Kanoa Lloyd, Jesse Mulligan, among Kiwis raising money for Australia’s bushfire relief

A group of well-known New Zealanders have offered up unique experiences to auction off, to raise money for Red Cross Australia's Bushfire Appeal.

The fires have ripped across NSW, Victoria and South Australia, destroying hundreds of buildings, killing more than 20 people and destroying the habitat of millions of animals.

Among the auctions on offer in Trade Me's 'Auctions4Aussie,' is a dinner party with Project hosts Kanoa Lloyd and Jesse Mulligan, a gig with John Campbell, and seeing the Chiefs vs Blues game in a corporate box with James McOnie. 

Mulligan says there was no question in offering himself up for the auction, as "we'll all remember this summer for the rest of our lives". 

"We're hoping that by contributing something small but meaningful we can helpmke a difference for the brave and kind Aussies we've been watching on TV every night." 

Lloyd agrees. "When sh*t happens and I don't know what to do to help, I cook. There is no cake to fix what has broken for our Aussie cousins, but if we can raise some money to help their recovery and have a lovely time while we do it, that will at least be something sweet."

John Campbell, who donated a night out at a gig with him, says it's a "fantastic opportunity". 

"Both to support our Australian friends and whānau during a time of desperate need, and also to inflict my demented love of music on two very kind people indeed."

Logan Mudge, Head of Communications at Trade Me, said the company was happy to waive fees for such an important cause.

"Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the Australian bushfires. We're really happy to be able to help Emily in her efforts to raise some much-needed money for our Aussie mates, it's the least we could do."

Auctions offered so far include:

  • A visit to Shortland Street with Bella Cooper and Dr Harper Whitley
  • A dinner party with Kanoa Lloyd and Jesse Mulligan
  • John Campbell taking you to a gig
  • A Beehive Making Workshop with Tami Neilson
  • The chance to watch Westside being filmed with the stars of the show
  • A cameo on Leigh Hart's show Late Night Big Breakfast
  • A shopping spree at Augustine with personal styling from owner and designer Kelly Coe
  • You could win Jay-Jay Feeney's voice
  • Seeing the Chiefs vs Blues game in a corporate box with James McOnie
  • Tickets to Michele A'Court & Jeremy Elwood's show and drinks with them afterwards
  • Courtside at the Breakers game with Mel Bracewell
  • Four tickets to see Michele A'Court and Jeremy Elwood's Dunedin Fringe show and drinks with them afterwards
  • Front row tickets to Ben Hurley's newest show
  • Attend a Have You Been Paying Attention screening with Urzila Carlson
  • A tour of Australasia's largest sex toy warehouse with author Emily Writes
  • Dinner and a tour of Parliament with Grant Robertson
  • Two nights in Queenstown with author January Bloomfield at her ranch
  • A performance coaching session with House of Drag winner Hugo Grrrl
  • A social media mentorship and masterclass with Cassie Roma and others for a business or individual
  • A wardrobe overhaul and personal styling session with Sisterhood of Style
  • A topless waiter for your next party
  • A night's entertainment or team building with Locomotive Improv Theatre Training

More auctions will be announced in the coming days.

View the full list here or search Auctions4Aussie on Trade Me.

Overseas, celebrities who have donated money to Australian relief teams include singer Elton John who pledged $1 million, Chris Hemsworth, Nicole Kidman, Pink, Keith Urban, Ellen DeGeneres, Metallica and more.