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Art auction to raise 'big box' battle funds

Last updated 05:00 05/03/2014
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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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 three-level 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.

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