Let the bid­ding be­gin


For more than 35 years the Ash­hurst Po­hang­ina small­hold­ers auc­tion has been draw­ing the crowds.

The Ash­hurst Po­hang­ina Lions have seen the com­mu­nity fundraiser, which last year do­nated pro­ceeds of $3500 to the res­cue chop­per, steadily in­crease in size and scope.

The club’s Jon Clarke said about 3500 peo­ple could con­verge on the Mac­Don­ald farm north of Ash­hurst to bid on a huge range of items.

‘‘There’s ev­ery­thing imag­in­able from ducks to model di­nosaurs, trac­tors to tramp­ing gear. There will be no calves again this year, but sheep aplenty.’’

The main bid­ding cat­e­gories for this Satur­day’s event are house­hold goods, farm­ing re­sources and equip­ment, small an­i­mals and poul­try, and large an­i­mals. Within those cat­e­gories how­ever, there can ex­ist a veri- ta­ble cor­nu­copia.

The event is al­ways be­ing fine­tuned to speed up the sales process. ’’Last year saw the in­tro­duc­tion of com­put­erised sales at the auc­tion site, and us­ing wifi to trans­mit that data straight to the book­keep­ers,’’ Clarke said. ‘‘It worked bril­liantly.’’

Goods can be dropped off at the farm, 682 Po­hang­ina Rd, Ash­hurst, from 12pm to 7pm on Fri­day and from 7am on Satur­day to 9.30am. Auc­tion­ing starts at 10am.


From old bangers to stuffed emus, the an­nual small­hold­ers auc­tion at­tracts lots that are weird, no-8 wired and won­der­ful.

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