Art auction to boost Urewera fund

03:08, Aug 13 2012
Tame Iti
This photograph of Tame Iti outside the High Court was up for auction.
Tame Iti
Te Whai A Te Motu by Tame Iti, created while he was in Waikeria Prison.

Artwork from some of New Zealand's leading artists will be auctioned tomorrow night to raise money to help Urewera Four members Tame Iti and Rangi Kemara lodge an appeal.

Iti and Kumara were sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison in May after being convicted of five firearms charges and one charge of unlawful possessing Molotov cocktails.

Along with Emily Bailey and Urs Singer, Iti and Kemara were accused of running military-style training camps in the Urewera's in 2007.

Over 90 artworks including a piece entitled "Study of a New Zealand Flag" by contemporary artist Billy Apple and an etching called "Good Blood" by John Pule are among those up for grabs at the Artists Fundraiser Auction.

The auction of donated works aims to raise money for Iti and Kemara to appeal both their convictions and sentences.

An artwork completed by Iti while serving time at Waikeria Prison entitled "Te Whai A Te Motu" will be displayed at the auction.

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The auction is at The Bizdojo Gallery, 15b Karangahape Rd from 6pm to 9pm.

Artworks can be viewed on the auction website.

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