Nelson Sea Scouts Holly Fortune and Skye Lasenby with the collection of artworks for sale. Photo: Jonty Dine.

Getting artsy for sea scouts


A lineup of unlikely artists has created a series of works to help get a team of local sea scouts to Jamboree 2020 in Hamilton.

From the Prime Minister to a former All Black, the prominent personalities donated their doodles for a silent auction raising funds for the Iron Duke Sea Scout Group.

Fundraising committee member Angela Craig and chairperson Nathalie Campbell were tasked with signing up celebrities for the cause.

The pair started by emailing Jacinda Ardern’s office and, to their surprise, received a reply within an hour.

They then went on to get Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese, National party leader Simon Bridges, former All Black Wyatt Crockett, World of Wearable Art founder Dame Suzie Moncrieff, Nelson MP Nick Smith, owner of Pic’s Peanut Butter Pic Picot and junior Tall Black Max Darling on board.

“The theme was open-ended, we got a bit of everything,” Angela says.

The auction will look to raise as much as possible to help alleviate costs for the 34 Nelson scouts set to attend the Jamboree.

The auction opened online from late September and will close on October 29. The winners will be confirmed at the live auction at 623 In the City.

To place a bid go to the NZ Renowned Personality Doodles For Sea Scouts Jamboree Facebook page.