‘The bidding led by auctioneer PJ Montgomery gets underway at the Superyacht Support Christchurch Earthquake Appeal fundraiser’
When the shallow earthquake of 6.3 magnitude, rocked Christchurch, New Zealand, it left the city devastated.
With the need to help the many affected by the disaster apparent, the superyacht community in New Zealand rallied.
At a fundraising night in Auckland, organised by YachtAid Global and Superyacht Support Ltd NZ$55,000 raised for the cause.
Hosted at HQ Bar in Westhaven, Auckland, the fundraiser event was attended by superyacht crew, owners, industry and guests.
The evening began with a Maori blessing followed by a live rendition of the New Zealand national anthem.
Chef Hamish Watson of the superyacht Galaxy, who was in Christchurch during the earthquake and who remained there afterwards assisting the Red Cross by helping feed those affected, spoke of his experience. He said, ‘It was shocking seeing streets I had driven down the day before just destroyed.’