Kirsty Wynn is a senior reporter at the Herald on Sunday.

Posh school's auction offers the stuff of dreams

One of the internships is in New York.
One of the internships is in New York.

Luxurious holidays in the south of France or Rarotonga and an internship in New York are among the prizes on offer at an extravagant school fundraiser.

They may be the kind of prizes most parents can only dream of as they turn another sausage at the annual school fair.

But they'll be on offer at next Saturday's "Fizz and Quiz" night at Auckland's exclusive Diocesan School for Girls.

A 41-page catalogue detailing the auction items sets the scene for the opulent evening where guests will "reach for French bubbles under a backdrop of gorgeous crystals, flowers, a fountain and some of the world's finest fabrics".

Organisers say the money raised at the "stellar event" will be spent on arts scholarships, mentoring opportunities and "new acquisitions for our contemporary art collection".

Auction items are either gifted by well-known firms or donated by wealthy and well-connected parents.

The items include:

• Two weeks at Vivre La Vie, a three-bedroom apartment in the Ribaute wine village in the south of France — value $7500.

• An internship with top Sydney ad agency DDB — priceless.

• A Rarotonga holiday for six at a beachside villa in Titikaveka, with flights for two including Koru Lounge access — value $4800.

• A commercial-grade La Spaziale coffee machine with accessories and a two-hour coffee appreciation course — value $4800.

• A bronze sculpture by artist and parent Richard Wells of a Dio girl reading a book — value $5000.

• A two-week internship at Kiwi Energy in New York, including airfares and an apartment — priceless

• A "very convenient" and envied private undercover carpark at the school — understood to be one of the most coveted items listed.

- Herald on Sunday

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