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Over $250,000 raised for Canterbury’s health services

Over $250,000 raised for Canterbury’s health services at Māia Health Foundation’s Feast

On Saturday 19 August, health services in Canterbury took a notable leap forward when over 230 Cantabrians attended the inaugural Māia Health Foundation Feast. Over $250,000 was raised throughout the night during the live auction, pledge and golden ticket raffle. $100,000 of the total came from a single pledge, which moved the crowd to leap to their feet in spontaneous applause.

Proceeds from the Feast will make a big difference and help bring important enhancements to the facilities at Christchurch Hospital.

“Thank you to everyone who joined us at Māia’s inaugural Feast,” said Michael Flatman, Chief Executive of Māia Health Foundation. “Tonight’s support really matters. Māia is now a step closer to helping raise funds for our first two vital projects - a future-proofed rooftop helipad and clinical support unit and major enhancements to the child health facilities, both at Christchurch Hospital”.


Over $64,500 was raised from the incredibly popular Live Auction alone. The 13 items up for grabs included a private coaching session with former Black Cap captain Brendon McCullum, a unique transformational package featuring spa treatments and a vasectomy, and a spectacular sculpture by world-renowned Cantabrian artist, Neil Dawson.


Guests were treated to a stunning private concert by Māia ambassador and NZ Hall of Fame singer-songwriter Bic Runga. After her performance, Bic’s Crafter guitar was auctioned off to an enthusiastic attendee, which added $5,000 to the live auction’s total.

Local food legends Jonny Schwass and White Tie Catering served up a grand culinary experience while MC and Māia ambassador Jason Gunn kept the guests in stitches through the evening.

Margaret Morgan of event organiser Brown Bread said, “We’re floored by the support that’s been shown to us at the Feast. Māia’s donors, sponsors and ambassadors’ commitment to improving Canterbury’s health services was on full display tonight.”


The night concluded with the introduction of Māia’s upcoming fundraising campaign, Celebrity Bed Battle. This bold activity will see celebrities being locked into a container between 28 – 30 September as they compete against each other to raise funds to bring 60 parent beds for the children’s facilities at Christchurch Hospital.

About Māia Health Foundation

Māia Health Foundation is a charitable trust launched in May 2016 with two initial projects: enhancements to the Christchurch Hospital’s rooftop helipad, including the creation of a purpose-built clinical support unit so trauma patients can receive life-saving treatment upon touchdown; and major enhancements to the children’s health facilities, such as creating shared family spaces and installing 60 parent beds in the children’s facilities.

About Brown Bread

Founded in 2012, Brown Bread is a Christchurch-based company focused on connecting people, businesses and organisations with cultural, social and people-based causes. The company operate within the sectors of philanthropy, communications & engagement, and events. Brown Bread are known for their work with the Māia Health Foundation, Christchurch Art Gallery’s Foundation, The Cancer Society Ball, North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival and other projects that seek to make a positive difference to our communities.

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