Hawke's Bay designer David Trubridge is to be this year's Hawke's Bay Wine Auction feature artist, and is looking forward to sharing a unique piece he is developing for auction on November 10.

Well known for his signature light shades, he's also internationally recognised for his stand-alone sculptures and artworks, both large and small, which are developed collaboratively with his team.

Most recently, his works have included a Rotorua Redwoods Nightlight entry platform, Rotorua Library (Table, Tree and Tawhaki panelling) and Manukau Transport Hub Auckland (two large 6m suspended kite sculptures), all with varied budgets from $50k to $110k.

For this year's auction, he said was working on his art piece, at this point called Network for Life, which would be displayed at the Wildflower Sculpture Exhibition for the five days leading up to the auction.


"I am very pleased to contribute to such a worthy charity, through involvement with Hawke's Bay Wine Auction and Wildflower Sculpture Exhibition.

"My art piece is an evolving design I have in my mind. I will work on the design and creation over the coming months and look forward to sharing the completed piece later in the year."

Wildflower Sculpture Exhibition organiser Julie Russell said the partnership between the exhibition and the auction made sense, as they had the same goal - to raise as much money as they could for Cranford Hospice.

Auction event manager Elisha Milmine said organisers were delighted to have Mr Trubridge on board, as well as the talents of 42 local winegrowers who were again going to produce some unique blends to raise money.

"The wine growing community has had another bumper wine harvest and we are looking forward to some really exceptional wines on offer in November."

Auction organisers were also grateful to the ongoing support of businesses through the Hawke's Bay Wine Auction Sponsor Partnership Programme.

Project manager Annabel Tapley-Smith said the line-up of regional and national sponsors involved in the sponsor programme, coupled with support from local winegrowers and other Hawke's Bay businesses augured an exciting year of planning and working together.

WineWorks was one of those businesses, which was entering its fourth year as the auction's principal sponsor.

The support of Tim Nowell-Usticke and WineWorks plant manager Steve White had enabled new elements to be added to the event every year, said Mrs Tapley-Smith.

Mr White said WineWorks was pleased to continue contributing to auction for Cranford Hospice patients in their time of need.

Last year the auction raised $202,000 for the hospice, contributing to $622,000 raised in the past four years.

Event tickets will go on sale on July 2 and absentee bidding was also available.

For event updates go to www.hawkesbaywineauction.co.nz or the Hawke's Bay Wine Auction, Facebook page.