A non-artist organising an art auction might appear bizarre, but for 16-year-old Terri Gough the idea presented a novel way of raising funds for a school trip to Samoa.
The Year 12 Dargaville High School student said the inspiration hit her when she was holidaying with family at a rented bach at the beach.
The place was full of paintings and other art work and Terri thought "how neat they were".
Her mother Pauline, who likes to paint acrylics, was supportive of the idea and offered to provide at least six paintings for the auction. Terri said she had also received a good response from other local artists, with more than 20 indicating they would supply pieces.
"I spoke at assembly the other day to try and encourage students to put some pieces in as well," she said.
The artists pay Terri a 15 percent commission to sell their work. These funds will help Terri makean eight-day trip to Samoa along with 44 other pupils and staff. The leadership programme began in 2005 with a trip to Fiji and it is planned groups will visit different Pacific Island nations on a annual basis.
Students are expected to contribute to school resources in the island nations by distributing five kilograms of books to the various schools they visit. Students purchase these books themselves.
They also are expected to share cultural and leadership knowledge with the host schools and communities.
To date Terri has raised $500 of the $1569 for travel, accommodation and food expenses by milking cows.
She has promised to paint at least one painting (perhaps with guidance from mum) and is looking at other ways of raising extra money.
Auctioneer Chris Fife will kick off the auction at midday at the Boating Club on June 10.
Art work can still be submitted up to June 9. Tea, coffee and muffins will be offered for sale during the auction.
Many Dargaville High School students have been proactive raising funds for their upcoming Samoan Leadership Experience.
Many have taken on part time employment, held fashion shows, hangi, car washes, Trade Me auctions and raffles. One student raised $900 from a dinner hosted by her family.
Another parent offered $1500 for a night's waitering at a birthday party. Competition to earn the money meant eight names were drawn for the night's work. Organisers thank the community for the support they have given.