15 Aug 2012

Art auction raises money for Urewera appeal

10:54 am on 15 August 2012

An artwork produced in jail by Tuhoe activist Tame Iti has sold at auction for several thousand dollars.

The auction was to raise funds for an appeal by Iti and co-accused Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara against their convictions and sentences in relation to the 2007 raids at Te Urewera National Park.

Iti and Kemara were found guilty of firearms offences and jailed for two and a half years in May, following a jury trial and sentencing at the High Court in Auckland.

Tame Iti's appeal hearing is set down for next week.

Three works by Iti were up for auction in Auckland on Tuesday. The most significant, a piece titled Te Whai A Te Motu, sold for more than $8000.

The highest earning work of the night was a work by Shane Cotton which sold for more than $10,000.