Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


World’s Biggest Egg Hunt Hatches in New Zealand

MEDIA RELEASE
STRICTLY EMBARGOED until
5am, 21 March 2014


WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING….
The World’s Biggest Egg Hunt Hatches in New Zealand


While Kiwis were sleeping, 100 giant eggs created by New Zealand artists were hidden across the country in the early hours of this morning*, ready to be discovered as part of The Whittaker’s Big Egg Hunt in support of Starship.

Thanks to the handiwork of more than 70 volunteers, the works of art secretly popped up in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch overnight, allowing the public to take part in the hunt from today until 22 April.

Artists who have created eggs include Dick Frizzell, John Pule, Max Gimblett, Gregory O'Brien, Karl Maughan, David Trubridge, Nigel Brown, Seraphine Pick, John Reynolds, Michel Tuffery, Misery (aka Tanja Jade), Virginia King, Beck Wheeler, Hannah Jensen, Dame Trelise Cooper, Colin Mathura-Jeffree and Pebbles Hooper.

The Whittaker’s Big Egg Hunt (www.thebigegghunt.co.nz) not only offers great family entertainment hunting for the eggs, but also the opportunity to compete for the ultimate prize – a unique 340g 18ct Whittaker’s Gold Slab made by Partridge Jewellers.

There are several ways to enter to win: hunters need to either text in a unique code once they’ve found an egg in its location; download Whittaker’s new high spec mobile app (details at www.whittakersegghunt.co.nz) or buy Whittaker’s Fairtrade Creamy Milk Block, 50g Peanut Slabs or Easter-themed Creamy Milk Mini Slabs and enter via the details on the pack.

Whittaker’s is also committed to donating at least $150,000 to Starship by donating 10 cents from every iconic 50g Peanut Slab, 20 cents from every pack of its top selling Fairtrade Creamy Milk block and 20 cents from its Creamy Milk Easter Mini Slabs sold throughout the hunt.

The Whittaker’s Big Egg Hunt is the first campaign of its kind in the southern hemisphere. It will raise funds for the Starship Foundation, a charity supporting the national children’s hospital to provide world-leading care for almost 120,000 patient visits each year.

All 100 eggs, each a unique masterpiece, will be auctioned off for Starship – 80 of them on Trade Me at trade.me/bigegghuntnz, and 20 of them at a gala event in April.

Starship Foundation Chief Executive Brad Clark says, “We are a national hospital caring for children from right across the country, so we are pleased all New Zealanders can take part in The Whittaker’s Big Egg Hunt – whether they get out and about hunting the eggs or bid to own these stunning works of art or buy Whittaker’s specially-labelled products to help raise vital funds for Starship. The creativity that has gone into these eggs is extraordinary –from realism to abstract, to dinosaurs hatching, stainless steel sculpture, a bunny bi-plane and so much more. We are enormously grateful to the artists, sponsors, supporters and volunteers of The Whittaker’s Big Egg Hunt for their support of Starship.”

Holly Whittaker, Marketing Manager at Whittaker’s, says, “Whittaker’s is a family-owned company that is proud to support worthy causes such as Starship that make such a difference to New Zealanders’ lives.”

The Big Egg Hunt concept first came about in London in 2012. Since then the campaign has grown to include Dublin, and this year New York and New Zealand.

Information about The Whittaker’s Big Egg Hunt, including maps for Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, can be found at www.thebigegghunt.co.nz and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BigEggHuntNZ

ENDS
*Editor’s Note: Footnote refers to early hours of 21 March

Key Dates:
Midnight – dawn 21 March: 100 giant eggs secretly hidden in locations in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch
21 March – 22 April: The Whittaker’s Big Egg Hunt – New Zealand public out and about searching for 100 giant eggs created by Kiwi artists and designers.
21 March – 22 April: 80 of the eggs auctioned on Trade Me for Starship (bidding via thebigegghunt.co.nz or trade.me/bigegghuntnz)
16 April: Gala dinner and auction of 20 eggs in support of Starship (www.starship.org.nz/eggevent)

Supporters of The Whittaker’s Big Egg Hunt:
In addition to the very generous artists who have all provided their time and talent to decorate the eggs, many organisations are supporting the campaign in various ways.

These include:
• Principal campaign sponsor, Whittaker’s
• Logistics partner, Mainfreight
• Auction partners Trade Me and Webb’s

Campaign Sponsors:

• Auckland Art Gallery
• Auckland Museum
• Autex
• Barfoot & Thompson
• Below The Line
• Britomart Group
• Café Melba
• ColourWorx
• DFS
• DLA Phillips Fox
• ECC Lighting and Furniture
• Firth
• Flux
• Heart of the City

• Hippopotamus Restaurant & Bar
• iHeartRADIO
• Laura Forlong
• Louis Vuitton
• McKechnie
• Norcross Printing Group
• NZ Bus
• Ostro
• Republik
• Resene
• SKY
• The Edge
• The Moving Company
• The Tannery

Numbers from The Big Egg Hunt London 2012:
• 1 million hunters at street level
• £1.5 million raised for two charities
• Over 100,000 visitors per day to the final display
• Two Guinness World Record titles set

About the Starship Foundation:
• Starship is New Zealand’s national children’s hospital. There are nearly 120,000 patient visits to Starship Children’s Health every year by children from all over New Zealand.
• The Starship Foundation is a charity that raises funds so Starship Children’s Health can better care for its young patients. The Starship Foundation wants every New Zealand family to have access to world-leading healthcare and experiences when they need it most.
• The Starship Foundation raises up to $10 million a year. Donations are extra to Government funding and provide for initiatives such as Starship’s National Air Ambulance Service which brings children from all over New Zealand to Starship for life-saving care, as well as refurbishing older wards, new technology and medical equipment, vital research, boosted family support, staff training and community outreach projects to keep children out of hospital.

About Whittaker’s:
• Established in New Zealand over 100 years ago, Whittaker’s is the only major chocolate manufacturer in New Zealand that ensures quality by controlling the whole manufacturing process – from bean to bar.
• With 100% of its operations in New Zealand, Whittaker’s is proud to be an exporter of quality New Zealand produce, as well as one of the largest employers in the Wellington region.
• For the past two years in a row, Whittaker’s has been voted New Zealand’s Most Trusted Brand.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Gordon Campbell: On Chuck Berry (And James Comey, And Bill English)

Back when many people were still treating rock’n’roll as a passing fad – was calypso going to be the new thing? – Chuck Berry knew that it had changed popular music forever. What is even more astonishing is that this 30-ish black r&b musician from a middle class family in St Louis could manage to recreate the world of white teenagers, at a time when the very notion of a “teenager” had just been invented. More>>

Howard Davis Review:
The Baroque Fusion Of L'arpeggiata

Named after a toccata by German composer Girolamo Kapsberger, L'Arpeggiata produces its unmistakable sonority mainly from the resonance of plucked strings, creating a tightly-woven acoustic texture that is both idiosyncratic and immediately identifiable. Director Christina Pluhar engenders this distinctive tonality associated with the ensemble she founded in 2000 by inviting musicians and vocalists from around the world to collaborate on specific projects illuminated by her musicological research. More>>

African Masks And Sculpture: Attic Discovery On Display At Expressions Whirinaki

Ranging from masks studded with nails and shards of glass to statues laden with magical metal, the works are from ethnic groups in nine countries ranging from Ivory Coast to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: We’re All Lab Rats

A couple of years ago, there were reports that Silicon Valley executives were sending their children to tech-free schools. It was a story that dripped of irony: geeks in the heart of techno-utopia rejecting their ideology when it came to their own kids. But the story didn’t catch on, and an awkward question lingered. Why were the engineers of the future desperate to part their gadgets from their children? More>>

  • CensusAtSchool - Most kids have no screen-time limits
  • Netsafe - Half of NZ high school students unsupervised online

  • Obituary: Andrew Little Remembers Murray Ball

    “Murray mined a rich vein of New Zealand popular culture and exported it to the world. Wal and Dog and all the other Kiwi characters he crafted through Footrot Flats were hugely popular here and in Australia, Europe and North America." More>>

    ALSO:

    Organised Choas: NZ Fringe Festival 2017 Awards

    Three more weeks of organised chaos have come to an end with the Wellington NZ Fringe Arts Festival Awards Ceremony as a chance to celebrate all our Fringe artists for their talent, ingenuity, and chutzpah! More>>

    ALSO:

    Wellington.Scoop: Wellington Writer Wins $US165,000 Literature Prize

    Victoria University of Wellington staff member and alumna Ashleigh Young has won a prestigious Windham-Campbell Literature Prize worth USD$165,000 for her book of essays Can You Tolerate This? More>>

    ALSO:

    Scoop Review Of Books: Excerpt - Ice Bear: The Cultural History Of An Arctic Icon

    “During the last decade the image of the polar bear has moved in the public imagination from being an icon of strength, independence and survival in one of the most climatically extreme of world environments, to that of fragility, vulnerability and more generally of a global environmental crisis.” More>>

    Get More From Scoop

     
     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
    Culture
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news