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Art Event raises funds for over 30,000 women and children.

For the fourth time Auckland law firm Hesketh Henry is combining their appreciation of the arts with fundraising as the platinum sponsor of NZ Sculpture OnShore 2010.

Hesketh Henry is delighted to be able to help raise critical funds for the NZ Women’s Refuges organisation while providing a platform for well-known and emerging artists to showcase their work.

Hesketh Henry’s Managing Partner, Erich Bachmann, says the firm also enjoys being involved in New Zealand's largest outdoor sculpture exhibition while contributing to a very real and significant cause.

“The primary focus of the event is to raise funds. In 2008 over $150,000 was raised and this year we hope to raise the equivalent if not more,” says Erich Bachmann.

Since its inception 15 years ago, NZ Sculpture OnShore and Friends of Women’s Refuges trust has been able to donate over $1.5m to NZ Women’s Refuges to help the victims of family violence.

Commenting on the firm's involvement with the event and its cause, Erich Bachmann says that Hesketh Henry believes that long term business success requires a strong commitment to the community in which it operates.
“The public display of artwork in a spectacular setting and the support that it provides for a very worthwhile cause is a powerful combination that underlines that commitment,” says Erich.

Last year thirty thousand New Zealand women and children sought help from the Women’s Refuges and with a crisis call every nine minutes, the need for the services of the Women’s Refuges has increased 27 per cent over the last two years.

Sue Harvey, the Chairperson of NZ Sculpture on Shore added that "The remarkable setting at Fort Takapuna overlooking Narrow Neck Beach and Rangitoto, the impressive line up of works and the important charitable organisation that we are supporting will ensure the success of NZ Sculpture OnShore 2010.”

Featuring over 100 brand new works the event showcases well –known artists such as Gretchen Albrecht, Terry Stringer, Sally Tagg, Peter Lange, Barry Brickell, Bronwynne Cornish, Gill Gatfield, Humphrey Ikin, Paul Dibble, Christine Hellyar, Gregor Kregar, Paora Toi Te Rangiuaia and Christian Nicolson alongside emerging New Zealand artists. The event is one of the freshest and most diverse collections of New Zealand sculptural works assembled in one location.




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The Challenge brings together an extensive network of United States and New Zealand based judges, advisors, and mentors from medical, academic and business backgrounds, as well as potential investors, buyers and partners. As participants move through The Challenge they will receive expert advice and feedback from “The Challenge Network.”

So far over 100 companies have expressed interest in participating in the challenge, with the final ten being provided with free professional services, mentors, and business development support for six months to develop their idea into a prototype/product. All ten finalists will participate in a United States roadshow where they will be introduced to potential buyers, investors and partners.
Sponsored event raises $150,000 for Women's Refuge
Hesketh Henry hosted Prime Minister John Key at the presentation of a cheque for $150,000 to Women’s Refuge, last week. The funds were raised by the Hesketh Henry sponsored NZ Sculpture OnShore exhibition held at Devonport last November. It brings the total donated to the refuge movement by the charitable trust Friends of Women’s Refuges, organisers of NZ Sculpture OnShore, to $1.16 million over the 11 exhibitions held since 1994.

Art Fair 2009
aucklandartfairHesketh Henry is the Principal Partner of the Auckland Art Fair 09, one of the largest exhibitions of contemporary art in Australasia. Over 40 of Australia and New Zealand’s leading art galleries will display the work of the countries’ hottest artists during the three day exhibition, to be held from May 1 to May 3 at the Auckland Marine Centre in Halsey Street. The showcase of contemporary art is expected to attract over 12,000 visitors.

Hesketh Henry Managing Partner, Erich Bachmann, said he was delighted the firm could support such a prestigious creative event. “As one of New Zealand’s leading law firms, Hesketh Henry believes strongly in the value of creative thinking,” said Erich. “We are extremely pleased that our sponsorship of the Auckland Art Fair enables us to make a contribution to those who demonstrate their creativity on a daily basis. “Hesketh Henry also believes strongly in the fact that long term success in business requires an active involvement in our community. “We’re very proud to be able to support events like the Art Fair and the recent New Zealand Sculpture on Shore, which raised $150,000 for Women’s Refuge” he concluded.

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