Absolute Therapy Art Space – Grand Reopening

We Stand With You – Protect Mangapēpeke Valley

We’re excited to reinstate our art space – a place for local or emerging artists to gain exposure and a point of interest for our clients as each season brings a new display.

This Spring we’re bringing local artists and retailers together to offer you an exciting auction of all this art and more, to support Tony & Debbie Pascoe who are standing up to protect the precious, ancient ecosystems on their land at Mt Messenger, Taranaki.

Join us: 12pm Saturday the 28th November at the Pow Wow room

Level 1, 74 Courtenay Place

We will also be running a silent auction for those who can’t attend on the day. Below you will see items for the live auction first followed items for the silent auction.

The silent auction is a select group of auction items open from now until the live auction begins, for you to place your bid on either in person at Absolute Therapy or by emailing info@absolutetherapy.co.nz 

Numerous articles have been published on Stuff, RNZ and in local papers in Taranaki. You can also find a Facebook group called “We Stand With You” but for many, it is this video which has introduced us to the cause and compelled us into action.

Tony & Debbie Pascoe have been working to protect their valley for almost 4 years now and have been treated unfairly and disrespectfully along the way.

All the current full time staff from Absolute Therapy have hiked into the Mangapēpeke valley with them and have seen first hand the natural state of it; the precious bio-diversity within the valley, the abundant fresh springs, ancient wetlands and trees hundreds of years old all providing ecosystems we simply can’t replace or mimic, for numerous endangered species. We drank plentifully from the waterfall at the end of the valley and no one became unwell – something most kiwis haven’t done with confidence in decades.

This entire valley site would all be destroyed if NZTA have their way which is to put a bypass road through this valley. The logical alternative is to make safety improvements to the existing road, using the existing road corridor.

For now, this auction is the most practical way that we can come together to show Tony & Debbie that they have a community around Aotearoa New Zealand of people who care deeply for the precious land they look after and their sacrifices in doing so.

We will be donating 50% (and some auction lots will contribute 100%) of sales to the Pascoe’s to help them in their ongoing efforts to protect their land.

Payments accepted at the auction

Cash, Eftpos, Online Transfer (conditions apply.)

Live Auction Lots

Potterazzi

Live Auction Lot 1: Potterazzi – ‘Blue Species Bowl’ porcelain clay, celedon glaze

Website: www.potterazzi.co.nz

Instagram: Potterazzinz

Rebecca Flowerday has developed a sculptural view of the world, which has drawen her natrually to the tactile pleasures of clay and its ability as a medium to record texture so well.

True to her natural environment, Rebecca takes an abstract view of the New Zealand landscape, flora and fauna which hold a strong influence on her textural work.

Not particularly following rules but pursuing a personal aesthetic, she focuses on the fluid, naturalistic textures that clay can exemplify, giving depth and feeling to the sculptureal pieces she individually hand builds.

Rebecca holds a Diploma of Fine Arts and has been regularly exhibiting her work throughout New Zealand and in the Wellington region.

$600

Lot 5 - by Nicky Kane

Live Auction Lot 2: Nicky Kane – ‘Ginger Jar’

Email: kane.nicky@gmail.com

Phone: 021 0731076

  • No reserve

Being an artist is a gift that I value greatly. In my work I use a diverse variety of meiums such as tissue paper and eggshell and see them as a way of expressing my thoughts and imagination. In particular, the use of tissue paper acknowledges the fragility and strength that exists within me.

My work arises out of the horizontal plane and connects with the realms of architexture, design elements such as textiles and the patterns found in the natural and human made environments. A partiular influence on my work is the aesthetic of Japanese art. Simplicity, the use of pattern and a personal response to the materials used are inherent in my work. While each of my works is unique, they are linked by oncerns for structure and form. I hope that my art will encourage the viewer to think about materiality, process and personal meaning.

$250

Lot 6 - Hypnotherapy with Tony Yuile

Live Auction Lot 3: Nathan Walker – Plastersaurus

Casual artist, no online presence

  • No reserve

Nathan is a 3D printer and digital artist

3D printed plaster dinosaurs hand painted. (Gold or Monochromatic.)

$200

Lot 6 - Hypnotherapy with Tony Yuile

Live Auction Lot 4: Renée Gerlich – Escaped Olympians Postcard Set

Blog & Shop: Reneejg.net

  • No reserve

This postcard series depicts the Olympian goddesses Hera, Demeter, Hestia, Athena, Artemis and Aphrodite, escaping their roles as the props of patriachal myth.

Demeter rides through a wintry night sky on a heron, carrying the autumn harvest on her back

Athena rides her battle horse, but doesn’t need her helpet or armor any more

Hera sits on a peacock that’s perched on the sun

Hestia walks through the woods wihth a fiery skull

Artemis befriends a bear in her cave

Aphrodite goes diving with a seal

$34 set.

Lot 6 - Hypnotherapy with Tony Yuile

Live Auction Lot 5: Dr Leonie Ngahuia Mansbridge – “Kareao Series” Supplejack

Instagram: Leearia53

Email: leoniemansbridge@gmail.com

  • No reserve

“Kareao Series” Supplejack

Kareao/Supplejack is a common vine native to New Zealand, it climbs trees and creates a tangled mess with its knotted entanglement.  Its tough stems were used for roofing, flooring, ladders, craypot, and eel traps. Also used medicinally supplejack roots were boiled and made into a drink for rheumatism, fever and skin disease, the broken stems were applied to cuts and grazes. The soft roots can be eaten raw or cooked, the red berries can also be eaten.

Supplejack played a decisive role in the New Zealand wars in the 19th century, for Māori it was an advantage, the colonial forces had to fight a double war against Māori and supplejack. Heavily clad infantry were held up by the vines catching their packs and bayonets, and strategic manoeuvres were delayed by this slow progress. This often known “Mongrel of the bush” was a strategic resource for Māori, whereas it was seen as a menace to the West.

This juxtaposing of colour and things entangle the work so we see what others do not.

We all have a different perspective concerning the land, it can evokes belonging, memories and awe, but as a Māori woman I see myself as a caretaker of the land as she is my cultural identity, the land was taken from us much like our culture.

The artificial simulation of landscape reframes the Aotearoa/New Zealand landscape, a place/space that I connect to through my whakapapa (genealogy). It is a place that is redolent with the spiritual so much more than a landscape that the tourists see.

$360

Lot 6 - Hypnotherapy with Tony Yuile

Live Auction Lot 6: $100 Gift Voucher from Spacesuit

  • No Reserve

Visit Spacesuit on Cuba street for all your American retro and vintage clothing imports and upcycled clothing.

Silent Auction Lots

Email: info@absolutetherapy.co.nz with your full name, contact number and your offer to submit a bid. Open until 1pm Sat 28th Nov.

Lot 2 - Dream catcher

Silent Auction Lot 1: Anonymous – ‘One Love’ dream catcher

Casual artist, no online presence.

  • No reserve

Designed by a spiritual artist and Reiki master.

Made from recycled wool, paint, beads and gifted feathers from Kapiti Island.

$420

Lot 3 - oil on canvas

Silent Auction Lot 2: Jasana Mael – ‘The Land’ oil on canvas

Casual artist, no online presence.

  • No reserve

Whanganui based artist.

$120

Lot 6 - Hypnotherapy with Tony Yuile

Silent Auction Lot 3: $100 Gift Voucher from Spacesuit

  • No reserve

Visit Spacesuit on Cuba street for all your American retro and vintage clothing imports and upcycled clothing.

Lot 4 - by Nicky Kane

Silent Auction Lot 4: Nicky Kane – ‘Tall Jar’

Email: kane.nicky@gmail.com

Phone: 021 0731076

  • No reserve

Being an artist is a gift that I value greatly. In my work I use a diverse variety of meiums such as tissue paper and eggshell and see them as a way of expressing my thoughts and imagination. In particular, the use of tissue paper acknowledges the fragility and strength that exists within me.

My work arises out of the horizontal plane and connects with the realms of architexture, design elements such as textiles and the patterns found in the natural and human made environments. A partiular influence on my work is the aesthetic of Japanese art. Simplicity, the use of pattern and a personal response to the materials used are inherent in my work. While each of my works is unique, they are linked by oncerns for structure and form. I hope that my art will encourage the viewer to think about materiality, process and personal meaning.

$150

Lot 6 - Hypnotherapy with Tony Yuile

Silent Auction Lot 5: Tony Yuile – 90 minute HypnoCoaching session for stress and anxiety relief

Tony Yuile – Read Therapist Profile Here

Dip. Clinical & Advanced Hypnotherapy (DipCAH); Hypnotherapy Practitioner Dip. (HPD); Specialist Hypnotherapy Certs. Depression, Anxiety, Smoking, Ericksonian Hypnosis. Neuro Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner; Certified Timeline Therapist; Certified Life Coach.

Hypnotherapy is a powerful form of communication that uses psychological procedures to generate change and healing that we offer right here in Wellington.

It is an astonishingly quick and effective way of bringing about positive changes. It has a broad application base and is used to facilitate many different kinds of changes, for example: Behavioural changes: motivation, relaxation, confidence, stopping smoking, weight loss, anger management. Fears & phobias: flying, public speaking, spiders, heights. Health: Pain management, stress management, anxiety depression, IBS etc.

$247

Lot 6 - Hypnotherapy with Tony Yuile

Silent Auction Lot 6: Surmanti Bundle

  • No reserve

Enjoy some quality NZ made skincare products beautifully packaged from Surmanti, donated by Absolute Therapy.

  • Facial mousse for sensitive skin
  • Hand & body cream with Pear & Passionflower
  • Cuticul oil with Roman Chamomile

$100

Lot 6 - Hypnotherapy with Tony Yuile

Silent Auction Lot 7: Therapeutic or Sports Massage with Scott Barrett

  • No reserve

All our therapeutic and sports massage sessions include a consultation that doesn’t come out of the ‘table time’ you pay for. This gives us the chance to discuss your goals for the session, select suitable methods or techniques and to plan a treatment specific to your needs at the time.

We can also offer post care advice at the end of your session to help you continue the benefits of your massage for as long as possible.

$99

Lot 6 - Hypnotherapy with Tony Yuile

Silent Auction Lot 8: 90min Movement & Massage session with Bridie Munro

  • No reserve

Bridie Munro is a Manual and Movement Therapist who sees perfection in the human body just as it is. That doesn’t mean there is not work to be done. The aches, pain and limitations we experience are our bodies best responses up until now.

Manual and Movement Therapy is based around a mutual understanding that the richest resources we have are our own experiences. Bridie’s here to assist you in feeling more educated and aware of your bodies natural patterns and processes, Bridie will help you integrate that knowledge as you develop strength, mobility and resilience.

$140

Lot 6 - Hypnotherapy with Tony Yuile

Silent Auction Lot 9: Guided tour of the Mangapēpeke Valley for up to 10 people

  • No reserve

If you’re interested in this cause you might be very keen on a chance to see the valley up close and personal. There are not too many places in the country you can have an experience or see flora and fauna quite like this and with travel still being heavily restricted this is a great package to keep in mind.

Join Tony & Debbie and see first hand what this valley is offering. This offer is good for up to 10 people and highlights include a two night stay at the local marae, a hangi and a guided tour through the valley.

But be ware, bring gumboots because this isn’t your average ‘walk in the park.’