Photojournalism NZ Charity Auction


Photography and photojournalism exhibition and auction supporting Te Kahu Pairuri Hospice Taranaki.

This was held 24 September 2022 | Plymouth International | New Plymouth - Initiated and managed by Rob Tucker, Photographer

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The word "hospice" evokes emotions and memories of loved ones cared for by free palliative care organisations in Taranaki and around Aotearoa.  One of those loved ones is Rob Tucker, who is in the last stages of terminal cancer, wheelchair bound but buzzing with boundless energy for this project.  When Rob, a career photographer, learnt that Hospice Taranaki was in dire financial straits,  he called on "the brotherhood of photojournalism" for help.  

While the auction was a fundraiser for a special cause, it was also a celebration of great New Zealand photojournalists and their poignant, historical and joyful photographs, all printed in a beautiful catalogue.  Most images were taken in the last 50 years, but some go back even further.  The support for this fundraising auction was heartwarming.  Deserving special thanks are Christchurch Photo Lab owner Ken Surie, who has provided many of the 50cm x 40cm prints for free, Jane's Gallery in New Plymouth for helping mount the photos, and the dedicated team of volunteers behind this event.  But the biggest accolades must go to the indomitable, ever-smiling Rob Tucker and his "brotherhood of photojournalism".  

To view these amazing photos, and to order the catalogue, please click here

The catalogue/book is $50, and would make an amazing gift.  Last day for orders is Thursday 20th October.  No orders accepted after that date. 

hear Robs story...

Quote from Paul Lamb, Hospice Taranaki CEO

The recent Photojournalism Auction held at the Plymouth Hotel has been the most successful community event in our hospice’s 30 year history. $135,000 was raised from the 122 images auctioned on the night with the highest sale value being $10,500 to a local bidder. With the addition of ticket sales from over 200 people who attended the event and strong demand for extra copies of the photo catalogue from across NZ, we expect this event to realise in excess of $150,000.

In a year where we face a seven figure gap between funding and expenditure to operate our care services this fantastic support has arrived at a very opportune time. Rob marshalled his team of international photo journalists alongside a skilled local organising group to give back to our hospice who are supporting him and his family through a life limiting illness. The mana Rob is held in within media circles and support for Taranaki’s most highly respected and valued community healthcare provider combined to produce a wonderful evening for everyone involved. We are very grateful for being recognised in this way from so many people.

Specialist palliative and end of life care services are provided by our hospice on a 24/7 basis to anyone anywhere across Taranaki. This year we will care for over 675 patients and their families facing the complex journey of a life limiting illness. We are highly appreciative of the support from our communities to continue providing our services in the ways we can to meet patient needs into our future.

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