The New Zealand Brain Tumor Trust

USPIO Brain Tumour Trial

Following the success of our 2023 Matariki Ball in Queenstown, the NZBTT draws upon Matariki again in 2024 in Christchurch to fundraise for the USPIO clinical trial. We want to reach the $48,000 required for ten more patients to complete the clinical trial. All proceeds from the Matariki Ball go towards patient participation. If you can’t make it to the Matariki Ball, please consider making a donation.

So far $10,000 has been raised towards the $48,000 target



MATARIKI BALL 13 July 2024 

We come together to remember, reflect, share the bountiful kai of Aotearoa NZ, and to bring hope for the future. 

Matariki represents a time of renewal, reflection, and gathering. It is a time to come together to share stories, songs, and food, as well as to reflect on the past and plan for the future. It is a time to give thanks for the blessings of the previous year and to remember those who have passed. 

A Kapa Haka Group will open the evening, followed by delicious dining, star talk, charity auction, and dancing with live music until you can dance no more!

A uniquely New Zealand celebration, Matariki marks the beginning of a new year in the Māori calendar. The Matariki stars appear in the sky during the winter solstice and each of the nine stars represents different qualities such as strength, unity, and growth.

Matariki Ball 2024 Auction

The Matariki star Tipuārangi (Atlas) is the star linked to food and growth, birds and forests, and this is reflected in a special auction item that will be offered at the Ball.

This auction item is a unique, personally guided tour from Crown Research associate, University, and consultant ecologist Dr Colin Meurk ONZM. As well as his local knowledge, Colin’s international reputation has led to many invited book chapters and speaking engagements at conferences and symposia in Germany, Japan, South Africa, Russia, China, Florida, Panama, and Aotearoa.

The prize guided walk will go through the proposed Waitākiri Eco-sanctuary and associated Travis Wetland/Ōruapaeroa Travis Wetland – Travis Wetland Nature Heritage Park in Ōtautahi /Christchurch. The proceeds of the auction will be split between the two organisations. Eco-sanctuaries, protect and nurture natural environments that foster physical and mental wellness. The serene beauty and biodiversity they protect offer sanctuary and solace to both wildlife and people seeking refuge from the stresses of daily life. Thus while the juxtaposition of Waitākiri Eco-sanctuary and the New Zealand Brain Tumour Trust, may seem an unexpected collaboration, a powerful partnership is in fact rooted in a shared commitment to well-being. 

The NZBTT is delighted to help support the Waitākiri Trust as many of their Trust members are ‘bush-bathers’ and know the value of New Zealand’s native flora and fauna to the health of our country and inhabitants” HOME | Waitākiri Ecosanctuary :  (1) Facebook .

By joining forces at the Mātariki Ball, we underscore the interconnectedness of environmental stewardship and human health. This collaboration serves as a poignant reminder of the profound impact that collective action can have in advancing causes that benefit individuals and communities alike. Together, they exemplify the transformative power of unity and collaboration in creating a brighter, healthier future for all. The NZBTT sincerely thanks Dr Meurk for offering this opportunity.

Photo Karen Lennon

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