It's Lorde of the gnomes

SIMON MAUDE
Last updated 05:00 19/12/2013
Taka Beach

PAINT-OFF: Will Lorde’s gnome, fourth from left, grab the highest bid on Trade Me?

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A garden gnome that got a star-dusted makeover by Lorde is up for grabs on Trade Me.

Lorde and seven other Devonport celebrities applied their arts and crafts skills, creating eight one-of-a-kind figurines.

Auction organiser Charlotte Smith says she felt she needed to "really pull something out of the bag" to raise money for the non-profit Devonport Community Gardens.

A simple request by Ms Smith was all it took to get all the stars involved.

"We wrote a letter to each one of them and dropped it in their letterboxes".

It's "fabulous" everyone contacted agreed to take part, she says. Veteran muso Tim Finn, comic Paul Ego, folk club MC Roger Giles and community board chairman Mike Cohen are competing with other celebs for the top bid.

"The creativeness that has gone into them is startling. Wine critic Bob Campbell's has really got the wow factor, shot putter Jacko Gill's one has sparkly boots, broadcaster Pippa Wetzell's is very sparkly too but it's hard to pick one," Ms Smith says.

It's hoped the auction will raise at least $1600 to meet construction bills for a new building designed to host community workshops.

"We're a small garden with big plans. We're now asking people, ‘what do you want to learn'?" Ms Smith says.

The gardens, which are open to the public twice a week, already boast vegetable plots, beehives and chickens.

Before the auctions close around 10am on December 21, Ms Smith says people can "get into the spirit" of the fundraiser and win chocolates if they find all eight gnomes tucked-away in stores along Devonport's Victoria Rd.

Go to trademe.co.nz and enter the key words ‘celebrity painted gnome' to view the auctions.

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