Dotcom mansion opens for school fundraiser
Sun, 09 Sep 2012 3:24p.m.
By Cleo Fraser
Piracy accused Kim Dotcom's Auckland mansion will be opened to the public in November as part of a tour of luxurious properties to raise $120,000 for the local school.
Those willing to fork out $100 for a ticket for the Coatesville School fundraiser will be taken on a six-hour tour of 12 homes in Coatesville, 23 kilometres north of the city, where they can poke around the gardens and plush homes of the suburb's wealthy residents.
Event organiser Bridgette Jackson said the community had been in the spotlight since the Megaupload founder was arrested in January on a raft of internet piracy charges and an open-home fundraiser was a great way to exploit that.
"Rightly or wrongly Kim Dotcom has put Coatesville on the map," she said.
"People have varying opinions on Dotcom and we decided it's not a day for focusing on that, it's really a day to put all that aside and for people to come and enjoy themselves."
She hopes to raise $120,000 of which 10 percent will go to the Gynaecological Cancer Foundation.
The money will be used to buy computers and furniture and will go towards a hall for the decile-10 school.
Security will be tight at the Dotcom mansion where those on the tour will be shown about a quarter of the property, including the massive indoor fish tank and maze.
"People will see that the Dotcom's are just ordinary New Zealanders," Ms Jackson said.
"I think he and his family would like to be part of the community."
Dotcom, 38, and three co-accused face charges in the United States of copyright infringement, money laundering and racketeering.
An extradition hearing is set down for March next year.
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13/09/2012 1:46:54 p.m.
Decile 10 schools get zip from the government. the theory is they can stand on the ir own legs as the community will support them. Fine in theory, hard in practice. Even the cost of an additional teacher must be met by fundraising. Low decile schools get it all on a plate.
12/09/2012 1:52:55 p.m.
FOR RIGHT wrote:
My kids go to that 'decile 10' school and we are certainly not 'rich'. It's a public country school, not a private school. Ignorant people like RIGHT AND JOSH think that a decile 10 school gets more. I can tell you that it gets bugger all money from the government so the parents are always doing fundraisers to support our kids. The decile 2 school I went to as a kid has way more updated computers etc than our little school. We don't even have a waterproof outdoor area or our own hall for assemblies! More to the point of this article... well done Kim for supporting your community.
11/09/2012 7:33:38 p.m.
Dotcom is a millionaire compared to the non millionare..
I guessed that Dotcom will always be a Dotcom..
10/09/2012 2:52:50 p.m.
Josh & Right. Decile 1 schools get most money from Government for all their extras. Decile 10 schools get the least and only receive extras by fundraising themselves which is what is being done here. Don't be so 'reverse snobbish'.
10/09/2012 9:29:35 a.m.
Josh Harrison wrote:
Good on ya Dotcom! Would love to have a tour - however yes i am against money going towards a decile 10 school.
9/09/2012 7:22:57 p.m.
You lost me at 'decile-10 Rich kids do not need more computers, there are far more important things like feeding our children who go to school hungry, that will provide far better academic achievements then just throwing computers at them.
9/09/2012 6:22:02 p.m.
Good on ya dotcom some kiwi's are supporting you and thanks heaps for supporting your community. People like U are a asset to there community's. Kia Kaha Dotcom and god bless U and your whanau
9/09/2012 6:20:59 p.m.
colleen andesen wrote:
I think it is awesome that Dotcom open his house to public for school fundraiser
9/09/2012 4:40:57 p.m.
he doesn't even own the house. hey everyone come look at my rental house.
9/09/2012 3:51:44 p.m.
Good to see Dotom fundraisering for the public!
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