Art auc­tion to raise ‘big box’ bat­tle funds

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

An art auc­tion to help raise funds for a le­gal bat­tle against Arch Hill’s con­tro­ver­sial Bun­nings store will be held later this month.

Op­po­nents of the three­level de­vel­op­ment at 272-302 Great North Rd filed an ap­peal to the En­vi­ron­ment Court af­ter re­source con­sent was ap­proved in November.

The Arch Hill Res­i­dents In­cor­po­rated So­ci­ety is hop­ing to raise up to $50,000 for the ap­peal by auc­tion­ing off a col­lec­tion of works by artists such as John Pule, Gretchen Albrecht, Sheyne Tuf­fery and Fatu Feu’u.

Auc­tion co-or­di­na­tor Soala Wilson says res­i­dents don’t want their com­mu­nity turned into an­other Lincoln Rd.

‘‘Nor do we wish to see other com­mu­ni­ties sim­i­larly zoned suf­fer the same fate due to the lack of Auck­land Coun­cil plan­ning fore­sight,’’ she says.

The Live­able City Art Auc­tion will be held on March 21 at Hopetoun Al­pha, 19 Beres­ford Square from 6pm to 11pm.

Fund­ing fight: Op­po­nents of a ‘‘big box’’ de­vel­op­ment in Arch Hill, from left: David Bat­ten, Soala Wilson and John Hodgson are hold­ing an art auc­tion to raise money for the com­mu­nity’s fight against a pro­posed Bun­nings store.

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