Who wants an All Black jer­sey?

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Fancy an All Black jer­sey signed by Chris­tian Cullen, Ardie Savea’s boots or Jar­ryd Hayneau­to­graphed Ti­tans jer­sey? Bet­ter check Trade Me, then. Porirua res­i­dent Paul Latham, who has a num­ber of con­tacts in the sport­ing in­dus­try, has col­lected 20 pieces of sport­ing mem­o­ra­bilia to auc­tion.

The pro­ceeds will go to­wards the Ahuru Mowai Char­i­ta­ble Trust, es­tab­lished in Au­gust by Latham, wife Mandy and Carla Gar­diner to pro­vide sup­port and respite for chil­dren with autism and spe­cial needs.

The trust have their sights firmly locked on a prop­erty in Pau­ata­hanui as a safe haven for spe­cial needs chil­dren, which they hope to se­cure by Novem­ber.

The Lathams’ son Isaac, 16, was di­ag­nosed with se­vere autism, ADHD and dys­praxia at 2.

Paul Latham said he had a few sport­ing mem­o­ra­bilia items al­ready him­self, but when he reached out to con­tacts for auc­tion items, the re­sponse was over­whelm­ing.

Can­berra Raiders coach Ricky Stu­art runs a foun­da­tion that sup­ports autis­tic chil­dren so a Raiders NRL Auck­land Nines top, signed by the squad, was soon wing­ing its way to New Zealand.

Latham has also got his hands on an All Black jer­sey signed by Cullen and em­broi­dered with the le­gendary full­back’s ca­reer stats, and a jer­sey worn by Sean Mait­land when he played for Scot­land against South Africa in 2014.

‘‘We’’ve been in­cred­i­bly lucky, some of these items are fan­tas­tic, real col­lec­tors’ items,’’ Latham said.

For the non-rugby union fans there is a 2014 Welling­ton Phoenix shirt and a rugby league Gold Coast Ti­tans jumper from Jar­ryd Hayne. All items are signed by ei­ther the en­tire team it rep­re­sents or by the player.

Hur­ri­canes fan favourite Ardie Savea do­nated a pair of boots, graced by the livewire flanker’s sig­na­ture.

How­ever, Latham thinks the piece de re­sis­tance is four, framed rugby shirts be­ing sold as a sin­gle auc­tion he has dubbed ‘‘The Road to the Fi­nal’’.

It fea­tures a top from each team the Hur­ri­canes beat in the play­offs on their way to the 2016 ti­tle - the Sharks, Chiefs and Lions - and a Hur­ri­canes shirt signed by All Blacks Dane Coles and Beau­den Bar­rett.

Trade Me have agreed to waive the fees for the auc­tions. Search for ‘‘Ahuru Mowai’’ to find the auc­tions.

Paul Latham with Sean Mait­land’s Scot­land top and the Can­berra Raiders jer­sey to be auc­tioned.

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