Kaikoura Boardriders Club

The Kaikoura Boardriders ran a raffle during the Whale Watch Kaikoura Surf Classic on Queen’s Birthday weekend. Local, Olivia Hislop won the custom made surf board made by Surg and painted by Guto Silva. The raffle raised $1,000. Thank you to Brent Proctor and the Boardriders Club.Boardriders

Gala & Auction Day

Nearly $20,000 was raised on Sunday 1 June with Children had face painting, lucky dips, dig for treasure and a bouncy castle. Celebretry cake raffle sold out in the first hour.

Thank you to the organisers Ellen Smith, Liz Beasley, Marlene Ingram, and Thora Lawson and all the other people who helped to pick up items for the stalls and auction. Thank you also to auctioneers Winston Gray and Leo Harnett and the members of the Seaward Lions helped with setting up and running the market stalls and St John’s.

We are sure many of you now have items at home that would be suitable for next year!
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Ambrose Golf Tournament

The weather couldn’t have been better for this ambrose golf tournament that put 115 golfers and non golfers together for a fun day. $5,100 was raised from fees, sausage sizzle, raffles and auction including a rugby jersey signed by Dan Carter.

A big thank you to organiser Alan Heffer, auctioneer Liam Harnett, the Westpac team who provided the refreshments, hospital staff for the raffles, and the many helpers from the Golf club.

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Giant Pumpkin Competition – Mitre 10

The team at Kaikoura Mitre 10 held a giant pumpkin competition on Anzac Day.

Zealandia Nursery who donated the plants and businesses donated prizes including a $1,000 Mitre 10 voucher for first prize.

The heaviest in the children’s section was won by Dylan Phair with his 63kg pumpkin. Young Tom Adams was the winner of the best decorated pumpkin with his pirate scene. Deb Bailey’s 98.9kg pumpkin won the adult section. Overall 2,771kg of pumpkins were brought in to be weighed.

The fundraising committee supported the staff at Mitre and held a cake stall.  Overall $4,098.10 was raised.  A big thank you to the team at Kaikoura Mitre 10 and the fundraising committee.

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Deb Bailey and Chris Lawson with their 98.9kg winning pumpkin

Deb Bailey and Chris Lawson with their 98.9kg winning pumpkin

Hike for a Hospital

I am currently on the trail, thru-hiking the Continental Divide Trail (CDT). I am hiking to raise money for the Kaikoura Health Facility Charitable Trust, which has the objective of raising funds to build badly needed new hospital facilities in Kaikoura, New Zealand.


In 2012 the Canterbury District Health Board announced that it would provide $10 million out of the $13.4 million needed to build a new hospital. The Kaikoura Health Facility Charitable Trust was set up to raise the $3.4 million shortfall – a large amount of money considering that it will largely have to be raised by a community of less that 4000 residents. I believe this is an important cause and I am trying to do my part for my community.

The CDT runs 3,100 miles (5,000 km) from Mexico to Canada and passes through the states of New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. The trail passes many different ecosystems and contrasting environments including desert, forest, mountains and snow. Different environments will pose different hazards and during my journey I will have to cope with; dehydration, isolation, injury and dangerous wildlife. About 70% of the trail is completed with the final 30% including sections of wilderness route finding and road walking. In 2012 an estimated 50-60 people hiked the CDT.

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