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Peter Jackson film history at charity auction

Peter Jackson film history up for grabs at charity auction
Signed Xbox® and Halo 2® game go under the hammer tonight

Gamers and film fans battle it out tonight (2 November) when a Peter Jackson-autographed Xbox and Halo 2 game go up for grabs at the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre auction in Auckland.

Jackson and his wife Fran Walsh recently signed up to executive-produce the movie version of Microsoft’s hit game Halo®. The movie will be filmed in Wellington from May next year, for release in mid-2007.

Microsoft product marketing manager Tom Hunt says he is thrilled the Oscar-winning director agreed to autograph the donated Xbox and copy of Halo 2 – which the keen gaming fan signed with the comment, “Good game!”

“Whoever gets the autographed Xbox and Halo 2 game will have secured a priceless piece of movie and gaming history,” Mr Hunt says.

“We’re pleased to be able to help out such a worthy cause, and grateful to Peter Jackson for his support.”

The Raukatauri Music Therapy Trust ( operates New Zealand’s first and only dedicated music therapy centre in the Auckland suburb of Newton. It opened in 2003 and caters for special needs children of school age and younger.

The leading lights of the New Zealand music industry -– including Dave Dobbyn, Chris Knox, Boh Runga, Breaks Co Op, Anika Moa and Shayne Carter – will be on hand to support the centre at the celebrity auction tonight at the Auckland Town Hall.

Other items up for bidding include a George Thorogood Gibson guitar, a Carlos Santana-autographed guitar, a Brian Wilson surfboard, Scribe’s Nom D hoodie from the video Dreaming, and a Stacey Jones-autographed football.

At the 2004 auction, a page from the Lord Of The Rings musical score, signed by Peter Jackson and composer Howard Shore, sold for $2,000.

About Xbox
Xbox is Microsoft’s future-generation video game system which delivers the most powerful game play experience ever. Xbox gives game users the technology to fulfil their creative visions as never before with games that blur the lines between fantasy and reality. The Xbox features the most powerful graphics processor of any game console, a built-in hard disk, built-in broadband capability, real-time Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound support throughout the entire game and DVD capability.

About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software – any time, any place and on any device.

Halo, Xbox and Halo 2 are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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