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Big game fishing, winery tours on bikes and mineral spa pool holiday breaks are just some of the sensational items that will be going up for auction with Bayleys at the Michael Hill New Zealand Golf Open to raise funds for Guide Dog Services. Big game fishing, winery tours on bikes and mineral spa pool holiday breaks are just some of the sensational items that will be going up for auction with Bayleys at the Michael Hill New Zealand Golf Open to raise funds for Guide Dog Services. CREDIT: Bayleys

Charity fundraising auction teed-up for New Zealand Golf Open

Friday 15 January 2010, 11:04AM
By Bayleys
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QUEENSTOWN

Weekend breaks at luxury lodges and holiday resorts throughout New Zealand are just some of the sensational items up for bidding at a charity auction to raise funds for the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind’s Guide Dog Services as part of the Michael Hill New Zealand Golf Open in Queenstown on January 28.

The charity auction is taking place in the corporate hospitality and merchandising enclosure adjacent to the 13th fairway of The Hills course, and has been organised by leading real estate agency Bayleys - which is the principal sponsor of the RNZFB’s Guide Dog Services.

The charity auction will be open to all members of the public attending the championship. Among the items which will go under the charity auctioneer’s hammer are:

  • A weekend break at Orewa Beach just north of Auckland, including dinner at a local restaurant, two rounds of golf, and a case of Matakana wine
  • A weekend break in Rotorua – including admission to the Polynesian Spa and admission to various local tourist attractions.
  • A deep sea fishing trip for four in Hawke’s Bay – including two nights accommodation.
  • A winery tour on bikes around the Wairarapa – including one nights accommodation for four people and a case of local wine.
  • Entry into the corporate golf day at The Hills course on the Monday following the conclusion of the New Zealand Golf Open.


Bayleys Queenstown and Southland director David Murray hopes the auction of 12 high-value items at the end of the opening day’s play at the championship will raise more than $75,000 for Guide Dog Services. It costs more than $22,500 to breed, raise, train and match a guide dog and as guide dogs are provided to handlers without charge, the costs are met by Bayleys’ sponsorship and other donations.

“There are approximately 240 working guide dogs in New Zealand which are all trained by the RNZFB's Guide Dog Services. The Otago and Southland regions are home to both fully fledged guide dogs and guide dog puppy trainers,” Mr Murray said. “Bayleys is so proud to be able to support the service locally and across the country.”

Guide dogs assist blind and partially sighted people to move around independently, confidently and safely. They are trained to guide their handlers around hazards, negotiate traffic, locate common destinations such as the supermarket and workplace, and travel on planes and buses.

“With 29 corporate hospitality tents and retail outlets, the players’ lounge, the scoreboard, and New Zealand Golf’s headquarters surrounding the merchandising enclosure, there will be hundreds of golfing enthusiasts milling around and welcome to join in the bidding for this highly worthwhile cause,” Mr Murray added.

“We would hope that some of the funds raised for Guide Dog Services at the New Zealand Golf Open charity auction could come back and support a local Otago or Southland recipient.”




Further highly-desirable items are expected to be added to the auction catalogue over the coming week. Mr Murray said Bayleys was currently in negotiation with two Otago and Southland businesses to put together an auction package never before seen in the region and expected to be one of the most sought after lots in the charity fundraiser. Details on the item were expected to be finalised by January 22.