NZ boul­der raises hefty cash

Townsville Bulletin - - World Snapshot -

A 30-TONNE rock that landed in the hall­way of a Christchurch house dur­ing last month’s earth­quake has raised more than $ NZ60,000 ($ A43,700) for the city’s re­lief fund af­ter se­ri­ous bid­ding on auc­tion web­site TradeMe.

Con­fu­sion sur­rounded the end of the auc­tion when TradeMe pulled a bid from NZSki, be­liev­ing their $ NZ50,000 ($ A36,421) bid was a hoax be­cause they could not ver­ify it. TradeMe spokesman Paul Ford said they fi­nally con­tacted NZSki, who con­firmed the bid was valid. A trip to Nor­folk Is­land was also in­cluded.

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