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The Most Unusual Formal Dinner NZ Has Ever Had?

Behind the scenes

Christchurch Art Gallery's trustees are on a bit of a high. They hosted a gala fundraiser on Saturday night where director Jenny Harper announced that the Trust is committed to purchasing Michael Parekowhai's Chapman's Homer – a work that was shown in Christchurch a year ago and made a profound impact.

Entertainment kicked off with 'Spencer and McKenzie', both 12 years old from the Christchurch School of Rock, and then we had a visit from...

Entertainment kicked off with 'Spencer and McKenzie', both 12 years old from the Christchurch School of Rock, and then we had a visit from...

Anita Wigl'it, visiting trumpeter from Auckland.

Anita Wigl'it, visiting trumpeter from Auckland.

All in all, it was a superb night. You can help to bring the bull back for good by donating, but watch out for a public Back the Bull campaign starting soon!

The Urban Marae theme manifested in random table settings.

The Urban Marae theme manifested in random table settings.

Following this news (plus some very attractive auction items and great North Canterbury wines) $103,000 was raised on the night! A great start to the wider fundraising campaign that will be launched in a couple of weeks.

Here are some snaps of the lucky ones who were able to attend 'the most unusual formal dinner NZ has ever had' (to quote Mike P).

The Trust's announcement of their intention to purchase Chapman's Homer – with the help of the city through a wider fundraising campaign.

The Trust's announcement of their intention to purchase Chapman's Homer – with the help of the city through a wider fundraising campaign.

Mike P was on artistic and flamboyant duty on the night, in charge of theming the dinner at an 'Urban Marae'. The concept included random table settings where no cutlery, glasses, or flower vases matched, and including budget soda drinks with straws, tea-towels for napkins.....

Michael Parekowhai talking with guests. Check out the suit!

Michael Parekowhai talking with guests. Check out the suit!

The $300 ticket made sense when the food and wine came out! White Tie Catering ran a tight kitchen, delivering five courses, designed by James Stapely (Whare Kea Lodge) Andrew Brown (The George) and Lil Huckle (White Tie).

James Stapely's take on Pork and Puha.

James Stapely's take on Pork and Puha.

Andrew Brown's Venison loin and cheek with bull's blood garnish.

Andrew Brown's Venison loin and cheek with bull's blood garnish.