New Zealand November Newsletter – My Apologies

My apologies to Jake Millar for leaving this hugely important note off the last newsletter. Jake has taken it on himself to raise money and awareness of youth suicide in New Zealand and the following was meant to be in last weeks newsletter. Once again, my apologies for leaving it off. Cheers


From Jake Millar – Dear fellow New Zealanders and friends.

Over the last 10 months I have been working alongside Lifeline, New Zealand’s suicide prevention agency as an Ambassador to raise money for youth suicide awareness in New Zealand.

As you may know, the youth suicide rate in New Zealand is the worst in the developed world.

Every 63 hours, a young person in New Zealand takes their own life (under 24-years-old). That is more than one every three days, or 137 a year. For a population of 4.5 million in one of the most developed countries in the world, this is shocking (New Zealand has a Human Development Index (HDI) of 0.915; we are the 13th most developed country in the world). To give you some context, our youth suicide rate is twice as high as the United States, and almost five times as high as the United Kingdom. This is definitely a cause that needs some attention.

My goal was to raise $100,000 over the year through a series of fundraising dinners and lunches, and we’re currently sitting at $88,500 which is awesome.

The next event I am organizing is an art auction this Thursday, 15 November 2018 at Annette Presley’s house on Clifton Road, with an ambitious goal to raise $150,000 in one night.

We have over 150 guest attending in person and I wanted to touch base with you all to share the online catalogue which went live today:

We have over $150,000 in art and auction items donated by artists including Tim Wilson, Fiona Pardington, Grahame Sydney, Karl Maughan, Billy Apple, Dick Frizzell, Fiona Kerr Gedson, Daniella Hulme, Ross Jones, Geoff Williams, Mark Olsen, Sam Mitchell, Ewan McDougall, Tony de Lautour, Robyn Jacobs, Henry Hargreaves, Ian Hamlin, David Woodings, Gillian Buckley, Holly Schroder, Dean Raybould, Rt Hon John Key, Shane Hansen, Brad Novak, Brad Robson, Neil Driver and Ingrid Boot.

We built this platform to give New Zealanders abroad the evening the opportunity to browse the artwork in advance and place any advance bids on the work if you wish.

Online bidding will close at 5:00pm sharp this Thursday, 15 November 2018 (NZT).

The purpose of this event is to raise substantial funds for Lifeline who are working tirelessly to turn these statistics around. We have been overwhelmed by the support of artists and our delivery partners from around New Zealand. This is clearly a cause New Zealanders at home and around the world are very passionate about.

I can confirm that 100% of any art purchase will be paid directly to Lifeline.

Any questions can be sent to my EA Emma on

Best wishes, and thank you very much,


Author: GBA

Retired New Zealand/American/British citizen living in New York City.

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