When a disaster hits New Zealand, an impressive level of generosity follows, sweeping through the entire country. From concerts and special coffee brews to fundraising pages and mufti-days – everyone helps in their own way, including famous Kiwi artist Dick Frizzell.

New Zealand Red Cross was excited to hear Dick was gifting limited edition prints, titled ‘7 Mins’, to support our November Earthquake Appeal.

Dick titled, numbered, signed and dated all 25 prints. The first, and most valuable, print went up on Trade Me shortly after the quakes and sold for over $2,000! Dick has kept the second print for his own collection and the 23 others are being sold by New Zealand Red Cross. All the money raised goes to our November Earthquake Appeal, which is used to support people affected by the quakes.

‘7 Mins’ is an adapted version of Dick’s tea towels ‘7 minutes’ produced a few years ago by the Kiwi artist with the instructions to cook a crayfish for "7 minutes like a saveloy".

“We were living on the beach at Waimarama, Hawke’s Bay, a few years ago and basically lived off crayfish. I was designing a range of tea towels for the now defunct Esther Diamond collection and, in the grand tradition of using what's at hand, ‘7 Minutes' just naturally evolved. With the image of the crayfish and the mention of saveloy, I was able to mash two Kiwi icons together in the one image. I knew it was special the minute I came up with it!” says Dick.

When Kaikoura was hit by the November earthquake last year, hundreds of crayfish were served by the local marae to the people affected by the quakes. Dick’s team member came up with the idea of adapting '7 minutes' to Kaikoura to help the area.

“The concept of the special Kaikoura edition seemed like a natural fit. If people get excited about the work and bid hard for it, it's a win-win for everybody - Kaikoura, Red Cross ... and the buyer!” says Dick.

More than 100 response volunteers responded immediately to the earthquake, supporting thousands of affected people, delivering food parcels, blankets and tarpaulins and providing psychosocial (well-being) support for affected residents. Red Cross has also provided more than $350,000 in cash to families through our damaged home grant.

The money raised from Dick Frizzell’s limited edition prints will support our current work on the ground, which includes the delivery of winter care packages to 500 homes across Hurunui, Marlborough and Kaikoura and the set up in Kaikoura of a drop-in centre for young parents and a Crafty Place for elderly.

Interested in purchasing one?

Red Cross still owns a few of the prints gifted by Dick Frizzell. If you are interested in purchasing one, contact us at getfundraising@redcross.org.nz or call 04 494 1319.