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You can own a Peter Bush!

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June 23, 2004

You can own a Peter Bush!

Wellington rugby fans are in for a double treat when the All Blacks take on the Wallabies next month – a Bledisloe Cup test and the chance to own a Peter Bush picture, all in the same week.

Pictures taken by iconic sports photographer Peter Bush at All Blacks tests stretching back to the 1960s are on display at the ‘Memories from the Sideline’ exhibition which opens in Wellington on June 28.

Twenty-five renowned pictures capture important moments from England, Australia and South Africa rugby tours to New Zealand.

Wellingtonians have the opportunity to buy one or more of the pictures at an auction on Tuesday July 13 to raise funds for the New Zealand Cancer Society.

The auction, organised by clothing retailer Working Style, is at Café L’Affare in College Street and guests of honour include All Black of the Century Colin Meads and his wife Verna who is a cancer survivor.

It’s part of a three-city exhibition and auction tour of Bush images timed to coincide with All Black tests against the three big New Zealand rivals. The All Blacks play the Wallabies in a Bledisloe Cup match at the Cake Tin on July 17.

The Auckland auction was held on June 15 resulting in more than $53,000 being bid in aid of the Cancer Society. There is a third event in Christchurch on July 21.

Working Style principal Chris Dobbs says the pictures will be on display in the company’s Lambton Square store prior to the auction. Admission to the exhibition is free.

‘Memories from the Sideline’ captures some of the greatest test rugby moments from titanic struggles between four great foes,” Mr Dobbs says. “Any of the pictures would be treasured by Kiwi rugby fans.”

Mr Dobbs conceived the idea for the charity auction when he realised the England, Australia and South Africa rugby teams would all be in the country within a few weeks of each other.

“I’ve always admired Peter’s work and I simply thought it would be a great opportunity to celebrate his talents and at the same time raise funds to help fight that menacing and deadly disease.

“With Verna being a survivor and Colin such an icon of rugby in this country the fit just seemed natural.”

- Tickets to the Wellington cocktail function and auction cost $75 and include refreshments provided by Heineken and Matariki Wines, finger food, addresses by Peter Bush and Colin Meads and the auction. Tickets are available from Chris Dobbs on 0-9-302 0532 or

- Pictures of Peter Bush and Colin Meads at the Auckland auction are available on request to David Paine (see below).


Issued for Memories from the Sideline by Pead PR

About Peter Bush
Peter Bush has been pointing his lens at rugby players since 1939 and has chronicled some of the game’s most celebrated moments. His complete understanding of rugby provides his with the ability anticipate what’s going to happen in a game and be on the right spot to capture that event.

Peter Bush was born in Auckland in 1931 and played senior rugby for the Marist and College Rifles clubs in the city as well as for Marist in Wellington.

Peter worked for the New Zealand Herald and New Zealand Truth during the ‘40s and ‘50s and has worked as a wildlife and agricultural photographer. He was Public Relations Officer for the 1st Battalion New Zealand Regiment in the late 1950s.

He has published two books, Lions ’83 and The Game for All New Zealand. Peter lives in Wellington.

Unrivalled rivals
Australia, England and South Africa are the three big All Blacks rivals. Perhaps only the British Isles matches them in terms of being the ones we love to beat. Here’s a quick look at the results of games to date.

All games 1900 to 2004 , All Blacks versus:

Australia, won 73, lost 31, drawn 4
England, won 17, lost 4, drawn 1
South Africa, won 34, lost 26, drawn 3.


Issued for Memories from the Sideline by Pead PR

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