporting history…

In 2015, the All Blacks made history as the first team to retain their title as world champions of the Rugby World Cup.  Jerseys were marked with blood, sweat, tears and a few grass stains – and All Blacks coach, Steve Hansen, has generously donated one of the special rugby jerseys, from the team's back-up wardrobe, to the Cancer Society Ball auction, signed by the full All Blacks Rugby World Cup team. 

Frame it, wave it like a flag at all future games, or wear it to bed. Whatever you decide to do with it, there is no denying that this is a highly enviable collector’s item that hardcore rugby fans would do almost anything for. 

Generously donated by
Steve Hansen

BMW Alpine xDrive
August 2016

Get behind the wheel of BMW’s latest range of high performance vehicles with a friend and experience the exhilaration of the Ultimate Driving Machine in the most challenging ice driving conditions NZ has to offer. 
Your adrenalin-pumping NZ BMW Alpine xDrive Experience, for two people, includes: 

  • Two nights’ accommodation at the luxurious Millbrook Resort, Queenstown
  • Millbrook Resort shuttle service to and from Queenstown Airport. 
  • Welcome cocktail function and briefing on arrival night. 
  • Helicopter transfer from Millbrook Resort to the testing facility. 
  • An adrenalin packed day driving BMW vehicles at the Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds. 
  • BMW Alpine xDrive Awards Dinner, Millbrook Resort. 
  • BMW Alpine xDrive branded winter vest.


Generously donated by Jeff Gray BMW

A motivational team training session with Gilbert Enoka

Have you ever wondered what it really takes to be the best at what you do? How can your ambitious and focused team become as accomplished and victorious as champion sports teams, CEOs, and all the big names in business?

Join Gilbert Enoka, the General Manager of the Cancer Society Ball’s Lead Parnter, Harcourts International, for an inspiring workshop to equip you and your team (sporting or corporate) with a winning set of skills and mental strength. Learn what it takes to be mentally prepared for life’s big moments from the influential professional who has trained the All Blacks, the Crusaders, top corporate stars, and many other New Zealand heroes. 

Gilbert’s philosophical approach to everyday life will empower you and your comrades to fly over even the biggest hurdles that life puts in front of you.


Generously donated by
Gilbert Enoka

A year of VIP treatment with Mod’s Hair

In January 1994, Mod’s Hair opened a world-renowned salon on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Now, 22 years later, and the Paris-based salon have achieved a highly regarded reputation in Christchurch, as well as all around the world, with a creative team of stylists creating flawless, first-class looks.

As part of their rich history, Mod’s Hair have been premium partners with the Cancer Society Ball and are back on for 2016 to offer another exceptional auction item. Spoil yourself with a decadent VIP treatment package at the legendary Mods Hair in Merivale every week for one whole year. Blow dry one week, balayage the next… it’s completely up to you what fashion trend you want to channel every seven days. 

Maximum visits: Once per week* (*Week = Monday - Sunday). No visits may be transferred to alternative weeks. Commences Monday 29 June 2016. Ends FRIDAY 30 JUNE 2017. All appointments must be made in advance and are subject to availability. All appointments must be held within standard Mod’s Hair opening hours. 

Generously donated by
Mod's Hair Merivale

Politically signed Whisky & Wine…

If you’re a fan of autographs or just enjoy an excellent drop, here’s an auction item worth raising a glass (and your hand) to. Enjoy a one of a kind bottle of Glengoyne Whisky, signed by the Rt Hon John Key, Prime Minister and opposition leader, Andrew Little. The two major NZ politicians are completing the package with a bottle of JK – The PM’s Pinot All Noir signed by John Key, and a bottle of Mount Difficult Pinot Noir signed by Andrew Little.

Share with your friends, save for a special occasion, or simply show the collection off. There are no politics around what you choose to do with this auction item.

Generously donated by Hon. Clayton Cosgrove MP, Rt Hon John Key and Andrew Little MP. 


This year, we went digital!

Thanks to Gala Bid, ALL of Canterbury were able to bid on this year's dazzling list of
silent auctions - whether they were attending the Ball, or not! 

Thanks to this new technology, generous contributions from auction donors, and generous bids from Cantabrians,
the silent auction raised over $11 000 for the Cancer Society Canterbury-West Coast Division. 

So for all those that took part this year - THANK YOU! 


Here's the list of silent auction items from 2016... 

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

Lynn Woods Designer Package

Add some glamour to your life with these luxurious designer products from Lynn Woods, the boutique store on Victoria Street. This high-fashion package includes a Trelise Cooper cuff love bracelet, French candle and designer reading glasses.

Generously donated by Lynn Woods 

Furtography package

Furtography prides itself on creating beautiful images of your four legged friends. This auction is for a Signature Session for your pet/s on location. You will get the full furtography experience with a pre-session consultation at the Furtography studio. The photo shoot will be at a mutually agreed location in Christchurch, whether it is the beach, forest, river or park, and $300 to spend on artwork at your image premiere.

Generously donated by Furtography


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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

A Wardrobe Makeover

Louise Heller from Live STYLE Love is a Christchurch based Stylist specialising in personal styling, wardrobe editing, and personal shopping. For this auction item, Louise will give you a full consultation and wardrobe edit package where you will gain knowledge and wisdom and learn how to wear new outfits with what you already have. This package is worth over $500 and includes a discount voucher to spend at Rouche in Merivale Mall either during your 2.5 hour shopping adventure with Louise or in your own time.

Generously donated by Louise Heller from Live STYLE Love and Rouche

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  

Hotlaps Experience with V8 Supercar

Prepare yourself for the ride of your life with New Zealand's number on Motorsport experience, V8 Superdrive. Race around for an unforgettable x3 Hotlaps in the brand new Walkinshaw Aussie Supercar, boasting a 6 speed sequential gearbox and capable of well over 280km/h. Chris Hyde (past Formula 5000 Tasman Champion) will do all the driving - so sit back and enjoy the unreal speed of this hot vehicle. Young or old, if you've got a need for speed, this experience is for you.

Generously donated by V8 Superdrive


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 through carefully printed photographs on museum-quality archival matte paper.

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

A year's supply of Dilmah

It looks like everyday will be a tea party for the winning bidder of this auction item. Our friends at Dilmah are offering a year’s supply of their authentic, high-quality tea, so that you never have to miss out on your daily cuppa. Time to boil the kettle folks…

Generously donated by Dilmah NZ Ltd

The Bealey Glass Painting

Glass artist, Vicky Fletcher, was moved to create a glass landscape of The Bealey as it encompasses both Westland and Canterbury Regions – an appropriate masterpiece to donate to the Ball. The base is made from a fallen totara tree on Vicky’s property at Upper Kokatahi, an alpine schist boulder found in the Kokatahi River, and slabbed by a local jade carver. The lovely Vicky hopes her work brings the buyer as much pleasure in owning it as it gave her in making it.
Generously donated by Vicky Fletcher