Wendy House auction to support homeless efforts by Te Puea Marae

Te Puea Memorial Marae in Mangere Bridge opened its doors to house homeless families.
NZPA / Wayne Drought

Te Puea Memorial Marae in Mangere Bridge opened its doors to house homeless families.

Students from an Auckland Primary school are turning a Wendy House into a work of art to raise money for the homeless.

Maungawhau Primary School students have worked hard on the play house before its auctioned off to raise money for Te Puea Memorial Marae.

The marae in Mangere Bridge opened its doors to homeless families on May 25 and as of July 25 had welcomed 56 families through its doors.

Students at Maungawhau Primary School in Mt Eden are using their creative talents to turn a playhouse in to a piece of ...
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Students at Maungawhau Primary School in Mt Eden are using their creative talents to turn a playhouse in to a piece of art to auction for the homeless.

The fundraising project has been initiated by Harcourts Mt Eden to create community support for the emergency accommodation and assistance the marae has been supplying.

"The marae is doing such amazing work and we really wanted to help them out and ensure they can carry on with the work they are doing for the community," Lorraine Marshall from Harcourts says.

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The playhouse was delivered to the school by crane and students have been busy painting and working on it before it goes to auction.

A team of artists from the school have designed a special mural that will feature on the exterior of the house.

Eleven-year-old pupil Miranda Wiseman has been getting creative and is excited to see her work on the house.

"The bottom layer is all about native bush, and the green landscape of New Zealand. There were flowers as well, and dots and patterns that will reach up to the top of the house," she says.

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"We wanted to do something that both girls and boys would like. It's so cool."

The Wendy House will be auctioned at Mt Eden Bowling Club, 17 Stokes Rd on August 25 at 5:30pm.

Visit givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/help4thehomeless for more information and to donate.

 - Stuff

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