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Written by Gloria Bruni   
Tuesday, 04 December 2007

It was, he said, doing what he is best able to do.

Anticipation and preparation had reached a fever pitch -- 1 Dec, Ngunguru Hall, 7pm. We were ready to launch Steve Moase's limited-edition print, "The Tranquil Spit Endures".

Very quickly people arrived and began walking from image to image, discovering and enjoying a year's work by Steve Moase -- all of it images of the Ngunguru Sandspit. Harpist, Helen Tong, laid down melodies that fit perfectly with Steve's Tranquil Spit concept.

The image we'd come to launch was veiled, waiting for the blessing ceremony that would set it free on its special mission.

Sophie's flowers were beautiful, the punch inspired, wave on wave of nibbles very tasty, the level of sound rose, and rose again.

"A trip to Ngunguru Sandspit" - Serena Dawson

Finally it was 7:30. Gloria Bruni welcomed the guests on behalf of the Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society and introduced Steve Moase.

Steve spoke eloquently about his long connection with the Sandspit and his now year-old decision to spend 12 months doing art that would speak of his love for the Spit and his determination to protect it. It was, he said, doing what he is best able to do.

Steve pointed out that all proceeds from this edition of 250 prints would go to the campaign to save Ngunguru Sandspit from developers and to see it safely in public ownership. He mentioned the auction, very soon now, and hoped that print No 1 would attract a high price and would in turn, be highly auspicious for the generous bidder.

Steve then introduced Serena Dawson, young and talented local artist whose painting, "A trip to Ngunguru Sandspit" won the Yellow Pages competition for next year's Northland phone book. Auckland District Hospital Board's Art Collection, purchaser of the painting, had kindly loaned it to NSaPS for display at this special gathering.

It was time to unveil. Emma Cribb, Te Waiariki, came with a karanga from the back of the hall and, as she chanted, Steve and Gloria slowly unveiled the print. Emma blessed it, sang a waiata, then she and Adrian Dickie, Te Waiariki, offered further prayers and song for the success of the endeavour. The crowd, which seemed to have been holding its breath, ended the solemn moment with warm applause.

Photo by Lisa Clunie

Photo by Lisa Clunie

As the applause subsided Gloria introduced Peter Jeffs, Whangarei businessman and auctioneer. Anticipation and attention now belonged to him. Skillfully, patiently, he charmed, lured and cajoled the crowd. Giving them a moment to relax when the bidding slowed, then winding them up again and again. The No 1 print was finally sold, without benefit of alcohol, at $825!

In the wake of the auction other, higher numbered, copies of the print were sold for $300 each. (You will shortly be able to order your own copy through this site). Congratulations flowed from the still bubbling excitement of the auction. More punch was drunk and a great deal of essential conversation was attended to.

Finally people drifted off home, the tidy-up was completed, and Ngunguru Hall closed its doors on another great community event. The energy flowed out to surround the Sandspit.

Check out the photo gallery for more images.

Photo by Lisa Clunie

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