Don Binney
Photo Credit – JuliaThorne

Guests at a charity lunch in Marlborough are in for not only the food treat of their lives but also a unique visual indulgence – an original Don Binney artwork. The fundraiser at Gibbs on Godfrey in Blenheim is in aid of the Kaipupu Point Sounds Wildlife Sanctuary. The Binney work was one of two created by late artist a few months before he died in September 2012 to raise funds for the sanctuary. It is to be auctioned at the lunch where guests will dine on four courses co-prepared by Kiwi ex-pat chef Matt Lambert from New York’s outstanding Michelin-starred restaurant The Musket Room. Lambert is ‘going wild in Marlborough’ together with head chef Bradley Hornby from Gibbs on Godfrey at the fundraiser which is supported by Ōra King and the award winning Blenheim restaurant. But don’t worry if you can’t make it to the event – absentee and phone bids on the art are welcome. The framed artwork titled Kaipupu Point I is expected to fetch between $6,500 and $9,000 at auction. It is in colour pencil on 300gsm paper and measures 140 x 210mm (image size) and 360 x 435mm (framed). The frame is white with an off white acid free matte, UV resistant conservation clear glass and archival materials. Don Binney demonstrated a lifetime commitment to conservation issues and his love of the New Zealand environment, in particular our endangered birds, is well known says Ōra King general manager of marketing Jemma McCowan. “This is a unique opportunity to secure a Binney piece while at the same time showing your support for the wonderful conservation work of the Kaipupu Point Sanctuary,” Ms McCowan says. The artwork is on display in the lead up to the Charity Lunch at The Diversion Gallery, London Quay, Picton. It is going to be auctioned by Dick Nardella from Bayleys, at the Matt Goes Wild Pop Up Charity Event at Gibb’s On Godfrey on Sunday 3 May. Absentee and phone bids can be arranged. Interested parties should contact Limited tickets are also available for the luncheon. Ōra King parent company New Zealand King Salmon has been a top level ‘Rimu Sponsor’ of the Sanctuary since November 2010 and is committed to continuing this support well into the future.

The details of the event are:

Why: Charity lunch & live auction in aid of Kaipupu Point Sounds Wildlife Sanctuary. What: Ice Bar matched to Mud House wines followed by four course lunch featuring the finest Marlborough produce matched with wines from Dog Point, Seresin, Greywacke and Fromm. Who: Matt Lambert, executive chef and co-owner The Musket Room, New York and Bradley Hornby, head chef, Gibbs on Godfrey When: 1pm, 3 May, 2015 Where: Gibbs on Godfrey, 36 Godfrey Road, Woodbourne, Blenheim Cost: $200 per person. Limited tickets available now from For more about the event please visit

About Ōra King

Ōra King salmon is a best-of-breed king salmon developed specifically for the food service industry. Ōra King is a result of a commitment to quality founded on a classic breeding programme born in the top of New Zealand’s South Island two decades ago. All of the company’s husbandry and breeding, everything which Ōra King represents, is dedicated to the professional chef. It is the best of the best. Ōra King is to salmon as Wagyu is to beef.

Issued for Ōra King by Pead PR


Jane Torrance, Pead PR, P: 09-918 5534, M: 021 393 157, E: