• Hawke's Bay Wine Auction falls victim to Covid-19

Hawke's Bay Wine Auction falls victim to Covid-19

The Hawke's Bay Wine Auction is the latest event to fall victim to Covid-19 restrictions. 

Organisers announced this afternoon the 30th annual Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction supporting Cranford Hospice has been cancelled for 2021.

General Manager, Elisha Milmine said the event committee worked through every event scenario considering ongoing Covid-19 risks and alert level restrictions.

"Unfortunately, it is clear to us that we are not able to safely stage the 30th Hawke's Bay Wine Auction in 2021. This decision has not been made lightly, our priority is keeping all involved healthy and safe." 

As the largest annual contributor to Cranford Hospice, Milmine says they are devastated to not be in a position to raise the much-needed funds this year.

The event is now planned to be held on September 17, 2022, at ToiToi HB Arts and Events Centre. Ticket holders have been contacted.

By this time, she says they are hopeful they will be able to deliver a "safe and seamless experience celebrating Hawke’s Bay wine while raising much-needed funds for Cranford Hospice".

"We intend on having all the same auction lots available at that time, but we will be working through the details in the coming weeks." 

Milmine says they are grateful for the understanding of everyone involved.

"Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction committee was left with no choice but to cancel the Pre-Tasting event which was scheduled for August 18 as the country was put into alert level 4 the day before the event and now having to cancel the 30th Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction is extremely disappointing, as the sell-out event was lined up to be a great celebration of the amazing wines and artwork by John Lancashire."