NZTBS Fundraising Auction

The New Zealand Traditional Boatbuilding School needs your help, in fact we need more than that, we need your money. Some of New Zealand’s best boat builders, sailors, legends and companies have donated an amazing collection of memorabilia and other cool stuff to raise funds to support the school.

Circle Friday, Oct 15th in your diary, we need your help and money. The auction will be at Ponsonby Cruising Club in Westhaven. Viewing starts at 6pm, bidding starts at 7pm.

There will be a speaker, nibbles, and drinks available at the bar. An auctioneer will be conducting the 'live auction', as well as a silent auction during the course of the evening.

Here is the list of items up for grabs, click on any of the images for larger versions....

  • 9’ NZ Traditional Boat Building Clinker Dinghy, donated by the NZTBS

dinghy dinghy2


  • An unframed Tony Blake proof print of ‘Viking’, set in 1894 at the Anniversary Regatta.

Viking 10

  • Half day’s fishing/sightseeing trip on ‘Irene’, 38ft Kauri Displacement Launch 1955


  • Spencer’s Choice - Build a Firebug or an 8ft John Spencer Dinghy. Two lovely sailing dinghies, both designed by John Spencer. The Firebug is a perfect project if you want an easy, kitset build with an illustrated construction manual and a fleet to sail in. The 8ft sailing dinghy suits rowing, sailing or outboard power, an ideal tender for the family yacht, slightly more challenging to build. Both dinghies are ideal parent/child projects or can be built solo. This package includes: Building plans for the 8ft dinghy, or plans and instruction manual for the Firebug, generously supplied by Peter Tait. Three sheets of Meranti plywood, kindly supplied by Plytech International Ltd Firebug or dinghy sail from North Sails in Nelson; construct your own sail at North’s loft alongside sailmaker Bud Nalder. Paint kindly donated by Altex $300 voucher for deck gear, generously donated by Harken NZ Three terms of tuition hobby class at NZ Traditional Boat Building School.

spencer2 spencer1

  • Two crew positions for a classic yacht race on ‘Thelma’, Logan Bro’s 1898 57 ft gaff topsail cutter. Sailing date to be confirmed.


  • Two crew positions for a classic yacht race on ‘Waitangi’ Robt Logan Snr 1894 54 ft gaff topsail cutter. Sailing date to be confirmed.

waitangi waitangi2

  • Two crew positions on America’s Cup yachts for match racing on the Auckland Harbour, followed by a barbeque dinner and refreshments at ETNZ headquarters, Viaduct Harbour. Sailing date to be confirmed.

  • Two guest spots aboard the wonderfully restored former pilot vessel, the 64ft ‘Akarana’, the committee boat on Auckland Anniversary Regatta’s renowned Tug Boat Race. Be on the start line, then the finish line and spend the day watching the Regatta close up on the harbour. Lunch included.

Akarana Akarana2


  • 3 day, 2 night passage for two people on ‘Rainbow’ to the Bay of Islands with stop over, in mid December 2010, kindly donated by David Glen.


  • 4 Prints of Logan Boat Designs, kindly donated by Robert Brooke.(including: Corona, Tamariki, Wairiki, Rainbow)

  • Fishing Basket: 12 mth subscription from NZ Fishing News, a G Loomis cap, thermos, Fishing Bin from Alto, plus more.


  • Gardening Basket: sub to NZ Lifestyle Block, Down to Earth Garden Design, sub for NZ Gardener, Tour of both ‘Woodbridge’ Garden and ‘Twin Lakes’, Coateville. Composting Bin, donated by Alto.


  • Beauty Gift Basket: Louise Gray gift voucher plus more.


  • Four Tickets to the Auckland vs Tasman game on 24th October, donated by Auckland Rugby.


  • Tickets to ‘The Big Night Out’, Ascension Wines, Matakana, donated by Ascension Wines.

  • Two tickets to ‘White Island’, kindly donated by James Buttle.

  • A Mastrand Buoyancy Jacket (size XL), donated by Safety at Sea.


  • A one year Coastguard membership including Unlimited Assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, the Coastguard member’s handbook and special discounts on day skipper and VHF radio courses. Kindly supplied by Coastguard Northern Region.


  • One nights accommodation for two, with cooked breakfast, at 'The Vineyard Cottages' 1011 Old North Rd, Waimauku.

Champbed1 VCLlogo Champagne


  • A half model of the 1908 logan yacht “Rawene”, donated by Robert Brooke.


  • A “Summer Scrub” (boat wash and wax) courtesy of Boatboys.


  • A six hour service of either a diesel engine or gear box, thanks to Moon Engines.


  • 1 x slimed hull clean of up to 40ft in length, courtesy of Below the Water Line. (Additional cost to the recipient of voucher if the hull is heavily crusted and/or longer.)


  • A $100 voucher for dinner or drinks, courtesy of Swashbuckler’s restaurant in Westhaven.



  • A 700ml bottle of Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky and a 700ml bottle Johnnie Walker Black Label, thanks to Super Liquor Albany.



  • Classic Austin Healey for the weekend including accommodation at Puka Park Resort.


  • Four one year subscriptions to 'Wind' NZ's premier site for getting wind information.

  • Personal Gourmet Chef for an 8 person dinner party sometime in 2011 (food included).

  • A copy of Boat Maintenance: Ideas and Practice by Charles Jones;  this is a good condition hardback complete with dust jacket. This 1975 edition explains and illustrates in detail the joinery needed for repairs, additions and renovations to wooden craft of the era and before. Also a copy of Small Craft Conversion' by John Lewis; also a good condition hardback complete with dust jacket. This very unusual book explains and illustrates the convertion process from wooden utility craft, such as ship's lifeboats, to successful recreational sailing and power vessels, with closed in living accommodation. The book goes into details on before-and-after, including many lines plans and construction drawings, and rigging details in the cases of saling conversions. The book relates well to the 1950's and 1960's era when post WWII wooden lifeboats and other workboats were coming onto the market for a brief period at very cheap prices. These are both courtesy of Boat Books in Westhaven.


  • One Crew position on Te Hauraki on the Auckland Regatta Day. Te Hauraki is a 41ft OAL built by the Auckland Harbour Board shipwrights and launched in 1920 at the AHB slipway in Beaumont St. She is the last of the wooden tugs and was in service with the AHB until 1972. Over the 52 working years she was repowered from her original 50HP Twigg to a 75HP Leyland in the 1950s and is now fitted with a 260HP Cummins giving a theoretical top speed of approx 14.5 knots. Recently her engine has had a full overhaul and the hull has been given a partial overhaul and repaint upgrade ready for the upcoming 2011 Tug Race.



  • A number of luggage bags, picnic chilly bag and a wine bottle holder, courtesy of Image Group.