NZ Crane Hire is used to lifting rather larger objects than the Wendy house they delivered to Maungawhau Primary School in Mt Eden recently.
The company has lent a hand to a fundraising project led by Harcourts Mt Eden that will see the Wendy house transformed into a work of art and then auctioned off to raise money for Te Puea Memorial Marae.
NZ Crane Hire unloaded the Wendy house in the schoolyard where a team of the school's best artists were waiting to paint a specially designed mural on it. The fundraising project is designed to create community support for the Mangere Bridge marae, which has been providing emergency accommodation and assistance to homeless families in need.
NZ Crane Hire managing director Deane Manley said the marae was doing such valuable work that when the company was approached to help transport the Wendy house, they jumped at the chance.
"It's a great and worthy project. I'm sure the kids will do a great job of the art work and we hope the auction goes well and the money raised will help the marae carry on the great work they are doing in the community," he said.
Miranda Wiseman, 11, of Room 24, is one of the young artists involved and is very excited to have her work featured on the house. "The bottom layer is all about native bush and the green landscape of New Zealand. There are flowers as well, and dots and patterns that will reach up to the top of the house. We wanted to do something that both girls and boys would like. It's so cool," she said.