It has grown from very small numbers to be a monsterTauranga MP Simon PowerThose bidding at this year's Tauranga Police CIB Charitable Trust Auction raised more than $260,000 for six local charities.
Detective Sergeant Peter Blackwell said the amount was the most raised by the auction since it began in 1995.
The 1250 people present enjoyed a great afternoon's entertainment, with some regular attendees saying this year's auction was the best ever.
The two main recipients will be New Zeal Foundation and Alzheimers NZ Tauranga, while SPCA Tauranga, Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter, Mount Maunganui Surf Lifesaving Club and the new Mount Maunganui Aquatic Centre Trust will receive lesser amounts.
Paul Tustin, partner at law firm Cooney Lees Morgan, said they regularly booked tables at the annual event and invited clients.
"I don't have my eye on anything in particular but I'm here because it's a great way to support great charities," he said.
"I always put a bid in but it's amazing how hot the competition is."
Detective Senior Sargeant Greg Turner (left) and Detective Senior Peter Blackwell with a 1987 All Blacks winning World Cup team jersey.
The first item, a slab of Steinlager beer, was snatched up for $3500 and the next, a Jeraboam Mills Reef Syrah, sold for $2500.
Western Bay of Plenty area commander Inspector Clifford Paxton, who was attending the event for the first time, said he was impressed with the huge turn-out.
"I know our members have put in a lot of work in terms of their link with the community and the items that have been auctioned off today," Mr Paxton said.
"It's good to see that this work will go toward the benefits of the charities today."
Among the items on offer were a three-day excursion to Great Mercury Island courtesy of Sir Michael and Lady Fay and a 2012 VW Polo car donated by Farmer Auto Village, Mt Maunganui.
Tauranga MP Simon Bridges said the auction had become one of the city's biggest events of the year.
"It has grown from very small numbers to be a monster," he said.
"And the amount of money it raises for local charities who do things that we have to have provided for the community is phenomenal."
Tauranga man Terry Boubee said he was a former surf club member and was "100 per cent behind" raising money for the clubs and Trustpower Tect Rescue Helicopter.
UP FOR GRABS:
A 2012 VW Polo car - generously donated by Farmer Auto Village, Mt Maunganui.
Three-day excursion to Great Mercury Island courtesy of Sir Michael and Lady Fay.
Package includes transfers by charter boat to/from Whitianga to the Island, two nights accommodation in a holiday lodge with food and refreshments provided for a group of up to six people.
Sir Michael and Lady Fay will host a barbecue at their home on one of the evenings.
Two guitars - one signed by the members of the Doobie Brothers and the other by members of the Little River Band.
Queenstown Package - three-day wilderness experience including helicopter in/out and rafting. Includes flights and accommodation.
Short-break cruise for two on board P&O;'s Pacific Pearl, departs Auckland May 18, 2013, arrives back to Auckland May 21, 2013 - outside cabin, includes all meals and entertainment.
10 per cent share in race-horse winnings courtesy of Waikato Stud.