STEAMPUNK FUNDRAISER: Event organisers, from left, Nikki Cooper, Robyn Neil, Pamela White, Caroline Callister and Lynette Orrah are encouraging people to come along to a steampunk themed fundraiser to help raise funds for Nelson Hospice's new home. Photo: Kate Russell.

Full steam ahead for Hospice fundraiser


A fundraiser with a steampunk flavour is set to kick-start Nelson Tasman Hospice’s mission to build a new home.

Over 200 tickets have already been sold to the Big Night Out – a Steampunk Fantasy on 21 July at Annesbrook Community Centre.

The money raised will go towards helping the Hospice build their brand-new $14 million facility on Suffolk Rd.

Organising committee member Pamela White says they wanted to create a “signature fundraiser” for the Hospice.

“It had to be something that was unique and a whole lot of fun, and steampunk felt like a brand new exciting theme that hadn’t been done before in Nelson – and it’s a real excuse to get creative.”

Steampunk is a fashion culture which combines classical Victorian fashion with futuristic technology.

Think steam power, airships, and clockwork engines combined with teacups, top hats and coattails.

Pamela says they’ll have the venue completely staged in theme, and they have sourced props and accessories from people’s garages, recycling centres and donated items. “People will really feel like they are entering another world when they walk through the doors.”

They have also received generous donations of local products, sponsorships and auction items for the event.

Hospice’s fundraising and marketing manager, Paul McIntyre, adds that the timing for the event is perfect.

“We’ve got the land for our planned new building, and we’re starting to fundraise in earnest to turn the plans into reality for the new facility which will benefit the region’s community. The evening will be a fun way to raise a significant amount of money towards the new build.”

Entry to the event is $125, which includes complimentary drinks, a three-course meal and entertainment from Christchurch covers band Headrush.

Tickets are available from Karen Jordan Style, Trouble & Fox, Summit Stoke, Richmond and Motueka.