Marmite was in short supply after the Sanitarium manufacturing plant was damaged in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. It was known as “black gold” as stocks ran out nationwide.
Back then, Sir Peter Leitch, aka The Mad Butcher, first bought the jar for a whopping $2300 at a charity auction.
Sir Peter’s jar was extra special because it was signed by former All Blacks coach Sir Graham Henry.
Now it’s going under the hammer once more to purchase iPads to support children with a range of long-term developmental problems.
The Well Foundation needs $25,000 to reach the $122,000 target to equip community therapists with iPads.
Sir Peter, who struggled with dyslexia during his youth, says the ipads will help open up a new world for the children in particular.
“I understand some of these kids have severe disabilities,” he says. “This project will give them a few more options so they too can enjoy some of the learning the rest of us take for granted.”