2018 Wine and Art Auction - Expressions of Interest invited

We invite all interested researchers to submit your experession of interest in being named as the 2018 Wine and Art Auction research Project.  Each year, the Foundation gifts $100,000 from the auction the chosen project.  You can find the form here. All EOIs must be submitted by Friday 2nd March 2018.

2017 -  24th Annual CMRF Wine and Art Auction

 New Record for Foundation

The Canterbury Medical Research Foundation’s annual Wine and Art Auction hit a new record with funds raised at the event on Saturday night  topping $160,000.

Proceeds from the night will support a project looking at Legionella in compost and potting mix and how the risks to gardeners can be minimised.  Professor Stephen Chambers of the University of Otago, Christchurch leads the project and the hope is to lower the rates of Legionella-related pneumonia, so prevalent in Canterbury at this time of the year.

Bidding on the items on offer at the auction was fierce, with many items going for well above reserve.  There were several highlights in the evening including Artist Raymond Jennings’ “Christchurch Cathedral 1926” selling for $10,000 after a lively bidding war and Bryan L’Estrange’s “Wakefield Avenue” reaching $7500.

“We’re delighted at the success of the evening.” said Mike Stenhouse, Chairman of CMRF. “We have a loyal group of generous donors who help us to grow this event year on year and we’re happy to be able to give a significant contribution to Professor Chambers’ important research.”

Generous donors helped the total along with offers of the use of luxury accommodation all over the South Island and in Melbourne.

The Foundation has provided more than $27 million in research grants in the Canterbury area since 1960 with many projects having global impact, influencing clinical care and treatment.


In 2016 we supported the work of Dr Julia Rucklidge who works in the area of micronutrient research. We raised a new record amount for the night.


In 2015, we supported the bowel cancer research of Professor Frank Frizelle and his team at the University of Otago $100,000 was raised on the night


In 2014, we supported the Rose Centre for Stroke Research and Recovery - a University of Canterbury project. Dr Maggie Lee Huckabee and her team received $100,000 on the night