Many artists, musicians, and poets got together to launch The Hone Tuwhare Charitable Trust in what was a perfect night. Kaumatua Selwyn Muru opened the evening with a mihi. The event saw Carol Hirschfeld and John Campbell reunite as hosts, helping to create a magical evening.
Heartfelt performances were given by Her Make Believe Band, Whiri¬mako Black, Russel Walder, Sam Hunt, Lawrence Arabia, Glenn Colquhoun, David Kilgour, Martin Phillipps, Eve Gordon and Mike Edward, Tracey Tawhiao and Herbs unplugged.
Martin Phillipps and David Kilgour enthralled the audience when they spontaneously played together and Belle Paire (aerialist Eve Gordon and Mike Edward) amazed viewers as they performed feats of balance acrobatics.
Renowned Maori artists including Tracey Tawhiao, Shane Hansen, Leon Kipa, Lonnie Hutchinson, Ngahina Hohaia, Frans Baetens, Suzanne Tamaki, Charlotte Graham, and Andrea Hopkins all donated works to be auctioned, as did David Kilgour. No-one could have imagined just how heated the auctions became when patrons began bidding wars on one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork.
Sam Hunt was breathtaking when he took the stage and recited poetry (including one of Hone’s poems). Witi Ihimaera entertained with amusing anecdotes before Herbs Unplugged played a memorable set to end the night.
Many people assisted with sponsorship, publicity and organising behind the scenes.
Preserving the legacy of Hone Tuwhare is the Trust’s kaupapa and a sold out launch, which saw more demand than available tickets, shows just how much people want to help the Trust achieve its primary goal – the purchase and restoration of Hone’s crib in Kaka Point for use as a writers’ residence.
All in all, Koha for The Crib was a brilliantly successful launch of the community and funds raised have given us a good start to develop our our major fundraising plan. The Hone Tuwhare Trust is humbled and very grateful for all the support and awhi, so aroha nui to all those who stepped up.