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Auction to assist with learning difficulties

By UCOL on Thursday, 05 April 2018

A photograph of UCOL | Te Pūkenga Senior Lecturer Andy Halewood

Andy Halewood a Senior Lecturer – Furniture Construction at  UCOL | Te Pūkenga is once again putting his work up to support a good cause. Many may remember back in 2016 when he breathed new life into a decrepit table and then gifted it to a refugee family.

This time Andy’s work will be auctioned off on Saturday 7 April at the Taylor Jensen Art Gallery. Stuart and Phyllis who run the gallery have supported the charitable organisation of SPELADD for almost 20 years.

They recently reached out to local artists hoping to be able to raise several thousand dollars through the auction.

“I happily got on board once approached, SPELADD works with people of all ages who have numeracy and literacy difficulties for a number of reasons, these people then get to work with SPELADD to deal with this, and often parents, teachers caregivers and others are brought into the process and supported with educational material”

“I have always been inspired by the work of George Nakashima who was an American Woodworker and furniture maker, and one of the leading innovators of the 20th-century furniture design – so my piece is my own personal reflection of some of his work”


“I look forward to breathing life into this piece of wood so that whoever attains it at the auction, has a treasured piece in their possession for many years to come.

Event details

Date: Saturday 7 April
Venue: Palmerston North Community Leisure Centre, 569 Ferguson Street, Palmerston North
Time: Viewing starts at 2pm; Auction will commence at 3pm
Entry fee: $5 (light refreshments will be available)
Organiser: Stuart Schwartz, Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts