Yesterday evening, Labour List MP Priyanca Radihakrishnan organised an art auction at the New Zealand Parliament to raise funds to assist those affected by the floods in Kerala - the worst that have happened there in over a century. The fundraiser event featured Chris Carter who is a former Labour Minister of Government here in New Zealand and UN advisor for the Rakhine State in Myanmar, as well as previously holding the role of Programme Manager of the UNDP Governance unit in Afghanistan. The auction featured some amazing pieces of art sold to the highest bidder by guest and very able auctioneer, Michael Wood, MP for Mt Roskill and Undersecretary to the Minister for Ethnic Communities. Also in attendance and speaking on the night was Jenny Salesa. MP for Manukau East, Minister for Ethnic Communities well as other portfolios. Jacob Rajan, acclaimed playwright and actor was also in attendance and spoke about his personal connection to the unfolding disaster in Kerala. I decided to try to help by donating this piece for auction to help to raise funds for the cause: 'Connection' was recently exhibited and was shortlisted for the final of the 2018 Wellington Regional Arts Review.
It was a successful event, raising funds for the Kerala disaster assistance appeal. Here are a few photos from the evening, just to give you a flavour of what happened. Tricky light to take photos in, that's for sure.