Cactus Jacks owner Lee Walker will close her unique music venue in Waipawa next month after hosting a few remaining concerts, including an upcoming fundraiser for her partner, Cedric Thomsen, who is battling cancer.

Lee said Cedric was in Mexico undergoing alternative treatment for stage 4 lung and brain cancer.

"Cedric has done so much for our community and is a local born here in Waipawa who grew up in the area.

"Cactus Jacks has been very much a joint project," said Lee, referring to the couple's efforts over the past two years to transform an old grain shed behind Waipawa's main strip into a Western-themed music saloon.


Lee said Cedric's Fight for Life fundraiser would be held at 3pm on Saturday, October 14.

"This is Waipawa Duck Day, so people can come on over to Cactus Jacks after that finishes," she said.

Retailers in Waipawa and Waipukurau had donated goods for a huge raffle organised by local seamstress Charlotte Clothier, which was valued at more than $1100 and would be drawn on the day, she said.

"We need to generate as much help as we can to give Cedric a chance," said Lee.

Some great musicians would be taking part at the fundraiser, including Jon Fletcher and his group 4 Lattes and a Flat White.

Lee said Cedric's cancer battle had prompted the difficult decision to close Cactus Jacks after a final show next month.

"Cedric is sick and I want to spend as much time with him as I can on his return from Mexico," she said.

The last show at the venue will be the Cellar Door band playing Neil Young on November 10.

After that, Lee will auction everything off at Cactus Jacks, including many unique decorative pieces and artworks.

"It has been fantastic but my heart will no longer be in it," she said.

Tickets to the Fight for Life fundraiser are on sale now for $20 from the venue or by calling Lee on 06 8575334.