All Blacks sign raises $4100
BREAKING NEWS REPORTER
The All Blacks sign from the Miramar cutting has sold for just over $2000, with Wellington Airport saying they will match the bid to donate more than $4000 to charity.
The sign was put up temporarily by Wellington Airport to cheer on the team during the Rugby World Cup, but was brought down to make way for a permanent sign.
The auction closed at 11am today and the sign sold for $2050 to a member registered as 'Sagal' from Lower Hutt.
Wellington Airport confirmed this afternoon that they would match the bid, bringing the total donation to Mary Potter Hospice to $4100.
Mary Potter manager Diana Dobbinson said the amount raised was fantastic.
''It's a fabulous result. We are really excited to get that money. It will help our ongoing work in helping patients and families through what is a very difficult time in their lives.''
She said the hospice was grateful to the airport for the initiative. ''We have got some real challenges ahead of us and we rely on community support.''
The new Wellington Blown Away sign is ready for installation and will be put in letter-by-letter. The ''blown away'' sign won 18,862 of 33,027 public votes in a poll run by dompost.co.nz last year.
The binding public poll to decide what would be built on the airport-owned land came after the planned ''Wellywood'' sign prompted a public backlash. In the final vote ''Wellywood'' got only 3104 votes.
The new sign is expected to be installed next week, depending on the weather, though no exact day has been set.
The new $80,000 sign, paid for from the airport's budget, would meet resource consent conditions, including not being lit up at night.
The winner will get the sign as individual letters on a steel frame backing. Wellington Airport will cover up to $1,500 for the cost of freight.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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